June 4th, 2007
10:30 AM ET
7 years ago

Obama sorry for interrupting Yankees-Sox

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, knows he had stiff competition for attention in New Hampshire Sunday night. He told supporters as he showed up at a viewing party following the debate, "I don't want to interrupt the Yankee-Red Sox game."

The crowd chanted "we are part of something great" as a smiling Obama arrived at Murphy's Tap Room. He shook hands and met supporters for about 15 minutes before saying he had to catch a plane.

He didn't directly mention his performance in the debate but said, "I hope you are as energized as I am."

- CNN Political Desk Managing Editor Steve Brusk

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Tiko Glover

    If personality and charisma were the only things that good presidents were made of, then Barack would soon be president. But we now live in a world of war, the rise of China and Russia as economic forces, and other sophisticated issues which require a leader with experience that extends beyond the Illinois State legislature and two years in the senate. Like her or not,we all know that Sen Clinton is the most mature and experienced of all the candidates. I have no problem with two for one. We need former President Clinton's resources in the global community and Sen. Clintons skill in domestic affairs. We are focusing so much on the war in Iraq that other nations are becoming great forces in the world's economy. As for Barack, substance, not rhetoric, is truly the stuff that good presidents are made of. He would make a great Secretary of State.

    June 3, 2007 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  2. Alex Smith

    Why apologize? The whole Yankees/Sox rivalry is overrated, not like they don't play 85 times a year now. Pure HYPE over nothing.

    June 3, 2007 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  3. Mike Van Heyde, Cleveland, OH

    Is this the kind of trash that passes for news? Senator Obama is sorry he interrupted a baseball game? Come on CNN, ask some tough questions and report on what the candidates really have to offer instead of this kind of garbage.

    June 4, 2007 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  4. T. Larson, Minnesota

    Agreed...this on CNN.com's home page. Front and center? I clicked thinking it was something semi-important. Nope. Thank you NPR.

    June 4, 2007 03:19 am at 3:19 am |
  5. Rod C. Venger, Colorado Springs, Colorado

    That Obama claims to be 'energized' is about as good a reason to ensure he never makes it to the White House as any. His use of the vastly overused word is a sure sign that he lacks the capacity for original thought. In addition, were he really sorry for his interruption of the game, then he simply wouldn't have interrupted. In otherwords, he's just a typical politician. Who needs him?

    June 4, 2007 03:20 am at 3:20 am |
  6. Stephen Williams, New York, NY

    Barack Obama will no doubt be one of the greatest American Presidents. He is the man! I pray to good lord that American votes for Obama. God bless our great nation and peace to the world!

    June 4, 2007 04:30 am at 4:30 am |
  7. Jim Simmons, Hackettstown, NJ

    Would everyone please raise their hand if they felt Wolf Blitzer seriously detracted from the debate by not allowing the candidates to complete their points and by posing inane "raise your hand" questions!

    June 4, 2007 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  8. steven anthony warren,mi.

    I think for the sake of our country we need a new face on things and i feel that Barack Obama fits the bill. As a white american whose roots go back at least 150 years i feel that he will bring this country together as it needs to be done as never before if we are to compete in todays world.

    June 4, 2007 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  9. Elias Ambler

    Mike Van Heyde:

    Yeah, this is the trash that passes for news on CNN. When the immigration bill is being debated in the Senate, CNN put that in the bottom of its web page and instead focused on Lindsey Lohan's alcoholism.

    Now, instead of focusing on how Obama wants to create a government health care problem in the face of Gravel's quoted 50 trillion dollar debt, CNN.com thinks it's more important to talk about the Yankees-Redsox rivalry.

    CNN.com is an irresponsible news outlet that is a reflection of special interests and not actual news. Heaven forbid one of the mainstream media outlets actually focused on the actual issues.

    I hope no American relies on CNN.com as their primary news outlet, but instead relies on it as a tool for guaging how the political elite want us "idiot" undecided voters to help them achieve their anti-American-public agenda.

    June 4, 2007 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  10. Pinky, Washington DC

    This only shows that this guy is:
    1. a darling of the press: I bet you anything that CNN would NOT post something like this if Bill Richardson or John Biden would have say it (then again, none of them are so EMPTY as to say something like this!)
    2. very desperate for attention: this is just a cheap trick to make himself look like a person with "local-knowledge"
    3. and EMPTY candidate: I have heard more about his "love" for sports (remember the idiotic Chicago Bear's commercial??) than his ideas to get this country out of the pit GWB is getting us into...

    June 4, 2007 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  11. Anonymous

    Hey, the Yankees-Sox game was a BIG DEAL.... i don't know how people can say it wasn't important. I mean yes, political things are important to.... but come on man it's the Yankees

    June 4, 2007 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  12. Alan, McAllen Texas

    If course you use baseball as the basis for a puff piece...

    Any Dem gets softball questions from any of your reporters..

    CNN = Clinton News Network...always has been...always will!

    June 4, 2007 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  13. Christopher, Philadelphia PA

    I have to concur with the first response. I really like Barack and actually think he is quite intelligent. Never the less, I whole heartedly agree that we need BOTH Clinton's back in the saddle. (Monica too if whats what helps a successful job..LOL) But seriously, I'd like to see all three of them in the White House. (Obama as VP) This way he can have an opportunity to do something not many have done in my opinion...Be a very effective VP and lock in a real run at President in 8 years.

    Never in history has anyone done as much in that office as the Clinton's have. Even in the face of republican B.S. which I hope that the country can now see has ONLY served a special agenda..(which isn't ours)

    From another intelligent black man whom would love to see a black president (an effective black president).."Clinton/Obama 08" thats the ticket!

    June 4, 2007 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  14. Anonymous

    It's a sad day in the United States when we are more concerned about a baseball game than the state of our country, and our world, and who will be our next leader..

    June 4, 2007 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  15. Natalie, Orlando FL

    This is news?

    June 4, 2007 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  16. Roy, Hazlet, New Jersey

    Isn't this headlinine a bit irresponsible? For crying out loud, the guy participates in a debate and speaks to his supporters . . . and this is the headline?

    June 4, 2007 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  17. Brian Teller, Philidelphia PA

    They play 18 times, not 85. ;-).

    June 4, 2007 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  18. JJ

    Another poltical oriented statement, not what is really meant. Trying to capitalize on what was a major startegic mistake.

    June 4, 2007 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  19. John Doe, NewYork NewYork

    Senator, Obama was just trying to be polite. I really don’t think this should even make the news. Barack did an outstanding job putting forth his platform to the New Hampshire voters.
    Steve let’s focus on the issue such as Health Care, and this Illegal war in Iraq.

    June 4, 2007 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  20. Stephen, Tampa, FL


    Obama will have served four years in the US Senate and eight years in the illinois state legislature when he becomes president. That is more elected experience then Hillary, where bipartisan bills have passed and worked across party lines, not reading faulty intelligence that lead to an unjust war, which highlights Hillarys first term in the US Senate, nothing else really mattered. Hillary during the debate last night showed real maturity when shrilling not to answer hypothetical questions about possible attacks, everything is hypothetical until it happens, so under a Hillary adminstration we can see her telling the American people we did not want to plan hypothetical situations so we did not know how to combat that attack, "my bad ... but under my husbands administration...." Which leads to the '2-for-1' deal, as stated by the other candidates Bill Clinton will be included in whom ever is elected president from the Democratic party, he will be an ambassador to the world, so this '2-for-1' is nothing but a bumper sticker to cover up the crappy job Hillary has done in the Senate.
    Also, Obama laid out his specific plan for Iraq last week, along with his specific plan for Health Care. Where are Hillary's plans, probably waiting to see what Obama has come up with to copy him, just like her Senate vote against the funding and coming down to Selma Alabama.

    June 4, 2007 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  21. Toni K. Naperville, IL

    I am so glad that Barack shows he is the entire package. He has the experience as a civil rights attorney, the state legislature and the senate. Primarily he had the leadership and foresight to be against the war in Iraq. Everyone was 4 1/2 years too late on this. As more people discover Obama and discover and the hope of positive change for this country, we will have a bright new future and President in 2008 named Barack Obama.

    June 4, 2007 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  22. Carol Williams, Clarendon Hills, IL

    Anyone who is voting for Hillary Clinton because they think that will put Bill back in the White House is kidding themselves. She needs him to get elected. If she succeeds, she will do as promised (send him around the world as a good will ambassador) and that will be the end of Bill.

    June 4, 2007 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  23. Wasbill Toledo, OH

    I disagree, I think it was great that he showed a sense of humor with the apology. Even though I didn't care about the game at all, I know a lot of people do. Heck, he might have even got a Couple more votes from it.

    June 4, 2007 11:20 am at 11:20 am |

    What a stupid thing for a Presidential candidate to say.. Do they have to pander for votes 24/7.. I was more concerned the debate would run over and compete with the 'Larry The Cable Guy" special on Comedy Central.. Now that would have been someting to apologize for.. Yankees-Red Socks, who cares!!!

    June 4, 2007 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  25. Nathan, Tempe, AZ

    Of course, that's what matters in the debates. I saw this hit the front page of CNN.

    They don't want you to care about the issues, they would prefer you focus on "likability."

    It's disgusting, and we don't have to take part in it.

    June 4, 2007 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
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