May 17th, 2009
08:30 AM ET
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Obama to visit Ghana in July

President Obama will travel to Ghana for two days after the G8 Summit in July.
President Obama will travel to Ghana for two days after the G8 Summit in July.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama will rack up plenty of frequent flyer miles this summer with planned trips in Africa, Russia and Italy.

Obama, along with his wife, Michelle, will visit Accra, Ghana, on July 10 and July 11, the White House said Saturday. It will follow Obama's trip to the G8 summit in L'Aquila, Italy, from July 8 to July 10.

Obama will address various bilateral and regional issues with Ghanaian President John Atta Mills, the White House said in a news statement.

"The President and Mrs. Obama look forward to strengthening the U.S. relationship with one of our most trusted partners in sub-Saharan Africa, and to highlighting the critical role that sound governance and civil society play in promoting lasting development," according to the statement.

Obama announced a week ago that he will visit Egypt on June 4 to deliver a speech on America's relationship with the Muslim world.

Egypt is "a country that in many ways represents the heart of the Arab world," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said at the time.

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    Maybe he'll stay there!!!

    May 17, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  2. lulu

    Godspeed to you Pres. Obama. May your trip to Ghana be safe and properous.

    May 17, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  3. lulu

    Godspeed to you Pres. Obama. May your trip to Ghana be safe and properous.
    - oops meant prosperous.– : ]

    May 17, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  4. John SD

    Americans are fortunate to have Obama as our President, he speaks to people around the world with respect.
    You don't call people and cultures "evil doers" even if organizations and governments aren't friendly. Bush didn't understand that he insulted cultures, not just governments.

    May 17, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  5. Carramea55

    Anonymous........ I love ignorant Americans like you....... You are whats tearing this country down

    May 17, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  6. Shawn - Ga

    I am not understanding how this helps us... I am not being sarcastic, I am serious. Can someone tell me how these trips will help us?

    May 17, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  7. Rickymo

    Good for him..and "us".

    May 17, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  8. Proud DHS radical

    Obama...just pick up the phone and call the leaders of those nations and save the taxpayers the money that otherwise would be spent and wasted on another of your junket trips.

    May 17, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  9. virginia nielsen

    It's very funny how all the RIGHT WINGS always post comments as "anonymous" or another fake names... if you are not happy you should move to Ghana (if they allow you there !) . Would be one less obstruction to PROGRESS !!!

    May 17, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  10. Franky

    You know, Egypt is a good place to work, it is, it does have a high Muslim population, they too should be taken seriously. But personally, there's a lot of theories or even suggestions who can we work with in the Middle East and so on, while we don't have tight relationship with Egypt, our companionship is still there but it does depend on your point of view...

    Me personally, I've always thought India was the most underrated country I that region, I really do. We both know India and Egypt have so many distinct similarities, some might argue they both are critical to the region and I think that's a fair assessment. Also, I think one way to get a better understanding is to look at both histories and boy, do both have some rich history, good stuff. You have one of the biggest tranquilities in world history with the Egyptians to one of the most diverse and technological advances in India, back in the day, these two were arguably the place to be, with the pharaohs at Egypt to the Persians, both countries have some good stuff to talk about...

    And by the way guys, wasn't it more than 35+ years ago that the British hooked up the Middle East?? And remember guys, we were once allies with Iran back in the day, Israel on the other hand, the French did em bogus but maybe no more than 30+ years ago, that region was still developing and thriving. It just started guys, it just started and more than 30+ years later, here we are and little that we know the factors, variables, etc is still there. Is some pretty cool stuff...

    Now this is why i'm on the action...

    May 17, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  11. Willy Brown

    Maybe he will visit his nation of birth, Kenya...

    May 17, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  12. Bill ~ Down on the Bayou

    He is already racking up more frequent flyer miles than any other president in this point of their administration. What is he looking for from Ghana, Campaign donations and lining up votes for 2012?
    I read all this sloppy crap about "Godspeed...." "Americans are fortunate to have......"
    Why are so many suckers standing in line to lick the boots of "The Great One" (obama)?

    May 17, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  13. Fitz in Texas

    Americans are told by this President we need to cut back, tighten our belts and take better care of our environment. Two things I agree with, yet he doesn't practice what he preaches. Flying around the world isn't cheap and it certainly doesn't help the environment. I understand from time to time a President needs to travel, but this President's travel is getting way out of hand.

    May 17, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  14. Nancy SC

    Anonymous you are so pathetic in you voice to this President. If you don't like him because he is black then maybe you should choose another country to live in so you want have to hear of see him and the amazing activities he is providing and the proof of how our country has failed over the last decades. Remember one thing about this man, if you never or ever want to know, he is tell the world how we became in a hole so deep that evern a bulldozer can't pull us out without a lot of errors. We are in a hole an by all means he is trying very hard to dig us out but if you think he should go away, then why not you and your other homies go first. I bet you will come back.

    May 17, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  15. Tis Tis People

    CNN You Better Post

    Yesterday a Phart Ball Screen Name Dem Hater On The Section Where The Little Boy Is Touching President Obama Hair This Is What The Mudd Duck Wrote

    May 16th, 2009 12:11 pm ET

    Did he eat whatever he found in Obambi's hair? I mean, that is what monkeys do, right?
    _________________________________________________

    Okay I must be crazy and maybe I should let it go but that is someones child I don't care who you are I will never call anyone child a monkey are any other type of name that child is innocent and I bet he's very polite CNN may not post my message but they posted that bull..............

    May 17, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  16. Salas

    @shawn,the trip may not bring financial or economic gains to the US,but it sends a signal to other countries in the region on the need to practice real democracy.So tha al qaeda wont be able to establish a stronghold there.

    May 17, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  17. Tara

    He goes on the same trips that EVERY president goes on..the G-8 summit..i mean while he is over there might as well go to the other countries. Bush did the same thing but shoes were thrown at him so..

    May 17, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |