Obama Show Coming to Europe, Mideast

Hopeful seeks to bolster image by traveling this summer
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 28, 2008 3:53 PM CDT
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill., and his wife Michelle, walks down the steps of his campaign charter plane, Friday, June 13,2008, in Columbus, Ohio.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama will travel to Europe and the Middle East this summer in his first international tour as a presidential candidate, he announced today. Designed to offset criticism that he lacks foreign policy experience, the trip will include stops in Jordan, Israel, Germany, France and Britain, the New York Times reports. He will also visit Iraq and Afghanistan, but is keeping details secret for security reasons.