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TRAIL MIX: Obama's Trip Abroad -- and McCain's Day, Measured in Minutes

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

TRAIL MIX: Obama's Trip Abroad -- and McCain's Day, Measured in Minutes

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Is Obama ready for the world stage? How does John McCain spend the minutes in his day? Check out today's newspaper political-blog highlights for some answers.

Political Perceptions: Barack Obama's High-Stakes Trip AbroadThe Washington WireThe Wall Street Journal

Obama's upcoming trip abroad could be just what the presidential candidate needs to quash questions about whether he would make an effective commander-in-chief -- but the trip overseas could just as well do the opposite as any missteps would only feed the fire, as pointed out in a post by The Wall Street Journal's The Washington Wire. Citing a recent piece by Slate's John Dickerson, The Wire said, "If all goes well, 'the trip to Europe presents the best chance Obama may get all campaign long' to address worries he isn't ready to be commander in chief. 'At the same time, the trip poses big risks' -- namely that he might commit a 'big gaffe,' that he will look too chummy with Europeans who look down on the U.S., or that he shows too much 'hubris' on the trip by acting as if he's already got a job voters 'haven't given him yet.'"

Biden Criticized Obama on AfghanistanThe SwampChicago TribuneBy Katie Fretland

You never know what comments are going to come back and bite you in the rear, and some remarks by Sen. Joe Biden on Obama's plan for Afghanistan are doing just that, according to a post by Katie Fretland at the Chicago Tribune's The Swamp. "Before Sen. Joe Biden became an oft-mentioned candidate for a spot on the Obama ticket, he campaigned against him for the Democratic nomination for president. …

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