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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  1. Generation X

    Now, maybe McCain can talk all of his crap in Obama's face. I personally can not wait for a debate with Obama and McCain. CNN this will be so much fun. LOL

    July 26, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  2. jo

    you make us proud of our country. At least now the Eroupian knows that our future leader speakes english.

    July 26, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  3. Griff

    Oh! So Obama is going back to Somalia??? Bon Voyage....

    July 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  4. Somebody

    A job well done.
    Now what will McSenile dare you to do next?

    July 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  5. MemeForObama

    Well done Obama-well come home
    Hope this trip is an eye opener for the USA , to know that your a better choice for the POTUS.

    Post my comments CNN!!!!

    July 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  6. montana

    mcwar, repent cos our saviour is coming back home.

    July 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  7. Andrew

    What did Obama eat for breakfast?

    The Obamabots really want to know.

    July 26, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  8. pam Eugene OR

    Thank you Barack for showing the world what America can be. Sleep well, you have earned the rest.

    July 26, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  9. AT

    David I completely agree with you on this trip. I am so impressed with the leadership abilities of this man. He has once again shown that he is a great leader and will represent this nation in grand fashion. I know that I am among many that are praying his safe return to our shores and to his family. Be blessed and rest well Senator Obama.

    July 26, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  10. mayahh


    July 26, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  11. baracomama

    Welcome home... Mr President

    July 26, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  12. Wisconsin

    So who wants to bet what McWar will whine about tomorrow?

    July 26, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  13. Obama 08'

    Welcome Home, Now lets smack Grandpa around on the economy Please !

    July 26, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  14. Anoldwoman4OBAMA

    Welcome back Senator Obama !!! We missed you !!! Last week all we could hear was McWar crying ... OBAMA 2008-2016 !!!

    July 26, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  15. Jimi NY

    AMERICA . . . CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    OBAMA '08 . . . THE LOGICAL CHOICE!!!!!

    July 26, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  16. aware

    Were you away Barack? 🙂

    Obama is "so heavenly minded that he is no earthly good!" He can read saccharine rhetoric with no substance, and he is a good pretender in his one act drama. He still uses his kids in magazine glossy photos (People Magazine), and he forgot to pray for the "Peace of Jerusalem" as he posed at the wall!

    Obama is the most nauseating, arrogant, egomaniac that has ever disgraced the political scene.

    McCain 08! 🙂

    July 26, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  17. Robert New York City & Miami, Florida


    July 26, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  18. Vig

    Presumptive, presumptuous – that seems to be Obama's call card. Remember the Humpty Dumpty rhyme?

    July 26, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  19. mike

    Now that Saint Obama has finished his world tour maybe he campaign in those 57 states he has visited. This guy is a media creation, am empty suit selling flowery rhetoric. No ideas no experiance God help us if that clown gets elected

    July 26, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  20. Alex

    we all welcome back obama.

    July 26, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  21. Well Done

    Well done Obama. What you have done in 8 days, the Bush govt. couldn't do in 8 years.
    Have a nice trip home. The Americans accomplished what was lacking in this country. A true leadership for the world. We are in the Gobal arena. You made us proud. Now America, it people and flag will be honoured again in the world. You put a shine on this tarnished image. I am so thrilled to see the world leaders treating you with much love, friendship,honour and respect.
    29K in Chicago,75Kin Oregan,200,000in Berlin.
    A great accomplishment.
    We couldn't ask for a better president. Welcome Home Mr. President.

    July 26, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  22. Herve

    well let´s be mature here, because love him or hate him, one thing important here is the man(obama) has turned in a positif way the world eye on america that is about to be totally forgotten because of to the policy of bush and administration! and when even he should not be elected president i think he´s tour throughout EUROPA would make people continu to have a look at what´s going on in usa for sometime. and that alone is good advertisement for america.

    July 26, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  23. philip

    McCain gets lots of coverage on FOX News. Luckily I can change that channel. Go Obama! and Welcome home.

    July 26, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  24. Denise Groves

    Outstanding prformance!!!!!! Great Job!!!!!!!!!

    You looked sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo presidential!

    mcCain looked sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooolllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllldddddddddddddddddddddddd!!!!!

    July 26, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  25. Puffin

    Obama knows what he is doing. A trip without 'preconditions but with preparation.' How refreshing!

    July 26, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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