July 19th, 2008
11:00 AM ET
13 years ago

Obama begins overseas swing in Afghanistan

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/07/18/obama.trip/art.obama.thurs.gi.jpg caption="Sen. Barack Obama will visit several world leaders over the next few weeks."] (CNN) - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is in Afghanistan on a multistop overseas trip for meetings with international leaders but with an eye on the U.S. presidential race back home.

Obama's trip, which includes visits to Iraq, Jordan, Israel, Germany, France and the United Kingdom, is intended to bolster his foreign policy credentials before U.S. voters.

"This is the campaign trail via satellite - pictures for the rhetoric back home," CNN's Candy Crowley said, adding that the trip was intended to demonstrate that Obama was up to the job of taking a lead role on the international stage.

"The question is, is he tough enough to stand up for America but graceful enough to improve [its] image?" Crowley said.

In a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll, 48 percent of registered voters said Obama would make a good commander in chief, compared with 72 percent for his Republican rival, John McCain.

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soundoff (225 Responses)
  1. Martin

    One trip makes him an expert and an authority.

    July 19, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  2. Nikole

    RJ in CA, it is reported that taxpayers are paying for a PORTION of this trip, as they did for McCain's trip. That would mean the fact-finding missions. Everything else is happily paid for by supporters of Barack Obama.

    July 19, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. victor

    Angry conservatives are mad because obama is interesting, is going to be the next president and the world loves him, I know you are frustrated.

    July 19, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. rexx

    I'm sure Obama has a fresh surrender plan for the war in Afghanistan. If you think he and his Left wing buddies will stop with surrender in Iraq then you would be rudely awakened if he got elected. It's a good think this guy won't get close to winning. Once his far Left policies are exposed for what they are he will be hammered.

    July 19, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  5. Ula Nejad- Sacramento Ca

    The Military men have more respect for real men not mice. This is not new for military leaeders. World leaders know his lack lustre resume. That is the only embarrasement I can think of. But of course, they have to welcome him gracefully. They would hate dissappoint their own people.

    July 19, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  6. Typical White Person

    Obama world tour begins...

    I've worked with guys like this before. They brown-nose their way into a corporate leadership position on the "fast track" and know absolutely nothing about the job they are supposed to be doing. They got the job by smoozing the managers but usually end up relying on their staff to cover their arses.

    That is, until they are forced to make a real decision all on their own or show true leadership in a crisis – and then they crash and burn.

    Is this what we want for our country?

    July 19, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  7. Will

    Hey 'Down with Obama', why do you hate America so much?

    July 19, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  8. Karen-phoenix

    YES WE CAN!!! He will change the awful image Bush and McBush have created over the last 8 years! NO MORE WARMONGERS in Washington! Go Obama!

    July 19, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  9. The world loves america but does americans love themselves

    The whole world loves Obama so you haters move over if i can be an american citzen for one day i will vote for Obama

    July 19, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  10. No Longer Amused, Las Vegas

    who's paying for this junket?

    July 19, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  11. M.S. Indiana

    RJ, CA, in case you don't know, Europe are our allies... Just like McCain went there and talked with them, so do Obama, you know talk ?? not just put a gun in peoples faces....

    Why did you not whine about McCain going to europe, on your tax money and he even manged to do a little money pickup in UK...

    Love the little slip the white house did, emailing the press about an Iraq pullout, just like Obama said from the beginning.. Now who is the leader !!!!!!

    July 19, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  12. Frank from Peterborough

    McCain is stuck with the Bush policies and has to promote them to keep the conservative base. To try and cover this up McCain tried to triangulate between himself, Bush & Obama and trashed Bush in the process.

    The White House just hit back and gave it to McCain right between the eyes by releasing the al maliki email and saying it was an error.

    McCain's entire campaign has been one gigantic blunder after another with him putting his feet in his mouth on a daily basis. My only question would be is this a result of age or is it truly just a sign of him having below average intelligence.

    July 19, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  13. Thomas, Illinois

    You can sure tell who the RePUCs are on this site...Hurry up DEBATES--Obama 08

    July 19, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  14. Helen, NY

    This guy is a kid. He is trying learn about foreign policy and Afghanistan. This is very risky for our country.

    July 19, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  15. Typical White Person

    Brad July 19th, 2008 11:45 am ET wrote:

    "In a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll, 48 percent of registered voters said Obama would make a good commander in chief, compared with 72 percent for his Republican rival, John McCain."

    So… that adds up to 120%. Pretty efficient survey there.

    If the question was asked as "pick one" then you are right. But it is possible for a person to think both of them would make a good commander in chief. If they asked "Would Obama" followed by "would McCain" then there is no problem with their numbers.

    The point is that less than half the voters think Obama is qualified...

    July 19, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  16. Pete

    Maybe Bush and McCain should have visted Iraq before they waged war against the WRONG country.

    July 19, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  17. Steven

    Thank You Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki For Backing Barack Obama's troop withdrawal plan.

    The Warmonger will Hate This, He Knows How To Win Wars

    Obama 08

    July 19, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  18. RJ, CA

    Dave, Illinois –

    Don't worry - the American people are getting it. They're not stupid – they follow the news – and they can smell a weasel a mile away. Obama just makes good copy for the lazy newsman - that's all. HE WILL NOT BE ELECTED PRESIDENT!

    July 19, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  19. K of TX


    Is it just me or is everyone taking cues from Sen. Barack Obama?

    What other conformation do we need?

    McCain is wrong on the future of U.S. Foreign/Domestic policy and Sen. Obama is right!

    Iran even called the nuclear TALKS with the European Union productive. Let me say it again-TALKS! More often than not, war is not the most pervasive form of achieving the common good. On foreign and domestic policy, Sen. Obama's judgement has been impeccable with very few exceptions. Sen. McCain has sided with President Bush's style of foreign and domestic policy, which has achieved very little.

    Hats off to Condi Rice for finally convincing this administration to take a more conciliatory tone with North Korea and Iran.

    July 19, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  20. Jose Card - Independent

    After Senator Obama completes his foreign tour, can the two major candidates start a series of face to face debates as soon as possible?

    July 19, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  21. Greg, Brattleboro, VT


    Have you ever crossed the boundaries of your county? I doubt. So, stop talking about something you are clueless on. Ha ha ha ha!

    July 19, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  22. tom, valley forge, PA

    He's a fraud and the world will see through this sham soon enough. A political novice and lightweight that reads from a telepropter well but is able to provide no new ideas. Another pathetic November loss for the Dems who refuse to learn from their mistakes: another far left lib cannot win. Obama will inevitably join the likes of Dukakis, Gore and Kerry...

    July 19, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  23. Christy from PA

    Crowley, you're pathetic. You have "I Love McCain" "Republican Forever" branded on your forehead. No one should ever mistake her for an unbiased journalist!

    July 19, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  24. S. Boatman

    I Can Hear You Whining From Hear Mccain!

    July 19, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  25. Anne

    OH My I will surely vote for Obama now. Man what courage what guts what foreign policy credentials. Wow your the man Obama. Go to Afghanistan and play some basketball then tell the guys and girls that their not alone, the troops in Iraq will soon be there with them. WowI am just so glad you put my views on your foreign policy credentials at ease. You go Guy. Oh and I loved the way you were caressing that lady GI's face, the look on your face is hysterical. Do not remember seeing you look like that when your with your little wife.

    July 19, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
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