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Details of Obama's Trip Released

An Osprey plane carrying Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack
Obama (D-Ill.) arrives at Marka Airport in Amman, Jordan, July 22, 2008.

By Dan Balz
AMMAN -- Now that Barack Obama is on his way out of Iraq, his campaign advisers have released details of his schedule for the rest of his trip to the Middle East and Europe.

Obama is scheduled to leave Iraq Tuesday morning and arrive in Jordan early Tuesday afternoon (still morning Washington time). He will hold his first news conference of the trip outdoors, at the historic Citadel, which overlooks the city of Amman and was selected for its visual backdrop.

Although technically his tour switches from an official congressional delegation to a campaign trip once he arrives in Jordan, Obama will be joined at the news conference by Sens. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.), the two senators he's been traveling with in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Later Tuesday, Obama will meet one-on-one with Jordan's King Abdullah II. The meeting will be followed by a dinner that will include Hagel and Reed; Daniel Rubenstein, the deputy U.S. chief of mission in Jordan; and retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott Gration, an Obama adviser. The Jordanian delegation will include the king, his wife, Queen Rania and three senior government officials.

King Abdullah was in the United States on Monday speaking in Aspen, Col., and was scheduled to arrive back in Jordan shortly before his meeting with Obama.

Obama is scheduled to leave Jordan Tuesday night for Israel, where he has a full day of events and meetings on Wednesday. On Wednesday morning, he'll meet with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Likud Party chairman Benjamin Netyanhu in Jerusalem. After a tour of the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum, he will then meet with Israeli President Shimon Peres.

The rest of his day includes a visit to Ramallah, where he will meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. Another stop will be the town of Sderot, one of the most heavily shelled cities in Israel. His day will conclude with an evening meeting with embattled Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

Obama leaves Israel early Thursday for Berlin. There he'll meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel and with Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Merkel was publicly critical of the campaign's consideration of staging its major public event of the seven-nation trip at the foot of the Brandenburg Gate, where Presidents Ronald Reagan and John F. Kennedy have appeared in the past. The campaign has since moved the event to the Victory Column in Tiergarten park, although the Brandenburg Gate will be visible from that site.

Campaign officials described the evening event as a substantive speech about the future of relations between Europe and the United States. The event is open to the public and is expected to draw tens of thousands of people. Although campaign officials maintained that the event is not a campaign rally, it will certainly look like one and it's possible footage of the event will show up in future Obama campaign commercials.

On Friday, Obama will fly to Paris for a meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, then continue on to London later that night. His trip concludes with a series of meetings in London that will include Prime Minister Gordon Brown, former prime minister Tony Blair and Conservative Party leader David Cameron.

While in London, Obama will tape an interview with NBC's Tom Brokaw for Sunday's edition of "Meet The Press." He is scheduled to return to Chicago late Saturday.

By Washington Post Editor  |  July 22, 2008; 5:31 AM ET
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Hey not a pawn - here's "experience for you:
It's about judgment, my friends....
"And I believe that the success will be fairly easy" and "There's no doubt in my mind that... we will be welcomed as liberators." [John McCain 3/24/03]
"I think we could go in with much smaller numbers than we had to do in the past... I don't believe it's going to be nearly the size and scope that it was in 1991." [John McCain 9/15/02]
"There's not a history of clashes that are violent between Sunnis and Shias. So I think they can probably get along." [John McCain 4/23/03]
"Look, we're going to send young men and women in harm's way and that's always a great danger, but I cannot believe that there is an Iraqi soldier who is going to be willing to die for Saddam Hussein, particularly since he will know that our objective is to remove Saddam Hussein from power."
[John McCain 9/15/02]
"But the fact is, I think we could go in with much smaller numbers than we had to do in the past. But any military man worth his salt is going to have to prepare for any contingency, but I don't believe it's going to be nearly the size and scope that it was in 1991." [John McCain 09/15/02]
"He's a patriot who has the best interests of his country at heart." ]John McCain on Ahmed Chalabi, 2002]
"Absolutely. Absolutely." [John McCain, asked by Chris Matthews, "you believe that the people of Iraq or at least a large number of them will treat us as liberators?" 03/12/03]
I think the victory will be rapid, within about three weeks. [John McCain, MSNBC, 1/28/03]
It's clear that the end is very much in sight. ... It won't be long. It, it'll be a fairly short period of time. [John McCain, ABC, 4/9/03]
We're either going to lose this thing or win this thing within the next several months. [Meet The Press, 11/12/06]
"Well, then why was there a banner that said mission accomplished on the aircraft carrier?" [John McCain, responding to assertion by Fox News' Neil Cavuto that "many argue the conflict isn't over," [John McCain, 06/11/03]
"My friends, the war will be over soon, the war for all intents and purposes although the insurgency will go on for years and years and years." [John McCain, 02/25/08]

Posted by: Anonymous | July 22, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

I am so proud to see how Obama has handled himself on this trip. I'm proud to be an American!! I'll be even more proud when he moves into the White House!


Posted by: Terri | July 22, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

a real Hobson's Choice for Americans....
megalomaniac and longtime advocate of more and more integration of the United States into European Politics McCain and tool of the media and tool of the NY and London and Berlin banking establishments Obama.

The long planned submergence of the United States into the growing global power of United Europe is what Shill Obama will be peddling this trip...and people wonder why Europeans like and look forward to Obama presidency?

Because he is a socialist like they are and want. His socialism(both National-look at his plans for National Planning and Mandatory National Service and International-look at his Senate Bill putting US taxpayers under the yoke of UN rules and IMF payments IN PERPETUITY.

the adulation of Obama by the MilInd/Media/Political machine is quite frightening. It does remind one of the rise of the European totalitarians in the last century....

the American voters had a chance to reject the Caesarism and empirebuilding warmongering advocated by McCain and Obama and vote for independence, soveriegnty and the Constitution by voting for Cong. Ron Paul.

but the conditioning-by the Parties and the complicit media-smothered rational thought.

Watch what BHO advocates in Europe..then check the Constitution...You'll see they don't intersect.

Posted by: Chris Bieber | July 22, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

To All Friends of the City of Berlin, Aviators and to whom it may concern:

Our city needs your help and solidarity.

60 years after the end of the Berlin Airlift, a group of communists and socialists are trying to achieve what they did not accomplish back in 1948-1949: the closure of Berlin's airport, Tempelhof.

Former pilot Gail S. Halvorsen, who flew the famous "Candy Bomber", recently said, "Tempelhof represents a symbol of victory for freedom and the first victory of the Cold War." Tempelhof and its meaning to the citizens of Berlin are equal to what the Statue of Liberty means to the people of New York and all the citizen of the United States.
Built in 1923, it is the oldest airport in the world. For 85 years it was used extensively and loved by the citizens of Berlin. The technical standard is equal to the most modern facilities in the world. Architect Sir Norman Foster said, "Tempelhof is the mother of all airports." In 1948, the Allied laid the foundation for freedom in Europe and the rest of the world and also showed Josef Stalin his limits.

What happened?

After the reunification of East- and West-Germany in 1990, the representants of the federal states Berlin and Brandenburg decided to build a Single Airport, needed by the region. At this time both countries intended to unite to a single federal state Berlin-Brandenburg. And the Single Airport should be build up by private investors, who were to beware of rival business. So the former Governing Mayor of Berlin agreed to close up the Berlin Airports Berlin-Tegel and Berlin-Tempelhof when the Single Airport Berlin Brandenburg International (BBI) will be ready to start.

The both intentions - the unite of the countries Berlin and Brandenburg nor the finance of the building by private investors - came true!
In contrary, the project "Single Airport-Model" will never be fulfilled. The location the governments of both countries selected is the old Airport of the German Democratic Republic at "Schönefeld" next to the southern Berlin boarder. The people living in the surroundings of Schönefeld went to the courts of justice, and they have won a lot of their complaints. This way, the "Single Airport-Model" won't be a "hub" any more. There are allowed only two runways and 85 air traffic movings per hour. Besides those handicaps: night flights are forbidden!
In spite of those handicaps for the air traffic and the changed premises of the project, the Senate of Berlin stubbornly keeps on the resolution to close the City Airport Tempelhof three years before the new Singel Airport will be ready for start - maybe in 2011!

Until 1990, this airport was one of the most important political American airbases in Germany. Tempelhof is not only the symbol of Freedom and Peace but also a monument for the unification of the world. Located in the middle of the city of Berlin, on 954 acre, it is the 3rd largest building in the world. It would benefit the economy and the growth of the city.
Many investors from around the world showed interest to keep this airport open (for example Ronald S. Lauder und Fred Langhammer), but were never heard. Instead, the city government proposed to build apartments and other commercial facilities on this property and encouraged all airlines to move elsewhere.

The present government of the city of Berlin, consisting of the socialist (SPD) and communist (PDS) parties (Formerly SED of the GDR), decided to close this airport indefinitely on Aug. 31st 2008. To keep this from happening, the people of Berlin signed a petition and collected 203,408 signatures. 33,408 more signatures as needed to get this issue on the ballot to keep this airport open. The final decision takes place on April 27th 2008 when a total of 608,514 ballots are needed to overturn the closure of the airport. Only through pressure from the public is it possible to overturn the government decision. Our Mayor said on February 28th 2008 in the Lower House: "A popular vote is only one recommendation for me".

An initiative to keep Tempelhof operating was founded under the motto of former President John F. Kennedy: "Ich bin ein Berliner," he said. "Don't ask what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country." We will fight, but we need your help. We need your personal support. Our boys are fighting together in Afghanistan against terror and for freedom. The United States and Germany are bound by a friendship that reaches across the ocean. Berlin was former the outpost for the fight against communists. Today the citizens of Berlin fighting against socialist and communist party terror and now they need all the help they can get.

Please help us to keep our airport open. Tempelhof is the oldest airport of the world, the symbol of freedom and friendship with the USA and Great Britain. Write an email or send a letter to the following addresses and protest in all earnest against the closure of Berlin-Tempelhof Airport. Tell your friends about this scandal and help us in the international press.
Most of the Berlin people, about 70 - 74 % stands up against this purpose, but whether the Senate nor the Mayor are going to listen to the people - the sovereign!

With over 1,200 members, the "ICAT", SPD Voters for Tempelhof" and "Be-4-Tempelhof" are, world wide, the largest movement for keeping an airport open. We are a non-profit organisation and run an election campaign for public vote to keep this famous airport Berlin-Tempelhof open. For this campaign we need very urgent money into our campaign funds. We please you, if you can, contribute with your donation to our campaign fund.

Posted by: be 4 tempelhof | July 22, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

To: Not a Pawn to Obama..

Clearly, after your trip, you will have more travel time, at least to Afghanistan (since he's been in Iraq before I guess you'll have to stay there a week), than Obama. But you'll still be as ignorant as your candidate about strategic judgments in war. So fly around the world for all you want, it isn't going to make you smarter and the 'extra' years on McGaffe hasn't made him any wiser. It's just SO much fun to watch the Rethuglicans in panic. Keep it up. The more desperate, the more outlandish. And your platitudes are up to the usual "Rethuglican" quality..."McCain, because there is no other solution for American". HA! HA! ROFLMAO.

Posted by: Debra | July 22, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

And the Polling Results at say everything! You Won't Believe These Results!

Posted by: Brandon | July 22, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Probably influenced by pressure from the Mayor of Berlin Klaus Wowereit prevented Barack Obama´s speech in Tempelhof, a visit by the United States Presidential Candidate to the historic site is still on the agenda.
The extensive discussions in preparation to his visit have served to demonstrate that the future of Tempelhof is still an internationally controversial subject and that the Airport is a monument of historic importance.
No one has formulated this as succinctly as the veteran candy bomber Gail Halvorsen: "In America, we´ve got a symbol of freedom, it is called Statue of Liberty. I believe that Tempelhof Airport is the German equivalent of the Statue of Liberty. Freedom in Germany began in Tempelhof during the years 1948/1949."
Volker Perplies representing the "Initiative to Promote Tempelhof Airport as part of the World Cultural Heritage" maintains that " ... Tempelhof and the Berlin Air Lift marked the final end of the Nazi era and guaranteed the creation of freedom for Berlin, Germany and the whole of Europe. Tempelhof is not only a symbol of freedom, Tempelhof and the Allied Air Lift mark the point at which the Allies, and especially the Americans, were no longer regarded as conquerors, but as friends.
And quite apart from this, Tempelhof is the world´s oldest Airport, characterised by the prominent British architect as the Mother of all airports!, it is the third largest building in the world and was, for a long time, the central focus of the Cold War."
Perplies continues: " ... and all this can still be authentically experienced as the Airport has remained unchanged over the years."
Anywhere else, a historical site such as this would be declared a national monument. But not in Berlin.
Despite the bitter opposition of the population, the Federal Government, commerce and industry as well as many notable intellectuals, the ruling Berlin Senate has decided to close down the Airport. The "official" excuse is that Tempelhof might jeopardize the legality of the new Berlin International Airport on the City limits.
"Against the fierce resistance from citizens, federal government, economy, society and culture, the Berlin Senate decided to close the airport down and have it disappear from the world map. Officially this is necessary because of "legal risks for the construction of a new Airport Berlin (BBI). Unofficially it is suspected that the mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit, follows the wishes of his coalition partner, the former East German communist party SED, now Linkspartei", said Karl-Helmut E. Zermin.
Michael Paul of the United Action Group ( "Even before the recent plebiscite had taken place, Mayor Wowereit had made it perfectly clear how he saw the situation. Whatever the outcome, he was determined to close Tempelhof." In the event, more than 60% of the voters declared their preference to maintain Tempelhof, but the Senate was able to reduce the number of voters under the necessary quorum.
"Instead of the world famous Airport," Paul continues "Berliners will be faced with a typical urban development with commeracial and residential areas."
The hopes of all those in favour of Tempelhof now rest on whether the German Federal Government is prepared to decide the issue as, unlike any other monument, Tempelhof is not only of national importance. It is also internationally renowned and its fate can therefore not be left in the hands of local politicians.
In the meantime, the Federal Government and thousands of people from throughout the world have made their wish to save Tempelhof Airport known on the web site And this is merely one of the many facets of the interest shown well beyond the borders of Berlin and Germany.
So now expectations are focused on the Federal Chancellor Frau Merkel in the hope that she will be able to act decisively.
For further information, please contact: Volker Perplies, Tel. +49 (1 78) 6 61 21 58

Posted by: Helmut Zermin | July 22, 2008 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Dear WP Editors:

I love your new feature section called "Being a Black Man." What a great idea and a wonderful tool to share thoughts!

I think it would be a great idea as well if you create a section that deals with American Veterans who served in previous world wars. Let them share their experiences, memories, stories, and Love that they have for this country (multimedia please like YouTube). Let the real discourse spread, shared, and understood.

You could use that format for a dialogue with young generations as well. It is the great format in that people can get connected and can share their thoughts. I would use such format for "community" section as well.

Great job!

Posted by: premier | July 22, 2008 8:35 AM | Report abuse

I wish the media would have had a "Special News Bulletin" for when Obama arrived in Afganistan for the 1st time in his life! "An historic moment for the freshman senator, watch as he places his first step on Afgan Soil!" "One step for Obama, One Giant step for his experience!"

Seriously I am planning a 12 Day vacation for myself to visit each country he did. BUT! I will stay in each country for 2 days! Thus I will have more experience than Obama by 200%!

As I watch the news I realize that the American Media has been comprimised...

I NEVER had a Obatomy!

McChange 08' "Because there is No other Solution for America"

Posted by: Not a Pawn to ObamaCon! | July 22, 2008 8:01 AM | Report abuse

It DOES look like the Hillary-heads are calming down a bit.

Fewer sour-grapes rants are seen on these message boards.

Maybe even BubbaJeff will stop acting like a child?


Posted by: Chuckamok | July 22, 2008 7:46 AM | Report abuse

Re: My Advice to Senator McCain Campaign

As you can tell, I am very upset about the series of Stupidity you have committed.

You have to create your own discourses, instead of getting defensive by counter-Obamananian for everything.

If I were you, I would produce positive discourses about America and the world, American values and beliefs, family stories about Senator McCain, so that you can create your own reality, instead of trying to "stealing" media attention. Do whatever you think about Senator McCain--everything should be positive.

Do your homework first. I found some smart people who produced the new ads. Do produce more about Senator McCain's personal stories--more, more, and more. People do not know him since his PR person screwed up; whatever people know is from Obama's campaign, which you have NO clue.

Stupidity has been made already so you better listen to me. I am tired of typing.

Posted by: premier | July 22, 2008 7:21 AM | Report abuse

Twin Peaks, Hillary isn't taking over anything. The dwindling number of diehards who continute to divide the party only aid McCain. They'll even sell out Roe v Wade, in the form of GOP appointed Justices if McCain is elected.

Bottom line is Hillary lost. It's all about delegates. Her position as a leader of the party is without questions and she has the respect of millions including this poster. Don't dishonor her yeoman efforts by continuing with this division before the most important election of our lifetime.

Posted by: Joe M for HIllary | July 22, 2008 7:13 AM | Report abuse

Re: Yes We Can!!!

Check your spelling: Barack Hussein, you mean?

Posted by: premier | July 22, 2008 7:06 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if Hillary participates in the former First Ladies weekly "Coffee Club and Sewing Circle?" That should keep her busy enough.

Posted by: Baking Cookies | July 22, 2008 7:06 AM | Report abuse

Twin Peaker - Why bitter and angry? No-one has forgotten Hillary - Hillary is just no longer in the current process. However, I offer that HRC has earned her place as ONE of the top players in the party. Do not know why folks are angry because she is not sitting at THE top. But she has a formidable position in the party and has garnered the respect within.

Get off the sore loser bus, she has lost absolutely nothing but the nomination. HRC is, and will continue to be a force in the DEM party. Stay tuned and you will see the evolution, she is not going to run and hide in some isolated corner bitter and angry and sulk about the situation. She has already dusted herself off and gotten back to work. I suggest you follow her lead and do the same.

Posted by: What | July 22, 2008 6:57 AM | Report abuse

Hillary who?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 22, 2008 6:50 AM | Report abuse

I get so bitter and angry when I see that people have forgotten all about Hillary -- the only candidate capable of leading our country. I am glad Hillary is ready and willing to take over at the convention, with the full support of the far left members of the Democratic Party -- people like me who read firedoglake and who are secure in our gender identity. You GO girl!

Posted by: twin_peaks_nikki | July 22, 2008 6:31 AM | Report abuse

He Has been looking so presidential. I am happy to call him my canidadate and can't wait until the day I can call him President of the United States, Barack H. Obama.

Posted by: Yes We Can!!! | July 22, 2008 6:17 AM | Report abuse

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