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. Little Lulu

    Canadians – let's get one thing straight – WE DON'T GIVE A FLYING F**T IN SPACE WHAT YOU THINK AND IF YOU ARE STUPID ENOUGH TO BE AN OBAMANOT AND ADMIT IT, IT JUST SHOWS HOW COMPLETELY STUPID YOU ARE. Just stay on your side of the border and lure him up there and then you can select him as your messiah – I mean president. You can even have his bitter, hate-spewed wife to top it off.

    This is a decision for the United States so you outsiders best leave us alone. Can't you go elect you an Obama for Canada or play in the traffic or something? I agree with marianna – Obama 08 for Chancellor of Germany – or messiah of Canada.

    July 24, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. Larisa, Chicago IL

    I just read the same letter on another blog – word for word. How is it possible? The only explanation I can come up with – this is the campaign move. Nothing new – smear, spread the rumors, etc.
    As to visiting hospital in Germany, I would like him to do it, but what spin would it give for republicans! Pity.
    The point is, he has the vision of the 21st century leader, and understanding that we are not the only country in the world, and to survive and prosper, all nations have to come to work together, there is simply no other way.
    His speech as always simply brilliant!

    July 24, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    It would have been a very simple process to pay a private visit to the hospital–one call to the Landstuhl commnad would have done it.

    Press go NOWHERE on a military installation unless authorized.

    I'm sure the military commander there would have been excited to have a member of the politcal body who authorized them to get wounded in the first place–there to visit the troops privately without the press.

    Again he's shown he is more concerned with political correctness than doing the right thing.

    July 24, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  4. roy

    i have a question for you big Obama supporters bragging about the big turnout. What would have happened if there wasn't a free concert before his speech? It is interesting the liberal press is boasting about the crowds but won't give full disclosure about how they occurred.

    I feel terribly sorry to our service personnel to be snubbed by Obama. For the one person who said he will have plenty of time to visit the troops when he gets elected, you want to bet that will even change. Don't be fooled by "Do as I say, Not as I do"!!!

    July 24, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  5. Kevin

    MIGHT be viewed as a political one??? Uh, can we just go ahead and move all tne NObama articles to the Entertainment page??? Sheez! He needs to get over himself! He's more egotistical than W ever could be.

    July 24, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  6. Tel It Like It Is

    You would think Americans, after enduring 8 years of GW, would have enough common sense to now recognize this man for what he is:
    A Charlatan

    July 24, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  7. Pick Me! Pick Me!

    Beside his personal life running amok (McCain), his voting on veterans issues to say the least is bleak. I guess that is why there are some of us that won’t vote for this man.

    Integrity is what I look for in someone running for President. Self-aggrandizement without end is a characteristic flaw that I cannot overlook in anyone running for that same position.

    I commend John McCain for his service to this country. Having stated that, I wish someone would run an ad on his votes on Veteran's issues.

    For someone who had, "been there, done that" McCain has done very little for the men and women who served before him and after him.

    I guess this is one of many reasons a lot of us that won’t vote for him (McCain).


    Hold on there big boy.....

    The recognition McCain has received from veterans groups is not "high awards" but FAILING GRADES:




    Vietnam POW Activists Called McCain ‘Songbird’ and ‘Manchurian Candidate’ We aren’t talking about a bunch of republican paid and funded operatives, we’re talking about all those who had to suffer at the hands of the Cong while McCain received special treatment.

    Sequentially, integrity is what I look for in someone running for President. Self-aggrandizement without end is a characteristic flaw that cannot be overlook in anyone running for that same position.

    Some Vet's might have forgotten, I haven't.

    July 24, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  8. Robert

    The whole trip to Germany to campaign with foreigners trying to steal the imagery of JFK and Reagan, who you have no connection to, is very inappropriate! Obama has no foreign policy or leadership experience! He should just go back to Chicago and do what he does best...say one thing, do the other, and get rewarded for being dishonest.

    July 24, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  9. Angela

    Once again there are many misinformed people on this blog. The Obama camp had arranged to visit the troops and this was announced by a base spokesperson but then they suddenly cancelled. First the excuse was time constraints but Obama was overheard saying that they had some free time, then the excuse was that he did it out of respect for the troops!! If he wanted to visit the troops he could have arranged a private visit, but he prefers going out on the town. To everybody insulting John MCcain he has a son in the military that is serving with the marines and has completed a tour in Iraq. To those saying that Obama will pull out the troops and they will be going home WRONG...

    1) He said he will leave troops on iraq to protect US interests, protect humanitarian agencies, to complete training of Iraqi troops and security forces.
    2) he then wants another force to be stationed somewhere in the region to go back in if Al Qaeda in Iraq reconstitutes (this would be an invasion of a soverign nation)
    3) He wants to send at least 2 brigades to Afghanistan..

    The troops will not be going home they are just being redeployed

    July 24, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  10. george

    And the Republican propaganda machine is in full gear. Firstly it's been one hundred plus days etc. since Obama did so and so in the Iraqui war. He made a trip that's clearly been well received by the world. The world loves America and is in desperate need for its leadership; Obama is offering this hope. Now it's all about what he didn.t or should not do on the trip. And by the way the world likes him so therefore he can't be right for America. American Presidents are to be feared by the world not liked. Wake up you Republican skeptics and cynics. This is a global economy and like it or not we have to deal with the rest of the world. Thank God Obama understands that; this does not make America weaker, it makes us stronger.

    July 24, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  11. Down with Obama

    Obama has violated the Logan Act. The MSM is not reporting this. Complain to your Senator. Press for legal action to be taken. The United States should not be mocked by a disgusting parasite like Obama!!!

    Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

    This section shall not abridge the right of a citizen to apply himself, or his agent, to any foreign government, or the agents thereof, for redress of any injury which he may have sustained from such government or any of its agents or subjects.

    1 Stat. 613, January 30, 1799, codified at 18 U.S.C. § 953 (2004).

    July 24, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  12. Michael

    My word, the guy did something out of patriotic sensitivity. A first. Why doesn't he speak in front of a screening of Triumph of the Will. I'm sure the Germans would go crazy.

    July 24, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  13. KE

    Many people I know are more revolted today with this Obama/media drama and this too much indulging played daily on the American news media, Barack Obama acting like a president already, and with all the media and his crew following him around, like the American Idol on the world tour. Something is terribly wrong with this picture. Why doesn't he run for the international leadership position instead of in America?

    Senator Barack Obama surely has an issue with America. He must felt so proud to fly around the globe on the airplane with his logo painted over the American flag. This must be the change he’s been proudly talking about. It’s his dogma and one thing he is consistent about. There is something telling about the way the color is used for Obama though, his logo, the campaign site, posters, faked presidential seal, everything, I keep thinking something is missing.

    July 24, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  14. Clinton Fringer

    So of all the thousands of Americans stationed there and the wounded soldeirs shipped there he thought speaking to a crowd of Germans was more important? Well they can't vote, but I can and it wont be for him.

    July 24, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  15. Corky

    For those of you who say that Obamas record proves that he suports the troops have not read his record.I am no McCain supporter but any one who disputes his suport for the troops is an idiot.Oh and by the way for those of you who did get in to Navel academy you must be idiots because Mccain is ahead of you.

    July 24, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  16. Harvey in Va

    So what .. is he scared the people back home will shun him because he visited the soliders?? Just because he funded this trip he should not have shun those warriors. He is just scared again of losing votes.

    If not Hillary then McCain PERIOD


    July 24, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  17. Nando, Florida

    The trrops will understand he did what was right and not what the GOP wants him to do .

    July 24, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  18. Richard Rohde

    Sure hard to have an intelligent conversation with a Democrat.

    July 24, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  19. John in Iowa

    These are Obama’s friends:

    William Ayers (Anti-American Radical)

    Larry Sinclair (Homosexual Drug Addict)

    Jeremiah Wright (White-Hating “Reverend”)

    Tony Reszco (Chicago Slum Land-Lord)

    Louis Farrakhan (Muslim Fanatic)

    What else needs to be said?

    Anybody but Obama ’08!

    July 24, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  20. jacq

    I'd like to know how much time Obama had to spend there and did the generals etc want him to speak with the troops. There is always more than one side to a story. So it would be wise to find out why something happened instead of giving a one sided opinion about it. Think about it

    July 24, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  21. Clinton Fringer

    Proud Army and Navy mom you are an idiot. If that is who you trust with your children in a war zone I would hate to see who you hired as their babysitter years ago. We all know he went to Basara where there is no fighting and then on the the Green Zone. So in other words he didn't go to any of the smaller places where people are still getting killed daily. So from this horses mouth...........not everybody in the military loves or supports Obama.

    July 24, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  22. violet

    In response to the lady who accuses Canadians of loving Obama, I must say that you are referring to members of the Canadian left only. We have had our bitter experience with socialism by electing Pierre Elliott Trudeua, a mistake that we're still paying for up to now.

    Currently, we have a conservative government and prime minister (not a president as your oh-so-learned Obama thinks). As a result, we have a stable, common sensical, and peacful country.

    Be warned: don't vote for Obama.

    I can hardly wait

    July 24, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  23. Olivia

    To visit injured troops in germany is very appropriate.

    To act like the American president giving a speech in germany is not.
    He knows it. Saying what changes he wants in this world and who he wants to participate militarily and otherwise in world would normally come from a president, not a normal citizen ir candidate of another country.

    This man has you know what!

    July 24, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  24. Paris

    AS always Obama lies.

    He decided it is better publicity to have a speech (all he is good at) than visiting our troops!
    The rock star type speeches are more important than visiting the troops!!!

    Obama puts his campaign a head of this country just like he did before.

    Obama lies.
    Obama the deceit master.

    July 24, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  25. Michelle

    What a complete sick joke his excuse is!

    This coming from a man who has campaign posters put up
    at the Wailing Wall.

    July 24, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
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