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. CNN loves McCain

    Welcome home President Obama!

    July 26, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  2. Morningstar

    Welcome home Senator, may God who answered Hannah prayer about Samuel answer your prayer. You are one of the most outstanding US presidential candidate ever. God bless you!

    July 26, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  3. Daniel, VA

    Barack has to go to the beach to relax and retire from politics. he is a danger to our nation. Most radical element in our politics.

    July 26, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  4. Democrate

    Unite to throw this mad man-McMad

    July 26, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  5. Tony, Miami

    Welcome back home, home sweet home.

    July 26, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  6. NoMcSame

    McSame will shut his old smelly mouth now. Obama is back. What will McSame challenge him to next? He took you up on the overseas trip and tore you a new one. Now what do McSams and plastic face have up their sleeves now? well I can honestly say that Obama is ready for anything that old McFace can come up with.

    July 26, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  7. libs be dopes

    Geeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, no report on who tucked him in?

    July 26, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  8. Pennsylvania for Obama'08

    A well deserved rest for a job well done! How many of us could keep up that kind of pace day after day and still make sense? Obama will be a tireless President for all... not just the wealthy.

    Welcome home Barack!

    July 26, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  9. LT for Obama

    Has anyone noticed that over the last week, Obama has barely mentioned McCain and when he did, it was with respect and decency even after he heard about McCain's week-long bashfest?

    McCain has spent the last two weeks say "My opponent does not..." The man is like a broken record that I have finally gotten tired of hearing. I attempt to watch his speeches, but they are so full of crap. He says he has a plan for everything but does not elaborate because he then starts bashing Obama.

    My favorate was yesterday when he announced that he knows the Middle East and knows how to win wars and knows how to capture Bin Laden. Well, if that is the case, why have you not shared this with our military by now? Wouldn't it help you more now if you had captured or killed this man before the election to show us how skilled you really are? Talk about saying anything to get elected. McCain preys on our fears. This did not work for Hillary, nor did complaining, it will not work for McCain.

    July 26, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  10. Nick,Cape Cod

    Is the Mid-eastern and European Obamafest over? Is the Messiah returning? Is that phony and political "Black in America" show over? Hope so. All this Obama stuff is getting on everyone's nerves and it's showing in the polls.

    McCain 08'

    July 26, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  11. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Welcome Home, Barack. We missed you!

    July 26, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  12. Ilona Hussein Proud Canadian


    I hope that Barack can take a little time off, even a long week-end will help. I'm sure that he is tired.

    July 26, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  13. probama in paradise

    You are in our prayers until you arrive home safely...
    And then, Welcome Home! You made us proud and will continue to do so!

    July 26, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  14. swish


    July 26, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  15. bk

    You shouldn't need much rest with 300 advisors and this is because you don't know what you are doing. Just keep reading the speeches the 23 year old writes for you and keep refusing to debate and maybe you can keep on fooling people. Hope and Change LOL!

    July 26, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  16. al phillips

    Well DONE – Well DONE
    You have indeed removed doubts. Now come home and hit the ground RUNNING with Bill and Hillary to deliver the KNOCK OUT punch to McCain.

    Obama 08

    July 26, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  17. BJGT

    God speed.

    July 26, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  18. Kris, Toronto, Canada

    After you're rested Obama, please come up and visit Canada!

    We're your friendly neighbour and largest trading partner... plus I want to attend Obamania in Canada!

    July 26, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  19. terry

    His time abroad would have been better spent here at home trying to win the votes of us "common folk", he lost my vote and many others!

    July 26, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  20. Cheryl

    Welcome back and congratulations on beginning a new more hopeful phase in American/world diplomacy. Very glad you were able to make it back safely. So much depends on your presidency.

    July 26, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  21. Danice

    Welcome home. Although it was wonderful to see an american so warmly welcome across the world the hard work must begin. Now you must show Americans that you are the best person for job.

    July 26, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  22. Philani Masuku South Africa

    America!! Open your eyes! Someone like Obama only comes once in million years!!

    July 26, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  23. Rocky

    I was kind of hoping he would like France so much he would stay! I guess this country couldn't get that lucky!

    July 26, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  24. tally lazzy


    July 26, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  25. RJ, CA

    Obama does not represent ME and millions of other Americans abroad. Currently Obama is NOT the elected president - he is only a Senator. The ONLY people he currently legally represents are the people of Ilinois. He did his overseas dog and pony show under false pretenses - but what else is new! Not only is Obama merely the "presumptive" candidate - he is a PRESUMPTUOUS phony!

    And, no, Loretta from California - Democrats will NOT unite this time! This time it's country over party!

    July 26, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
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