Obama Appears Cocky, Presidential
The media fawns, McCain glowers, but Obama gets raves: Dowd
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 23, 2008 12:19 PM CDT
Barack Obama gestures as he gives a statement after he toured the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum in Jerusalem, Wednesday, July 23, 2008.    (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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(Newser) – The better Barack Obama’s foreign excursion goes, the more nervous Republicans get,  Maureen Dowd writes in the New York Times. Images of John McCain happily sharing a golf cart with Bush 41 don’t contrast well with images of Obama happily sharing a helicopter with David Petraeus. But there is also an element of arrogance in the trip.

Dowd notes, "At moments, Obama was acting as though he were already 'on a coin,' as Jon Stewart would say. But cocky or not, he needs to swoop up to conquer so Americans can picture him in the role." And he seems to have succeeded. "The guy gets it,” one Jordanian official said. “Sharp, aware, and a very good listener."