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

Obama headed home after Mideast, Europe trip

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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. Karen

    And I'll bet he's pretty satisfied with himself.

    July 26, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  2. Irene Gray

    I am truly proud of Obama. He is just what America needs, before we self destruct. Welcome Home Obama, we missed you.

    July 26, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  3. tai

    CNN I want to know what hes going to eat on the plane also.......telll meee nowwwwwwwwwww. loL But well deserved rest president obama.

    July 26, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  4. Venus

    Welcome home President Obama!

    You did a great job and need some rest!

    Thank you for showing Bush/McSame how to be mens!

    We are lucky that we can share you with the world!

    July 26, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  5. Independant Thinker

    Good , Obama won't be able to trash Americans to to the Europeans while he is here.

    July 26, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  6. Sue

    Job well done! Get your rest for the road is long ahead of you.

    July 26, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  7. Linda31

    Welcome back! And job well done. I remember thinking the week before, all that the stations could talk about was Obama making a gaffe. He did a fabulous job!!!

    July 26, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  8. Wisconsin

    Time to kick republican butt for America!

    July 26, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  9. Vietnam Veteran

    Well done , what Barack Obama has done in one trip is restore the pride and envy of America abroad and again displayed to the nay sayers the the US and the world is ready for a change. John Mcsame tried to unlease is attack dog mode while he was away knowing that he would not respond in keeping with establish protocol .It will be interesting to see how he reacts when his true record is open for the public to to see. stay tune its coming.

    July 26, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  10. Jim

    oh! Couldn't Obama stay a little longer? ......................Like after the November election.

    July 26, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  11. JOANN...L I NEW YORK

    WELCOME HOME MR OBAMA...YOU SHOWED THE WORLD AND THE WORLD SHOWED YOU WHY YOU WILL BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

    FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE I AM PROUD TO BE AN AFRICAN AMERICAN.

    OBAMA!!!!! YES WE WILL!!!

    July 26, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  12. hannah

    That was a genius idea...to head off to meet with our European allies,
    McCain criticizes Obama for not going to meet the allies then when he does he fouls mouth him too. Guess it's a "senior moment". God luck,Barack!!!

    July 26, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  13. Africa4obama

    God bless you

    July 26, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  14. Arden

    Good. Although watching all of this live was exciting and he accomplished exactly what he needed to do and was forced to do, its time for him to get home and focus on the economy, the economy, the economy. Pick your running mate, get on your bus and head out together to the hearland. People want specifics. What are you SPECIFICALLY going to do to get people back to work, get money in the pockets, gas in their tank. These are the main topics. Sen. Obama can visit wounded veterans after he gets elected. Although a Vist to Veteran families like at Ft. Hood, Texas would't hurt make up for the canceled visit in Germany. Welcome Back Senator Obama. Job well done. Now let's get you elected.

    July 26, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  15. Mike in Cincinnati

    Just an absolutely outstanding week. Obama has shown that he has the intellect, the ability, the values, and the judgment to represent us on the world stage. He has the ability to rebuild and extend our alliances, and in so doing, will move the U.S.'s agenda forward in the international community. If anyone had doubts about his capability before, this last week should help ease those concerns. He IS the real deal.

    July 26, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  16. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Berlin, you can't have Obama because we need him here in the U.S.A. Great going Obama and Welcome home.

    July 26, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  17. Shannon

    Oh goody, maybe he can focus on some of the problems we are having here, maybe he could spend some of his time in the Senate, doing the job he was elected to do. I hope in doesn't interfere with his rock star schedule, but one would hope he could pay attention to high fuel costs, the housing crisis, the cost of groceries, or are those subject way to mundane for the man who's picture is on the cover of people. We need a leader, not a celebrity!

    July 26, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  18. dormar

    Good job, and get some rest so you can tell that old man off lol

    July 26, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  19. carolinas

    Dear Obama:

    Welcome home. I just admired your humble nature to communicate your message to the world's citizen God bless you always.. .

    July 26, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  20. Me

    Here's hoping he gets a chance to stop by some small town diners in Michigan, Colorado, North Carolina, and Ohio when he gets back. The people need to know the man even better.

    Obama has shown himself far more capable than McLaugh. He didn't make a single misstep through his trip, and even the conservative commentators on the McLaughlin group this week noted the trip was a resounding success.

    July 26, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  21. chris

    Welcome back Mr. President.

    Thanks for reminding the world what a great nation we are.

    Now let's start the work to defeat backward thinking in this country (McCain and his horde of followers)

    July 26, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  22. hD

    Job well done, O. Time to bring it home...

    July 26, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  23. Nothing But Love

    Glad he'll be back to give JM a lesson in diplomacy. I'm proud to be living at this time, at this moment in history. Whether you guys want Obama to win or lose; he has changed the way in which the world look at America, and for that I have nothing but love for him. WELCOME HOME SENATOR........................................................

    July 26, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  24. William, from Cali!

    The job you seek is 24/7, with no OT.................................but plenty of "pitfalls".................so rest up, 1/20/2009 is "real" and it's coming!

    July 26, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  25. OBAMA FLOORS MCCAIN

    MCCAIN SAID HE WOULD WAIT TILL HE IS PRESIDENT BEFORE GOING TO GERMANY. I WONDER WHY- SO HE COULD RENT A CROWN WITH AMERICA'S MONEY TO CHEER HIM ON. MC, WHY NOT NOW?

    July 26, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
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