July 24th, 2008
12:45 PM ET
15 years ago

Obama decides troop visit in Germany would be 'inappropriate'

(CNN) - Barack Obama has opted against plans to visit wounded members of the U.S. military in Germany over concern that trip might be viewed as a political one.

“During his trip as part of the CODEL to Afghanistan and Iraq, Senator Obama visited the combat support hospital in the Green Zone in Baghdad and had a number of other visits with the troops,” Obama senior advisor Robert Gibbs said in a statement.

“For the second part of his trip, the senator wanted to visit the men and women at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center to express his gratitude for their service and sacrifice. The senator decided out of respect for these servicemen and women that it would be inappropriate to make a stop to visit troops at a U.S. military facility as part of a trip funded by the campaign.”

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  1. Nate Hussein

    Listen to yourself, "Could this be a vote of no confidence from military NCO and Officer leadership"

    Could it be that the foot Soldier, the private, the junior NCO will tell him the truth? The enlisted man has a history of being brutally honest. How about for once we have a Senator or Congressman listen to the truth without the typical officer "tell them what they want to hear" truth? Get a grip Sarge!

    July 24, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  2. Saddened American

    Well I wonder what all you Obama supporters have to say about that. Cut and run, cut and run, cut and run – and taking into consideration his Iraq strategy and his "listening to Petraeus when it suits him" attitude, this doesn't surprise me. But, look at the bright side – he can sink a three-pointer, pose with mostly black servicemen and women, and make the media's legs just-a-tingle........

    You idiots who let this stuff slide owe a big fat apology to each and every one of the wounded, and then you need to shut up.

    July 24, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |

    you haters...you people cease to amaze me.....





    July 24, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  4. David from Ohio

    McCain hasn't had that many people listen to him if you add up all the crowds from January 2007 to now, nor would Germans bother to come hear him if he were travelling abroad. I love how the Republicans act like Democrats are idiots because they see Obama as a different direction but have practically elevated Ronald Reagan to sainthood and defend Bush regardless of how many times he wipes his feet on the Constitution. Go eat some freedom fries and remininsce about the great days when Tom DeLay and Bill Frist were running things.

    July 24, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  5. Independent in Iowa

    Of course this isn't a politcal rally – it's more free press and our media is all to happy to comply. We already know what he wears to the gym, how often he goes, etc. Next we will have a story on his biological schedule.

    July 24, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  6. NC Man

    Nice Obama ... way to ignore our brace men and women! What a waste!

    July 24, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  7. James Hussein, SC

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    July 24, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  8. zolesh

    All you Obama haters, shame on you.One thing is clear ,no amount of hate mongering will change what is predestined.
    Barack Hussein Obama would be president of the United States and you can go and eat yourself.

    You people are so full of hate you can't see through the good intension's he has.
    Keep your hateful votes.Obama does not need your vote to win.

    Is is not amazing that in this modern 21 century McCain would still be calling for support for the confederate flag?

    Obama 08.

    July 24, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  9. Independent in Iowa

    Proud Army and Navy Mom:

    "I don't know where you got your letter, but I hear it from the horses mouth. Sen Obama will be a courageous Commander-in-Chief and he's the candidate I trust to look after our troops and my son, daughter and son-in-law who is serving our country proudly."

    First of all you have my deepest respect having your children defending our county BUT do not speak for all of the military. My brother has served two tours in Iraq and he has zero faith in Obama's ability to lead (or tell the truth).

    July 24, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    Nate Hussein

    No...it is not a prerequisite to have served in the armed forces to become commander-in-chief.

    But it should be.

    The President must understand the military command and NSC structure from day one–and on that day be ready to make split second decisions that involve the lives of potentially millions of humans.

    Yep–there ain't no course at Harvard that teaches that buddy. Only through military service schoolds–or lots of high level OJT (of which Obama has had none).

    You get a grip!! And wake up to reality.

    July 24, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  11. indlw

    er....let me get this straight...Obama has been on an admittedly politically-motivated agenda on this entire tour of europe, and he can host a campaign rally in Berlin (but obama and state run media says we're not allowed to call it that) but he can't manage to visit troops? He's been discussing policy w/ leaders of nations as though he's president, yet he can't manage to make a visit. What's more, his rabid followers see his error and blame...republicans? really? nearly all of these comments blame republicans because obama chose not to visit troops. why?

    Perhaps the question we should be asking is, if Obama cannot manage to stand up to the alleged threat of Republican criticism, how can he stand up to anyone? Namely, Kim Jong Il, Chavez, Ahmedinejad.... Think about it. Actually, try thinking, period.

    July 24, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  12. Nate Hussein

    McCain...graduated 894th of 899 at Annapolis and you want him leading what?? I'll take the Harvard Law president anyday!

    July 24, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  13. Independent in Iowa


    Wow.. you guys don't like it when poor Obama gets picked on! Tell ya what, for MONTHS I heard nothing but hate coming from you bots regarding Hillary and she has done nothing but serve our country. I guess you're going to have to deal with the fact that Obama is NOT perfect and is subject to the same treatment Hillary had received from this treacherous party.

    July 24, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |

    McArsenic.....you know something? the woman in the supermarket was complaining....WHY IS THIS MAN FOLLOWING ME ALL OVER THE PLACE?.....

    Was a Democrat-Now an Independent.....what a rat´s a-s

    July 24, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  15. JUS_WON

    from a soldier's letter

    Is a fake letter. You all understand that...right?

    July 24, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  16. Timothy

    Karen, you need to quit spreading hate people like you make this world ugly and unfair. You don'nt know the reason behind what you stated. Karen search your heart and hold your judgement. Obama in my opinion done well.

    July 24, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  17. CLINTON 08 VP



    OBAMA (P) & CLINTON (VP) 2008-2014


    July 24, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  18. Typical White Person

    Please, CNN! Don't print something so laughable while I'm drinking. I've got Pepsi shooting out my nose at "Barack Obama has opted against plans to visit wounded members of the U.S. military in Germany over concern that trip might be viewed as a political one."

    Has he done anything in his adult life that wasn't politically motivated?

    Oh, that's right. He hasn't done ANYTHING in his adult life at all...

    July 24, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  19. Obama Supporter from FL

    You people are morons. The part of Obama's trip in Iraq was paid for by the U.S. The part in Germany and other places was paid for by Obama's campaign. The point the article was making, for all you uninformed nobodies, is that since the campaign was paying for him to be in Germany it could be seen as a visit to benefit his campaign, instead of his position as a representative of the United States on a visit abroad.

    July 24, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  20. David in Naperville, IL


    Weren't Obama's publicity pictures of him playing basketball take place in Kuwait and not in Afghanistan?

    Are you making a story up or is this just a case of McCain Geography?

    July 24, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  21. Marc PDX

    I don't understand his "judgement" on this one. I'm not an Obama supporter but it seems to me that a presidential candiate, a potential next commander in chief, ought to visit people who are serving their country. I really can't figure out what to make of this one...

    July 24, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  22. Claudia

    Obama is doing the right thing. Those wounded bravehearts deserve honor and the best medical care in the world.

    July 24, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  23. Independent in Iowa

    Marc PDX:

    Careful now. If you say you aren't an Obama supporter that makes you old, uneducated, and a racist.

    Don't touch the candy!!

    July 24, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  24. Laura

    I love how Republicans are attacking him for this. If he HAD gone to visit them, they would have accused him of politicizing wounded soldiers. He can't win, can he?

    I read recently that he routinely visits soldiers at Walter Reed without any press, because he doesn't want to politicize visiting wounded soldiers. He probably decided against it today for the same reasons.

    July 24, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  25. Nate Hussein

    Guess I missed the part where you said that John McCain held a Command, led a flight, or even led a single seaman. Hypocrite to call it one way and not the other. At least he has the smarts TO make a mistake and admit it. By the way, haven't heard a single positive recommendation for or on McCain, why bash Obama??

    July 24, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
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