Sen. Obama's campaign aircraft prepares to leave London's Heathrow International Airport Saturday under heavy security and return to the U.S. Photo credit: Getty Images
LONDON, England (CNN) - Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama headed back to the United States Saturday night, bringing to an end his eight-day trip to the Middle East and Europe.
The Obama campaign's chartered Boeing 757 took off from London's Heathrow Airport just after 6 p.m. local time (1 p.m. ET), bound for Chicago, Illinois.
During the trip, Obama visited Kuwait, Afghanistan, Iraq, Jordan, Israel, Germany, France and the United Kingdom.
The senator told reporters just before takeoff that he intended to sleep the entire way home on the nearly eight-hour flight.
Safe trip back Barack!hopefully Mcain will stop being so Angry.
what an amazing leader .... East or West Obama is the Best !!!!!!!!!!
Welcome home, Senator Obama! I must admit, seeing that crowd of 200K+ in Berlin for Obama made me mad jealous, LOL! United States, time to open up your eyes and see what they world is seeing. Don't let fear, bigotry and prejudice clamp down on what is true in your heart of hearts. Unity, peace, and prosperity can be ours once more. Just let it be.
The officer is hot!
That is to bad. I was wishing that he would stay there in one of them countrys where socialism and hatered of america abounds. They can't stand the fact that a colony of theirs kicked their butts and became the most powerful country on the face of earth were freedom abounds. I don't think most americans will be voting for the BLACK MONARCH that the europeans want. Just like it didn't elect that blue-blood Kerry.
Welcome back Mr. President!
He did a good job. I wasn't going to vote for him for several reasons, but he impressed me by his willingness to learn about other cultures and nations. That is always appreciated in the world. As far as I know Bush didn't hardly know where Iraq was on the map and never sat foot in Europe. This man was dumber than a gnat in a hailstorm as far as other nations are concerned and we feel the outcome now after his 8 years. Obama did a good thing. People were curious who he is, and if he gets elected they know what they are dealing with. There will be handshakes again when he meets the leaders, and this is a big plus for America. McCaine the sour puss sat at home and found fault. ha ha.....Unless something unusual comes along I won't vote for McCaine, because I appreciate a man who is trying .
ypical Brown to not let us here in the UK see Obama – I only got his agenda after midnihgt last the night (BST) before after watching news/web all day and by the time I would have got to Downing St his press conference woiuld have been over – watched it all on telly instead..
we on the real Left of british POlitics hope to have a proper democratic ;eadership election now Brwon os in trouble – expect John McDonnell Mp will stand again as our candidate – hsi previous bid was mysteriously not mentione dby the BBC today but I know it existed as i woked on it!
wow this guy on the picture is hot. I thought my son who does security detail in Afhanistan looks good on pictures, but this guy takes the cake.
McCaine could have never kept up this kind of schedule, he would have dropped dead right then and there. fact.
Get some rest after your huge photo-op (waste of time and tax payer dollars). We will wait for your gaffes and double speak. Get Michelle some earings. Think about why you didn't go visit the wounded soldiers. Maybe a nice 300 dollar sleep over might cheer you up some. How about some $100/LB ham and arugala sandwhiches?
Happy Obama is heading home. Excellent job!!! Now if old McCain would just button his lip! He really is a cranky old fart. How anyone can vote for him is beyond my imagination. What is America coming to?
He chartered a 757? Hmmmm
Yes, Change we can believe in and Change WE need!
Obama 2008 and beyond!
We don't need more of the same from Bush like minded people = McCain, please no.
SEEMS YOU SOUND A LITTLE JEALOUS
DO YOU REALLY THINK THAT HAD MCCAIN GONE TO GERMANY THAT 200,000 PEOPLE WOULD OF SHOWED UP TO SEE HIM?
I THINK NOT.....MAYBE 400 OR SO....LOL
BELIEVE IT THAT OBAMA WILL BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
Mccain, you are the one who encourage Obama to take that trip
once you saw he could stand up to world leaders and be good at it,
you started to act like a jelious kid. Barack you got game!!
David Newport, OR July 26th, 2008 2:00 pm ET
Good…now that he has demonstrated to the World that he will be a far more capable leader than McCain, it is time to finish the job at hand. Use this experience to highlight over and over again how McCain in his 50 or so trips never once stimulated the interest that Obama did w/ the World leaders he visited. Why do you think that is?
Did he stimulate them the same way a bum get's stimulated when he see's an easy mark coming? Or the way a parasites eyes light up when they find a new host?
Good job Obama. now it's on to the US and win there. UNITE AMERICA for one true voice ours' with BARACK OBAMA as our spokes- person. everyone vote DEMOCRAT.
Welcome home Senator!
We love you and are so proud of you!
Sweet dreams Mr. President – May you have a safe flight back home.
Wow, nice jet, whose paying for that?
Welcome back, welcome back welcome back!
Welcome back home, Obama. We missed you.
Welcome back, Obama! But we sure missed you.,as I'm sure Michelle and the girls did. Now that you're back safe and sound, rest up and then go get these idiots that we have had to put up with.i.e. McCain, Bush, etc.