April 7th, 2009
09:48 AM ET
14 years ago

Obama lands in Iraq

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/07/art.iraq.gi.jpg caption="Obama has made an unscheduled stop in Iraq."](CNN) - President Barack Obama made a surprise visit to Iraq Tuesday, according to a journalist traveling with him.

Air Force One landed in the capital city of Baghdad.

During the campaign season, Obama visited Iraq on a multi-stop overseas trip. That trip also included stops in Afghanistan, Jordan, Israel, Germany, France and the United Kingdom.

Obama's surprise stop in Iraq came at the conclusion of his first overseas trip as president.

Turkey was the last scheduled stop on the president's tour abroad. There, he held a joint news conference with Turkish President Abdullah Gul and addressed the Turkish parliament. Obama's trip to Turkey was his first presidential visit to a Muslim country.

Listen: CNN Radio reveals what Americans think of the president's overseas trip

Obama arrived in Europe last week for a series of summits.

He first met with world leaders at the G-20 summit in London to discuss the global financial crisis.

At the NATO summit in France and Germany, the president was hoping to get a boost in resources for the war in Afghanistan. He did get allies to pledge about 5,000 troops, but in the form of police and security trainers - not combat troops.

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soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. John


    I will be happy to have him back on American soil.

    Sasha and Malia will be glad to have him back, too!

    April 7, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  2. Oh Boy!!!???

    To those who doubt the progress may have never heard the words, "If at first you don't succeed".

    Getting them to acknowledge the USA in an acceptable forum is HUGE. Without it, we have no potential.

    I guess the doubters always get a home run on the first pitch. Sometimes you got to wait for it to hit it out of the park. Patience, America!

    April 7, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  3. Bob in Pa

    I am anxious to see the clips of BO being greated by the troops!

    April 7, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  4. Bob

    Way to go Mr. President. I am very very proud to have a president who is open minded and respectful.

    Keep up the good work!!!!

    April 7, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  5. Larry

    Ladies and Gentlemen...Please remember to Keep Our President in your Prayers ! The Haters Just Keep Hatin even more as his poll numbers keep increasing...Stay focused Mr. President the Majority of America is Supporting you!

    April 7, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  6. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA April 7th, 2009 10:20 am ET

    The trip should boost the morale of the troops in theatre.
    Considering that most of the troops don't like him, I would not count on it.
    Considering the amount he has badmouthed America in the last week he will be lucky if they let him get the pictures he came for.

    April 7, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  7. Lena

    I am so proud of our president. He has certainly proven he is more than capable of being America's leader. Never can I remember USA having such a charismatic, articulate and extremely brilliant leader. I love how he is carrying out his message of "Change"

    April 7, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  8. pat C.

    what a wonderful president we have!
    i am so proud to have voted for this man. GOD bless you barack obama.

    April 7, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  9. ck

    What a joke...

    He is there to "honor" the troops, while looking to cut vital military spending....

    That must be what he meant by change... LOL LOL

    He is constantly changing is colors..... he simply thinks this is a popularity contest.

    WAKE UP AMERICA... Obama is giving taking away our freedoms and giving our country away.

    April 7, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  10. Ann

    Oh boy.. what exactly does his unannounced visit say? that he has no courage to do this openly, that's all! I understand that you guys need to restore your pride, but have some decency.

    April 7, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  11. None ya bidness

    I'd like to see a President who landed in Iraq wearing a flak and SAPI's instead of a suit and tie. A presdient who lead a section/squad of Lance Corporals instead of a cabinet full of lawmakers. You show me that and i'll be surprised. And by the way the majority of the troops DO NOT SUPPORT this President. Take it from one, not some poll you read.

    April 7, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  12. naqib

    Must be trying to save a failed trip...
    Guess he isn't aware the vast majority of us military members are conservative gun owners... who have jobs.

    Didn't get anything he wanted out of G20... big shock... France didn't step up... LOL

    April 7, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  13. cheryl brooks from cali

    I'm very proud of my President and my First Lady, they are making us so happy and proud to be Americans. Go OBAMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 7, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  14. Anna, Missouri

    Joseph, we are not fighting muslims, we are fighting terrorists. As far as you comments about weapons, please remember who initially armed them. History shows that Republicans repeatedly armed the people that turned against us. Please remember the Iran-contra affair. That was a Republican administration! As far as the remarks about President Obama wanting to reduce nuclear arms, wasn't it Ronald Reagan that initially called for this. Republicans should be happy that President Obama is trying to complete Reagan's goals.

    April 7, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
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