July 25th, 2008
12:45 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama sidesteps Bush criticism

Obama and Sarkozy held a press conference Friday.
Obama and Sarkozy held a press conference Friday.

PARIS, France (CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama said Friday he was avoiding criticizing President Bush on his trip through Europe.

Speaking to reporters, the Democratic presidential candidate cited a tradition that "you don't criticize a sitting president while overseas," adding that "it's very important" that U.S. foreign policy is presented "in one voice."

"I can say affirmatively an effective U.S. foreign policy will be based on our ability not only to project power, but also to listen and to build consensus. And the goal of an Obama administration in foreign policy would be, obviously to act on behalf of the interests of the security of the United States, but also to listen to our allies," he said.


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soundoff (247 Responses)
  1. Venus

    It's sad that the media is looking really HARD for some thing ... some thing for criticism of Obama!!!

    Noitce how the media have their talking points... Oh he can't have too many people showing they like him,.... Oh, he can't look like he wants to be president... Oh, too bad that every where he goes – on this trip will not look good back home...

    Media is not in love with Obama but he knows how to play their game!

    July 25, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  2. SKadams

    I watched the press conference with Sarkozy. While the media did their usual fawning of Obama, I did not see the Obama, uh uh, with a um um teleprompter, um uh, that we see here. He isn't really a great speaker without a speech writer. Also I noticed that Obama was wearing a translation wire. I was under the impression, when he was putting down Americans for only knowing "merci beaucoup" , but the" french knew English" that he could speak French.

    July 25, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  3. pakuna

    Here we go again. The Great and Almighty obama blaming someone else but his own self. This whole trip was and is a campaign trip.

    July 25, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  4. Mr. Eko

    That's pretty much the only way to answer that question.

    July 25, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  5. ArtNYC

    Interesting that he makes comments like "Oh i'm not going to criticize the President" meanhwile that's exactly what he's doing by bringing attention to the topic.

    I thought he was abroad as a senator, meanwhile he makes comments like "And the goal of an Obama administration in foreign policy"

    This guys a joke. I can't believe people kiss up to him.

    July 25, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  6. Independent Fellow

    Please give the McCain campaign some oxygen...

    July 25, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  7. David Goldman for OBAMA

    GO FIGURE, A HONORABLE POLITICIAN.

    July 25, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  8. MurphyMorseJohnson

    This is yet another example of the vision, wisdom, and positive nature of Barack Obama and his advisors.

    July 25, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  9. Ez

    I love Obama always taking the high road even though our president at the israel keneset made his chip shot at Obama

    July 25, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. DC Steve

    Wow!!! what a way to represent. I want to see how the Obama-haters spin this one LOL

    July 25, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  11. Texun

    Obama sounds more like George H. W. Bush and James Baker. McCain is aping W, unfortunately.

    July 25, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  12. Justin, Ohio

    Finally, Obama made the correct choice for once! I commend you sir.

    July 25, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  13. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    I AM SURE MCSHAME WISHED OBAMA STAYED HOME.

    July 25, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  14. Raymond Duke

    Of course he does not want to be that conspicous. He is just over their making policies for the united states and has to yet become the official democrat nominee much less the president of this country. That will be settled in november. Of course the european countrys liked that blue-blood liberal John Kerry but the American people decided he was not fit to be our president. So everytime I see him over there acting like "THE KING" he wants to be and I see him apologizing for America and about the American people who are considered by him to be uneducated , gun toting, religous nuts and Racist White Crackers it confirms I am making the right decision by voting for John McCain. At least he loves america and the people of america.

    July 25, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. Janet

    He said he wouldn't criticize Bush, then went on to criticize Bush.

    Does this tool think Americans are that stupid????

    July 25, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  16. rightytighty

    "I can say affirmatively an effective U.S. foreign policy will be based on our ability not only to project power, but also to listen and to build consensus"

    Wow! Obama just confirmed the Bush strategy!! Now all he has to do is get the Europeans to engage in an effective manner..

    July 25, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  17. GG NYC

    Good for you Barack! Keep up the good work overseas. And keep those details coming...

    July 25, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  18. A NATION OF WHINERS for OBAMA

    SAFE TO SAY OBAMA DOESN'T STOOP

    TO THE BUSH MCBUSH SLEAZE.

    July 25, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  19. Arack Bobama

    There is not a scintilla of difference between what Obama just said about foreign policy, and what the Bush administration has said and done over the past seven years.

    That is some pretty powerful CHANGE!

    July 25, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  20. Pick Me! Pick Me!

    He could have trashed McCain, he could have trashed Bush,

    He didn't

    enough said.

    July 25, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  21. Fred

    To bad Bush didnt give that memowil he gave a speech in the knesset in Isreal.

    July 25, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  22. TPage

    I am 100% Republican, but I have all the respect in the world for BO right now for not using wounded troops in Berlin for a campaign photo-op and for respecting U.S. tradition of not criticizing a sitting president while overseas. I’ve never understood Americans who travel abroad and make demeaning comments about our country or our president. It’s just pandering to the anti-American sentiment and is truly disgusting. Good job Obama. McCain 2008.

    July 25, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  23. Tom

    Bush is Right, Obama is Wrong on this one...

    July 25, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  24. Cheryl (Retired Vets for Obama)

    Mr. Obama I am absolutely proud of you, I was on my feet cheering for you during the entire news briefing, You made most of Americans proud of you, your bearing was outstanding. Obama for President 08!

    July 25, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  25. BGIV in NC

    Too bad old Bushie was not as well behaved while speaking in Israel.

    July 25, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
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