July 26th, 2008
01:00 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama headed home after Mideast, Europe trip


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.

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soundoff (199 Responses)
  1. mollygonz

    Enjoy your rest Obama. You certainly deserve it. Sleep peacefully.

    July 26, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  2. Willy

    Lord Obama should stay and rule his people all 200,000 of them in Germany.

    July 26, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  3. pt

    America needs Obama now!

    July 26, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  4. David Newport, OR

    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?

    July 26, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  5. Kell Ca

    Well done Obama!

    July 26, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  6. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    Repent thou mcWAR for your only salvation is coming in from the east!

    July 26, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  7. Janet

    Welcome home Barack Obama.. You were missed.
    Upset with the media for posting his prayer.

    July 26, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  8. Loretta from California

    Yeah go home and rest up. And then go see about that oil spill in New Orleans. They are having a difficult time cleaning that mess up.

    No drilling off the coast of California, Arnold. I don't care how much pressure your REPUBLICAN BIG Oil friends put on you.


    July 26, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  9. wiser

    Americans will not be fooled by an adoring press. We will not support someone with so little experience. The press can keep pushing Senator Obama on us but the voters will not elect him. We are not electing an American Idol. We are electing a president, which is more than a popularity contest.

    Also, the last time I checked Europeans could not vote in US elections.

    We will choose experience, judgment, and a genuine war hero over a zero every time!

    Democrats for McCain!

    July 26, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  10. pat C.

    wonderful trip obama. we are all proud of you and your success!

    July 26, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  11. vicki

    Brilliant job Barack. Welcome home. We miss you and NEED you.

    July 26, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  12. The Change Express

    Eight countries in 7 days. A well deserved rest. JOB WELL DONE !!!

    OBAMA 08/12

    July 26, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  13. MikeH

    Interesting trip.

    I think the Berlin speech was too over the top in it's scope, he's just a senator, but that's me.

    Time to stay home now and become intense with the domestic campaign, crunch time's a'comin.

    July 26, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  14. linda

    Mr. Obama, you represented America well, while on tour with our greatest allies, just know that the republican party is jealous and they wished they had what it takes to govern the USA as well as you will when you are elected president come Nov. Gods' speed

    July 26, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  15. Maggie


    July 26, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  16. rage maine

    Well come back, now get your hands on on the issues at home, that are important to the voters. no more crowd pleasing .
    Mcsame is throwing is going crazy , he thinks that he has been left out.
    Well say to mcsame , come up with ideas and seduce you beloved media to colombia, and talk to colobian leader , and tell him give me alittle hostage drama , make me look effective and strong command for i have this time brought american media muscles to colombia, last time i missed the opportunity that presented it self , the betancourt freeing , if i had with me big network anchors with me , obama would have whined himself
    Go obama

    July 26, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  17. John McShame, Obama Is Going to Tax You & Cindy, but Not Me & 95% Americans Making < $250,000/Yr

    welcome home president Barack Obama...nice trip you have overseas.

    john mcsame got what he bargained for...you clearly outshone him on your meetings with world leaders. very presidential Barack!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 26, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  18. Mary

    Welcome back Mr. Obama! Nice to have you home!

    July 26, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  19. TerryDo--PumaPac

    Janet July 26th, 2008 2:08 pm ET

    Welcome home Barack Obama.. You were missed.
    Upset with the media for posting his prayer.

    I would not be surprised if Obama's people gave the media a copy of his prayer.

    But I did like the part about that he was overly proud and that he was lacking wisdom, didn't you?

    July 26, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  20. cindy

    I am soooo proud to call myself an American after watching Obama represent the United States on his trip. He has instilled by his actions in me a new hope for the great U.S. of America. Thank you Barack, YES WE CAN. OBAMA 08

    July 26, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  21. Ula Nejad- Sacramento Ca

    Interesting. Maliki gets a papal visit. Why is Iran left out? Go ahead and delete this too. I look forward to both candidates addressing a group named UNITY and the Rev Warren. That would be superball power.

    July 26, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  22. Corinna

    Thank you Senator......May the hand God, the blood of jesus-christ cover you and your family...

    July 26, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  23. Independence

    Rock star's coming to America.

    July 26, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  24. Clark

    Welcome home! I never thought you'd go to Iraq and receive an implicit acceptance of the 16 month withdrawal plan from al-Maliki...and another, more explicit acceptance from McCain on Wolf Blitzer's show. It just goes to show that Mr. Obama is the man for the job.

    July 26, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  25. Concerned Canadian

    I think Obama's trip was a resounding success and allowed world leaders and citizens to see the hope and the potential of a changed America, one not run by Republican money grubbing war mongers. Those same world leaders Obama met with have televisions, internet and read online newspapers too. I wonder how they felt about McCain as they watched him spend his week repeating the word SURGE some gazillion times and attacking Obama at every turn. Did he earn their respect I wonder?????

    He failed to spend his time while Obama was away on promoting his own policies and positions, thereby missing a tremendous opportunity. He does not come across as serious about this country, just serious about beating Obama.

    July 26, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
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