Obviously, Obama did better than McCain. He drew larger crowds, had warm meetings with conservative European leaders, generated lots of shots of him spending time with troops (and thanks to his detractors, it seems to me his time with the troops is getting some extra media attention). http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/2008/07/obama-plays-dow.html Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., responded to criticisms over his 9 day, 8 country foreign trip, saying that just because he "did it really well" doesnât mean that it was any different than when Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., or any other presidential candidates has traveled abroad in the past. "I was puzzled by this notion that somehow what we were doing was in any way different from what Sen. McCain or a lot of presidential candidates have done in the past. Now, I admit we did it really well. But that shouldn't be a strike against me." ... Senator McCain took a foreign trip earlier this year which Senator Obama used for comparison, saying he visited the same countries and met with most of the same leaders, "and nobody suggested that was audacious," he added. ... "I think I've established relationships and a certain bond of trust with key leaders around the world who have taken measure of my positions and how I operate and I think can come away with some confidence that this is somebody I can deal with."