July 26th, 2008
01:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama headed home after Mideast, Europe trip


Sen. Obama's campaign aircraft prepares to leave London's Heathrow International Airport Saturday under heavy security and return to the U.S. Photo credit: Getty Images

LONDON, England (CNN) - Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama headed back to the United States Saturday night, bringing to an end his eight-day trip to the Middle East and Europe.

The Obama campaign's chartered Boeing 757 took off from London's Heathrow Airport just after 6 p.m. local time (1 p.m. ET), bound for Chicago, Illinois.

During the trip, Obama visited Kuwait, Afghanistan, Iraq, Jordan, Israel, Germany, France and the United Kingdom.

The senator told reporters just before takeoff that he intended to sleep the entire way home on the nearly eight-hour flight.

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  1. New Democrat

    Safe trip back Barack!hopefully Mcain will stop being so Angry.

    July 26, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  2. Obama for America

    what an amazing leader .... East or West Obama is the Best !!!!!!!!!!

    July 26, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  3. Human Being for Obama

    Welcome home, Senator Obama! I must admit, seeing that crowd of 200K+ in Berlin for Obama made me mad jealous, LOL! United States, time to open up your eyes and see what they world is seeing. Don't let fear, bigotry and prejudice clamp down on what is true in your heart of hearts. Unity, peace, and prosperity can be ours once more. Just let it be.

    July 26, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  4. Ledia

    The officer is hot!

    July 26, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  5. Raymond Duke

    That is to bad. I was wishing that he would stay there in one of them countrys where socialism and hatered of america abounds. They can't stand the fact that a colony of theirs kicked their butts and became the most powerful country on the face of earth were freedom abounds. I don't think most americans will be voting for the BLACK MONARCH that the europeans want. Just like it didn't elect that blue-blood Kerry.

    July 26, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  6. Lorna, NY

    Welcome back Mr. President!

    July 26, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  7. doris enow

    He did a good job. I wasn't going to vote for him for several reasons, but he impressed me by his willingness to learn about other cultures and nations. That is always appreciated in the world. As far as I know Bush didn't hardly know where Iraq was on the map and never sat foot in Europe. This man was dumber than a gnat in a hailstorm as far as other nations are concerned and we feel the outcome now after his 8 years. Obama did a good thing. People were curious who he is, and if he gets elected they know what they are dealing with. There will be handshakes again when he meets the leaders, and this is a big plus for America. McCaine the sour puss sat at home and found fault. ha ha.....Unless something unusual comes along I won't vote for McCaine, because I appreciate a man who is trying .

    July 26, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  8. Helen Ingram

    ypical Brown to not let us here in the UK see Obama – I only got his agenda after midnihgt last the night (BST) before after watching news/web all day and by the time I would have got to Downing St his press conference woiuld have been over – watched it all on telly instead..
    we on the real Left of british POlitics hope to have a proper democratic ;eadership election now Brwon os in trouble – expect John McDonnell Mp will stand again as our candidate – hsi previous bid was mysteriously not mentione dby the BBC today but I know it existed as i woked on it!

    July 26, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  9. doris enow

    wow this guy on the picture is hot. I thought my son who does security detail in Afhanistan looks good on pictures, but this guy takes the cake.

    July 26, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  10. doris enow

    McCaine could have never kept up this kind of schedule, he would have dropped dead right then and there. fact.

    July 26, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  11. vince

    Get some rest after your huge photo-op (waste of time and tax payer dollars). We will wait for your gaffes and double speak. Get Michelle some earings. Think about why you didn't go visit the wounded soldiers. Maybe a nice 300 dollar sleep over might cheer you up some. How about some $100/LB ham and arugala sandwhiches?

    July 26, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  12. Diane

    Happy Obama is heading home. Excellent job!!! Now if old McCain would just button his lip! He really is a cranky old fart. How anyone can vote for him is beyond my imagination. What is America coming to?

    July 26, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  13. David, Atlanta, GA

    He chartered a 757? Hmmmm

    July 26, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  14. Jane H

    Yes, Change we can believe in and Change WE need!
    Obama 2008 and beyond!

    We don't need more of the same from Bush like minded people = McCain, please no.

    July 26, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  15. Sherry




    I THINK NOT.....MAYBE 400 OR SO....LOL


    July 26, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  16. matty

    Mccain, you are the one who encourage Obama to take that trip
    once you saw he could stand up to world leaders and be good at it,
    you started to act like a jelious kid. Barack you got game!!

    July 26, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  17. vince

    David Newport, OR July 26th, 2008 2:00 pm ET

    Good…now that he has demonstrated to the World that he will be a far more capable leader than McCain, it is time to finish the job at hand. Use this experience to highlight over and over again how McCain in his 50 or so trips never once stimulated the interest that Obama did w/ the World leaders he visited. Why do you think that is?

    Did he stimulate them the same way a bum get's stimulated when he see's an easy mark coming? Or the way a parasites eyes light up when they find a new host?

    July 26, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  18. ran

    Good job Obama. now it's on to the US and win there. UNITE AMERICA for one true voice ours' with BARACK OBAMA as our spokes- person. everyone vote DEMOCRAT.

    July 26, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  19. Doris,Memphis,TN

    Welcome home Senator!
    We love you and are so proud of you!

    July 26, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  20. Another Republican for Obama- TEXAS

    Sweet dreams Mr. President – May you have a safe flight back home.

    July 26, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  21. Linda in Va

    Wow, nice jet, whose paying for that?

    July 26, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  22. Janet WV for Obama

    Welcome back, welcome back welcome back!

    July 26, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  23. Chuck

    Welcome back home, Obama. We missed you.

    July 26, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  24. Liz Hayes from Florida

    Welcome back, Obama! But we sure missed you.,as I'm sure Michelle and the girls did. Now that you're back safe and sound, rest up and then go get these idiots that we have had to put up with.i.e. McCain, Bush, etc.

    July 26, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
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