Obama’s Transatlantic Travels: Beatles-esque?

Travel Blog  •  Jim Benning  •  07.18.08 | 1:07 PM ET

Just how big a deal is Barack Obama’s 12,000-mile overseas trip, expected to begin in the coming days? Foreign Policy’s Passport blog points out this line from the Times of London: “You have to go back to the Beatles’ first U.S. tour to find a transatlantic trip freighted with the sort of pregnant excitement that attends the one Barack Obama is about to make.” Wow. Meanwhile, John McCain has made three foreign trips in recent months, which U.S. media, it seems, have covered with the all excitement of a Turtles world tour. To illustrate, here’s an audio/video musical comparison of the interest in the two candidates’ travels:



2 Comments for Obama’s Transatlantic Travels: Beatles-esque?

Ling 07.19.08 | 3:37 AM ET

You wait till Obama makes his speech at the Brandenburg Gate. That speech will likely be covered live and plastered worldwide. No way you can buy publicity like that.

Elyse 07.19.08 | 10:07 PM ET

I don’t think he’s making his speech at the gate. The German parliamentarians seem to be against it…he might make it at the Tempelhof Airport or the Siegesäule. At any rate, the Germans are apparently going crazy for him, so I’m very excited that he’ll be heading to Berlin.

Commenting is not available in this weblog entry.