May 8th, 2008
03:00 PM ET
10 years ago

Blitzer on Obama: He seemed at ease


Wolf Blitzer interviewed Obama Thursday. (AP Photo)

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Having interviewed Senator Barack Obama on several occasions in recent years, I must say he seemed very relaxed and at ease when we spoke in The Situation Room today. On earlier occasions, he often seemed more wound up and intense. That was certainly true during the four Democratic presidential debates that I moderated over the past year. On this day, however, he seemed very comfortable and very confident. And with good reason.

I showed him the new issue of Time magazine, which features him on the cover, along with the words: “And the winner is…” Asked for his reaction, he said: “I don’t want to be jinxed. We’ve still got some work to do.” It reminded me of superstitious athletes who fear having their picture on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Obama could not have been more effusive in his praise of Hillary Clinton. He kept calling her an “extraordinary” candidate. In response to a video question from a CNN I-Reporter, he said Senator Clinton would certainly be “on anybody’s short list” as a vice presidential running mate. “But it would be presumptuous of me at this point when she is still actively running, when she is highly favored to win two of the next three contests, for me to somehow suggest that she should be a running mate,” he said. “At this point, I think we have to resolve this process and then we can figure it out.”

While he had nice things to say about Hillary Clinton, he didn’t hold back in criticizing his other opponent, John McCain, on a host of domestic economic and national security issues. He seemed ready to move on to the next chapter of his campaign.

soundoff (248 Responses)
  1. carl from Houston

    it's a done deal, the Yes we can machine have prevail

    May 8, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  2. Susie MO

    President Barack H. Obama

    We did it!!!! No more Republicans

    May 8, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  3. Sonny Liston

    Obama is a great American.

    Obama/Webb 08.

    May 8, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  4. zona

    Hillary is fighting an uphill battle. I will say this for her–she has fought and fought and fought. However, at some point, one must have enough sense to realize that it is time to quit. She is the one who lied about Bosnia sniper fire, about the poor girl without benenfits who died; she and Bill accepted $800,000 from NAFTA for speeches by dear old Bill; Bill and Hill are the ones in a suit filed by Peter Paul; and now, after initially agreeing that MI and FL votes should NOT count, she is saying she has ALWAYS been for counting them.

    It is no wonder Obama feels comfortable...he is on his way to the White House, and he certainly has my blessing. OBAMA 08

    May 8, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  5. Lyle

    Why shouldn’t Mr. Obama be at ease? With every major media outlet and commentator having lost their objectivity and trying desperately to convince Mrs. Clinton to give up, it is small wonder that his ego is so inflated. The Time “Rag-azine” cover you mention says it all…

    “I showed him the new issue of Time magazine, which features him on the cover, along with the words: “And the winner is…”

    This could be a true “Dewey Wins in Landslide!” moment for Time.

    May 8, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  6. Linda

    I bet he does seem at ease. He doesn't have a CLUE about the urgency of our problems so it is very easy for him to sit and "talk". How about the escalation in Beirut today? He prepared to handle that? Why is he not calling meetings on his Afghan oversight committee? Oh I forgot he is too busy campaigning. His arrogance makes me sick.

    May 8, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  7. Lee WV

    He knows now that he just has to run out the clock and let the system do it's job.

    May 8, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  8. Veteran For Obama


    His best week will be in January 2009!

    May 8, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Barack seems act as if he has a big pile of snowballs ready for John McCain. Very confident.

    May 8, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  10. j ksine

    a little OT, but i wondered can the people who voted in Fla and Michigan sue the Clinton campagn for knowingly disenfranchinsing them by including Clinton on a ballot that was already deemed illegal? I wonder uf the majority of those voters did not know their vote could/would be in question.

    May 8, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  11. Rick from NJ

    Ask Obama why he won't allow Michigan and Florida to have a revote.
    They have an August 5th vote coming up.
    Couldn't he just add their names to the ballot and then everyone would be happy.
    Don't except: HA HA
    That is not an answer. He is good at that.
    Ask him specifically what would be the problem.
    Would it affect his standing.
    Wouldn't he have a poor argument that he is the most electable?

    May 8, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  12. Linda

    Today's events in Beriut clearly require someone with experience be elected. If not Hillary.....McCain all the way

    May 8, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  13. Rick from NJ

    More than 45 percent of Democrats will vote for McCain.
    Thanks Obama

    May 8, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  14. Unified Democratic Party 2008

    Hillary Clinton supporters:

    Please stop with the threats and insults. I realize many Obama supporters are gloating and taunting you, which is disappointing and wrong. I wish this wasn’t going on. However, it's important that you rise above the petty taunts and stop threatening to vote against the well-being of our nation just because your preferred candidate will not be in the race. Voting for a Democrat, regardless of who he/she is, is absolutely critical this fall. We're all depending on Clinton supporters everywhere to see the big picture and help the Democratic Party take back the White House, and help our nation begin recovering from Bush's mistakes and blunders at home and abroad. We need you, there's no denying it. Please, please, please unite behind Obama and help the cause. We're in this together.

    May 8, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  15. Jasmyne

    I love it when HRC supporters call the media biased. If they are upset that the media is treating him like he is already the nominee, its because he practically is. It seems as though everyone knows that Obama will be the nominee except for them. If they don't like the fact that Clinton is in the dust then they will have to take that up with Hillary herself. This race was Hillary's to lose. When this thing started out nobody hardly even knew who Barack Obama was and the Clintons had been the "it" couple for the democratic party since 1992!! If with all of her "experience" and "electability" she can't beat a two term junior senator from Chicago then maybe she doesn't deserve to be our next president.

    May 8, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  16. cameleon116

    Miami Beach Superdelegate Gelber Backs Obama

    Obama 08

    May 8, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  17. Ratgurl

    Sounds like he was very gentlemanly. Now I like him even more!

    May 8, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  18. Roger

    About 75% of Americans will vote for McCain!

    That's Mccains supporters and about half the Democratic party.

    May 8, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  19. mick

    Why is it races to say that Obama is losing white voters but not races to say Clinton is losing African/American voters?

    May 8, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  20. Pat may

    He looks and sounds like a president. I couldn't be happier.

    May 8, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  21. LB

    Obama is so presidential. I'm looking forward to the days ahead.

    May 8, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  22. dutch bob

    The Netherlands would love to see Obama become President.

    May 8, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  23. Anthony Heyward In New York City

    I love Barack Obama!!!!!!!!!!! He is going to be our 44th President, no doubt about it.

    May 8, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  24. Distrusts Hillary

    @ B in NYC: Half of the Dems hate Barack, do they?

    What about OVER HALF (60%) of the NATION does not think that Hillary is honest?? How's that play in November?

    May 8, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  25. John, NC

    Stop with the hate and bashing. He didn't say one negative thing about Hillary, he in fact said good things about her. I certainly wouldn't have been so nice. You people wouldn't support him regardless so stop pretending you have a reason to hate him because the fact that he is black and beating a white woman.

    May 8, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
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