The Presidential Campaign Goes Global
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This year's presidential campaign is the first when both candidates have campaigned overseas. But Barack Obama's foreign excursion has gotten a lot more attention than John McCain's. Will this week's foreign spectaculars generate confidence that a first-term Senator can handle a changing world? Will they backfire with voters who value experience over celebrity and think "America First?" Also, frightening moments for Qantas travelers at 29,000 feet, and Iraqi athletes have been barred from this summer's Olympic Games amid questions about what happened to 24 members of that country's Olympic Committee.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy (R) and Barack Obama talk together at the end of their press conference on July 25 at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Obama arrived from Germany after drawing 200,000 cheering fans to an open-air speech in Berlin aimed at burnishing his foreign policy credentials. Photo: Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images
Hole in Fuselage Forces Qantas Jet to Land ()
At an altitude of 29,000 feet, passengers on Qantas Flight 30 heard a loud bang and saw debris fly through the cabin. After a controlled descent to a lower altitude, the jet changed course from Hong Kong to Melbourne and landed safely in Manila. Micheline Maynard is aviation correspondent for the New York Times.
The Presidential Campaign Goes Global ()
Barack Obama's trip this week has been choreographed for the cameras: the meetings with kings and prime ministers; the helicopter over-flight with the commanding general; the prayer at the Western Wall; and, of course, yesterday's address to 200,000 people in the heart of Berlin. But could saturation coverage of Obama produce a backlash? Is it presumptuous for a rookie Senator to act like a head of state? John McCain says he'd like a big crowd in Germany, but not until he's President. But McCain has also campaigned in foreign countries, albeit with fewer cameras. Both candidates want to demonstrate they have what it takes to handle new global realities with strength and diplomacy. Has Obama gone overboard? Many voters care deeply about the rest of the world, but what the tradition of American exceptionalism?
- Brian Katulis: informal advisor to Barack Obama, @Katulis
- David Keene: Chairman, American Conservative Union
- Steve Biegun: Informal advisor to John McCain
- Charles Kupchan: Director of Europe Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations
- Steven Kull: Director of the Program on International Policy Attitudes, University of Maryland
Iraqi Athletes Barred from Olympics ()
The International Olympic Committee has announced that it's "very unlikely" athletes from Iraq will be allowed to complete in this summer's games. An archer, two rowers and a weightlifter are among those who won't be going along with supporters and trainers. What does this have to do with the disappearance of Iraq's Olympic Committee? Alan Abrahamson is chief columnist for NBC Olympics.com.
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