April 8th, 2009
11:00 AM ET
12 years ago

Iraq wrong visit for Obama?

(CNN) - Bobby Ghosh, Senior Editor Time Magazine, tells CNN's Kiran Chetry the president should have visited Afghanistan before he went to Iraq.

Filed under: Iraq • President Obama
soundoff (305 Responses)
  1. obama/mama


    April 8, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  2. Anonymous

    Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah......Does President Obama puts his shoes on wrong also? Give it a rest.

    April 8, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. Sharon Kitchen

    oh good grief.

    Pres Obama can visit who he wishes.

    April 8, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  4. awaitingmoderationby CNN

    Since his first overseas trip was a total disaster, did not accomplish anything and inspired North Korea to launch a missle further degrading our national security and all he did was apologize for America acting in its best interest, he needed something to show the Obamamanics at home (plus I am sure George Soros told him to go).

    April 8, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  5. Ryan

    Afghanistan is not as secure as Iraq for the President to visit and Iraq isn't exactly club med. He not only visited the troops, but asked them questions and gave them answers and LET THEM ask questions directly... it's called having a 2 sided conversation, something Bush never understood or attempted. This overseas trip was absolutely a success on all counts despite with the right wing nut jobs think – it's basically KILLING them and their pull in the media to see him succeed against all odds still. If you're not inspired by the President, it's simply because you refuse to be.

    Those are called Grudges where I come from. Or sour grapes if you will.

    April 8, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  6. Bill in California

    ALL OF YOU B.O. SUPPORTERS who have actually been in the military and faced the enemy face to face hold up your hands. If you recall the military presidential polls were overwhelmihgly in favor of GEORGE W. BUSH. There is a reason for that. They don't need smooth lines and a phony smile to feel that they and their mission is important enough to get the best equipment and total support of THEIR Commander in Chief. I'm sure that his intended Department of Defense budget cuts ARE NOT fodder for his public relations motivated speeches.

    April 8, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  7. Peggy - TX

    Bobby Ghosh clearly has nothing of substance to say regarding President Obama’s first historical trip as President, so he critics President Obama's itinerary. Ask a dozen educated informed people on this subject and you will likely get a dozen different very subjective options all will be “Blha.. Blha.. Bhla”.

    Not worth the time and space given to this particular opinion by Bobby who..

    April 8, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  8. Luis H. Hernandez

    If President Obama stood up he would be crittcized because he should of sat down. If he inhales he is criticized because he should of exhaled first. Shut up already, the man is doing his job. Let him do his job , he has a lot of work to do to fix all the damage of 8 years of bush mis-rule.

    April 8, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  9. Tony Segura

    Kiran: I think that Bobby should let the President do his thing. He is doing a great job. All those sore loosers are seeing every word and every move he makes in order to criticize. They make me sick.

    April 8, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  10. WOW!

    Miserable people will find anything to complain about!

    The people on this blog who agree with Mr. Ghosh are the type to frown on Saturday becasue Monday is around the corner!

    April 8, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  11. Ralph in IL

    Whatever. I guess Time magazine is having subscription problems. For what you charge for that little rag with so little news and too many adverts, you should be considering another career. Just don't go into politics Bobby.

    April 8, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  12. linda in AR

    Perhaps Obama visit was related to diplomatic relationships and other needs. Remember Sen. Brownback has a 'hold' on Ambassador Hill's nomination leaving a heavy burden on the Military to act as DoS since the Iraq 'Vatican' is currently without 'the man in Baghdad'.

    Besides more troops are concentrated in Baghdad than Kabul.

    Oh my, Ghosh, this dog just doesn't hunt. Maybe Ghosh's analysis should focus on the John Bolton lover Brownback and his reason of the week for stalling the Hill nomination.

    April 8, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  13. Lynn

    No matter where President Obama visited there will be those who say it was the wrong country.

    Pundts and reporters are so full of themselves as they try to outdo each other for ratings.

    April 8, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  14. Andi

    I don't know this yahoo Ghosh, or whatever his name is, but I highly doubt he is knowledgeable enough to tell Americans what is appropriate or not.

    April 8, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  15. ramrod

    Bobby Ghosh is an ass.

    Who gives a fu ck what he thinks.

    April 8, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    @ Slider, who said "When are folks of your political stripe going to learn that if you voluntarily fall on your knees in front of your enemy, that your enemy will do their best to make sure you stay there?"

    I take it you think we should've learned from the GOP's mistakes during the 2008 campaign, i.e., picking Palin, waxing racist and inciting McCarthyism? Because I'll tell ya, THAT was falling to one's knees before one's enemy...and the GOP is still there on its knees to this day.

    April 8, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  17. LuckyLady

    The GOP has to say something negative or else we would simply forget that they exist. They have no clue how to correct their mistakes. Let them whine. The more they do, the farther away from the White House they'll be.

    April 8, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  18. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Of course it was.

    If he had not have gone, people would be critizing him for not paying attention to the troops.

    April 8, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    @ Robin, who said "Funny how many Liberals are free with what was said about Bush. It's called Freedom of Speech. We are not a Muslim country yet."

    A. Learn to spot sarcasm.

    B. I can spot your racism.

    April 8, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  20. flybyshoeing

    Blah,Blah,Blah....Does Presidenet Obama put his shoes on the wrong way too? Vice President Biden is at Fort Bragg today to welcome home th XVIII Airborne Division from Iraq. Where is that story CNN?

    April 8, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Who is this man!!! Go back to Bagdad!! We've lost over 4,000 troops in Iraq - I'm glad he did go to Iraq. Most likely some of those troops will be going to Afghanistan. I am so sick of these people talking about what Obama should of , could of done. A bunch of talking heads that is all. President Obama is doing a fantastic job and the citizens of America know this. Don't listen to those whiny naysayer's rhetoric. President Obama did a wonderful job in Europe - better than any past President I must say so myself. So petty aren't they!!!

    April 8, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  22. geecee

    This guy must be a Rethuglican. Obama just cannot do anything right with you guys, can he? If he had gone to Afghanistan, you would have said he did the wrong thing and should have gone to Iraq. You live for controversy, you get paid for controversy. That's how you earn your salary, just keep stirring the crap till it stinks!

    The Troops in Iraq seemed so thrilled to see Obama and they love him, too. Of course, the neo-con Rethugs will say "the troops were hand-picked to cheer and embrace him". Of course, now not only is the MSM in the tank for Obama, but the military brass must be "in the tank" for him!! That must be the only explanation, right???

    April 8, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  23. David Wol

    President Obama, did a good job by go to see the troop!! He will makes the changes in this country.

    April 8, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  24. lovable liberal

    Scheduling the President doesn't seem to be in the job description or competence of the media.

    April 8, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  25. ostman

    I agree with Chipster about Obama visiting Iraq. A President should visit troops....any where, any time. Why does it matter if it was Afghanistan first or Iraq? And, I imagine that if he had visited Iraq first, then some nit-picky people would find fault with that, too.
    Obama is doing a fine job, particularly in view of what he "inherited" from the last administration!!

    April 8, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
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