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. Texas trail puppy!

    That's why millions of Americans support Obama because despite all the mud slinging and kitchen sink throwing by McSame and Co. he always takes the high road and sticks to the real issues affecting us.

    July 25, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  2. Cathy

    Oh my God....only Obama would have that type of respect to no critize him overseas. Obama now only amazes me as a politican but as a MAN.

    This guy must be our next President of the United States!!!!

    July 25, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  3. Kunle

    Obama has shown the world that he is ready to take on the challenges facing the world as a whole. If he is elected as the potus he will perform

    July 25, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  4. DEBBY, NJ

    "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"...
    McShame needs to be taking notes on this one. Something that the Bush administration never did .... LISTEN !!!
    ***
    OBAMA is a genuis
    BARACK THE VOTE AMERICA !!!

    July 25, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  5. Moses

    That's diplomacy 101. It's good to have a picture of the new breed of world leaders; Sarkozy, Merkel, Mugabe ... err ... sorry

    July 25, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  6. maurice

    Who is Obama?What do we know about his family?
    I know McCain`s father and grandfather were admirals
    in the Navy.McCain is a war hero.

    Just because Obama says what people want to here
    doesn`t mean he`s going to do any of it.

    Why is it o.k. for 95% of African Americans to vote for
    Obama?What would happen if 95% of white people
    vote for McCain?

    July 25, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    I agree. Don't take domestic squabbles overseas. NEVER.

    Too bad Bush didn't understand that when he attended the Israeli anniversary.

    July 25, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  8. Vickie, Maryland

    He shows respect even when they don't for him, (McCain and Bush) that is.
    He is an amazing and "smooth" individual. We will be so honored to have him as our president.
    Funny thing is that all the news, newspapers, everything is asking if he is "ready to be president" or if he's "qualified to be president". I think they got it all wrong. It's more like:
    Are we worthy of him. It's a very rare moment when someone or something "GREAT" comes along. I just hope that we don't ruin it by doing what we as Americans tend to do.....twist and turn it, try to change it, and in doing so destroy it.

    July 25, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  9. 1paperclip

    This trip is pretty amazing. The reaction of the Republicans seems a little weird. Sounds as if they are trying to shut down Obamas trip or cut it short.

    July 25, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  10. Samantha

    OK McCain I am sure you'll find some excuse as to how Obama is now a bad guy for not attacking Bush while overseas.

    Maybe he's weak?? Yeah, that's it, let's run with that!

    July 25, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  11. Bayou Joe

    You did a hell of a job avoiding critizing Bush, yet your Anti-Administration message came across perfectly clear. The message to the Socialsts/Marxists in Europe may have been appreciated by them, but it sure is not appreciated here at home. Thank God we are the ones that vote and not our so called European Allies. With Friends like them who needs enemies. The only ally we have in Europe is England. The others are a bunch of ingrates that forget who saved their country from Hitler and kept Russia from taking over after the War.

    check out the surrender video on U-Tube before the Democrats take it off the air. Unilateral disarmament is what Obama calls for in that video.

    July 25, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  12. Pete Vardakas

    Excellent Diplomacy Senator Obama. I commend you on your actions.
    I am currently leaning towards McCain for 2008 however, Senator Obama really impressed me on how he has been handling himself on his overseas campaign.

    July 25, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  13. Obamalism

    He may not have critized Bush, but he had no problem bashing America during his speech. (only to cover by saying how much he loves it)

    Why is everyone surprised that he's appealing to Europeans? They're more socialist than our most extreme left. I don't want my president to make Europe feel better by following their policies. I want them to come around to our way of thinking otherwise we'll be inundated with the PC/religous crisis that is strangling their security.

    P.S. he let the air out of his over hyped speech when he tossed in the quip about how 'WE' are melting the icecaps and causing droughts in Kansas. Because we all know droughts are new to Kansas...

    July 25, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  14. Honest Abe

    "The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords."

    Psalms 55:21

    July 25, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  15. Griff

    "The Demonic Monster".. Meet's, "Madam Guillotine History"...

    July 25, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  16. Pete Vardakas

    Camelot part II

    July 25, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  17. former republican white man from california for Obama

    It is nice to see our great nation represented with honor and respect for once. it has been such a long time since I have seen a democrat show any true respect toward a republican what a sham that are president could not have shown the same level of respect while he was over seas!

    July 25, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  18. Bobby

    OMG!!1!!elevendy!1!!!
    Obama respected Pres. BU(ll)SH(it)!!1!
    I can haz amazment??!oneone!!!!

    July 25, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  19. Rocky

    To bad he doesn't take the same tack at home. Listening to the Dems talk you would think Bush was running again. I don't want to know what was done wrong I want to know what you will do right. So far I have not heard much from either candidate that gives me much hope.

    July 25, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  20. Derick from ATL

    I am not an Obama fan, but he keeps impressing me. Whether you like the guy or not, you have to acknowledge the fact that this trip has debunked that notion that he would be considered weak on the international scene. John McCain went to mexico, Canada Columbia, etc, and no one complained of him acting presidential. Remember how the GOP made made such great noise about the fact the McCain was briefed before the operation to free the american captives in the columbian jungles? His ole friend Lieberman says it showed that McCain was respected and connected to the outside world. Now, if Obama had done that, you guys would have been all over him, claiming he is a arrogant and presumptious.

    Before Obama took the trip, republicans said he was weak, wasnt loved by the outside world, and couldnt protect US interest abroad. He takes a magnificent trips, earns respect across the globe, presidents are dying to meet him, and instead of you guys simply acknowledgin that his trip wasnt a failure, what do we get...smears, smears, smears. It is almost as if we were hoping he trips and falls so we can say "u see, Obama doesnt have the foreign relations expertise."

    Now, He is warned by Pentagon not to greet soldiers in Germany...McCain camp and some of you guyson here act as if he he did it on purpose because he didnt care abot the soldiers.

    what can this guy Obama do to make you like him? Nothing. And so it remains, my fellow americans are not open minded, and are not willing to look at facts. If you don't like a guy, just admit it, but dont make stuff up about him, such as him being Muslim, being unamerican, etc etc etc. It makes me sad that i'm american, sometimes.

    July 25, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  21. vic nashville,Tn

    Obama scared to criticize Bush , if he become president his comments may back fire

    July 25, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  22. John

    "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."

    Somethin that Bush doesnt get

    July 25, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  23. The Truth

    Exactly why you need an intelligent scholar in the White House. The guy graduated with a Magna Cum Laude from Harvard Law School. Show me any US President who was this educated.

    July 25, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  24. NELSON Colorado Springs, Co

    Good job Sen Obama you are so right. you mite not like his politic but he the presiodent. GO OBAMA

    July 25, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  25. The Truth

    Biffington, Biff:
    So vote for the Old, war mongering liar.

    July 25, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
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