March 3rd, 2008
02:48 PM ET
6 years ago

Huckabee dreams of Air Force One

DALLAS TO ABILENE, Texas (CNN) – If you decide to nap on the Huckabee plane, you do so at your own peril.

Flying from Dallas to Abilene Monday morning after a rally, Sarah Huckabee - Mike Huckabee’s daughter and a senior campaign staffer - snuck up to the front of the plane where her father was sitting by the window in the first row. Having gotten up early to do the rounds of the news networks’ morning shows, Huckabee had nodded off.

Sarah quickly snapped a picture of her father “holding” a piece of paper reading “When I close my eyes, it feels like I'm on Air Force One.”

Cheers and applause erupted from the plane as the staff and traveling press achieved the weeks-long goal of photographing the former Arkansas governor in a game of “Nap Tag.”

In recent weeks, “Nap Tag” has grown from a friendly rivalry between Huckabee’s bodyman and the Fox producer into fun for the whole plane as everyone waits for the next victim to close his or her eyes for too long.

When the hapless and weary traveler is good and asleep, a group gathers and scribbles a joke on a piece of paper with a marker. Someone then holds it in front of the napper while another conspirator pops off a picture.

One staffer caught dozing changed camps while he slept, as “Obama ‘08” floated under his chin. Campaign Chairman Ed Rollins claimed “You won’t take me alive” while he slept, and Gina Norris held up the doubtful “M.H. can beat me up” in front of husband Chuck.

Most are inside jokes developed after weeks in each other’s company, others not appropriate for a family website. But after weeks of Nap Tag, only a handful haven’t been caught slumbering and often proudly declare that we won’t get them. We’ll see about that.

– CNN Political Producer Alexander Marquardt


Filed under: Mike Huckabee
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Kathryn Janeway

    At least he's having fun?

    March 3, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  2. Jon in VA

    yawwwwwwwn!

    March 3, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  3. Tina

    Glad to see at least one of the campaigns can have fun. We need more "real" people in politics. Come on, Texas. Give Huckabee a win.

    March 3, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  4. Bayou Joe

    Dream on Huck. Air Force One is reserved for winners not whiners.
    Maybe next time. Haahhahhahhhhaahhha

    March 3, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  5. Cody S. - Montgomery, AL

    This is not news.

    March 3, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  6. illinois voter for truth

    WELL, THAT IS A MIRACLE

    OBAMA 2008

    March 3, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  7. Mohammad, LA CA

    It must be a load of fun to report on Mike Huckabee. That guy should quit presidential politics and go work for comedy central. He could host a show right after the Colbert Report.

    March 3, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  8. kathleen, troy, illinois

    WELL, YOU JUST STAY IN THE RACE AND HAVE A GREAT
    TIME, BUT YOU WOULD NEVER BE A PRESIDENT OF THE USA

    OBAMA 2008

    March 3, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  9. VOTER FOR TRUTH, DIGNITY

    WELL, THAT IS A MIRACLE IF I HAVE EVER SEEN ONE.

    March 3, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  10. Percy F. Lage, Oklahoma

    Laughing all the way to an Arkansas bank. Hang in there Mike, you qualify for federal funds!

    March 3, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  11. Gnomepark

    ....and I dream of a new 30 foot speedboat......ZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzz

    March 3, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  12. John

    ... and this is important... how? Dammit CNN – I need REAL news.

    March 3, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  13. Jean, Indiana

    Huckebee's Nap Tag: The best at 3:00 AM . . . .

    March 3, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  14. maynard

    IF HILLARY WINS ON THE DEM SIDE THEN I WILL VOTE FOR HUCKABEE END OF STORY

    March 3, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  15. Love4Country

    Once again, the media plays its favoritism game. This story is just a story will no real meat to it. Such as the heavy, heavy state wide campaigning and hard work Mike Huckabee has been doing for many days back to back across Texas and Ohio from early in the morning to late in the evening. YET, up on the banner at the top of CNN's site is a news story you can watch live of McCain campaigning for a mere day. This weekend he was sitting around at home eating BBQ with friends. McCain was asked to debate, the people who have still yet to vote and are republicans signed a pledge also asking for a debate. McCain showed he does not respect the citizens or the process by not debating. My vote is worth more to me than to waste it on a person that does value proving he deserves it. Huckabee is the one with real vision, listening to the American people and working hard day in day. Mike Huckabee's rallys have been to capacity and overflowing, charged with excitement and cheering crowds. What great reporting opportunities have been missed!

    March 3, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |

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