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. Wilmoth Nichols

    I don't usually listen to Rush Limbaugh because I get so very angry, but I happened to have the car radio on one day this week, and your successful trip to Afghanistan, and the other countries seemed to set him off. I thought he was ranting, and it was hilarious. I got the impression that he was ticked off because you were getting such large crowds.
    I was very impressed with the welcome that you got in Kuwait, from the military personnel there. It had to be very gratifying for you.
    I am praying for your election to the office of President of the United States of America. I shudder to think of what will happen to our great country if we get another Republican Administration!.

    July 26, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  2. Nora

    I hope – we will not repeat mistakes 2000 & 2004.
    Somebody has to clean this mess.
    Welcome home Sen .Obama .

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

    Oh, get out the barf bags. The bed wetters are swooning over car door ears. Mr. Done Nothing returns to his adoring fans. Michael Jackson couldn't ask for more gullible fans.
    You bozos who think the "prayer' taken from the Wall deal wasn't staged by Hussein's henchmen are totally walking lobotomies.
    If this guy was White he wouldn't be the nominee and he for sure wouldn't get the press.
    This guy could care less if you live or die as long as he gets your vote.

    July 26, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  4. Eileen

    Obama looks like a kid on a field trip. Nothing more than a clown in a media circus. Americans choose the next president not the rest of the world. Nobama ever.

    July 26, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  5. Belle

    The oil spill was because a Tanker and a Boat collided...something THAT could happen off the coast of California.

    July 26, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  6. Mslola

    Dear Senator Obama: Get some well deserved rest and relaxation.
    Be with your wonderful wife and girls. Come Monday morning hit the ground running with talks and plans on the economy!!!
    We are behind you all the way.
    Obama 2008!

    July 26, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  7. lisaque

    Please dont hurry back ,why not stay over there were they love you, maybe they will crown you a Prince or better King Obama.

    HILLARY we really need you now!!! this guy is a joke.


    July 26, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  8. joy

    safe trip senator Obama we need you so much. God bless you and your family. we all love you.

    July 26, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  9. PL

    There is nothing wrong for Obama to have gone for this trip for "fact finding" to help him better grasp the temperature of foreign affairs. But the places he visited, the photo-ops, and his speeches portray him as something entirely different. He is acting like a "presumtive" president of the United States. In actuality, he is the "presumptive" candidate for his party for the general election, meaning that he is yet to be endorsed and officially stamped as the democratic candidate at the convention after due process by the final votes of the delegates and superdelegates.
    He was so swooped up by the hype and opportunity of the moment that the display oozed presumptiousness and arrogance which trumped concerns for propriety. You would think that he is the president, or the secretary of states, or foreign minister of the US.
    Hat off to his campaign staff. How did they pull that off no matter the result being plus or minus for history to judge. Wow!

    July 26, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  10. Lisa

    I haven't believed in the change that Obama has to offer.

    July 26, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  11. Timber (ex dem)

    The arrogance of this man is infinite. Why are the media covering someone like this who is not even the leader of our country?? If he wants to go gallavanting all over , let him go, you don't have to follow him!

    July 26, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  12. Suzie McKay in Las Vegas

    Sleep well, dear friend. I hope the person who stole and published your prayer sleeps as peacefully as you....NOT.

    July 26, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. zolesh

    May the Lord bring you home safely.We miss you Obama.

    Come home and give this old geezer a dose of what he needs.He's been grumpy all week.We need some fresh message Barry.Tired of these old attack politics of McCain and his group.

    Barry come home and expose all the lies being pebbled around in your absence.

    July 26, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  14. ct

    Senator Obama, thank you for what you have done. We miss you.

    Obama '08, '12

    July 26, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  15. Jesse, Burnsville, MN

    Obama = America leading the world by setting a positive example.

    McCain = America "leading" the world through brute force and going it alone.

    Republicans need to realize that brute force and going it alone costs a lot of money and we'll bankrupt us, much like the old Soviet Union.

    July 26, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  16. John in Iowa

    These are Obama’s friends:

    William Ayers (Anti-American Radical)

    Larry Sinclair (Homosexual Drug Addict)

    Jeremiah Wright (White-Hating “Reverend”)

    Tony Reszco (Chicago Slum Land-Lord)

    Louis Farrakhan (Muslim Fanatic)

    What else needs to be said?

    Anybody but Obama ’08!

    July 26, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  17. Sara Shamili

    Well done Obama. You really made the world a happy place in last 8 days. We Europeans love you and wish you become the next US President. You Americans if you want to be respected and loved again in the world, vote for him and if you wish more wars, and disgrace then vote for McCain. The choice is yours.

    Sara from Denmark

    July 26, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  18. BBB

    Welcome home Barack!
    while you were away, the opponent spent all that time trying to change the game. They stole most of your plan, and now wants to make them theirs. The also oppenents plan to steal all your good judgements, make theirs, and leave you with none left and then trun around with some audacity to call you in-expereinced. The next thing after that (of course!) would be to appeal to the fear and racism amongst the majority of the country that do not and will not travel. History has it right that this is how the Repubs always win election. This year will not be different. We only hope that the nation has woken up from its Republican sedation to reclaim respect from the world. Get your rest and please fight hard from now to the finish line. Good luck Obama!

    July 26, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  19. Marj,Paso Robles, Cal

    Was BO overseas? Why hasn't the media reported on it? I'm shocked.

    July 26, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  20. Phil in Texas


    July 26, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  21. Griff

    The Banche of Change.. Borack Obama.. Every Snake! Shed's it Skin, sometime...

    July 26, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  22. 08/12Obama all the way to the W.H.

    Obama well done /It was interesting now take some time to rest and enjoy your family .
    You give us a reason to have hope and feel proud again.

    Bush,Cheney,Rove mcShame and their gang
    should all be under the bus .
    I know when you are President the Rebutticans will think it should be repaired over night while Bush./Cheney and their Haliburton gang have been tearing it down for almost 8 years and they are still at it . .

    Obama 08/12

    July 26, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  23. 68 year old voter

    The rock king returns ! To bad he doesn't have a record or a leadership trail to judge . But to the shallow swooners that doesn't seem to matter! He" yaks " their tune!

    July 26, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  24. cecil

    THE Surge THE Surge THE Surge THE Surge THE Surge
    THE Surge THE Surge THE Surge THE Surge THE Surge
    THE Surge THE Surge THE Surge THE Surge THE Surge
    THE Surge THE Surge THE Surge THE Surge THE Surge
    THE Surge THE Surge THE Surge THE Surge THE Surge
    My Baby, NoBody Touches IT!
    It's Mind!
    That's All He Knows WAR. Listen To Hm America. Mr I Know It All McCain! I Know How To Win Wars. I want A President Who Know How To Bring Peace. Wars What Are They Good For ..........................
    Say It Again and again.

    July 26, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  25. Susan

    Wlecome back Senator Obama. You did our country proud!!!

    July 26, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
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