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. Norm

    Obama will lose..Mark my words.

    May 8, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  2. cameleon116

    Congressman Brad Miller (D-NC) endorses Barack Obama;

    Miami Beach Superdelegate Gelber Backs Obama

    May 8, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  3. sheryl

    Ready on DAY ONE!!!!!

    OBAMA 08-12

    May 8, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  4. Ann,PA

    Obama will never get my vote, not impressed, at all he does not and will inspire me

    May 8, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |




    May 8, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  6. ltd1974

    Obama is going to destroy Mccain

    May 8, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  7. Virginia

    I am so tired of hearing about divisions. It is far past time for this country to unite and support a man who stands for the best in us all.
    The world is holding its breath to see if we will accomplish this.

    May 8, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  8. luv

    God bless Obama he is a good guy. Thanks CNN!!

    May 8, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  9. ROn

    What a bunch of Bull–Clinton or Obama will both bring our Country down to its Knees. My son is currently serving in the military, has served two dours in Iraq and is adamant that if either one of these nuts are elected as President, then he will get out of the military stating that neither one of them will ever serve as his "Commander in Chief".

    May 8, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  10. Bayou Joe

    Don' Trust him, Don't Trust him, Don't Trust him. Barak will say and do anything to get elected. He has an agenda. And it is not about
    what is good for theUnited States.

    Calling all Christians.... Stand at the Gap... Our country is under attack.

    May 8, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  11. Obama student

    Yes we can
    Obama 08' ,12

    May 8, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  12. The Corp

    NoBama 08, NoBama ever!!!

    May 8, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  13. Harrison

    Of course he was relaxed. He knew he was talking to a Clinton supporter (you Wolf) and he is reaching out to everyone. He needs your vote, Wolf.

    May 8, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  14. Stacy Clarks

    LET'S GO PRESIDENT OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 8, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  15. Canada for Bama

    I am not sure that Americans fully comprehend how impressed the rest of the world is with the prospect that you might elect Obama as your president. It would disprove a lot of conceptions we have about Americans, after you voted George Bush into power TWICE. I just hope that the closed-minded, anti-Obama Americans open their eyes and realize how important this moment in history is for all of us.

    May 8, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  16. honkey white guy from cali

    NO NO NO

    That would be a complete disaster! If they attempt to go that route Obama will run independent and still beat Hillary. In 3 way match up in Nov Obama beat Mc Cain and Hillary handedly!

    Go Obama 08 Yes We Can

    May 8, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  17. Dan , TX

    Obama can only win the general election if the democratic party unites. For those who support Clinton, they really have no choice but to support Obama. To not support Obama would be a slap in the face to Clinton and the ultimate show of disrespect for the woman who they claim to "support".

    May 8, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  18. Jake

    Obama is an honorable and decent man who deserves to be president. He will do well and we need to support him. Just look at what we have now and compare the two. I just wish he had been available in 2004. Things would be different in Iraq; gas would be cheaper and most of us would be happier for the experience.

    May 8, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  19. Darth Vadik, CA

    That is his personality, he doesn't get flustered, like some other hysterical and angry candidates.

    May 8, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  20. Tejano

    Mr. Nice Guy. Obama even looks evil. Hillary is an Angel compared to him. The Media has not done it's job and we are going to pay the price for their negligence.

    May 8, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  21. Lourdes

    Jason - you don't know what a community organizer is?

    And to those of you saying Obama is "full of himself" because he believes he can win in November...would you expect any less from a PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE? Also, isn't it far less of a stretch for him to believe that he can win than it is for Hillary Clinton to be claiming that she's on the road to the white house when she hasn't been able to pull off a lead in the primaries even though she started the campaign as an incumbent thanks to her name and her connections?

    I hope all of you Hillary democrats are starting to realize how much like a republican your candidate is acting and think very strongly about whether or not you want McCain in November. Sure, it give Hill another chance in 4 years, but by that time our supreme court will be unrecognizable, we'll have lost thousands more to the war in iraq and heaven knows where else, and we'll all be riding our bikes to work (if we're lucky enough to still have jobs) because oil will be trading at $400 a barrel.

    May 8, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  22. Darth Vadik, CA


    I'm marking your words, then thowing them in the trash where they belong.

    May 8, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  23. teo

    Barack should be relaxed. He had a resounding victory in NC and he exceeded expectations in IND on Tuesday, too.

    But, he should be in West Virginia today and tomorrow and this weekend. He cannot get smoked by thirty. We need a nominee that can win in smaller towns and rural areas. As he says, he is running for president of the United States of America.

    May 8, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  24. Venus

    That's my MAN!

    Notice how he always takes the high road regarding Hillary?

    That's called team players!

    Also – how would any one respect him if he is tearing people down!

    Let's get it on! Let's turn to fight Mc Cain!

    Hillary -time to give it up! You had a lousy campaign and managers!

    Also – you know Wolf – Obama is a better person than me!

    It was only a few days ago that you and all of the hound dogs were attacking him 24/7 because of your love for Hillary!

    You guys gave Rev. Wright more coverage than Hillary and the Pope! Also – we know why you kept Rev. Wright pictures on your Political Ticker!

    May 8, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  25. melikeyhill

    In november 90% of democrat white voters will be voting for the democratic party nominee......OBAMA!

    May 8, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
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