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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  1. Ben

    I am getting so sick of the biase news reporting promoting Obama that I have no plans to ever watch this news station again. This whole overseas sweep Obama took was disgusting. It was so staged and presumptuous. He is not the president of The United States and I pray everyday that he never will be. He is not qualified to be president. He has very little experience. He had an absent father from Kenya. He spent very little of his formative years in the United States. He has spent 20 years in some radical church where hate was promoted. With the background he's had there is no way he doesn't have dysfunctional aspects of his personality. What are the people in this country thinking. They'd better wake up.

    July 26, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  2. Paula

    To all of the PUMAS: Please reconsider at the voting booth. (especially the women-McCain is completely out of touch with our issues!)
    Having the world respect the U.S. again is not about pride. Obama knows what he is talking about regarding how not having true allies has hurt us financially, not to mention the precious lives lost (both American & Iraqi) because Bush alienated the world!

    July 26, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  3. McCain=the draft

    You made me proud, Obama.
    You are what the world needs now.

    July 26, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  4. CNN- VERY DETAILED!!!!!

    CNN -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.

    GOD BLESS YOU SENATOR OBAMA !!

    July 26, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  5. Young & Educated

    Willy do you even have an IQ?! Sen Obama will bring back the respect we lost under the bush administration!
    There is no clearer picture thats needed to prove that Sen Obama IS the right man for the President of the United States!
    If you as an American cannot feel it, see it and embrace it then it a shame EVERYONE else around the world can and OUR OWN PEOPLE can't!
    Its a DAM SHAME!

    July 26, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. Abe

    WE ARE ALL WITNESSES SENATOR OBAMA. THE WORLD RECEIVED YOU WITH PROUD.

    MAKE US PROUD ONCE AGAIN.NOW IS THE TIME TO CRUSH OLD JOHNNY McBUSH ONCE AND FOR ALL.

    July 26, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  7. Real Issues

    Well done, Obama – We're very proud of you!

    July 26, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  8. ITS THE ECONOMY STUPID

    Hey somebody at CNN has to know the answer to this question: How much gas milage does that 757 get??? Are you kidding me. Somebody give this guy some literature on the gas prices and the enviornment PLEASE>>>

    July 26, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  9. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    Obama speaks off the cuff from the heart, effortlessly, honestly, and with obvious sincerity...how refreshing after these last heart wrenching 7.5 years, and a stark contrast to McCain's need for teleprompters, pre-packaged bytes, Lieberman whispering corrections into his ear, and his stiff, nervous, caged-animal persona.

    July 26, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  10. AJ in Fla

    Please stay there...!!!! you hate America.

    July 26, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. Jane

    The recent terrorist attacks in India clearly show that talking to terrorists and having an open society to promote muslims is not going to stop these barbarians from conducting attacks. Obama needs to realize that this is an ideological war driven by religion and not just a political war. If Obama doesn't change his stance on tackling islamic terror, then he is not the right person to lead America in this time of international crisis.

    July 26, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  12. Kevin,FL

    Well isn't this some thing, Obama and McCain are virtually tied in the polls and Senator Clinton yes Hillary Rodham Clinton is leading John McCain by 8 points, according to Rasmussen ,as you may all know she suspended her campaign over a month ago,now what does that say about Obama?… the DNC is in some deep doo doo come November!

    July 26, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  13. randy

    Thank you senator barack obama for making us proud overseas.this what george bush could have done on on long time ago. But he didnt.you have my vote my family vote and 14 of my friends votes.

    July 26, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  14. Sean

    In his first debate With MCCain, OBama should ask him how many fans He was mobbed by when he visited Europe. He should also ask MCCain if having meaningful peaceful conversations with so many foreign leaders is the kind of Foreign Policy Experience McCain said he needed! Let's see what MCCain says to THAT!

    July 26, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  15. randy

    Please everybody please watch meet the press tomorow. Sunday 9am on sunday.

    July 26, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  16. joe

    Rest up Senator Obama so you can kick butt on the campaign trail next week. Obama '08.

    July 26, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  17. Remy

    Welcome home Obama!
    McCain camp is going to be upset again! In the absence of Obama, they danced too much!

    July 26, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  18. Emmanuel chukwuma

    The time has come for mcWAR to surrender to a true leader, an angel of peace,reconciliator and someone who will rebuild all the mess created by your boss G.W Bush which you wants to continue..stop this negative attacks now on Obama because it'snot working for you and start making arrengement on how to spend your retirement after Nov.4 and may be Barack Obama will consider rewarding your campaign team for contributing to your failure.

    July 26, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  19. a southern bell for OBAMA

    GREAT SHOT OF A SERIOUS BRIT.

    July 26, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  20. annette

    Dear Mr. Obama,
    You have done what no other person could have done to restore the US to good standing in many oter parts of the world, thank you so very much. You can be very proud of the job you did. people in other parts of the world will be looking for you to set uo think tanks for all the world. Please listen to IMAGINE this is you Mr. Obama, or at least the way I think about you and the possibilities.
    Mr. & Mrs. Obama, your team effort is not going un-noticed keep it up, and let the world see the love you have for each other.
    May god keep you and you beautiful family safe.
    With kind regards
    Annette

    July 26, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  21. C from Texas

    I thought this wasn't a campaign trip? Looks like his campaign plane sitting on the runway. Wonder if the taxpayers paid for this trip or his supporters?

    McCain '08

    July 26, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  22. Leah DiMarco, Texas

    It's time for ALL Americans to unite and put the best person for the job in the White House. Obama will bring respect back to the United States in eyes of the world!

    Obama/Sebelius '08

    July 26, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  23. nate

    Proud Military families for Obama!

    July 26, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  24. Ez

    JOb well done get your well deserved rest.

    July 26, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  25. Tania

    Obama hasn't proven anything on this trip that would help him with his campaign at home.
    People were looking for dialogue with substance and instead they got the usual political rhetoric.
    As one newspaper said , Obama's dreadful , underreported performances when away from teleprompters makes you wonder more and more if their is even less to the Obama pheomenon than one thought.
    Nothing more than an empty suit after all..!!!

    July 26, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
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