Sen. Barack Obama delivering a speech to thousands in front of Victory Column in Berlin, Germany. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)
FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
Barack Obama's overseas trip was almost flawless. It's the first time in eight years an American politician was greeted so enthusiastically overseas. We saw foreign citizens waving American flags instead of burning them or having the host country's military holding back angry protesters.
And, while Obama was away shoring up his foreign policy credentials overseas, it seems the trip turned out to be devastating for John McCain. He spent the week stumbling around the U.S. making gaffes about foreign policy, which is supposed to be his strong suit.
We heard McCain refer to the nonexistent "Iraq-Pakistan border," he got his timing wrong on the surge and the Sunni awakening against Al Qaeda, he called Iraq "the first major conflict since 9-11." I guess Afghanistan doesn't count. And, are you ready? McCain acknowledged that 16 months for a U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq is quote "a pretty good timetable." Go figure. And of course it's ironic that it was John McCain who kept urging Barack Obama to go overseas in the first place.
Obama did take some heat for canceling plans to visit wounded troops at a U.S. base in Germany. He probably should have gone.
Nonetheless, the polls are reflecting just how good a week it was for Barack Obama. CNN's Poll of Polls now shows Obama leading McCain by 6 points, 45 to 39 percent. And the Gallup daily tracking poll shows Obama jumping ahead of McCain by 9 points.
Here’s my question to you: Did Barack Obama's overseas trip change your opinion of him?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Jason from Koloa, Hawaii writes:
No, I've liked him from the time I heard him speak at the last Democratic National Convention. He is the new voice of America, one that we've all been yearning to hear for a long time.
Danielle from Dallas writes:
No, Jack. It changed my opinion of John McCain.
Obama's trip overseas doesn't make him an expert in foreign affairs any more than a trip to the aquarium makes me a marine biologist. Obama's arrogance is about the only thing that voters know about this "presumptuous" Democratic nominee and that arrogance was on full display in this ridiculous media stunt. Interesting how the media has lost its objectivity.
Tim from Brandon, Florida writes:
I am Republican who because of this trip has decided that Obama is the best candidate for president. His youth and ability to be able to use modern technology (like the Internet and email) shows that he is ready for what the future holds. I have not yet donated but I will on the first day after I take out my money for gas.
David from Jersey City, New Jersey writes:
Barack’s latest trip does nothing to change my opinion of him. I still feel he lacks the experience to run this country. Furthermore, I'm still waiting for him to fall on his face so Hillary can step in and claim the nomination.
Joe from Arlington, Virginia writes:
Obama has brilliantly outplayed McCain in Iraq, the Middle East and Europe. There is nothing left for McCain but to "whine" about Obama and plan for a competing trip to Czechoslovakia.
Iris from Saugatuck, Michigan writes:
Obama was on an overseas trip? Funny, I didn’t see anything about it on the news.
Jack: Not really. Obama needs to be judged by his character and not a particular circumstance.
Obama's conduct on the trip made a powerful statement to reinforce his
depth, judgment and his capacity to serve well as the President.
Of course not. This was an overly hyped progression that was created for one purpose: to try to present him as qualified to be commander in chief by using every photo op they could devise. It is quite apparent that he had his mind made up about Iraq long before meeting Gen Petraeus, and the fact that he declined to take the general's recommendations seriously merely showed Obama to be what many of us suspect him to be – a celebrity politician out of his depth and not ready for prime time.
I have heard through mutual friends on the Hill that Obama gained no significant bounce out of this trip. If true, you should be very worried: if the Berlin speech could not do it for him, why would the coming coronation in Denver?
In a positive way only. He showed us all that America can be respected and like abroad by several different countries. He not only can do great things here at home but can be truly an ambassador for us throughout the world. Goes to show you what an Obama presidency could look like, something we've only dreamed of before. Meanwhile mccain wasted a whole week bashing Obama, and talking endlessly about the surge, iraq, drill, surge, iraq, drill to the point of exhaustion. Same ol, same ol with him.
No, I've liked him from the time I heard him speak at the last Democratic National convention. He is the new voice of America, one that we've all been yearning to hear for a long time.
Nope. I still think he is the most inexperienced candidate to run for the office of president that this country has ever had.
No Jack, it didn't change my opinion it re-inforced it. He gives us hope and he will be the kind of President that we can be proud of.
The trip didn't change my opinion of Obama but it did change my opinion on where America is headed with renewed hope for it's future.
Obama's stature, eloquence, intelligence and policies hold him so far above John McCain in all these aspects it would take a miracle for him to lose in November. He may not be able to deliver on everything he talks about but just trying is reason for hope in America's future.
Jack, No It did not change my opinion of the Senator it just reaffirmed the fact that he is the only candidate that presents him self as presidential.And that not only is America hungry for a true leader, but so is the rest of the world , wanting some one that has a vision and they can work with. I am hoping that Senator Obama will be our next president,but please viewers no matter what your politics's please cling to your faith and prayer for Senator McCain and Robert Novak.
Connie from Indiana
I've been an Obama voter since the Iowa Primary. But I notice lately, he's smiling more and a little more relaxed. He's been pretty stressed and inhibited, due to the touchiness of a Political campaign. Hopefully he can relax and will do better in debate. He's still pretty careful and slow to respond, due to watching what he says.
Not really. The trip went well. We still don't know enough about him to know what toexpect if he is elected.
Now the other shoe to drop will be the debates,that should make things crystal clear for everyone on the fence.
Definitely so. Good judgment, intelligence, and diplomatic know-how are some of the things we can all look forward to in an Obama administration.
Jack, I have already made up my mind to vote for senator Obama because of his timetable to withdrawal troops from Iraq. With his recent trip overseas has only reinforced my decision to vote for him.
Jack, No, my opinion of Obama hasn't changed. I am an Obama supporter. I find the subject matter a bit silly. Can someone please tell me how does spending a day or two any place, with anyone (this includes McCain and Clinton) in a one or two hour discussion, shaking hands and greeting folks all of a sudden gives you true foreign affairs credentials, you didn't have the day before. Is that all there is to it, help me please with that question.
His trip proved he lacks experience in foriegn matters. In addition. our country is bleeding to death financially. Why is he worried about the middle east? Does either one of them know how to fix the problems here in the US. NO! Every single time either one of them has something to say about the economy. They trip over their toung. They need to focus their attention here on domestic matters.
The middle eastern countries are not stupid. They all know should they start something we could blow them off the face of the globe. So we don't need to worry about the middle east. We need to stop meddling in the business of other nations, stop wasting tax payer money over there and for once. Tell us what they plan to do to fix this BROKEN NATION!!!
Ron San Diego
Yes , He represents even better than expected. Rock on You rockstar you.
Yes, It reinforced my opinion of him for president. Yet McCain attacks what was mostly a flawless and non-controversial trip. McCain attacks everything Obama does or says, its kinda sad. McCain seems real desperate in all his speeches, he's just trying anything and everything to knock Obama down. I watch McCain speeches just to see how far he will sink, next he will question how Obama ties his shoes or does his hair, and then make him appear unpatriotic on what cereal he eats.
It just reinforced my opinion that he will make a good President. He seemed to be able to communicate with all of the foreign leaders as well as our military leaders. Even though I like & respect John McCain, I will vote for Obama because McCain is changing all of his positions to match Bush's ( the moron) who got us into this mess.
I love THE CAFFERTY FILE. Keep up the good work.
Joy from Texas
No...it just made my support of Obama MORE FIRM. The scene in Berlin actually brought tears to my eyes. At 59, I've never seen such a nice reception before. Amazing! The photos in Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Israel...wonderful.
What happened in Berlin...well...we Americans cannot ignore the sight...it's just too memorable.
Obama does not just represent a campaign. He IS by background and character the embodiment of our diverse American ideals. He has proven the American Dream IS possible.
No, I still think Buggs Bunny would make the best President. Still undecided what empty suit to vote for in November. At least he had some positive things happen on his trek. Did the US taxpayers foot the bill for this?
My Opinion Of Obama has only escalated with each step this man has taken. I hope he is taking notes so he can write a book about this stage in his life. It will be a number 1 best seller and those with political asperations will use it as a handbook on how to achieve the impossible dream.
St. Augustine, Fl
Nope Jack. Not one bit. Senator Obama actually has a likeable personality that helps him connect with people he has never met. Senator McCain has no personality at all. I personally don't no anyone who wants to work with or be associated with anyone like that.
Yes, He looked more Presidential talking and meeting with foreign presidents. At least he looked smart and sharp.
Yes! He is more intelligent, polished and Presidential than McCain. The McCain camp and others talk about "images" and "pictures," as if it is a creation of some sort and not Obama himself that generates this picture of confidence. At some point the general public will see McCain and his camp for are doing and what they continually do; complain about a more intelligent, polished and Presidential figure who is not theirs.
Obama's trip did not cause me to change my opinion of him, but it did re-inforce my faith in his ability to lead, be diplomatic and to bring American's together......not to mention bring back our good standing as a Country that leads.
I must admit I was more than alittle choked up watching the mass of people in Germany , there to hear him speak......and so many waving American flags.
Obama is a Uniter and a Leader.
Hope = Obama
Change = Obama
I was more impressed than I expected to be. I hadn't realized Obama had the guts to deal forcefully with the issue of Iraq in the person of General Patraeus, an acknowledged counter insurgency genius and well loved personage. I had expected deference to Patraeus who had so effectively communicated the administration's position on Iraq to Congress last year. Instead, while acknowledging the General's skill and service, Obama did a Harry Truman and looked at the big picture. He didn't pander to the popular general, he put the situation is perspective. He thought and talked like a commander-in-chief. Iraq was and is a diversion from finding and eliminating perpetrators of 9/11. Al Queda threatens our nation. Al Queda is in Afghanistan. Obama said we should use our total arsenal (not just military might) to defeat them. That is a man of vision!
His trip CONFIRMED my opinion that he is, in fact, the best candidate for president! Finally, we sent a statesman abroad, that was respected in all the countries he visited instead of becoming a laughing stock. I can only imagine the respect we will gain when he is finally elected. Obama 08!!!!!!
No, Obama's trip overseas didn't change my opinion of him but it sure was funny watching how John McCain became so frustrated after Obama's trip backfired on him.
My opinion of him hasn't changed. He hadn't been in the public
eye long enough for us to have gotten to know him. I feel he is
where he is by being a calculating phony.
I've always thought highly of him – since my first research into his qualifications indicated intelligence, hard work, honesty, etc. His trip only reinforced what I knew, and it gave the rest of the world a chance to see him and to have some hope that we will get it right this time. No more wars when diplomacy will work.
We need to think ahead instead of carrying around all our old negative poor experiences. We need new and innovative, and I believe that is where Sen. Obama will take us.
I don't really think it changed anyone's opinion as most already knew he has the stature and world wide respect to restore America's standing on both domestic and foreign affairs.
You have to be somewhat excited that your next leader will articulate an aura of wisdom and common sense rather than the Bozo The Clown image conveyed by Bush over the past 8 years.
Yes! He is more intelligent, polished and Presidential than McCain. The McCain camp and others talk about "images" and "pictures," as if it is a creation of some sort and not Obama himself that generates this picture of confidence. At some point the general public will see McCain and his camp for what they are doing and what they continually do; complain about a more intelligent, polished and Presidential figure who is not theirs.
Let me begin by saying i'm Jamaican. You may ask what does your election has to do with the rest of the world.For the past seven years big brother(U.S.A.)has disconnected with the world and instead of being big brother it's being seen as as an abusive stepbrother.let me further add that i'm black which did not mean i gravitated towards Obama.i've kept an open mind and listened keenly to the candidates running for president.Barak's speech in Germany has given me newfound hope that big brother will return to it's role and not cause this world to descend into needless war.THANK YOU BARAK OBAMA FOR GIVING ME HOPE SO I CAN BELIEVE THAT THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF U.S.A. WILL EXPLORE EVERY AVENUE FOR PEACEFUL RESOLUTION BEFORE WAGING ANY WAR.
GOD BLESS BARAK OBAMA AND GOD BLESS AMERICA
Not really Jack. I have admired the Senator for his judgement and demeanor for a long time now. However, I am really tickled that this blew up in the Republican's face. They goaded the Senator into making the trip and I really believe that he made them sorry that they ever started the "countdown" since his last visit to Iraq.
No Jack, I always had confidence that Obama has presidential credentials and could hold his own on the world stage. What has changed though is given all the whining McCain did during the trip, I see him as the GRUMPY OLD MAN he is -more than ever.
No, but is sure changed my opinion of McCain! He would have been better-off hunkering down as the diligent Senator with little or no comment rather than whining about Obama's press coverage, posing like a fool in front of der weiner-schitzel and bringing up Obama at every turn rather than focusing on his own platform.
And have you noticed? Every complaint about Obama seems to eventually turn back on McCain who later appears to have been confused about the details or worse, exploiting the fears of xenophobic Americans while saying "to hell with the details"
Obama's trip did nothing to change the underlying necessity for electing the man president: change. All this hype about all the politics that are going on, trip included, is distracting us from seeing the absolute need to "throw the rascals out" and put some new rascals in. Just hope the new rascals are less rascally. I wish CNN would stick to the point.
No Jack, Obama still has my support and I'm a hard working white middle class voter.
No Jack my opinion was affirmed that he is the right person to be elected president.
Obama appears brilliant while McCain looks dreadful. Obama gets 200,000 Germans cheering for him while McCain employs a bratwurst sandwich from a domestic German restaurant to attempt to appease his foreign affairs debacle. Obama is so powerful a force that shades of 1933 Germany shine on his parade. One has to consider his charisma and accolades from this lofty position. McCain looks so bad and appears so feckless that while Obama can appear statesman-like, McCain may as well flounder in the dregs of despair.
My opinion of Obama is that he would make a horrible president. Being this arrogant, and in another country, makes me even more want to vote for McCain. Would you vote for a canidate, who insults his OWN country, in another country? I for one, would not! With the support of Europeans, Obama means he wants higher taxes, gas prices, and bigger government, already too big.
His trip just confirmed how strong he will be able to deal with other countries. The world is just sitting back and waiting to see what we do and how our election will really turn out. Lets hope we do not have to go through recounts and all that and make us look as though again we talk fair eledtions yet do not have them ourselves.
Obama's overseas trip only convinced me further that he should be the next president. The whole world is hoping the United States finally breaks with the old boy oil club government.
I used to be 99.9% sure he was the right guy. Now I'm 100%.
He looked and acted enormously presidential and clearly was accepted that way by all. No surprise there.
How many can genuinely say they are stimulated by McCains presentations? He claim the surge has worked because VIOLENCE is down. Does McCain factor in the number of Iraqis killed on a daily basis? If so, how does he address the number of people (70 dead and over 100 injured) killed today? Obama's view about most of the issues in Iraq and other parts of the world has always been accurate. I hope all Americans come to the same realization. God bless!
what opinion is there to change. i dont get why anyone would rethink their opinion unless it was for the senator. Obama is doing america a favor by preparing his future intentions to clean up the messes we have left over there, while leaving a landmark of a speech for people to be enlightened.
The only thing that would change my mind about voting for Obama, is if he should change his position on how he wants to change the way Washington works.
I can either vote for McCain, who hasn't been able to or chooses not to speak the truth, or I can vote for a different kind of politics.
Do I believe that WE can change the way Washington works? YES, but only if the people of this country demand it.
So America, quit complaining about how bad our government works and do something about it! Vote Obama
No. He's the candidate I back because of his ability to draw people to himself and his beliefs. I feel he conducted himself as a would be statesman with character and class. His only failing to me is his support of warrantless wiretapping. But I'll vote for him in spite of it.
NO, it did NOT change my mind. He is still NOT my choice for the President of the United States. He talks a big game but he will never be able to produce. He is a windbag just like most all politicians. I have never, until 2008, voted anything other than a Democratic ticket in a primary election; but this time it is different. John McCain will get my first Republican vote. I'm 69 years old and have voted in every election since I was eligible.
Obama's overseas trip just fortified almost everyone's opinion of him being the only logical choice for American voters in November.
McCain certainly helped Obama with his whining back in the U.S. as most people seemed to be waiting for Joe Lieberman to come along and change his diaper or at the very least give him a man sized pacifier to suck on help keep his feet out of his mouth.
Obama was on an overseas trip? Funny, I didn’t see anything about it on the news.
Jack....just image John McCain on the same tour and tell me what you think?.
Let's keep it real. Obama is willing to listen to others and willing to act to disprove unfounded suppositions-thanks McCain!
Nothing has changed-Obama '08
Yes. Obama seemed ten times more Presidential than Bush ever has. It would be great to restore some dignity to the office....which pretty much rules out McCain with all his wining and complaining last week.
This trip has enhanced Obama's charisma. Europe, the world, and let's hope America, want a U.S. president who can do more than just spit, stutter, and shuffle his feet. They want someone whose actions, and not just his words, will change the course of America and the world for the better.
El Paso, Texas
No Jack my opinion has not changed , I always thought he was Presidential and now the people of Europe know it too. Hopefully after 7 1/2 years of being stuck on stupid Americans will do the right thing in November for us and our allies.
No, but it did demonstrate that the rest of the world is hoping for a change in US foreign policy which has been a complete disaster these past 7 + years under Bush/Dick/Rice. I think they'd have to pay megabucks to get people to come out to see McCain stammer and lie.
Jack, as you have mentioned many times! Senator Obama can restore America's overseas image, and we here in America (Canada is part of North America) need Europe and beyond to survive and grow. So it really is quite simple YES!
Yes, now I am positive he is the one to be President.
Jack, Obama's trip overseas only caused me to see him in a much better light. I had some lingering doubts as to if I would vote for him; however, those doubts are gone. I must admit McCains unwarranted and ugly attacks against Obama helped seal the deal and guaranteed I would never vote for McCain.
If Barack Obama is not elected as President in November, the next morning there will be a collective groan around the world.
Jack, it just confirms, as with the speech in Berlin, that there is nothing their but piss and wind
nope, same opinion.OBAMA ALL THE WAY, NO PLAY MCCAINS WAY!!!
It didn't change my mind. I was for Barack Obama before. It sure back-fired on Mc Shame. I like Mc Shame's new ad saying " he has no military experience" The man in office now only has "photo-op" experience.
Not at all Jack, to quote one of my favoret moves (The Matrix) HE'S THE ONE!
Yes, it made me even more glad I'm supporting him.
Would people like it better if 200,000 Germans would stay home or carry protest signs as they would if McCain came to town?
Our old allies know we need to change direction and they are responding to the guy who's certainly talking a different tune. Let's get along sounds a lot better then "bring 'em on".
I just hope people here get the idea that we also can't have yet another few trillion in debt, more wars of choice, an out of control banking sector, Presidential authority out of control, unsafe food supplies, and no preparation or plan for an energy future. We spent more money on bad policies that brought us nothing and threatened the rule of law and the very heart of our Democracy.
This is all courtesy of the Republican party, and there's no reason to think it would be any different with McCain in office, because he and his friends didn't do a thing to stop it.
My opinion about him remains the same. The rest of the world on the other hand, are assuming and maybe hoping tha Senator Obama will become our new president. His image portraits change, hope and action. This brings excitement to the many that are tired of the Bush administration.
McCain's week was so bad even God sent a hurricane to stop him from going on the oil rig in Lousiana.
He's flying high in the prefect impression department. I'm enjoying the reaction to his trip.( Great Idea McCain had!) It's been a long time since the rest of this planet has viewed our future leader with such enthusiasm. I bet people in the countries he's visited are comparing him to the poor excuse who presently occupies the office!!
Yes just the turn out in Berlin speaks for its self.
It's hard to imagine the trip changed minds. These two candidates have opposite view on all the major issues of the day. If a voter hasn't made a choice already they won't have even known about the trip because they obviously aren't paying any attention.
My opinion is unchanged. I fully expected his trip to be a huge success, and by all counts it was indeed. The only way he could have changed my mind is to make a massive blunder. Blunder averted – Obama is still my pick.
John McCain needs to stop whining. He had a problem because Obama had not gone to Iraq and now that he has he still whining. Stop being a crybaby. Who's need a leader who always complaining instead of dealing with the real problems of the world. Obama is in a no win sistuation , he's dam is does and dam if he's does not.
Keep up your great report. I love your the Cafferty file.
Only points out that Obama is alot more qualified to be President then McBush. It is refreshing to have someone that can make a speech and not look like an idiot or make the U.S. look like a country of jerks, which is exactly what Bush and McCain make us look like. McCain is just like Bush, he lies and stretches the truth, makes statements that are not correct and smiles when he does. Remind you of anyone?
Yes, it has moved me closer to deciding to vote for him. After the damage the Bush presidency has done to our standing in the world, it is wonderful that foreigners – including my foreign friends – are so enthusiastic about Obama and the change he represents. We desperately need to recover our foreign friendships and deal with our enemies through not just our military might, but also our political, diplomatic and economic assets.
As for McCain, it's curious to me that he criticized Obama for not going overseas earler, and now criticizes him for going now. McCain seems to be flailing about desperately trying to get someone to pay attention to him. It isn't working.
It warmed my heart to see someone who may represent us in the World , baring any unforseen incident, being welcomed with warmth and even affection. He showed dignity and humility to our partners in this global world of today!
he is a leader par excellence and a listener to boot!
Senator Obama's trip abroad reinforces my perception of the Senator as true statesman.His oratory skills alone put him heads above any candidate we have had since Bill Clinton. He's even better than Bill Clinton. Should he be elected President, the US would no longer be embarrased by a person who can't string two sentences together without making a fool of himself gramatically or verbally. It would be a great thing if the press embraced the achievements of this man and give him the same support GWBush received when he was nominated in 2000. The press followed Bush around like lap dogs - do you remember?
It only made my opinion of Obama higher.
He has class, intellect, and the right disposition to be Commander In Chief !
As far as that ad that McWhiner put out about him not visiting troops, it just shows how jealous Johnny boy is.
McCain opposed the GI BILL and when it was voted on he spent the day on Ellens show in CA. Opposing that bill was a slap in the face to those who are risking their lives and he's bashing Obama for not making a visit ? McCain is an low down hypocrite !!!
This trip did not change my opinion, it just reinforced it. We need a President who is respected by other Countries and is willing to also respect those same countries. We can not force our will on others as we have done in the Bush Administration.
America affects every part of the world. Like it or not what we do affects more than just things in the great 50. To see one man inspire and excite people who wont even vote for him, says a lot about the Hope that people feel all around the world. If your best argument is that his speeches are empty, you better get a new plan of attack. When you take away hope and inspiration from people all your left with is a Conservative Republican.
Mr obamas trip to the middle east and Europe have confirmed the way I feel about obama as a member of our government and in a way show us all the true colors of the man more than the candidate. This is a man that I would not nor could I vote for at any level of government . I do wish there be one more test or phase that a person have to pass before running for office the same test used for citizenship this man could not pass it . No obama is not in the same race as McCain one is running for the leadership of the United States Of America and the other is bidding for the world
Council Bluffs Iowa
No, my opinion has not changed. I'm still voting for Barack in November. Barack will be a better president than John McCain. If it had been another republican, then it would have been a different story.
-West Point, MS
Obama's trip didn't change my opinion of him (I was going to vote for him anyway) but it did quiet some doubts I was holding.
Not worried anymore about whether he can be the leader we need, our face to the world. He certainly can.
No, I was going to vote for Obama before his trip and the trip only fortified my resolve to do that. If we have any chance of getting help from the other nations in the world we need this man. They will never deal with McCain in the same way. Of course, since he has the same mentality as George Bush he probably thinks we do not need their help.
no it did not change my opinion about mr.obama...i would like to know who payed for his trip across sea's?the american tax payers?if he gets a free trip why dont we damn it?
Obama should run for Chancellor of Germany and leave America alone.
Yes, I now like Obama more.
Obama's visit did not change my opinion of him, but it changed my opininion of McCain a bit. His reaction reminded me of a kid watching a class play from the audience, wishing he'd gotten the lead.
Jack, I think it will help Obama but, I am an Obama supporter. Those who hate Obama will criticize and say no. I think it may help those who are undecided. Despite what the critics say, he had a very successful trip. McCain criticized him for not going and then he goes and McCain still criticized him. McCain should be careful what he wishes for. When Obama went before 200k Plus people, McCain said that he wouldn't have gave a speech like that unless he was president. Well I don't care what McCain is or was, He couldn't give a speech like that no matter who is. He gives town hall meetings for a reason.
Seeing Obama go overseas has both relieved and troubled me. It is good to see a candidate take the US foreign policy so seriously, but what happened to the original non-intervention policy? Shouldn't we be back at home and working out how we are going to solve this deficit than making friendly with the Afghans and Europeans? Unless there is trade in the works, it is pointless to be focusing on age-old ideas like NATO and ceasing the violence in Afghanistan.
Obama's overseas trip didn't change my opinion of him, however it did reaffirm my belief that he is the right for the job. The way the world reacted to him just goes to show that this is a man that brings people together, not divides them. –Ben, New Jersey
I guess McCain should've never have suggested Obama to go overseas. Instead of helping McCain fortify his position on foreign policy, it helped fortify Obama's.
No, nothing he can do will change my mind...
I'm a registered Democrat who will vote Republican, this time.
Of course not. Obama can do nothing to gain the experience that McCain has. Obama has never sponsored or co-sponsored a bill so what will he do to run the country? Why hasn't Senator Obama been voting on major issues lately?
No Jack.This is his first rodeo and he's doing well.Anyone that
thinks other wise may as well ask Bush to stay.
No Jack,I still don't feel any better about the prospect of Obama being President. Obama seems too much like Bush...like his mind is made up ahead of time and no matter what anyone says it ain't gonna amount to a hill of beans anyways, So what is all this talk of CHANGE?
Yes it did, Jack. Before the trip I thought that Barack Obama could be our greatest leader since JFK. Now, I'm absolutely positive!
I'm surprised he didn't part the Red Sea while he was over there. Did it change my opinion? No. I still think he's as anti American as he ever was and his speeches proved it.
nope! but it did change my opinion of John McCain. all his complaining got me sick and i certainly do not want a whiner as my president
I do not think there is another American alive at the time in history that could draw the kind of crowd Obama did in Germay. I was extremely impressed and I think we got a look at the kind of leadership this country needs. It is releaving to see an American in Europe not be protested.
I youst to be a GOP sympathizer , but if I hear McCain mention the "surge" one more time i am going to go nuts. the "surge" came 4 years after it was supposed to, MCcain does not have the amercains and the worlds best interest in mind.
Sen. Obama shined overseas and looked and behaved more presidential than our current leader, shh.
Barack Obama's just concluded trip has raised my opinion of him even higher. He is smart, he is serious, and he is prepared. Why do people let themselves be brainwashed by opponents of Obama constantly repeating the phrase "He doesn't have enough experience ... "
I am a resident of Senator McCain's state, Arizona, and I can tell you from l8 years' experience that John McCain is no Jack Kennedy either. He is old, he is cranky, and he increasingly doesn't know what he's talking about. He doesn't have the moral strength to fight fair, so he's repeating whatever nonsense he's told to say. I can only cringe when I think of the dirty tricks against Obama the end of the campaign will bring.
Sen. Obama's overseas trip has only re-enforced my belief in him. It's time this country elect someone that can be respected on the world front as well as at home. Someone that really can make a change, and NOT carry the Bush doctrine forward. Yes, I am white, and yes, I live in the south, so everyone else ought to get over it and elect Sen. Obama...
Barack's visit only reaffirmed by belief that he is our only PRAYER
in the opening setup portion of the Movie
Annette Benning has a line.
"do You think we will support him,
just because he is a nice guy"
NOBODY knows Him, all we hear is flowery speech, with no substance of specifics.
He seems smarter than our current president, and speaks
much more coheriently and fluently, but what does he really believe, and desire for the country?
the BIG UNKNOWN is just exactly who is He, and what does He really stand for.
Change my mind? Are you kidding me? To even for one second consider another 4 or 8 more years of government by the current administration's party is simply unthinkable.
While many want to bash George Bush over the horrible state of this country, let's not forget the PARTY that gave him the power to pull it off!
Just because John McCain thinks the trip was wrong, well, I'm now thoroughly convinced it was the right thing to do.
Traveling on "business" in Las Vegas ;>)
The world wants Americans to wake up and give the world back it's leader. That, so clearly, is not John McCain. That, so clearly, is Barak Obama.
McCain spent the whole last week saying "the surge" and redefining what it meant, that he made Obama look focused and intelligent. And how about all those spokesman the McCain campaign sends out to the network shows. The keep repeating the same thing over again and again, "we will let the conditions on the ground dictate the withdrawl". It doesn't matter what they are asked this is their response. I guess the Republican beleive that if you keep saying it enough the reporters will give up and walk away.
Not at all! He is still the most unqualified person to have ever run for president since I was old enough to vote. Less than a full term as a senator, a short time in state office, never run a business, been in a decsion making control situation. Well, what the heck, he wants change and he talks pretty and the herd of ignorant liberals will drool on their way to the polls.
There should be a requirement for people to be able to think logically before they can vote.
The same people critcizing Bush for the record deficit, which, by the way, the democratically controlled congress contributed mightily to, will elect this guy and think he can pay for the trillion dollars in new programs he proposes by taxing the rich. You folks are fun to watch!
I'm sure John McCain is glad that week and that trip is over! He probably feels like the weary traveler and he's the one who stayed home. My opinion that this country is not ready for an orator, but for a great leader has not changed. I'm waiting to see if I think Obama can put his money where his mouth is.
Jack, it was certainly a novelty to hear a potential US president speak with eloquence. After seven and a half years of idiot speak it was refreshing to have someone like Obama articulate US policy. It's also laughable to hear all this nonsense about him being an "empty suit" or too inexperienced. I wonder what these people thought when they supported the presidency of Bush in 2000 when he ran against the more "experienced" McCain. Is inexperience a selected outrage only meaningful when it applies to someone whom you don't agree with?
Jack, Obama trip shows common sense trumps experiance we have seen political frauds like McCain and Bush who have had experiance and look at the mess our country is in and if McCain has all the solutions to our problems where the hell has he been all these years. What has his record been for 25 plus years in the Senate????
Jack, the trip changed my opinion on McCain. He accused Obama of not visiting Iraq then complained that Obama was ignoring domestic issues, and making speeches abroad. He is no longer the maverick I used to like. McCain worries me. He sounds like he will be worse than Bush.
Most Americans don't know that the rest of the world, especially Europe, keeps a strong eye on the presidential race. My family is from Belgium and most of them is in debate over American politics and only 5 of 50 of them are American citizens.
Obama knows that the world is heavily interested in the race, and his trip re-assured Europe to push for a liberal president in the white house. Yet, in the end, it is up to Americans to decide, and hopefully we will vote for the man who actually got foreigners to wave the American flag.
Glad you're back Jack, To put it in terms that even President Bush could understand: McCain's campaign is like muzak while Obama's is like a red hot live band.
in the opening setup portion of the Movie
"The american president"
Annette Benning has a line.
"do You think we will support him,
just because he is a nice guy"
NOBODY knows Him, all we hear is flowery speech, with no substance of specifics.
He seems smarter than our current president, and speaks
much more coheriently and fluently, but what does he really believe, and desire for the country?
the BIG UNKNOWN is just exactly who is He, and what does He really stand for.
It's so nice to see a man who looks presidential, speaks intelligently and appears to want to work with a world this administration has closed its ears to. 2009 can't come fast enough. Beth, Amityville, NY
I think last week we saw in Berlin nothing will not stop Barack Obama being the president of USA and the world leader.
I never felt so proud like this before about our president in the past as Barack Obama gave me, this candidate gives and will give for Americans around the world huge respect and great honor.
Teddy (Israel American)
I am much more impressed with him after this trip than before it seems to me that McCain’s strategy is to criticize Obama and not share his own plans.
McCain is just to old for this office.
This trip has showed me that Obama will improve the image of the United States around the world, and has improved my opinion of him (although it was pretty high to begin with). Obama's youth, charisma, and statesmanship shows the world that we are ready to listen and cooperate, unless McCain gets elected of course...
Yes it reinforced my belief that he is nothing but a pompous elitist who's all words and no substance, but I guess that's what the American people want since the so called unbiased media people like you keep telling us that.
Barack Obama has shown that the leaders of foreign nations would embrace him as the President of the U.S. Obama showed Americans he is a phenomena that comes to the world, perhaps once in a century.....but all too often – there will be those who hold personal cynicism of anything different from themselves. Obama showed he is able to take command on his first day in office regarding security, economy, and lifting the U.S. up as a leader of the world.
Yes, it strengthened my opinion of him. He appeared to be as much at ease talking with world leaders as the neighbor next door. He carried himself as a confident leader. He was viewed by world citizens as someone who can gain the necessary support to effect constructive change. He is very smart and operates above the fray no matter how much he is wrongly attacked by McCain, the major networks, and of course FOX.
Obama's trip pointed out the obvious that America has lot a lot of support overseas due to the Bush Administration Arigance and Cowboy Politics. If nothing else Obama's trip showed us that most counries want to see an America that's the Moral Leader Of The Free World. The Bush Administrations Ends Never Justified The Means and we took heavey losses because of it. You can't be the worlds Moral leader if you engage in Immoral practices and then try to justify them as nessassary to protect the free world. Its An Oxymoran to take freedom away in order to protect freedom!!!
As one of millions of Americans who struggled and sacrificed to pull themselves out of a mortgage default–only to watch our government rush to bail out others, throw in windfalls for local governments to beautify the neighborhoods, and a promissary note for Freddie and Fannie. What a slap in the face to make such sacrifices as my family had to make–then have the government force you to pull everyone else out too!!!
He's doing exactly as I expected (along with all but 13 other elected representatives) growing the federal government and wasting our hard earned money.
In regards to Dave:
Please listen to Obama's speeches carefully and fully next time and stop trying to spread all of these false rumors of how Obama is Anti-American. I bet you say that because he's a democrat.
Being able to make friends, especially overseas, adds the cherry on top to Obama's perfect sundae. I think his image only improved with his trip, and it allowed the country see how McCain performs when he's alone on the campaign trail for a week. Thanks for the great questions, Jack, keep them coming.
Jack, When You have People from abroad rising our flag only through the eyes of hope and Unity. Then us as America should really pay attention. Sen, Obama message has come across to the as Peace for all nations. isn't that what we really want???? / if any thing ; my vote has gotten stronger for him !!!!
Jack: why dont you just go ahead and play the video of McCain or even Bush overseas visit compared with Obama.
i think that would speak for itself.
It changed my opinion of McCain. It was funny seeing a big guy whinnying the whole week for attention.
Nope, & it did not change my husband's opinion or my 18 year old twin boys. We will all be casting our votes OBAMA in November and proud of it. I think my redneck neighbors might be leaning a little in favor of Obama as well. In 2004 we couldn't keep a Kerry sign in our yard without someone stealing it in less than 12 hours. We have had an Obama sign in our yard for over a week and no one has taken it yet...maybe NC will be Blue in November! We can only hope!
Not at all; He did however, reinforce my confidence and pride in how well he continues to be able to represent himself as a "proud" and "capable" AMERICAN.
No, it reinforced the reason the international community is sick and tired of George Bush and John McBush; two war mongers who only care about oil companies and the special interests who fund them.
Barack Obama stands for peace and a shared vision of cooperation with the global community. Ohh, and he doesn't make an arse of himself when he speaks.
Obama overseas trip confirmed what I though about him !
He prouved to the people who said that he doesn't have experience, that he can do better than them.
No, I am more convinced than ever that he is the right person to
lead this country forward. Can we change this country and the
world? Yes, we can and we'll have the backing of the world as
we do it!
Yes it did change my view on Obama.
I didn't hear his speeches accept for exerts on CNN, but my friends in Berlin tell me, that when he spoke, there was not a whisper in the audiance with only ocasional clapping. People were holding hands and crying as many paid homage to Americans ,by waving our flag. He was so positive ,and full of hope 'and transended a feeling of unity with all our humanrace. I am very proud to be an American and his behavior in Europe reinforced that strong emtion.
Mr. obama went as an world leader not as a canidate as Sentor Mc Cain argued.(but even if he had so what?) THe negative perception of Mc Cain's comment s influenced my vote to go to Obama .Someone that has always been respectful of sentor Mc Cain.
No change in my opinion. Still a pure Chicago vague politician.
A rather weak Europe would LOVE to see a weaker America.
This may be a case of rooting for your team's arch rival to put in the quarterback you know you can beat !!
No. Mr. Obama's overseas trip just confirmed what his supporters knew already that Barack Obama is more than capable of handling our countries foreign policy, something that John McCain has been given a unearned pass on by the main stream media despite continued confusion over important facts like where a certain country is located or if that country even exist. Its scary!
hi jack i wonder if the military were not paying those iraqi i wonder if they would be still shooting , i beleive thats the reason why they think that the serge is working.
Obama's trip was very impressive. He showed his intelligence,humanity,eloquence and compassion for people. The only real problem is that he really didn't say anything in his speeches that really meant anything. McCain spent the week showing that he is a tired old man who can't get his facts straight. I would like to see McCain make the same trip and see how he pulls it off.
To Jack form Bloomington,MN.,
What news stations were you watching?
Obama is presidential, intelligent, and has the right policies. John McCain will be the same and will show his anger. Look how he acted and is still acting! He is not presidential.
I think it was a good trip for him. I have to be honest, I voted for Hillary in the primaries, and am voting for Obama mainly because the Republicans have never appealed to me. Here's the but though, I am hispanic, and I feel Obama has not done a good job at appealing to my demographics, or other Latinos. Not in the primaries and not now. I am quite dissapointed with the major news organizations that when McCain actually went somewhere I felt more important (Colombia, Mexico) it got litle coverage. To me, it's just another blunder for Obama and the media, and I feel he (Obama) will only continue to loose Hispanic and Latino support to McCain as he has long been involved with issues pertaining to us.
If it's meant for Obama to be in office then nothing can stop him, no polls, or personal opinions. It's all about the people and the people like him individually as a person that includes his ideas, because in all aspects a change is definitely what this country needs
I was shocked. How could Obama, the son of an anthropoligist, who experienced other cultures through his Mother's foreign service and has an undergraduate degree in foreign relations, have any understanding of the world and its people? Those who doubt his ability to calm the world's aggressors and keep America safer should remember whom they would would rather stand behind, the school yard bully with a chip on his shoulder or the quiet, smart kid with the black belt.
No, my opinion did not change. I still believe that Obama is still this nations best hope for a better future economically and militarily. And he will restore our nation's standing in the world as a leader in peace not war!
Also, if the Pentagon (ie the Bush Administration) would have informed the Obama campaign of its policies two weeks before when the trip was planned and not 2 days before the visit with the wounded, I am sure it would have been planned before the senator's staff left leaving the campaign staff.
My positive opinion of obama did not change but i enjoyed watching McCain beating his head against the proverbial wall in regret while obama was leaving notes for his maker at the wailing wall.
No, it didn't change my mind about Mr. Obama. His overseas trip only confirmed clearly and without reservation how competent he will be as President of the United States. This trip also portrayed how crucial Mr. Obama's Administration will be in healing the wounds made around the world by the Republican Bush Administration.
I am excited to observe the intelligence, skill and judgment of Mr. Obama when visiting the various countries and the tremendous respect bestowed upon him as a representative of the United States.
Susan in TN
Obama's trip over seas showed the world and the US that he can reestablish us in the World stage as a leader and not a hated and Broken country. Look what he managed to do in Berlin, world leaders and citizens of the world looked at him as more of a future president. I think it confirmed my vote for preisdent, as an independent in NH.
Yes! Over 200 thousand waving American flags chanting, “Yes we can” in English, in a foreign country! Maybe it’s not just a campaign tour? Maybe it’s a movement? I am not impressed with his lack of experience nor am I impressed with McCain’s experience. I’ll be impressed with what a person learns from and how they use there experiences to make intelligent well thought out decisions.
Deciding to go overseas to interview our neighbor’s governments and to express his (our) willingness to work with the rest of the world is only a good thing. From both a security and economic position.
Sharkey – Roswell, GA
YES. Obama is the young, strong new quarterback for this old broken down football team, called America. Obama, Obama, Obamaaa !!!!
While I have been an Obama supporter for some time, his foreign policy tour was the first time I felt a realistic optimism about his ability to repair our standing overseas. The fact that so many in the international community seem genuinely excited about his candidacy suggests that other nations look forward to the day that they can again associate the United States with prosperity and liberty instead of debt and oppression.
Maybe hope isn’t such a dangerous thing after all.
You bet it changed my opinion; it elevated it. Obama's trip was probably intended to be a dry run, to let the American people see how he would behave and be received by other countries. Well, now we know. Although he didn't speak in those countries' languages, he showed us that he can at least speak his native English language eloquently and effectively, without babbling Bushisms that make us all look like idiots. His trip also showed us that the people of those other countries have it within them to respect Americans once again, and that's a critically important point that shouldn't be taken lightly.
No, my opinion did not change. I always thought he was intelligent and articulate. I know now that he is at ease, poised with the world 'sdignitaries. I also know that he knows how to LISTEN before he formulates a judgment. His speech in Germany demonstrates that his appeal for USA-Europe unity is vital. and we can only applaud to that. The choice is clear: McCain who squanders his time on TV criticizing Obama instead of presenting his solutions to the issues or Obama who avoids so far negative comments.. Negative politics never works, not for me anyway
Jacqueline. San Diego CA.
Listen " My Friends" I'm John McCain and I'm not a Whiner.
No Jack. Obama has a gloden tungue, But has nothing to tell the people how he is going to get us from A to B! Cozying up to people over seas doesn't make a President, when he shows me some intelligence about our economy, then I will start thinking about him!
NO. jack it only reinforced my belief that he is the right guy for the job. Mccain's train has come and gone. He should be looking forwrad to his retirement and not fool himself. At thst age he is setting up himself for Myocardial infarction, because being president of the USA IS A DEMANDING JOB and it is not for grandfathers
Those of us who have supported him have known he has got what it takes all along even when we do not agree 100%! What changed for me was a new sense of happiness for our nation: our flag being waved in foreign lands, not in contempt, but in the hope and solidarity of what an Obama presidency means for all of us.
YES WE CAN!
When I was in Germany in 1965, I seen a lot of boats on the rivers named after John Kennedy. They (the Germans) loved him. No one has put Obama's name with John Kennedy yet. Why? Has he changed my opinion of him, no. I will still for for McCain.
I changed my mind about one thing - I thought I couldn't be prouder of him. I was wrong.
I believe Sen. Obama's campaign has explained that as part of a Congressional Delegation, he did visit troops. When the three Senators parted company in Jordan, Obama's campaign assumed the cost for his visits to Germany, France & England. As the European portion of his trip abroad was part of his political campaign, Obama felt that to use soldiers as part of photo-ops was not fair to them. In addition, his time in Europe was very limited. Considering how much damage Pres. Bush has done to our relations wtih our allies, bravo to Obama for going to Europe to reassure the Continent. If this isn't true, please correct. If it is true, please stop retelling false stories put out by the Mccain campaign.
Mr. Cafferty, This trip did not cost Sen. Obama a single vote. He may indeed have picked up a few on the fence. Firm Repubs, PUMA's, and racists seem to be the only respondents to this question who viewed it negatively. Indeed this country may already be a safer place. Since Sen. Obama's "radical" idea of actually listening to other countries through diplomatic channels before pulling the trigger emerged we've seen unparalled results already. The US is "talking" to Iran and in turn Iran is "talking" to us. The world as well as this country is ready for this man to be POTUS.
No, it confirms that he will be capable to work with his oversees counterparts, something that Bush could not learn in 8 years
No not at all I will still vote For him .
My opinion of Sen. Obama has only gotten better. He acted and sounded like a head of state. Sen. McCain on the other hand seems to be losing his grasp on many of the issues he ought to know a lot more about than he seems to. One thing is certain. After George Bush, anyone could look good over seas or anywhere else. It should have been the FOUR STOOGES Howard, Fine, Howard and Bush.
Yes. He went from good to GREAT. But, then again, he had me at hello.
It only improved it.
No, Jack, he didn't change my opinion, he already had me at "Hello" following eight years of Republican "non-leadership".
Its a shame loyal Democrats have the one choice we have to vote for.
My Group thinks the arrogance of Obama's trip is the last straw.
What is wrong with our Party? He made a complete Fool out of himself and I am afraid a lot more people noticed than we think.
Then to say on Sunday that his trip was a "Great Show"!!!
I was already a huge supporter , but to see the rest of the key leader's of the world embrace Obama and clearly want's to see him succed, it show that Sen.Obama is not only what America need's,but the whole world need's this man. He will bring peace and prosperity to a world that is in chaos and confusion.He clearly has the respect of all intelligent people of good will of over the world
Jack, I expected him to do well in his overseas trip. I’ll be honest. I didn’t expect that so many people out there adored him that much. It was not only the people in Berlin but also the leaders in Iraq and other countries. He was so presidential. The people’s adoration of Senator Barack Obama overseas will change back their image about the USA. If we analyze his talks in the overseas, we can easily understand that he’ll be a good president in foreign affairs too. The outside people’s feeling about him will make it easier for Obama to run his presidency well.
Absolutely not. It only enhanced his grasp of the situation he is in. It went off without a hitch,hopefully erasing any doubts about his ability to represent the USA,all the while John McCain just stumbles and criticizes without merit.
Yes it did. I believe he is more arrogant than I thought before. Very presumptuous and impertinent. As for everything else, my opinion hasn't changed. He's still stubborn and can't admit when he's wrong. But he has great speech writers and travel agents!
Yes. I went from leaning towards Obama to saying I am going to vote for him.