July 22nd, 2008
01:37 PM ET

Will Obama’s overseas trip help him in November?


Barack Obama calls on a reporter during a press conference in Amman, Jordan. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Barack Obama is pitching a shutout so far on his trip overseas.

What might be the most complicated part of his journey – into the war zone in Iraq and Afghanistan – seems to have gone off without a hitch. In fact, Obama couldn't have hoped for better timing – with Nuri al-Maliki's government choosing the day he was in Iraq to say that U.S. troops should be out of his country by 2010. That's a date that matches up perfectly with Obama's plan to remove troops within 16 months of when he would take office. And it gives Obama much more credibility on foreign policy, an area where critics say he lacks experience.

Obama is visiting Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories before he goes on to Europe. Meanwhile, his campaign is trying to play down the role of politics in his travels, painting it as a listening tour. But The Politico points out that's kind of tricky to do when you consider the stagecraft and planning that's going into some of these events. Take for example Obama's speech scheduled Thursday in Berlin, which could draw tens of thousands of people. The campaign, which insists the speech is "not for campaign purposes," might get film crews to shoot it – perhaps for a TV commercial. He's on the cover of Der Spiegel magazine under the headline: Germany meets the superstar.

As for John McCain, Obama's overseas adventures may have turned into a case of "be careful what you wish for." McCain badgered Obama for weeks to go, particularly to Iraq, and now Obama is sucking up all of the media attention and and generally getting rave reviews.

Here’s my question to you: How will Barack Obama's overseas trip affect his chances of winning the election?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Nancy from Tennessee writes:
I think John McCain's criticism of Barack Obama for not visiting Iraq has backfired. John McCain is probably wishing he didn't tell Barack to see the world in seven days. Voters now see how Barack can handle himself with leaders of all countries. It will definitely give him a leg up when the polls open in November.

Stephen writes:
Not at all. He was going to win before the trip. And he is going to win after the trip.

Susie from Washington writes:
The commotion overseas is indicative of what is going on at home: Obama is a fad, hyped up by the media. He has yet to prove any real substance, just rah-rah talk of "change" and "hope". I am leaning toward voting for him, only to see if he can actually deliver on any of these ephemeral promises. But my guess is: just like the totally ineffective Democratic Congress led by Pelosi and Reid, he will not amount to much.

Raoul from New Orleans writes:
The media attention he has gotten so far is proof. While he has been abroad, Senator McCain has told us Senator Obama is to blame for our high gas prices, Iraq shares a border with Pakistan, and he is going to pick a V.P. soon. Does anyone care? No. If Senator Obama were to say one thing as shocking as this, he would be in more hot water than a crawfish boil.

Tony from San Diego writes:
He will have accomplished more this week than Bush did in two terms. Done.

Mike from Albuquerque, New Mexico writes:
The trip will give him enough free media coverage to blast him into orbit. That should put him over the top.

Jay from Sherman, New York writes:
Obama looks and acts presidential overseas, while all we hear recently from the McCain camp are sound bites of McCain whining about Obama. Doesn't that tell you something, Jack?

Filed under: 2008 Election • Barack Obama
soundoff (230 Responses)
  1. Mike, ABQ, NM

    The trip will give him enough free media coverage to blast him into orbit. That should put him over the top.

    July 22, 2008 at 1:43 pm |
  2. Don P. Calgary

    NO; his ineptness will get the better of him!

    July 22, 2008 at 1:46 pm |
  3. Fred, Las Vegas, NV

    It is going to help him because that has generated a lot of media attention both here and abroad. Many people are listening in and all he needs is a B+ performance and he would be fine.

    July 22, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  4. Tony, San Diego, CA

    He will have accomplished more this week than Bush did in two terms. Done.

    July 22, 2008 at 1:48 pm |
  5. Jackie in Dallas, TX

    I think it will increase his credibility, especially as he has treated other national leaders with enormous respect, which has been reflected back. He has also, I believe, restored a sense of equality with our allies. I think he has proved that one doesn't have to have 40 years of experience to know how to be a diplomat, and that a leader doesn't have to have military experience to understand strategy.

    July 22, 2008 at 1:48 pm |
  6. Stacy

    Of course this trip will help Obama because it has highlighted how McCain has revamped his position on Iraq and Afghanistan to be more like Obama's – why do you think the Iraqi PM initially came out in support of Obama's plan for respecting Iraq's sovereignty? Obama as President may allow the United States to engage in diplomacy with both our allies and some of our detractors in the region which may ultimately help curb terrorism, garner support from moderate Muslims in the Middle East and put the region on the track towards peace. Attacking more largely Muslim countries like Iran, certainly won't achieve any of that.

    July 22, 2008 at 1:48 pm |
  7. Mariel

    Obama's trip abroad has shown that his diplomacy, communication, political, military, nonpartisan, and strategic skills far exceed those of John McCain. It's like a bright examination light has been turned on, and the contrast between the two candidates is blaringly clear.

    July 22, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  8. Jack Carlson

    It will help him w/his supporters.
    Those of us who have been around know the Celebrity position he's taken won't work.
    In 2006 he said "we could not have a timetable" for Iraq, now he's for a timetable when others surge has worked.
    We need a "leader" of which we have not had for many years.
    Jack Carlson
    Minneapolis, Mn

    July 22, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  9. Jan Davis, Knoxville, TN

    It most certainly will. He looks very presidential from what I've seen and Jack did you notice the wonderful reception the troops gave him. I believe this trip should lay to rest the questions about his inexperience in foreign affairs. He is a highly intelligent, thoughtful person who won't gamble with the lives of our military the way Bush/Cheney/McCain have done. Can't wait until January!

    July 22, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  10. Jim

    Obama's trip just provides additional evidence of his superior judgment in matters of foreign policy. Thank God he had the courage to acknowledge that General Petraeus is merely a field commander who is focused solely on Iraq and, while Petraeus has done an outstanding job in terms of military tactics, he is NOT the commander-in-chief as Bush and McCain apparently believe. In November, voters will remember Obama's presence and poise on the world stage and also that McCain made many trips to Iraq and never got it right.
    Scottsdale, AZ

    July 22, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  11. Mark - Asheville, NC

    It depends upon how McCain responds and if the response works. Obama's seeming agreement with Malaki is only possible because of the surge working. He said today that he still opposes the surge despite what he knows now. That will not fly with voters who are not enamored of him, and there are millions of us.

    He will draw huge crowds in Europe but huge adoring crowds do not mean anything come November; ask President Mondale...

    July 22, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  12. Terry, Chandler AZ

    Thr trip will demonstrate that Sen. Obama has traits that some do not think he has. He is demonstarting that he is welcomed and respected by the leaders and citizens of other countries. He looks and acts presidential thanks to the massive media coverage. Net result....victory in November.

    July 22, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  13. Willow, Sheldon Iowa

    I think it will help him immensely. Other nations are finding out that he is a respectful, trustworthy Senator (soon President). He listens, he understands others, has good empathy. And it will be of help in the long run.

    McCain, on the other hand, has all of a sudden become enormously negative. He's grasping at straws and is getting more and more negative all the time.

    July 22, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  14. gary lee, san luis obispo, ca.

    it will help, no doubt about that. i'm sure it will increase his chances. the trip is PURELY political though, and a very smart move on his part.
    i've been saying all along that obama is a SMART politician. he is NOT going to listen to the advise of his generals however. because that will not get him the votes he needs back home.

    but thats just my opinion, i could be wrong.

    July 22, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  15. Sue -Idaho

    Jack, of course, he just put a big pin in McCains balloon, and apparently the rest of the world are just as happy as we are for a BIG CHANGE!

    July 22, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  16. Andrew

    His overseas trip helps greatly. Anyone who questioned his ability to deal intelligently and professionally with foreign officials can now clearly see his ability as a statesman.

    We all know that as the new president he will be tested by both our allies and non-allies. He has proven tat he can pass this test. I am proud of Barack for showing what he is capable of

    July 22, 2008 at 1:58 pm |

    tampa, fl. obama is showing us all how eco-friendly he is jetting off all over in his new plane. i'm surprised it doesn't have chrome rims. the only ones that would benefit would be the american public if he just stayed over there and didn't come back.

    July 22, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  18. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    His chances were already good, but after demonstrating that he can sit across from other world leaders and represent our interests in a thoughtful and intelligent way, I'd say he is a lock for the White House.

    July 22, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  19. Jackie

    It will set him apart from most politicians. Although Senators and other politicians go oversees, like McCain, they don't seem to get the level of respect from the people of the countries that Obama does. Listen Up America, When other countries' approval ratings are this much higher than our own, maybe its time to listen. Maybe thats why we have two ears and only one mouth.

    Jackie, NY

    July 22, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  20. Lynn, Vancouver

    It will help because voters who are undecided will now have a picture of him as a world leader. He showed intelligence, honesty and clarity in his press conference this morning.

    It will also help as it give voters used to the historical white president an image of a black man in a presidential role.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  21. Dan, Chantilly VA

    No one in November is going to remember a trip Obama takes in July unless someone goes horribly wrong, then everyone will remember it.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  22. Michael, Lorain, Ohio

    I think the trip will have a neutral effect on Obama; it won't hurt or help him much.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  23. Marlene C. Wilmington,De

    Jack, The trip will help Obama immensely. I heard him talking earlier on CNN. He spoke with intelligence and awareness on the issues. Now let me see...McSame who obviously can't think and talk at the same(like Bush) or Obama who has mastery and command of not only the English language but the ability to comprehend the issues and discuss them intelligently...who would you want for president? The answer is clear to me...OBAMA '08.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  24. byron in vernonia, oregon

    The way it's gone so far, it's going to help him a lot. Every photo, interview, news report, etc. that shows him with other world leaders and being treated almost as if he is the president, will overcome criticisms that he is too inexperienced. McCain's strategy is to show that only he has the experience and judgement to be president–it's really the same strategy that Hillary Clinton had, and we know how that worked out. Now that I think about it, McCain is starting to remind me of Hillary more every day. I sense desperation.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  25. Casey | Tecumseh, Mo.

    It is clear that Senator Obama is intelligent, eloquent and shows good judgment... a fact made obvious by recent calls for a "time horizon" by Bush and the agreement of al-Maliki to a general timetable similar to Obama's.

    It is even more successful because of how it is driving McCain to be ever more desperate in repeating a couple of lines over and over and over, as if saying them makes them so (I think it does, in his mind).

    Bush & McCain
    Dumb & Dumber

    I, for one, look forward to a President with clarity, coherent thought processes and a calm demeanor who will wage PEACE first.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  26. Karen-Phoenix

    I'm 64, a former republican and no McCain. McCain represents all that has gone wrong over the last 50 years. I see McCain and I remember all the friends I lost in Vietnam. I see McCain and I see all the friends my grandchildren lost in Iraq. Circle of life!!! Time for out with old, in with the new. God intended it this way!!! McCain retire!! Peace is patriotic and we soooo badly need NEW Experience in Washington, NOT OLD Experience!! Obama has the intellegance to talk to anyone. He is a great figure on the foreign sceine and give us back a little of our pride which is soooo dearly needed.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  27. sarah, indiana

    aside from the media (both american and others) worshipping mr. obama, i see nothing in this trip to convince me that he should be elected. so the europeans love him, big deal, the europeans love any socialist with a good speech. he is too arrogant to admit that he was wrong and the surge has worked. he basically blows off the hard work and sacrifice of our troops by saying the iraqi people are just as responsible for the reduction in violence as our troops are. this is the most arrogant, condescending, obnoxious candidate we have ever had foisted upon us, and this democrat will be voting for mccain.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  28. Charles, Lansing, MI

    It will help. It shows the foolishness of the McCain rhetoric in condemning Obamma for deciding policy before visiting the countries. The people who live there agree with Obamma. And of course the fact that McCain agreed with the Bush invasion policies. Bush didn'nt even know where these countries were located when he invaded.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  29. Evan P.

    Sen. Obama's trip will certainly help him in November, if and only if, he can come off as being presidential. He must show the American people that he can both look the part and play the part of president. I expect that America will see just that. The rest of the world are excited that a man the understands that yes, we are the worlds superpower. But that doesn't mean that we can bully people around. We must lead by example and only when necessary, flex our powerful muscle.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  30. Terry from North Carolina

    It will definately help him, however its time to come home, the problems we are faced with are overwhelming and should be addressed in his campaign speeches.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  31. Terri, Dallas TX

    Whether or not he went on this trip, he will win in November. The trip was a nice touch to his overall package.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  32. Dennis in Albuquerque

    Judging by his performance so far, it will be a huge success. I think Mr McCain is starting to rue his strategy of goading Obama to make the trip. Very presidential.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  33. Chryssa

    I think it will help. He's building relationships with those he'll have to work with as president, and Americans are seeing the positive back-and-forth that's going on. It'll also probably earn him some more military votes.

    Boise, ID

    July 22, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  34. William N. Clarke/ Florence, SC

    I feel his comments on the Iraq issue are important to his election because of the importance the McCain's camp has placed on Iraq. I feel McCain has clouded the Iraq war issues to the point that an opposing point of view should be presented to the public before the election. Mccain at first critized Obama for not going to Iraq, now that he has gone he will be critized again by his opposition for saying things on the war that they feel are the president's responsibilities. However he has handled the trip extremely well.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  35. Richard Sternagel

    I think it will increase his foreign policy Credentials. So far Sen. Obama has shown himself to be a thought full,deliberative,listener.The kind of person you would want to be President!

    July 22, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  36. Emma in Houston TX.

    I believe that it will help the people who are undecided to vote for him. He is showing that he is intelligent, caring, can work effectively with other leaders and is getting their respect .This will show that he is the BEST man for President. He is making us proud !!!!!!!

    July 22, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  37. Caryn, Washington DC

    As long as things continue to go smoothly, this trip will help Obama a great deal. McCain was too busy pressuring Barack to go (his stupid counter on his website) that he wasn't prepared for what would happen if the trip was a complete success. Also, with McCain's recent gaffes, he's highlighting his own foreign policy inexperience. Just because McCain's a POW doens't mean he knows squat about world affairs.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  38. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Jack, Obama's accomplishments on the trip will do nothing to help him or us. However, the free publicity from the shameful media frenzy will help a lot. He's gotten about $50 million in free air time.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  39. Esther Marie

    let me ask you a question Jack. Will you be happy if Obama is president and Europe likes us again? I will be happy if you are happy Jack

    July 22, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  40. Annie, Atlanta

    His trip won't matter. His class, understanding of the issues, and intelligence won't matter. Unfortunately what will matter is he's black and liberal, and there's a lot of hatred for both still lurking out there in some amazing places, even daily on your blog, Jack.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  41. J Kay - PCMO

    Seeing Obama visiting and smiling with the troops made me smile. No doubt, it helped the troops see there is a light at the end of "what must be" a very long frustrating tunnel.

    Hopefully Barack will send McCain a dozen roses as a thank you for his insistent invitation that he visit both war zones. Also attach a map of the Middle East so John Boy can get up to speed.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  42. Kerry Diehl

    His trip really won't change any of his attitudes or direction (he's in too deep with the far left liberals and doesn't want to loose their support).

    The media will continue to favor him and be the ones trying to boost his image from this circus event. (They know which party has the most money to spend for advertising.)

    Hopefully, the majority of us will be able to make an unbiased opinion as to what was really gained by him and how it would apply IF he makes it to office.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  43. kenneth sibbett

    let's see Jack. Obama is traveling the world with the cream of the crop reporters, answering tough questions and being seen with world leaders and looking presidential. McCain is at another town hall meeting.Seems like a tough question Jack.

    kenny Chadbourn N.C.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  44. David Arnold, Florida

    Jack, for a candidate like John McCain that has one foot in the grave and the other barely hanging on to reality this will be the final nail in his coffin. I am not going to count him out but from now on we will watch as everything he touches, pushes him further and further into the whole he and the RNC thought they had dug for Obama.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  45. Kim, Dodge City, Kansas

    It's a deal closer for sure. The Presidency is his to lose, barring any major political mis-steps or damaging revelations. For McCain, this must be a tremendous lesson in frustration, as it appears that Obama can do no wrong.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  46. Ryan

    This trip only shows him how wrong he was on the Iraq issue.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  47. Bill from Alabama

    I think it is going to be viewed as one of the most presumptuous visits ever made by a presumptive nominee. I think it is going to back fire on Obama and the media,for giving executive overtones to his speaking with powers that be. Here is a man who hadn't even completed his first term as the most Liberal Senator in the Senate,when he threw his hat in the ring for the Presidency. One can only assume the "Urgency of now" that he referred to was he had to run before his past caught up with him,because his platform issues were already,all represented by Clinton. He has only enjoyed the success he has because of the medias' obsession with him! But I think the American people are really turning sick over the media attempt to "Wag the Dog". The media is as determined to make Obama President and Obama is to become the next President,but I really feel the American people will have to go back to the simple facts that Obama has not paid his dues...we don't trust him or his associates.....he has no military or executive experience ,whatsoever. And now, his judgement doesn't even seem to be as adequate,much less better than his opponent. So what has Obama got to offer America? I can't think of anything. The main thing that will ultimately come out of this campaign season,is the the level of personal involvement the media levied to "Wag this Puppy". The media's credibility has severly suffered during this campaign season. We no longer view the News Stations as a fair commentary about daily occurrances and daily events,but as a propaganda machine that has no problem waging it's own war.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  48. Steve of Florence SC

    He's displaying that he is as good a puppet as any other politician that has zero experience in foreign affairs or as that goes domestic affairs. We are being hoodwinked by him and the press that supports him.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  49. Buck, Wilmer PA

    Given the level of McCain's backseat driving of this trip, I'm not sure the conservative media will allow Obama to win. You guys are so busy trying to give every nutjob a fair shake that you fail to analyze what's really happening. If making a trip like this is merely "Political" as McCain says, then it was the same when he's done it over and over again.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  50. Gigi in Alabama

    He seems to be doing quite well. As long as he keeps this up and does not make a few really stupid gaffs as McCain did when he made his last trip to the Middle East, it shouldn't hurt him at all in November.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  51. Border City Canadian, Windsor, ON

    It certainly hasn't hurt. From what I've read, he's handled himself very professionally, very Presidential. I also think that all of McCain's blustering and stumbling has only maginified the image Obama has created. Here's hoping the rest of the trip goes as successfully. I'm really anxious to see the crowds in Berlin and to hear his address.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  52. PT from Voorhees NJ

    Jack it certainly can't hurt. After McCain's world tour in which Joe Lieberman had to keep correcting him on various issues and someone else had to remind him where he was at the time, there is not much Obama could do that would reflect negatively on him in November.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  53. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Obama's overseas trip will only enhance his chances of winning the election and when he returns I'm sure he will turn his attention on the issues we face here, like the economy. McCain on the other hand may need to go back to Iraq and resurrect his argument.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  54. Martha Davidson Vancouver B.C. Canada

    Pass the "commander in chief" test. Check.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  55. Rod from Allentown PA

    Mr. Obama is visiting these countries on our, the taxpayer's nickle, but he is using it as a photo opportunity. If he were really for so much change, he would have paid for the visit himself out of campaign funds. It is exactly what it looks like. A campaign strategy ploy that he did not have to pay for. Nothing like free advertising is there Jack? To answer the question. Of course it will help him, but we are the ones to pay for his good fortune.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  56. David, Orlando, FL

    It all depends on how scummy the Republicans will be and how despicable they are when they try to slime and swift boat him – oh, and of course how stupid the American voter continues to be when they fall for the neo con artist lies. If the idiots who voted for Bush 2X are still here, Obama doesn’t have a prayer.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  57. Senior, CA

    What will help Obama about the trip is that McCain who sees Obama's popularity there will respond with heavy-duty bashing of Obama. That will turn many voters against McCain and help Obama win.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  58. Rosalynd Florida

    Obama's overseas trip is already having a huge impact on the presidential race. This trip has been a resounding success so far and the McCain camp is desperate and scrambling and in Novemeber will hate they made Obama not visiting Iraq an issue. Yep, be careful what you ask for. You just may get more than you expected.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  59. Ousman Bojang

    The only help Obama goets from this trip is publicity. Everything else he had before he left. He just proved himself again that he is an able leader. The Mcacin camp call us "whinners" on the recession and then I guess they are the whineers on the publicity Obama gets. I am not a journalist but I know that when a dog bites a man is not as news worthy as a man biting a dog.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  60. Renee

    Yes it will. America's standing throughout the world has suffered greatly at the hands of our current President and his administration. Obama is ready to talk diplomacy instead of rushing to judgment and war. The relationships he begins on this trip will serve him well as President.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  61. Scott Black

    I am not an Obama supporter. But the more I hear John McCain make attacks on Obama I am convinced that the trip has been very successful for Obama. Obama seems to always give his adversaries respect and he communicates his reasoning for decisions where as McCain and his supporters make nit pick attacks on words and twist the meanings toward their slant and biased view. Obama looks like a president when he addresses the crowd and McCain appears to lessen his importance the more he attacks Obama – it is not presidential looking character to me. The trip looks like a grand slam home run for Obama to me.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  62. cindy from TX

    It will absolutely help him!
    McCain is done.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  63. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    This trip will help Obama a lot since a lot of the military will vote in November to have someone in office with enough guts to end this madness and bring home the troops. There are a lot of wives and husbands and parents that want their loved ones back in the US.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  64. Blue - PA


    Not at all. This visit is just a photo-op. Photos by the way that are distributed by the DOD. No reporters have personally viewed his interaction with others while in Iraq & Afghanistan. A crash course is not what we need in a president.

    As far as his visit in Europe, that will be funded by his campaign, I am sure the producers, directors, editors, camera crew, stunt people & all the others needed to make a good movie will do well.


    July 22, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  65. Chris - Hemet, Ca.

    Hi Jack. Sen. Obama's trip abroad may help some of the undecided voters decide but I don't think it will effect the "anti-Obama" crowd at all, people seem to either love him or hate him. I am not surprised by his popularity in Europe, having lived in England and Greece for seven years I found Europeans to be a bit more laid back and cerebral than the average American

    July 22, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  66. Diana from NJ

    Jack, I believe it will help. He looks Presidential, comfortable in his own skin, self assured without looking cocky and what is better even without hearing his conversations with leaders, I am comfortable he is not calling countries and people by the wrong names... I would dare to go even further to believe he is not embarrassing us.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  67. Jasmine in Germany

    Yes, it will help positively. It increases worldwide brand name recognition and awareness. The Senator has exceptional diplomatic skills, and it's wonderful that he's exhibiting them in other countries. Most of the world's citizens aren't happy campers with the U. S. A. these days.

    Let's also not forget that Obama's been around the world a few times; lived in Asia, saw some of the problems in Africa first hand. President Bush's first visit out of the country was to Mexico (a bordering country), after he became President.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  68. joan ont.ca

    This trip is a plus, Barck certainly knows how to act and speak. I am so proud of this man not only today but from the first time I heard him speak. He is a treasure.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  69. NANCY , Grand Ledge MI

    He is showing America and the rest of the world that he is nothing like George Bush, which will be seen as a big improvement! He has probably had more intelligent conversations already, than Bush ever had. Intelligence and conversation are a contradiction in terms for Bush! McCain is talking about the non existant Iraq/Pakistan border and Czechoslovakia, proving to the world that he is George Bush all over again!! Without intervention from the Supreme Court, McCain is toast!!

    July 22, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  70. Judie

    It will help give him the credibility that the naysayers have said he does not have. McCain badgered Obama about going overseas to see what was going on, what a wonderful idea. McCain's plan to make Obama look inexperienced back fired. Obama does not appear to lack experience or to be wrong on foreign policy. If the American voters are paying attention and put principals before party Obama will win in a landside in November, but that is a big IF.
    St. Augustine, Fl

    July 22, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  71. Bob in Boise

    Obama has already displayed that he has a better understanding of the region than McCain and he has solutions that McCain can't even begin to comprehend. He's a realist who sees the big picture, who knows what needs to get done, and has shown America that the old policies have made us less secure rather than more secure.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  72. J.D.

    Watching Senator Obama on his trip has made me proud to be an American for the first time in 8 years. He is a brilliant man with a vision that will make the world a better place for all of us. I nearly cried at the reaction of the soldiers to him and if there is one word that describes him in his meetings with world leaders, it's "presidential." Yes, the trip will help him and it will help us. The world is seeing another side of America this week.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  73. Peg

    Jack, its wonderful to see a American presidential hopeful go abroad and be welcomed with such enthusiasm. A President Barack Obama will change our standing in the world, and show they that we can still lead and be respected. He will also help heal the wounds that Bush has given to our reputation.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  74. vern - anaheim ca

    jack ,i think it will give the overseas leaders a chance to see what a intelligent man he is and to know he is not out to threaten countries with his warlike talk.he will be willing to sit down with foreign leaders to discuss problems

    July 22, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  75. Mac in Truro Nova Scotia

    Senator Obama's chance of winning the election are getting better by the day. Some of us want to see the USA regain the respect of the rest of the free world which has sadly been diminished or lost. I am proud to see America represented by someone who is articulate and charismatic and knows what he is talking about. As Obama is being sworn in as President McCain will still be shouting,"the surge is working".

    July 22, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  76. JT in NYC

    His trip was like his basketball demonstration: A winning shot with nothing but net!

    July 22, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  77. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    The trip should help Obama providing he doesn't trip over the new Iraqi/Pakistan border McCain just created.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  78. mitchell ,arkansaw

    i was gonna say something negative about him,but,i can't think of anything,without looking like a liar.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  79. gerry in Toronto

    This trip will confirm to American's, what Obama has been saying all along is the truth and what they hear from McCain/Bush isn't.

    Obama brings honesty, integrity, openess and a capability of uniting people for a common cause. He listens, works to a concensis, and doesn't theaten anyone, a bit different from the cowboy tactics the world has seen for the last 8 years.

    Hey, if he doesn't get elected there, Canadian citizens will start a movement to elect him as Canadian Prime Minister, before someone in Europe gets the same idea and gets him before we do.

    Barack Obama is a one in a lifetime leader and may become the most signficant leader in the western world for the last 100 years.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  80. Donna Colorado Springs,Co

    I don't know if his overseas trip will make that much difference in November or not. It has shown up the stark differences between McSame and his future plans to stay in Iraq indefinitely, and Obamas determination to do what is right for the country, which means doing what the Iraqi prime minister wants.....get the hell out of his country as soon as possible. I think the majority of the country wants this idiotic war to come to an end, despite Bush,McCain and their band of merry idiots.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  81. Doris Ky

    It has shown that even though he is suppose to be the person with the least amount of experience he is more knowledgeable. For those of us that remember when America was admired and respected by the world we see that we may be able to return to world prominence.

    July 22, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  82. Exavier (Chicago)

    Barack is undoing in 8 days what George Bush took 8 years to screw up: American Diplomacy, the American Image Abroad, and America's Safety.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  83. Franco

    His arrogance will bring him down.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  84. Eileen from Portland, Maine

    I think the overseas trip is the best thing that Obama could have done.
    Because of it, we are getting to see a bit of John McCain's true nature.
    He is coming across as a petty, insecure, and jealous man. I view him as a frighteningly loose cannon who seems unable to tolerate any form of criticism.
    I think we Americans, (especially after the past 7 years), deserve the kind leadership that Obama can offer us.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  85. Gerad

    Hello Jack. Thanks for asking this question. I think it will be beneficial to Senator Obama. He's showing people that he is capable of interaction with foreign dignitaries. Why is driving the GOP into a tizzy.
    This is an opportunity for the country to regain some respect around the world. Respect that we have lost due to President Bush's foreign policies. I don't necessarily like all of Senator Obama's positions on a few issues, but I believe he is on a better track to fix this country. I think it's time for a new beginning in America. Lord knows we need it.

    Have a great day Jack.
    Gerad Devanny.
    Seaside Calif.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  86. T. R.

    I just wish they would stay home and take care of us instead of running over seas and trying to fix them. I need a damn break.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  87. Marjorie Lominy

    Jack, King Abdullah of Jordan drove Barrack Obama himself to the tarmac to catch his plane to Israel...enough said.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  88. Anna, SW Missouri

    I think is will help tremendously. When the McCain camp is now saying that he is too strick on the 16 month timeline and McCain may bring the troops home in 12 months, you know Obama is winning.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  89. AndyZ Fairfax, VA

    Nope, not at all. What has he accomplished on his, "Senatorial Fact FindingTrip?"

    July 22, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  90. Les From Lakeland, FL

    This trip did what he hoped it would do and that is prove that he has the ability to fulfill his commmander-in-chief responsibilities. This has to make a difference in November as it blew McCain's "lack of experience" assertions right out the window. I am a little disappointed he did not go to Czechoslavaki and make a visit to the Iraq/Pakistan border, but you can't have everything. It will be nice to have a President that can pass a middle-school world geography test!

    July 22, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  91. Carl

    This trip can only help him. This is his second trip overseas but with a different agenda in mind. With this trip, Obama will be able to say that his idea of talking to the "enemy" and using diplomatic approaches is the right means, calling on this trip and popularity abroad as proof.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  92. Obayed Haque, Victoria, BC, Canada

    The trip should help Obama providing he doesn’t trip over the new Iraqi/Pakistan border McCain just created.
    -Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    haha...loved it!

    July 22, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  93. Gerad

    Great Idea with this blog Jack. This will get you exactly how the country feels. I suppose the tough part will be monitoring some of the crazies. From both sides of the aisle. Well, such is life in the blogosphere.I think you're doing a great job Jack, keep it up.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  94. Dave from Mission Viejo,California

    His overseas trip will help him in November. He appears competent and confident, and the images of him appropriately interacting with troops, Generals and foreign leaders are reassuring to Americans who have concerns about Obama's relative inexperience.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  95. JW Georgia

    The way I see things stacked up, Obama has already won the election. We just need to have the Electoral College confirm. McCain represents all that has gone wrong with America in the form of leadership under illusion, and there's no chance for a Republican win in November. So to answer your question, the Obama trip is of no consequence other than what experience in foreign relations he may glean.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  96. Dee/Warwick

    Be careful what you wish for is right. McCain has been relentless in his challege to have Barack Obama visit the Iraq. So now that Obama has arrived "deal with it." Let the entire world see just how capable and well received Barack Obama is proving to be.

    Also, McCain might want to re-fashion his political game, the kind of campaign he is now harping didn't help Clinton and it won't help him either. I suggest McCain should try a more positive approach and speak to some of the issues instead of criticizing every move Barack Obama makes.

    I think former President Bush sums it up well "just a little jealous."

    July 22, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  97. maria

    dear jack
    ofcourse his trip will help him in november. It shows he is loved all over the world and if he is elected president he will have better relations with the world than mcwar, mcbush.

    obama 08,12

    July 22, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  98. Leslie

    I think the trip will help him immensely...not because he has to "prove" his international credentials, but because it will show the American people what a genuine leader looks like and acts like.

    This is all providing that the media does not go looking for something to hammer him with. Sometimes Obama, because he is so intelligent, lays out an entire strategy, and forgets that the world lives on "sound bites". His op-ed piece in the NYT was brilliant, but how many people got a chance to read it.

    This trip will allow him to show what he knows as well as tell what he knows...it will also show that he and the USA with him will be received warmly by the rest of the world...unlike now with Bush.

    Isn't it interesting that the administration is finally coming around to a position, Obama has held for a long time?!! Surpise, Surprise!!

    July 22, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  99. collins,Tx.

    The overseas trip embarked upon by Obama has positively portrayed him as a gay who is not only ready to lead our great country,but the kind of leader the world has been yawning for,he is informed and up to date with world affairs.This tripe is a challange for people still existing in the old world of Czechslovakia to update their memory chips before Obama vetos their every single beer(bill).

    July 22, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  100. Gary from Charlotte, NC

    I sincerely believe the trip has greatly benefited Obama. First Obama has focused the political debate to when US troops leave a stable Iraq, irregardless of whether it is called a "timetable" or a "time horizon."

    McCain has to decide is "victory" means actually leaving a stable Iraq or simply staying forever. The old Republican adage of leaving equals losing is not politically sustainable when it is Iraq itself asking for the US to leave.

    Additionally, it is difficult to place great foreign policy confidence in John McCain as a Presidential candidate when he does not even understand the borders of a country in which he voted that soldiers risk their lives. Iraq and Pakistan have no border except in McCain's mind. But this is consistent as he thinks all of our economic woes are there also.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  101. me46

    Razicudlo – Las Vegas
    Once concluded, all that remains from one's travels is the knowledge gained. Knowledge may be carried for life so long as it does not weigh one down.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  102. Joe in VA

    Since the American press and most of Europe have already anointed Sen Obama the new Messiah, it will result in ever more press coverage praising his every move and negative slants at Mc.Cain such as your blog. So, I think it will help some fence-sitters. There is no doubt that he'll return from these hour long briefings a true expert on the region compared to Sen McCain's experience. I'd just remind those caught up in the Obama euphoria of that old saying , " a little knowledge is a dangerous thing." But Jack, please do one thing. After President Obama's magical 16 months , when Iraq goes to hell in a hand basket, don't blame that one on Bush.

    Chatham, VA

    July 22, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  103. Len in Clarkston, WA

    This trip is certainly giving us a very good glimpse into a possible McCain Administration. If you don't know the answer, just scream "SURGE!" It seems to be McCains answer to everything.

    Obama could continue to do very well during this trip...at least I "HOPE" so. I'm not so sure it will mean much in November. The economy will still be front and center.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  104. John Miami

    No, as the limited issue voter won’t give him any credit for his now demonstrated “partnership” worldview. The reality is that Obama will have to spend his time defending himself from McCain’s ads blaming Obama, single handedly for the price of gas.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  105. F. Taylor Ontario

    Well with McCain's prowess in geography and history it will take someone with more than a grade 5 education to successfully compete against him. After all America wouldn't want to elect an incompetent person as their commander and chief.

    After closely watching all John McCain's speeches and comments it has got me to wondering if he legitimately got those "D" grades in school or did he have to cheat?

    July 22, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  106. Connie

    Jack, I don't know about November , but for now he has answered the question, does he have foreign affairs experience, he can tell you that Afghanistan borders Pakistan not Iraq. Hagel nor Reed had to whisper in his ear either, I am impressed. Connie from Indiana

    July 22, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  107. Tom from Virginia

    Jack –

    The only test he has to pass is "Is he Presidential?" Looks like he is passing with flying colors. Landslide in November.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  108. Patricia

    Yes...It already has helped... John McCain is sounding like a shrew, demanding that Sen. Obama break down & cry out that the surge worked. But, Sen. Obama is a man of conviction & is remaining honest within himself. Makes Sen. Obama a better man.
    Palmdale, Ca.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  109. Susan Snyder

    Obama's trip is the best thing ever–will meet the shakers of the world and will be generating Good Will for the US for a change instead of Bush's foreign policy which is negative to say the least.

    As far as the old geezer Mccain–he should just keep critizing Obama
    and letting the country realize that he has no idea how else to campaign-his best days were in 2000.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  110. Victor in Saanich, B.C. Canada

    Yes Jack, just the way McBush's 'necessary' overseas trip did for him. It puts Obama on the international stage and thus shows involvement outside the US!!

    July 22, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  111. David Richards

    This trip has blown up in McCain's face. John McCain had an advantage over Obama on exactly one issue; Iraq. He lost that advantage yesterday and probably the election.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  112. Drew from Green Bay, WI

    Yes, this will help Obama in November. You won't exactly see a numbers boost after this trip in the polls, but Obama will have a lot to defend himself with. McCain can't say, "When's the last time you visited Europe/Middle East?" This trip will help highlight that foreigners like him, and because they do, he's bound to be a good diplomat unlike Bush. The trip will also help highlight that he is right in line with what Iraq wants us to do in regards to withdrawal, so his judgement must not be that far off on foreign policy in general. McCain will also have a hard sell that Obama doesn't know what he's talking about after meeting the troops/generals.

    Obama/Hagel '08!

    July 22, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  113. afria

    My entire family who are staunch repulicans... have been watching BO in the middle east this week... I almost fell off my chair when my parents announced to us (10) that they will be voting for BO. His reasoning "this man will change the face of America in a positive way". WOW!! what a surprise for all of us (10). He is now trying to convince us to do the same. Personally, I have been extremely impressed with his presence there.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  114. Tom Massachusetts

    The throngs of Europeans that attend an Obama speech will be enthusiastic and hopeful. I doubt there will be any protesters in the crowd, shouting anti-America slurs and displaying anti-war signs.
    Obama's visit to Germany and France will be considered national holidays in these countries. His Europe tour is the first step in mending wounds and earning their trust again. It will not only help Obama, it will help us as a nation.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  115. Jen


    It showcased what has been severly overlooked, Barack's superb communication skills. What people forget is that this man is a highly skilled Harvard schooled attorney. Previously hostile countries will be willing to engage in peace talks first with the US president before resorting to attack mode.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  116. shel

    Jack you have the best blog on television..it sell-off and because of you the situation room is groovy n hip..no offense wolfe, Jack is the man as obama is the man who is holding is own overseas. Obama is giving birth to a new a america...an america that i want my country to be like..not bush america but obama america where a big brother listen before he acts and crushes the dreams and aspirations of other countries. if mcain acted similar to obama would go for mccain because im a conservative but the good just out-weigh the bad where obama is concerned,

    July 22, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  117. Michael, Pensacola, FL

    Having someone who represents the US with dignity and grace overseas is very important. We need to be asking whether John McCain remaining at home NOT getting a grip on domestic issues while Obama is away will help his chances in November as well.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  118. David Bakody

    Senator Obama's overseas trip is turning out to be Presidential in many ways even the MSM could not have imagined. To this extent it is not only helpful to Barach Obama, it is to add to the hopes and aspirations of United States of America and it's friends.

    Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

    July 22, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  119. Angelo Montreal Canada

    It will backfire BIGTIME

    July 22, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  120. Lloyd in Washington, PA

    little or no effect. I hope he wins the Presidency, as McCain's simplistic domestic policies and hawkish foreign policies would be tragic extensions of the Bush years. but, Obama lost my respect, and therefore my vote, when he reversed his position from filibuster to support of telecom immunity, secrecy, and questionable surveillance in the recent FISA amendments. now, I have become one of those bitter Pennsylvania voters, clinging to the remains of my 4th amendment rights.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  121. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: It sure will, and by the response from the McCain camp, it was a total success.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  122. Ray Lawson

    Obama's trip gives us a chance to see how little he knows about the conditions in Iraq. He seems to be stuck in about 2006 in relation to the accomplishments that have been made. He is also deluded if he believes that our troops can be completely withdrawn from the middle east. Our troops were there before the first Gulf War and they will be there for years to come and they will be there in large numbers unless we want to see things go to hell over there and I'm not speaking strictly about Iraq.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  123. Dylan from St. Louis, MO

    Without question, we all know that John McCain can't sink a 3 pointer.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  124. phil,georgia

    Yes it Will!!! I feel proud to see a great leader representing America. you can just see the excitement on the other leaders faces, that finally they will be dealing with a sensible person. We have to learn to embrace and recognize greatness when its in our presence and not stifle or try to bring it down. Mccain and the Republicans are whining, Obama is simply micheal jordan and mccain is lesser than scotty pippen; of course jordan is going to be a bigger and better story.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  125. Brendan, 14 yrs. old, San Diego, CA

    It will help Obama in November because when voter see a candidate or a political leader take a trip overseas voters tend to look at them more as a commander in chief. His overseas trip will boost his effectiveness on the national chances and on the campaign trail leading up to the election.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  126. D.J.Lauter

    I think the trip will help Obama. Maybe it will keep McCain off his back even though McCain said that one trip doesn't make an expert. People will see that McCain is jealous of the attention given Obama, and that the world leaders really like Obama, and they will be more willing to give Obama what he wants, instead of an old, temperamental , hard to get along with guy. Yes, I think the trip will help his standing in America since his views are compatible with those who are involved in this war.
    Ojai California

    July 22, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  127. Barry Reaves

    McCain has to find some new material please tell us his entire campaign is not based on Obama's denial of the accomplishments of the "surge" in Iraq. With the average American struggling to buy gas and provide for our families we aren't interested in the useless daily rhetoric of this surge argument.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:30 pm |

    First of all he did not need this trip to strenghten his chances.
    The american people already have made up their minds.
    We know he will be the person that will help us get back on the
    trail again, and also be respected again by other nations.
    He will be a great president of the United States of America.
    We finally have someone we can talk to. we finally have someone who will listen to us, and people all over the world will be able to do the same.

    Go Obama!!!!!!!!!

    July 22, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  129. Kerry

    Of course it weill help Jack..The McCain camp can't whine that he hasn't been in the middle east in years and for all thos Americans who say the polls in Europe that show overwhelmingly they like Obama better then the alternative..A lot of those have the right to vote in this country as citizens...

    July 22, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  130. Marie,San Diego

    Hello World! Meet our next President.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  131. Betty - AL

    I think it will help since the major networks are covering it.

    You see, Jack, a lot of people in places like WV and KY are older, fixed-income and still have antennas instead of cable because they can't afford cable. It's just a fact. (I have relatives that live there, so I know).

    At least they will get one chance to see Barack in a positive way. It may help – hope it does. It can't hurt him any more than the prejudice that still exists in those two states.

    Unbiased coverage of a mixed black/white person is very very very rare.


    July 22, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  132. David Johnson

    this trip is an essential opportunity for Obama to demonstrate his foreign policty judgment, his ability to deal effectively with leaders abroad–including European and Middle Eastern critics, and his capacity as a diplomate and potential president to listen and understand others' views, hopes, challenges, and dilemmas whether they do ro don't coincide with American policy or interests. Obama has the potential, this is to say, to bring new light and hope to U.S. foreign relations–in the Middle East and in Europe–that are in tatters after eight years of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, and the rest–The "Not-Best" and "Not-Brightest" of this generation.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  133. Joy in Vero Beach, Florida

    So far, Obama has done a great job of walking this tightrope. His intellect and sophisticated demeanor come shining through when interacting with other leaders. Keep it up Barack and you'll be moving to 1600 PA Avenue in January!

    Vero Beach, FL

    July 22, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  134. William

    It will be the start of one of the greatest foreign relations in our countries history, never will there be so many counties so eager to have positive ties with the U.S.A.
    William in Atlanta

    July 22, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  135. Brian, Cincinnati

    This trip will help him greatly. Contrary to what critics are saying, that Obama should be attacking McCain on the economy right now, he's doing it the right way. In war you take out the opponent's strongest positions first: missle defense, air force, etc. That allows you to control the skies and exploit your strengths.

    Obama is about to wipe out John McCain's strong point: National Security and Iraq. So instead of fighting that battle from the convention till Election Day, he's now about to be free to carpet bomb McCain on the real issue of the day, the economy, from now till Election Day.

    Brian, Cincinnati

    July 22, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  136. Jason, Koloa, HI

    It's important to anyone who is actually undecided. When they see how much the minorities and soldiers from economically challenged backgrounds serving in the armed forces love Obama, I don't think anyone can doubt his ability to be commander in chief. When they see how much the rest of the planet loves the idea of an Obama presidency, you have to believe undecideds are going to swing in Obama's direction.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  137. CTB

    I don't think McCain's foreign policy advisors, Randy Scheunemann and Kori Schake ever seriously studied how the expectations of the Iraqis and the US domestic and international community's interpretations of Obama's trip might serve to make McCain look like a strategic bungler. Literally millions of people today understand that Obama's foreign policy and national security sense on the Iraq and Afghanistan is the most logical given the current circumstances. Yet Scheunemann and Schake persist in saying Obama would rather lose a war in Iraq to win in Afghanistan. Yet, that's not what Secretary Gates, ADM Mullen or General Petreaus are saying. Randy Scheunemann and Kori Schake haven't served McCain well, (they have served him more like Donald Rumsfeld and Condolezza Rice served George Bush) and their consistent failings raises questions of McCain's ability to choose foreign policy and national security advisors wisely and responsibly.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  138. John in San Diego

    Obama has managed to look and sound very presidential, while McCain on his trips to the war zones has only managed to look and sound like a disoriented old soldier.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  139. Nadine

    John McCain definitely is a 3rd Bush term; the world won't celebrate America as trustworthy anymore.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  140. Holly Badman

    If anything, it will increase Obama's chances of being elected. The image of a presidential aide whispering into McCain's ear, giving him the correct answer to a Middle Eastern leader's question, I think not! I can't wait for November...Obama will be our next president.

    Hanover, PA

    July 22, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  141. John in San Diego

    Obama has managed to trump all of McCain's public criticism of him. That doesn't mean McCain's tired attacks are going to stop anytime soon, however..

    July 22, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  142. M Gallo

    His trip can only help him in the election. Just like anything else that's happened so far. When comparisons are made between the way McCain and Obama handle situations, Obama will always come out ahead! It's no longer a real competition.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  143. don in Naples, Florida

    There aren't many voters that care if a president has been overseas, has seen military combat, or has any experience with foreign policy. It doesn't really matter. We want a patient man, who surrounds himself with very intelligent, curious people, who do love this country, who want to see America thrive through the very difficult times facing this nation. Our water supply continually shrinks everyday, no amount of war mongering will save that. As long as Obama selects men/women who do not have self serving agendas', who can make decisions using strong critical thinking and foresight, we can feel very comfortable with the leadership of Obama over the next 4 years.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  144. Shannon from Vancouver, WA

    This is a tremendous opportunity as it shows how incredible he is on the world stage. While the only thing that McCain ever says about Iraq is we should stay, Obama is showing how he views the big picture with Jordan, Israel, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Iraq, and Palenstine and this is only his Middle East leg of the trip. McCain's only defense and cry is that he won't admit the surge is working. They have no response to any of the higher level discussions and thoughts Obama is conveying! I love this trip and it is a trip that has shown him in the best light!

    July 22, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  145. brown, malaysian

    jack,it will help him because the whole world is watching what this young
    man can do to help the world and renew american image.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  146. Jay-Mississippi

    It will improve his credibility. How much remains to be seen. Many seem to be very angry that he has made it this far. They seem to be looking for any reason for him to lose. He could be overqualified for the job and they would still have a problem. So yes is it will help with a few, but wow there are still so many just unwilling to buy in and they dont have any credible reason. Each seems to forget, no-one is qualified to be President until they have been President at least 2 years and to my knowledge that means, in the sense of truely qualified only first term Presidents are qualified, or Lyndon B Johnson and Gerald Ford, as second term Presidents are constitutionally disqualified. So hey this talk of Qualified is more of a distraction. If you are a truely qualified Senator or Governor, then you are qualified for any other Elected office.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  147. Harry

    As he leaves the middle east, the most politically dangerous portion of his trip will take place. He needs to be very careful of sounding too "European".


    July 22, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  148. Deb, Allentown, PA

    After the last 7 1/2 years of the Bush Administration, our country was, for the first time in our history, being viewed very negatively on the world stage. Bush and his cohorts squandered the sympathy and good will that occurred after 9/11 and through their efforts, created a whole new generation of terrorists that view us as the big bad wolf.

    There are so many reasons to choose Obama over McCain, but on this one point alone, we have the opportunity to restore our good standing in the rest of the world and become a partner in the fight for peace and prosperity in the world, rather than the aggressor and school bully.

    On this trip, Obama has proven that he can rub elbows with commanders on the ground, high-ranking foreign officials, and our troops, and looks Presidential doing it. I hope it helps him immensely, but there will be people who cannot be convinced to vote for him, even if he ascends to the right hand of God.

    Why in the world would anyone vote to maintain the status quo (McCain)?

    July 22, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  149. Tyler, Pennsylvania

    This trip will give Barack Obama a stronger chance at winning the election. The American people want someone to lead them who is concerned with World issues and how are troops are doing over seas. Barack is showing that he cares and wants to get a first hand account of how badly this war is being ran. After this trip Obama will have gained more information about our war than our current President has during his entire tenure. I don't see how interacting now, with the countries and troops he will be dealing with later, will hurt his chances of winning.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  150. wes rogers newcastle delaware

    Im going to tell you the same thing you told your peer last week " have you heard this man speak"? and I would like to add, have you seen the way he connects with people, have you seen the way people fall in love with him after getting to know him or meeting him. when he handles his own business he does just fine,it's when other people speak for him or claim to represent him that causes him problems. his over seas trip will crush Mcsame. KEEP KEEPING IT REAL JACK.


    July 22, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  151. kim

    Sarah in Indiana
    The Iraqis are also resposible for the turn around in the violence. It's their country do you not think they wish peace after years of violence. Do you not think they wish their children go to school and be able to see a doctor or maybe beable to just to live. Please think outside of your borders

    July 22, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  152. jon hoffman

    Absolutely as it clearly demonstrates he knows how to discuss world affairs at a leadership level. It also pops a desperate McCain off the world stage leaving him with the samo samo anti Obama rhethoric. Geography does not appear to be McCains strong suite either. Obama speaks , McCain mis-speaks and slaps himself on the head!!

    The only thing Obama must do is not give a back rub to the German Prime Minister. Then he is home free.
    Oroville, Ca.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  153. Dave in Philly

    Whether people like it or not, this man is proving he is able to represent our country in a positive and respectful way. We need that right now. With all due respect to Senator McCain (and he does deserve a good amount), I believe representing the country is more than selecting more things to say "I told you so." about. Its quite probable many voters in November will grow up and agree.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  154. Carol in California

    Obama's trip overseas will neither make nor break his chances of being elected in November.

    For those who already plan to vote for Obama, the trip just reinforces the reasons they plan to do so. For voters who are supporters of McCain and those who are still undecided, the trip is just another slick campaign ad, only this time using high profile leaders from other countries and all free of charge to Obama.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  155. Christine

    Obviously this trip has backfired on McCain. Obama is sailing through the election season so far. The only thing the Republicans have left are dirty tactics...like rumors of an early VP selection to swing the media cameras back in their direction. Maybe they'll dust off the 'ol color coded terror alert. Don't laugh, it worked once!

    July 22, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  156. John from Chicago

    The rest of the world along with us Americans are sick of George Bush and John McCain. Obama is a breath of fresh air.

    Republicans for Obama 08!

    July 22, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  157. jim kanous ny

    It certainly can't hurt... he has little experience and basically no credentials in foreign policy... however this trumps failed policy by a long shot... perhaps this can be viewed as a default choice... but it is a vote for hope.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  158. Lee-- Dallas, TX

    I’d for one like to thank Barack for what he’s doing overseas. I can’t remember the last time we had so many world leaders and citizens of other nations as anxious as they are now in hearing what one of our premier political figures has to say.

    Not to mention when he speaks, he actually knows what he’s talking about and is able to construct constructive and articulate statements. I’ve grown accustomed over the past eight years of people domestically and abroad running from the presence and words of these ‘politicians’. Barack appears to be genuine in his ability to actually want to hear the concerns of these individuals.

    It will be amazing or should I say less so, the criticism he will face for being liked by those other than left of center Americans or those disaffected by the last eight years. Who knew being liked around the world would be such a bad thing.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  159. L.M.,Arizona

    It should help some what but we have to remember that most of the world's population was shocked america voted for Bush and they probably lost all respect for our intellience for electing him again. It appears that america has become a very dangerous joke.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  160. Ron from Colorado

    Obama's trip overseas can, and so far has, helped him in many ways. In addition to the eloquent manner the preceding respondents have noted how he has fulfilled their hopes or failed to impress them let it also be pointed out here that Obama listens and learns. He is establishing first-hand knowledge of these other countries, their leaders, and their people. So far, it seems other countries' responses show an eagerness to work with him.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  161. Phil P. in NJ

    Absolutely Jack. People overseas are anxiously awaiting for America to take the world lead again. Obama offers a foreign policy that will gain the respect of other nations. It's no accident the europeans favor Obama over McCain. They get it. Obama offers the world hope, while McCain offers 4 more years of the same failed Bush polices. At present, America dosen't seem to have a policy on much of anything, foreign or domestic. We just seem to be twisting in the wind fighting one fire after another with no plan or end result in sight. I believe most nations want to be lead and live in peace. Obama will offer leadership and a change in American Foreign policy that will offer hope for peace.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  162. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    This trip will help him. I appreciate the fact that this is a fact finding mission and will help Obama make decisions when it comes to Security, war and humanity issues around the globe.

    Now the dare mccain made to Obama, has come to pass and now he can take his foot out of his mouth.

    Thanks mccain, with out you opening your mouth, the world would have never seen history made.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  163. Ralph in New York

    Jack, he will be gaining the "experience" so many suggest would prevent him from being an effective world leader. Obama will have a greater knowledge of the middle east and Europe and how do deal with events there and throughout the world. He will also have the opportuinity to meet with our troops and their leaders as well as with heads of state. Finally, he will see how we are thought of by the common citizen as well as their governments outside of this country.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  164. Jim in Conn.

    Hi Jack,

    The touch must be passed to a new generation of our brightest people, as JFK said, old Ideas must be shelved. It's time to move beyond the Bush / Cheney era of Corruption, and Corporate Greed and Scandal. It's time to feel good about America again, after this nightmere of the last 8 years. Bush /Cheney should be arrersted the day they leave office for War Crimes. The Republican Party should have to pay for the war in Iraq, and maybe the next time they wouldn't nominate such inept, sick, and incompentant people.



    July 22, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  165. Debra Rich, Washington,DC

    One of the things that most people don't know about Obama is that he majored in International Relations at Columbia University. I believe that Obama is going overseas to talk with these leaders to assure them that he understands and respects their country and cultures. He is using this trip to show these leaders what they can expect in terms of his respect for them. He is opening a dialogue which is something Bush has not done in a while. As far as how this helps him in November; it can only be a plus. But what we are failing to see is how much this trip is helping the US in terms of our overseas relations. He is presenting a picture of a President who is willing to talk not just shoot. That's a big plus for America.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  166. John in California

    Will it help him to show the rapport he has with Petraeus, the troops, and so many world leaders? Will it help him to be a dignified and thoughtful American leader abroad rather than a smirking buffoon?

    Will it help him that, while remaining respectful of his role as nominee not President, in his short time abroad, Obama has already shaped and refocused both Bush's and McCain's approach to Iraq?

    Will it help him that he has a mastery of detail and diplomacy that far surpasses both Bush and McCain?

    Will competence and intelligence help in November? Well, the Republicans are scrambling to try to figure out how to demonstrate some of their own so...I'd say....definitely, it helps.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  167. Michelle- Washington, DC

    If it shuts McCain up, great.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  168. Tim, Clemmons NC

    Yes, it has been a big plus to his candidacy.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  169. Nancy, Tennessee

    I think John McCain's criticism of Barack Obama for not visiting Iraq has backfired. John McCain is probably thinking that he didn't tell Barack to see the world in seven days. Voters now see how Barack can handle himself with leaders of all countries. It will definitely give him a leg up when the polls open in November.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  170. Raoul, New Orleans, La.

    The media attention he has gotten so far is proof. While he has been abroad, Senator McCain has told us Senator Obama is to blame for our high gas prices, Iraq shares a border with Pakistan, and he is going to pick a VP soon. Does anyone care? No. If Senator Obama were to say one thing as shocking as this, he would be in more hot water than a crawfish boil. The fact the press has ignored Senator McCain has illustrated the power Senator Obama's trip has had, and this power will help carry him to become our next president. It couldn't come any sooner.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  171. Lisa in GA.

    Jack, this helps Obama. People that did not know him and most importantly, some enemies and allies have found nothing bad to say about him... it is sad a newcomer gets more respect than the president himself.... republicans beware... this is a new era.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  172. hugh ny

    it might help him by showing that he actually does look presidential. as we all know a picture is worth a thousand words. i bet mccain is having nightmares this week.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  173. Julie in LA

    Jack, Obama's completely controlling the dialogue on both foreign and domestic policy and McCain and Bush are struggling to intelligently respond.

    So most important of all Obama's demonstrated vision and leadership skills are helping our nation RIGHT NOW.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  174. Clincher Beautiful Ocean Drive USA

    Jack, not to say that Senator Obama can't do the (president's) job, it just seems like this whole trip looks like 'sugar coating' to the Senator's lack of experience in foreign policy and a definite shift in earlier views regarding our mission in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  175. Jack in Des Moines IA USA

    It will hurt him come November. The unabashed bias in favor of Obama will start to rub the electorate the wrong way. People will start to glaze over the more the media fawns over Obama and it will be perceived as no more than an annoying Caveman commercial.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  176. Nelson, Knoxville Tenn


    Win or loose in November, Obama has been able to present another face of America to the outside world, a face that contrasts what bush has been presenting in last seven years.


    Knoxville, Tenn

    July 22, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  177. Kelly, Philadelphia

    Yes. I believe the public is hungry for a president who will examine data, contemplate it, and then make a decision based on it even if the result leads to a change in position. I'm relieved by Sen. Obama's ability to promptly acknowledge success and error which is not just a quality for a president but for a man. He has my vote!

    July 22, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  178. Adam, Maryland

    It will definitely help his chances, but maybe not as much as those pictures of McCain hanging out with the Bush family last weekend.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  179. Will from San Jose, CA

    Nearly every projected electoral map show Obama winning 300+ electoral college votes if the elections where held today. At this point Obama would have to make a major gaffe to effect that outcome.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  180. Stacy

    The real question is will the Bush Administration create another front in their war, and create a National Emergency in the U.S. and cancel the 2008 elections. That's the question that the media seems to ignore. When in fact, it is a very real possibility.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  181. Lee from FL

    The World loves him.
    why are we in denial like the rest of the world doesn't matter

    July 22, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  182. Mike in St. Pete Beach, Florida

    It will help all of us. This country has a lot of credibility to restore, and he's the one to do it.

    July 22, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  183. Jim Bailey, Cripple Creek CO

    I just love that FOX got shut out of the press gaggle.

    July 22, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  184. Kevin in Dallas

    Obama's trip over seas may enlighten his views, but in the long run, I think his trip will help McCain more. From now through the election, McCain will be able to say that Obama's foreign relations experience is so extremely limited, that when he does get some experience it is a major news event.

    July 22, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  185. Paul In Texas

    It can only help in November. The campain is winding down now and no matter how you look at it the world has now seen what is possible and now they are looking to see what do.

    July 22, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  186. Thomas, Yo.town, OH

    Obama's overseas trip seals the deal for him Jack. Americans like to feel good about themselves and our foreign fans of Obama gives us that fuzzy tingling feeling that we like to have when we feel we've done something good for the world. The 18 million cracks in the glass ceiling, the in-betweeners, procrastinators, the young republicans and the ones who always want to be right and on the winning side will be jumping on the band wagon within the next few weeks. So long McSame.

    July 22, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  187. The BEST political viewer of television -Texas

    Since you continue to bow down to him and shower him with rose petals, I'm sure it will help him, Jack. I wouldn't want you to be in the same room with him as I'm not sure your heart could take it. Watch out for the tingling up your leg.

    In spite of what you and he might say, he is not President yet. The arrogance of this man continues to amaze me.

    July 22, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  188. CJ in Roanoke, VA

    It will have no affect whatsoever. A few days over there, where his moves are carefully planned and protected doesn't mean anything and will only make him more informed on a anecdotal basis. That is not enough to make him proficient at understanding the nuances of that area.

    July 22, 2008 at 4:04 pm |

    Well it sure won't hurt him. He is already doing more than President Bush ever did. And he is winning more people's confidence in him than Pres. Bush.

    July 22, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  190. Toni Boutwell, Myrtle Beach SC

    Obama looks presidential, he looks talks and acts like a competent world leader, something we haven't seen in almost 8 years. Those who worried about his credentials now have thier worries set aside. Meanwhile McSame just keeps yammering away with the same old rhetoric.
    I thought Obama would win in November, now I have no doubt.

    July 22, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  191. Cliff Dick

    1. It appears Obama listened to what he wanted to hear during his Iraq /Afghanistan trip.
    2. His final statement regarding Gen Petraeus decision process was embarrassing and shows his lack of understanding military planning.
    3. Maybe if he is elected President, he will be able to talk our enemies into submission

    July 22, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  192. MMN-Milwaukee WI

    Bush has 181 days left in the White House and that is not good for McCain or the GOP and that's all that matters

    July 22, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  193. Joe

    It does'nt help at all. The Republicans will find a way to steel it in November anyway.


    July 22, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  194. Angelo from Alaska

    I believe his trip to the Middle East is a big step for him....And as we watch the news, the whole entire Republican Party is scrambling to counter attack his views and believes, I also believe that the American People needs a President that is young, energetic and has a vision and a better future for the U.S., Reminds me of JFK.

    July 22, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  195. Chris

    It will be a boost in November to see the support he has oversees. More so than that it will be a boost after the new year as he phases in his ideas and foreign policy and guides American away from the Bush-Republican, McCain-Republican ideals. McCain would have a better shot if he was the maverick he was 8 years ago. Now he just sounds like a "grumpy old man" complaining about everything Obama does. The Repubs have robotized him. He's lose his character.

    July 22, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  196. Greg

    The funny thing is that John McCain recommended the trip in the first place. Trust me Jack, it's a done deal!

    July 22, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  197. GW in Maryland


    Hopefully, it will make those in the states who are so set against him to look at him from a world view and how the US is supposed to be the Key player in that arena.

    I am not saying they should vote for him, I am only suggesting that they look at him with an open mind, and what impact he could make around the world with allies and foes alike.

    July 22, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  198. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    At this point, it will do nothing but help Barack. The more that McCain harps on Barck while he is overseas highlights his insecurity of the next president and makes McCain look even smaller and more petty.

    July 22, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  199. Francis- washington dc

    The overseas trip will definately help Obama he has demostrated to Americans that he can handle diplomatic meetings. McCain has acknowledged this hence the surge in his Obama attacks.

    July 22, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  200. Patty, Big Bear, CA

    How can it not help? Already we see that people worldwide are not demonstrating, burning him in effigy, and/or shouting "GO HOME" the way they do whenever Bush goes out of doors!! The world is getting a chance to see that the Texas Tyrant is the exception to the rule (outside of Texas, I mean) and the hope from all is that maybe America has come to its senses and will elect someone who is articulate, compassionate, has a world vision and is willing to try to get along.

    July 22, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  201. Greg

    Barack is listening and getting information and conveying the information correctly. McCain received information and spoke wrongly and very poorly about the general facts while in Iraq. It appears to me that McCain sees the world as it was 20 yrs ago and at one time may of had some understanding and credability, however, that is definately no longer the case.

    July 22, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  202. philip

    Obama's trip to overseas shows a well educated man doing a smart move. This defintely will help Obama win not only the election but respect as comander in chief. His trip is more brave then Bush's brain.

    July 22, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  203. Don Lawrence KS

    For the first time in 8 years I am proud of a US politician meeting with foreign leaders. He has shown class, dignity, respect and common sense. Now its time for the jealous republicans to try and tear him down - by blaming him for the price of gas or claiming that the press is in love with him? Are we desperate yet?

    July 22, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  204. Marie

    Well, me and everyone I know is watching to see what he does over there. He is definitely demonstrating that he can communicate with other leaders and is doing a great job. I wish he had been in office 8 years ago, we may not be in the mess we are in now. I am proud of him for showing that communication is key for good relations and we don't sit back and bully people in to conforming to what we want them to do. This country stands to get its credibility back and wipe out some of the damage that was done by the Bush administration.

    July 22, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  205. janet

    it will take a lot more then this trip to get my vote i don't trust the man so i am asking everyone that feels as i do to write in vote for Hillary in nov, Janet in bygod west virginia

    July 22, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  206. M. P.

    It will definitely help him. After watching his news conference today, and comparing him to McCain, it is like comparing a Rhodes scholar to the village idiot. Not once did he avoid a question or stumble and say he would have to get back to you on that.. Obama is the most intelligent, informed, informed candidate I have seen in my 78 years. I just hope the people will see that and not elect another dumb president. McCain is pitiful sometimes and is sounding desperate.

    July 22, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  207. Mike Nunn

    His chances are well increased. It is refreshing after the last eight years and even comforting to hear an intelligent, articulate and sensible all-encompassing view of international challenges. It is obvious that he both thinks before he speaks and is open to input from all sides. That will go a long way in both protecting America's interests and re-establishing world confidence in our nation's leadership. McCain has played his cards and its just more of the same old song.

    July 22, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  208. Joe


    It has been good to see Barack Obama interacting with foreign leaders. This trip has made him appear stronger in foreign policy. It gives people a visual of what Barack would look like as president. For some who couldn't visualize what a biracial president in the U.S would look like on the world's stage .

    Since the Iraq P.M shares the vision of the troop withdrawal of Obama's, it undercuts the John Mccain's message, that Barack has it all wrong.

    The Republicans focus on the surge, but this war was a mistake. It had nothing to do with 9-11. We need to get out of Iraq and focus on terrorist. Where is Bin Laden?

    When the Republicans acknowledge that the war was a mistake, that is most likely when Obama will acknowledge that the surge worked.

    July 22, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  209. Mark, Connecticut

    Who knows? The only reason that this election is even close is because he's black. I guess that he doesn't share the values of the "working class whites." Give me a break! Hopefully there are enough rational people in our country to know that it's time for a new direction.

    July 22, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  210. Jim Talala OK

    One trip to the hospital doesn't make you a surgeon.....One trip to the war zone does not change the fact he has no foriegn policy experience. Sen. Obama is not the better choice for Commander-In-Chief of our nations armed foces just because he has the full support of the liberal media. The real question is why does the liberal media want him to be the President so bad?....What's in it for them?

    July 22, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  211. Tom (Bloomingon, IN)

    I don't think a lot of people will consciously say, "Hey, remember his trip to the Middle East? I think I'll vote for him because of that." But people WILL subconsciously remember how he looked on this trip. There's an added presidential gravitas now, and that will work in his favor.

    July 22, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  212. B.C. Mitchell, PA

    Give me a break, our newly elected United States president (MAYBE), the man with no foreign experience, goes oversees for a few days and will come back to America and will have all the answers he needs. In that case, I'm going to Washington, D.C. for a 2 week vacation and I'll run for president against him in 2012, if he wins in 2008.

    July 22, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  213. Maslov

    W Bush was the first President to really throw out diplomacy. Our Nation is less safe because of it. Never fear talking to the enemy, it can in fact put you is a stronger position. Obama seems to understand this, something that Bush and even McCain don't seem to grasp.

    Seven years is enough.... it's time for the Iraqis to take off their flotation devices and swim on their own.

    July 22, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  214. John McAndrew, Santa Fe

    It would put him over the top in a big way, with one condition: the electorate must begin to care about the wars once again, and about America's recent choice to try to be a power over, rather than a light to, the world. Until the American electorate grows up and realizes that the leadership of our country is more important than what happens on their favorite TV show, we won't be able to tell how the elections will go.

    July 22, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  215. Geoff

    At least Obama knows his way around a globe and is respected by those people. McCain thinks Pakistan and Iraq share a boarder and he has been over there how many times? Just shows that traveling abroad multiple times doesn't necessarily mean that you understand the world as McCain states!!!

    McCain once again shows that he knows nothing about foreign countries just like Bush showcased when he called the people of Greece, Grecians!!!

    July 22, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  216. Lisa D.

    I just feel so proud having Obama representing us to the world. An intelligent and wise president representing a peaceloving people is the CHANGE America is looking for...if this is the preview for what is to come with an Obama presidency, who could resist to not rush out and vote this November? The future is looking like dem/rep/ind Americans coming together on the 95% of things we all agree the country needs because the candidate reminded us....we can!

    July 22, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  217. Senior White Female

    Yes, of course. Obama presents an intelligent, confident, strong image for America. He can speak to the military, and delegates from other countries. He is respected and confers respect to others. Unlike his counterpart who is often confused and fumbles for words like the elderly gentleman he is.

    July 22, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  218. Spencer, Newport News, VA

    The trips definitely will help him come November Jack. I don't know why the McCain Campaign is in an uproar that Sen. Obama get's more press. Sen. Obama is making history, not John McCain. Pres. Maliki is already aligned with Sen. Obama's policy on U.S. withdrawal. Plus on top of that, Sen. Obama is looking very presidential on his travels abroad. Even if the Republicans pull out one of their dirty tricks, which we all know they will do, all Sen. Obama has to do is get Hillary on the VP ticket and that will definitely crush McBush and whoever is VP cronie is.

    July 22, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  219. Rob Kole NYC NY


    No, this is a glorified photo op. Yes everyone is rolling out the red carpet for him now and it is in everyone's interest in these countries for him to have a nice trip. Will they be as nice if he becomes President remains to be seen. Besides he won't be their President if he wins will they.

    July 22, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  220. Rocky from Chicopee, Ma

    Sure it will help him. I'm reminded of Evita Peron's "Rainbow Tour"; lots of glitz, lots of glamor, and a ton of hop. I can hear the crows chanting "Obama:" the way they chanted "Evita". "Oh what a circus, or what a show"......

    July 22, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  221. Jose Viloria

    This trip will make Obama more popular than ever no matter what mistakes he may or may not make. I watch CNN all day long and I hear some people say that large crowds in Europe will hurt Obama, but the larger the crowds the more this will help Obama. I'm a republican and I have always supported President Bush but I myself have been Obamatized just like some other republicans I've met.

    Thank you
    Jose Viloria
    Republicans for Obama

    July 22, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  222. Ed Joffe, Miami, Florida

    The trip shows Obama's strong leadership skills. Despite his youth, he approaches problems in a deliberate, reasoned way. He's going to eat McCain for lunch in the general election and nothing can save McCain during the debates.

    July 22, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  223. Mr. ?

    Everything that happens while he's running for president weither good ,or bad will help him, because of who is, and what his mission is.

    July 22, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  224. LaFrancine K. Burton

    Yes. John McCain and the Republican's got what they'd been asking for (well, what they thought they wanted). Sen. Obama "appears" extremely knowledgable about foreign affairs. As a matter of fact, NOBODY had to whisper a correction into his ear.

    It will be interesting to watch what happens when Obama and McCain have their townhall meeting. (Something else McCain has been goading Obama to do.)

    McCain will soon learn a very valuable lesson......Nobody has to tell you not to touch a hot stove once you have burned your fingers!!!

    July 22, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  225. Ben, Pittsburgh

    I think his trip abroad will show Americans that the world is watching this election, now more than ever, and it would appear that the world (or a large percentage of it) is in favor of Obama being elected. It also should dispell the contention that Obama lacks foreign diplomacy, whilst McCain shoots himself in the foot by referring to countries that have not been in existence since 1992 (Czechoslovakia).

    July 22, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  226. greg lancaster, tx

    This trip helps because it underscores Mccain's basic problem in competing with Obama. Let us not forget that the Model T just turned 100 years old. That is precisely what Mccain looks like next to the 21st century looking, sleek, urbane and electric corvette that Obama personifies on the world stage. Park your Ferraris and Porsches. America is back.

    July 22, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  227. jacie

    Jack – I think the trip was a good idea and put to bed the doubts about Senator Obama as being Commander and Chief he has certaintly step up his foriegn policy game. McCain is jealous because he trailing behind Senator Obama.

    Looking good Obama – for President 08

    July 22, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  228. Dan

    Obama's trip expands his credibility on foreign affairs and shows Americans and those abroad that he is a true statesman. It will calm the notion that he is not experienced in foreign diplomacy and will return honor and respect to the white house from other nations. His reception by our troops and warm embrace from Iraqi and Afghanistan leaders proves that he is respected and will accomplish more diplomatically then our current president

    July 22, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  229. Cliff (Sunrise)

    It shows that people around the world want change too.

    Some voters may consider that come November.

    July 22, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  230. Rock star

    Of course it will help him. The masses want a rock star; this trip is yet another stage.

    July 22, 2008 at 4:55 pm |