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



Warren Olney