July 23rd, 2008
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Obama meets key Mideast leaders

Sen. Barack Obama meets with Israeli President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem.

Sen. Barack Obama meets with Israeli President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem.

JERUSALEM (CNN) - Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama pledged Wednesday to maintain a close relationship between the United States and Israel.

He also said he will work toward bringing peace in the region regardless of whether he is elected president.

Obama spoke during a meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem. It was one of many stops the senator from Illinois made during the day.

The senator is on an international tour aimed to boost his foreign policy credentials.

"I'm here on this trip to reaffirm the special relationship between Israel and the United States and my abiding commitment to Israel's security, and I hope I can serve as an effective partner, whether as a United States senator or as a president, in bringing about a more lasting peace in the region," he said.

Peres said he had "high regard" for Obama and described his belief that "the future belongs to the young."

Obama began his second day in the Middle East on Wednesday by meeting Israeli leaders and laying a wreath at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem.

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  1. Bendo

    Things must be going ok for Dems, if the right and Repugs. are screaming, they know what is in store for them in Nov. and they just cant stand the thought of the Dem controlling the entire govt. and with a Dem in Prez office, coems appointments to the Supreme Court, which will balance out the bench and prevent a more right ward tilt on the court.

    July 23, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. Anne E.

    First McCain & camp harp about Obama and how can he talk about foreign policy experience when he hasn't been abroad, certainly hasn't visited the troops in how long? So Obama goes and decides to make the trip worth taking (lest he be slammed for wasting FUEL on one trip, photo op, or whatever) - and now McCain AND certain posts here knock him for taking the trip, acting like he's president already?
    Obviously he's made a favorable impression on those leaders with whom he's visited - not since Bill Clinton have I ever seen more world leaders (to say nothing of our troops) happier to see SOMEONE from our government, someone who LOOKS like they've got a brain!!!
    BARACK ON!!!

    July 23, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. William, from Cali!

    The Real World does not fuction, as smoothly as this; "welcoming party"....................."Reality check" will kick in, after 1/20/2009. Believe me!

    July 23, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  4. Realistic

    Travis: I love your comments! Great! I can't wait for Mr. Obama to return to Chicago in November! Hopefully for the rest of his life!

    July 23, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  5. marie

    From Sandy earlier **Boost his foreign policy credentials"? You MUST be joking. He has none. **

    I don't see McCain forging diplomatic foundations that are anywhere near the same level as Obama has with the leaders of Afghanistan, Iraq, Jordan, and Israel – all within 4 days. Our country is in dire need of first aid on so many fronts, all I see is that McCain wants to continue down the same path that is hurting us so badly.

    July 23, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  6. Voter

    There should be standardized for elected officials – it would take people like Bush and McCain right out of the picture from the beginning.

    July 23, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  7. crooksandliars

    I'm sooo Happy for America. The soon-to-be-President Obama is showing the world what a leader look like. How a REAL world leader acts and thinks. We should all be proud! (except PUMA trolls...living in the State of Denial) America...we're on our way to recovery!


    July 23, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  8. Dennis

    This is what a real American President looks like.

    July 23, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  9. Rena

    To all the Obama haters:

    Say what you want but this man has accomplished more in a three day tour in Europe than McCain and Bush has in all their political life. You people keep trying to paint Obama as inexperienced and doesn't no anything but the fact is that he has shown more experience and knowledge on foreign policy and economical issues than both McCain and Bush put together. This man has become well liked not because he is trying to please people; it's because he is intelligent, comfortable with being himself and true is to the people. Barack understands the issues we face because he has faced the same issues unlike Bush and McCain. They don't understand you or the people of America. So, if anyone is BLIND it is those who keep trying to push McCain in they eyes of America as heroic and that this make him one of us. Well, I beg the differ he is not one of us. He is a Warmonger who left his disabled wife for a wealthy women to carry his political finances. How can anyone support a man of this kind? While you question Barack faith; I question McCain morals and value which mean he lacks all three, faith, morals, and values. THAT'S A PROBLEM WE DON'T NEED IN THE WHITE HOUSE ANY LONGER. BUSH WAS ENOUGH.

    July 23, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  10. awesome

    I am impressed though do not agree on all with him. The way he has conducted himself on this tour and otherwise is downright impressive, awesome and gracefull. McCain also have been touring foreign countries after nomination but doesn't come close to the way Obama steered his hosts to host him. He sparks jubilation and optimicism in the viewers, McCain exhudes depression. A very shinning guy, I must say. Senior Bush had to acceede, ' a little jealous is all". Those who say, he is inexperienced sound silly. Look at the way he has conducted himself through the thick and thin of primaries and afterwards too. Among all who had been in the race he is the one who made fewer mistakes and he is the one who scored best. If elected he could be one of the best presidents ever. Very bright and breezy sort of guy.

    July 23, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  11. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Olmert has taken more "freebies" than a Congressman on a golf junket to Scotland....The people in Israel are tired of the corruption.

    July 23, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  12. RAM

    some people are born leaders...you can strike gold the first time you dig for it! Some people marry many times and never get the message...others marry onetime and it's a bullseye. JUDGEMENT OVER EXPERIENCE...GO FOR IT, OBAMA!!!!!!!

    July 23, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  13. Dave, Illinois

    Huh. Me an Obamite. Me put "Mc" in front of words to make funny. Huh Huh, me an Obamite.

    July 23, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  14. Mary

    Picture worth a thousand words!

    July 23, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  15. 33/W/M in Ohio

    You know, everyone keeps complaining about every single thing Obama does. What gives? He's been to the Middle East before he was running for President and nobody threw such a fit! A lot of you don't know your facts. You make stuff up in your heads and then try to get others to believe and accept it. Kind of like the IMMEDIATE THREAT THAT IRAQ POSED TO THE U.S. WITH ALL THEIR WMDS.

    On the flip side of the coin, I can understand that some people are very excited about Obama. That said, can we stop with the nonsensical '08 & '12 garbage? Obama hasn't even had a chance to show his ability to perform as president in a first term and you already want to elect him for a 2nd term? And stop calling him "Mr. President". He will earn the right to be called that if he wins the election.

    Gary, OB is a "big joke"??? He is a successful man with a good family running for President of the United States of America with millions of people supporting him. And what have you done with YOUR life? Yeah, I thought so...

    July 23, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  16. R. Cooper

    The world views this election as we all do: "The future belongs to the young." So, Mr. McCain, Florida is a nice place to retire.

    July 23, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  17. Tired of the antics, PA

    I really like those people who accuse Barack of being arrogant. I mean this just really shows that Barack is too intelligent and proud for some segments of our society. They might prefer him if he shuffled along. LOL. We need someone besides a cowboy and an old man who is fighting WWII and Vietnam again. This world is too dangerous and too different for the same old approaches.

    July 23, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  18. Moses, Ca.

    Travis in Colorado,
    When McWar did it, I bet you sucked your thumb and ran around praising him as your leader. Why can't you see the mis-speaks and the statement mcWar said about this country. " I didn't love her ( America ) until I was away from her. Travis you and the rest of the McWar supporters should read more and watch more news, before you give this man your support.

    July 23, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Travis in Colorado:
    Wasn't it John McCain who wanted him to go on this trip. I do believe it was RNC who had a clock on their website counting him down to go overseas. Now that he is overseas and is getting more attention than John McCain will ever get, you say he's arrogant.
    You know what I would be arrogant too when you have the Bush admin. who called you naive now talking to Iran, coming up with a time withdraw, and sending troops into afghanistan. Everything Obama suggested Bush is doing. So if he wants to hold is head up high high he should hold it.
    Stop hating. Haterade is not a great flavor to drink.

    July 23, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  20. ali

    the new leader of the truly free world,once we get rid of republicans.

    July 23, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  21. Onigbese

    May God be with you Barack Obama, you shall return home safely.

    July 23, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  22. McCain 286 - Obama 252

    Notice how the more Obama travels, the more his position moves toward McCain. Maybe he is learning something after all.

    Do not be fooled. Hamas and Iran do not support him because he is wonderful, they support him because they know they can walk all over him.

    July 23, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  23. Stop hating on Obama

    The jokes on you!
    Stop drinking haterade it's not a good flavors.
    You sound like a middle child who doesn't get mommy's attention so you hate on your older sister pulling in the attention instead of getting your own ideas to bring in your attention.
    Stop hateration it's not a good look for you!

    July 23, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
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