5 Things We Learned From Obama's Trip

Among them: Obama is a bit like Bush, and he needs to strike back harder at Mac
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 31, 2008 6:00 AM CDT
Obama shakes hands with the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.   (AP Photo/Iraqi Government, HO)
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(Newser) – Here are five things we learned in the wake of Barack Obama’s overseas trip, via John Heilemann in New York:

  • Obama's got guts: The trip was “risky business, fraught with peril”—but we know now that he's willing to gamble if the potential payout is right.
  • His team is great, but imperfect: The trip once again proved the organizational brilliance of his aides, but the non-visit of troops in Germany gave McCain ammo.

  • Obama is near Bush on foreign policy: Sorry lefties, he’s closer to W. than to the anti-war movement. That could, however, defuse criticism from McCain.
  • He's vulnerable on the surge: Barack’s maneuvering on the subject “veered into…falsehood.” He needs a better response.
  • He must fight back: He’s clearly got McCain rattled, but he can't get complacent. He has to hit back harder at McCain’s newly negative attacks.