July 25th, 2008
12:45 PM ET
10 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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  1. karen-phoenix

    Brilliant Obama!!! He has such grace and concern. He's educated and articulates well!!! What a change and Obama is changing the image the world has of America!! No Flags burned! No image of Bush being hanged!!! What a wonderful feeling! FIrst time in 8 years I'm becoming proud of my country again!!! I have been sooo ashamed of what Bush and his crew has done to our image and the world!!! McCain is no different than Bush with one exception–he's old!!!
    GO OBAMA!! Yes We Can!! Peace is Patriotic!!

    July 25, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |

    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
    Mr Obama you are such a gentleman...... Mr Bush shouldn't criticize you while you are overseas....... his middle name is Wrong and he is such an Idiot!!!!!

    July 25, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  3. gary


    July 25, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  4. Retired Veteran from New York City

    For those who said that Obama is unfit to be President, you need to check your credential. This is America and everybody is entitled to become whatever. If you think he so unfit, what don't you chanllenge him, I guess your lack of education put a hold on you. Before you criticize someone, you better be sure that your credential is better thatn that person. Being Whites or Blacks, rich or poor, Christians or Jews, Moslems or Budhists is not the qualification required to be President.

    I suggest to all of you that hated Obama to check yourself out real good and ask yourself a simple question whether you are better and well educated than him. Only than you can criticize. Bunch of fools!

    July 25, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  5. matt

    Heaven forbid that Obama act diplomatic. But hey, after 7 years of cowboy diplomacy, I guess a lot of Americans are used to the original form of diplomacy

    July 25, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  6. Bill

    Obama carried himself with dignity during his travels. Unfortunately we can't say the same thing for our dry drunk President that only a couple of months ago did play politics while speaking in Israel. The world is looking for this country to stand up and do what is right - just like we have always stood for until Bush and Co took over. McCain is a great America despite his personal baggage, however, he is too much aligned with Bush and to provide the type of new leadership this country and the world is yearning for.

    July 25, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. Rick FL

    Obama is a true statesman.

    July 25, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  8. LA2NC

    proud army and navy mom July 25th, 2008 1:17 pm ET

    Please Obam your policy of taxing everyone and everything is out of line.
    Please do your self a favor and use the internet to do some research before you make a post like this. Have you looked as some impartial sites to see if this is true? No apparently not, because if you had, the you wouldn't have made this statement.

    July 25, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  9. Biffington, Biff

    Oh.... I see now..... This poser has faked me AND Proud Army and Navy Mom... (and i wonder how many others now....



    July 25, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  10. Robert Crick

    I have never in my many years observing election coverage like I see today. The press has determined that they will name the next president. I think this will backfire so badly for Obama that McCain will go in with a solid vote. And, I believe that this nation will never forget the fact that the press has radically changed into a turned into a political party of it's own. There is no one single "independent" reporting agency in America today. We have reached the lowest we have ever been in non-bias reporting. Even Russia has a much more critical and fair sense at reporting news than the US.

    July 25, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  11. Tina - Sacramento, CA

    I am very impressed with Senator Obama..

    He does have style and grace. And he handled himself very well overseas. I am proud of him. And whether he becomes POTUS or not, he has made history, the history of being the only African American to be nominated for presidency.

    This historic moment, I will be sharing with my grand-children to show them that yes, In America, "Yes you can"

    God Bless Obama and his beautiful family.

    July 25, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  12. Nia Hussein- Phoenix, AZ

    To bad Bush didn't do the same thing when he went overseas.

    July 25, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  13. hillbilly,arkansas

    mccain just called a latino a "dumb mexican".

    July 25, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  14. Clark Shaffer

    No one can deny, even the most "red" of republicans that Obama makes sense and provides an atmosphere that is critical for progress not only here at home but abroad as well. It's ashame all you on the right can't see this reality and are blinded by a candidate who WILL continue the status quo of today for another 4 years. God help this country if McClueless is elected!

    July 25, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  15. Swigg

    All of you bloggers spouting insulting comments are showing your true colors. You take issue with everthing the man does, even when he does or says something good. He's respectful of himself and others and does a great job staying above the fray. Your nasty comments and insults are usually baseless. President Bush and John McCain make one snide remark after the other. Meanwhile, Obama has the presence of mind not to insult Bush & McCain while abroad. Even if you disagree with his policies, how can you not give him credit for his respectful behavior? You know why, because it's not his policies you disagree with. You just hate him for whatever reason. Blind hatred does no one any good.

    July 25, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  16. proud army and navy mom

    don't pay attention to the fake post using my name.

    What our next president Obama is saying is that he will look after the interest of all the American people, not just special interest.

    Mcsenile has been bought and paid for by bush and his henchman.

    July 25, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  17. SIMP

    You stupid people who keep saying Obama is concerned about foriegn policies and not USA. What the heck has he been addressing over the last 18 months? How to make this country better with change. Obama is out of the country trying heal the wounds that idiot GWB created over the last 8 years. It does not take a rocket scientist to see what he's doing but you haters only want to try to find fault in everything Obama does. Obama has done us a favor by trying to make a mends, so shut up haters.

    Obama all the way

    July 25, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  18. psittacines

    Very gracious...even when McCain takes underhanded jabs at his patriotism and a trip he challenged Barack to make, Barack still will only say that was "unfortunate." Very gracious....:)

    July 25, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  19. Ula Nejad- Sacramento Ca

    What a farce. Try this for Magazine cover.

    A 21st centaur with Obama's head and a mixed breed arabian horse. German made horse shoe. Obama wears a silk turban and wears a headphone listening to Bruni's new release. McCain is riding on the centaur wearing a helmet and Mr Universe sash in place a of a shining armour holding an American flag. The centaur strutts through Arllighton cemetery. Leaders from Iraq, Israel, Jordan paving the way with foreign currency while the centaur's hind leg gives Afro gung ho Michelle a fist bump. The back drop, the historic platform of the RNC with Hillary in the middle of the crowd protesting Women and Children's rights around the world.

    Cover title............. Only in America.
    Paid for by American Taxpayers
    Published by Wall Street
    Endorsed by the Media Brigade.

    July 25, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  20. I Miss Hillary, PUMA

    What a load of crap. He'll come back here and trash Bush all over again...and again. Doesn't he think people in other countries hear that? This guy is weak, unqualified, and an empty suit.

    July 25, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  21. Janet

    I think its very important we connect with other contries.
    One minute McCain is telling folks, Obama has no knowledge of our country is proceed overseas.
    The minute he travels overseas, McCains complains that Obama is no connecting with the people in the USA.. McCain made his trip overseas, and no one really cared.. I think McCain is Jealous and so is his followers. Obama is bring pride back to the Pride Land of USA. People will feel honored to live here again.

    July 25, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  22. Biffington, Biff


    It would be so nice…
    If these blog topics were actually filled with debaters instead of 30 paid RNC, right wing staffers.
    If these same 30 paid RNC, right wing staffers did NOT spout the SAME tired rhetoric topic after topic.
    If they actually ‘contributed’ to a meaningful discussion
    If they actually ‘read’ the article BEFORE letting their drivel flow
    If they could NOT resort to CREATING HATRED for this man, much as they did Bill Clinton, Al Gore and John Kerry. (creating hatred is all they are good at)
    If they did NOT “MANUFACTURE” outrage on non-outrageous topics… (flag-pins, bitter, muslim, ‘did-he-flip-flop’)
    If the Republican strategy was actually something OTHER than “make the other guy look worse than you, even if you have to lie to do it”
    If Obama could state a simple truth such as “water is wet” without his words being twisted and morphed into “Rev Wright teaches that all water drinkers hate blacks… and America!)..- (so stupid)..
    But.. these ARE the tricks the RNC and the Republicans will use. They have no choice. People are waking up to the fact that they have been ‘tricked’ into voting against their own best interests time and again. And as LOUD as the republican propaganda machine howls, things are so bad that most people cannot be ‘tricked’ into THINKING otherwise. (and that is very bad news for Republicans).

    July 25, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  23. Jamal Kansas

    this is a man Destined to be President and i will help make that a reality Obama 08 stop the Hate

    July 25, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  24. ANGIE

    the haters here just kill me they bash him for not bashing bush they would bash him for bashing bush oh you hateful people love to see everything blowing up in your faces you all thought obama was gonna fail and he did quite well as for mccain in the cheese isle talking about milk well i say at least he brings humor to this election!!!!!

    July 25, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  25. hello

    If america elect John MaCain as president I have no problem he is a good person, but make sure to give abosolute majority to democrats in congress and I mean 67 vote in senate, and defeat all that special interest Republican senator.who still believe in deregulation and think that rise in oil price is supply and demand.

    July 25, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
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