December 26th, 2008
05:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama has no plans to visit Iraq before inauguration, say aides

(CNN) - Aides to President-elect Barack Obama are denying speculation that he may soon head to Iraq for a pre-inaugural visit.

Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt, who is traveling with the president-elect in Hawaii through January 1, said Obama has no plans to visit Iraq before his January 20 inauguration.

The speculation was sparked by comments from Iraqi officials, who told Washington Post that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's decision to cancel an official trip to Iran may have been due to a "possible visit" by Obama.

But the officials also cited other potential reasons for Maliki's delayed trip, including tumult in the parliament.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Iraq
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  1. Lynn in NM

    Big surprise there!

    December 26, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  2. Joel

    Hey Janet in Ohio,

    The difference is Bush has been President the last 6.5 years, so when he's vacationing, he's doing it on our time. Everybody deserves a little R-n-R but Bush HAS taken it to the next level. In March he broke Reagan's record for most vacation days by a President. As of March 2008, Bush had spent 452 days on vacation during his presidency. That's close to 1 1/3 years.

    And "our" guy isn't "in" yet. YOUR guy is still President, and until Obama is sworn in, Bush will be the President. Obama should be enjoying himself now because he's got a lot of messes to clean up.

    Regarding being disrespectful to Obama because you feel Democrats are disrespectful to Bush: very mature of you! First off, why not support Obama and give him a chance? And if you do end up disagreeing with the laws he signs, disagree respectfully. Show the "lefty libs" how to do so. Maybe they don't know how to be respectful and disagree at the same time. Be a leader. Show how it is done. I have faith in you.

    December 26, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  3. arc, Lugano CH

    Dan, FL December 26th, 2008 8:38 pm ET
    Whta does he know about Iraq and the war? He was against the war so he is not welcomed by Iraqi authorities. He wanted Iraq to stay under the dark cloud (tyranny) of Saddam Hussein. Imagine Barack Hussein and Saddam Hussein would have been pals.
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    Don't feign like you have any knowledge or concern about the Iraqi people. You gave yourself away by using President Obama's middle name in your post. You're a 'Country First' White Trash Bigot simple and plain. But nice try though.

    It hurts you that President Obama's father was Kenyan doesn't it? Go burn a cross and beat your fat toothless wife. Conservative Trailer Park Leper Dan...

    December 26, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  4. janet , ohio

    I love making liberals mad. It's so funny! You know you've hit a nerve when you get people talking back to you -– hahaha

    If Bush is a war criminal for pouring water up the nostrils of terrorists, then what is Clinton for deploying troops every time he had an impeachment trial, just to get the media away from the courtroom?

    And just for the info of all you Obama voters who were in third grade at the time: yes, Clinton was impeached. You seem to think this means he was removed from office - which he was not– but it simply means he was CHARGED with high crimes and misdemeanors, for which he then had to stand trial.

    December 26, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  5. yellow dog democrat

    Obama will do great....I don't care what anybody says – he is our next President of these United States....he has heart and soul – and the backing of most folks in this country and the world at large.....I am proud to have voted for him – even if I am ridiculed by my own family – I see where "haters" are coming from -- they are controllers - and if they don't get what they want - they hate and demean and bully – but I can stand up and say what I think without fear – because it is my truth – and nobody is going to take it away from me. – and I will still remain "kind" to everyone...because that is the right thing to do.

    December 26, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  6. Willy Brown

    Already turning his back on the military!

    December 26, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  7. Sal Akpos

    I hope we can have a positive and pleasant conversation. I am a conservative who respects President Bush, but also respects Pres-Elect Obama, and what he has accomplished and done for politics at home and overseas.

    Like Nelson Mandela asked a Reporter? Does it have to be a choice? No it doesn't. We can all be respectfull of each other and our leaders. It takes a lot to get to where they are. Of course, we can disagree with policy. But all this personal stuff is beneath every one of us. OK guys?

    December 26, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  8. Amy

    Wow the "Cons" act like Iraq is part of the US... I guess fighting for Iraq's freedom was just another Lie we were told

    December 26, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  9. Amber

    Janet, hilarious that you mention the 3rd grade. It's exactly where you derive your debate style. 'I know you are but what am I?' is sooo 90's. Get with the times!
    What the heck have you been listening to this past year that would put so much fear and malevolence into your otherwise Christian heart?

    December 27, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
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