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. Dina Phila., Pa

    With all due respect B/NYC – For the people that say that they would not vote for Sen. Barack Obama are uneducated hillbillies! Go ahead and vote for McCain, you are only hurting yourself, you're losing your jobs, you can't figure out how you're going to pay for gas, you need to budget your money to feed your family, you have to worry about social security and if it will be available for you, you have to worry about your children, you are losing your homes, you won’t be able to provide a better future for your children, and you will always be at the bottom!! So, Go ahead and vote for another George Bush, Go right ahead! If that makes sense in your little mind, feel free to vote for McCain! It all makes sense!

    May 8, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  2. James

    To go Republican on war is just idiotic, very miseld if your still going in that direction, itll take a bombshell to wake those people up. Open a book people, learn from experience, stop yip yapping about how you hunt and shoot guns, get a life. Last thing we need is a stubborn Vet holding us down for another 100 years. This is just going in circles. Plz vote Dem either way we win there, Obama may stink but clear the lane for the better and Clinton as they say will give us our economy back, to talk McCain is so misinformed it makes me sick. We didnt break away from England to be here throwing our money into more foreign investments that just end of in the pockets of high ranking officials, patriotism has totally taken the form of stupidity lately. One more thing.....want to talk security, do something about our borders, over there means nothing if here isnt safe, our own kids are becoming enough of a threat forget terrorism. Its time to wake up people.

    May 8, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  3. Timothy Kall

    End the War. Do you guys really think any Democrat will end the war, let along a Republican? The ensuing bloodbath would be their fault, their downfall. Can see it now, the beheadings, the burning homes, the screaming children and women. All within the first year of their presidency.
    End the war, hey I got some great land to sell you guys down near southern Alabama.

    May 8, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  4. Erv

    Why are people reading Blitzer's comments about Obama and bashing Obama? He didn't write it. Wolf said that Obama seemed at ease. You all take that and now Obama's full of himself. Nothing this guy seems to do is right for some people. Florida and Michigan don't follow the rules and it's Obama's fault. His pastor says controversial stuff and it's Obama's fault he said them. Hillary lies about snipers and it's Obama's fault. Some people have lost all objectivity. You bash him cause he is "inexperienced". George W Bush has experience and is driving this country into the ground. How many want him to have a third term? As an independent voter I have watched this campaign and in my opinion Obama seems a lot more geniune that Clinton.

    May 8, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  5. MIKE from NJ

    McCain says that he will spend even more money and send even more college kids out there to be blown up by people who Don't Want Us There! What a position Republicans!
    Obama has this wrapped up...but let us not underestimate the power of the red neck in the red states that got us there in the first place. God bless this country we need you!

    May 8, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  6. PA Obama Supporter

    To the Idiot that said half of the Democratic Party hates Obama... GROW UP! You sound like a 4 year in a sandbox.

    Any Dem that votes for McShame because Barack is the nominee is ridiculous. McShame doesn't understand the economy, he doesn't recognize that we shouldn't still be at war.

    I voted for Barack because I like what he's got to say.... he's definitely more genuine that the other two.

    Obama 08

    May 8, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  7. Kathie, Ontario. Canada

    Who the heck in the WORLD ask Barak Obama to come and lead them and to come into their countries and change them? He needs
    to get off his high horse and worry about the problems in his own
    country before he wants to go and lead and change other countries.
    Correct me if i'm wrong but isn't that what BUSH did go into a
    country and change it for the worse mind you .

    May 8, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  8. Robert

    Great!!!! OBAMA NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. For those who are not clear yet 🙂

    May 8, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  9. skyfyrr

    Obama is our next president. He is the perfect anti-dolt.
    Clinton blew it. She ran on Bill's record, and then couldn't get him out of the way. They were so sure they would win based on record and name recognition, they didn't even have a campaign plan for after super Tuesday. Obama flat out out organized them. What did you think was going to happen when you lose twelve states in a row? And quit complaining about how he out spent you. Where do you think he got the money from in the first place? People who believe in his message gave it to him. Hillary had the same opportunity, only without the charisma and vision. That's why she lost. Its over. Her ego and ambition has either delusional about the nomination or she just wants to be VP and or raise more money to cover her debts. And as for McCain, it won't even be that close. Obama has the right message for the times. Obama out raises him in money 4 to 1. The religious right support he needs won't be there like the last time. Obama will split independants with McCain. Iraq will probably get worse and the economy won't be out of the woods by November. Just run against George Bush like he ran against Clinton last time and keep showing "the hug." That ought to finish the worst 8 years in political memory.

    May 8, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  10. poocha

    obama can really lead the world! i hope for a peacefull world for the next 8 years with obama! its important!
    i belive in us wisdom!

    May 8, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  11. mike

    Roger, Ann and B/NYC

    Your comments make you sound delusional and scared. it's okay, it's going to be okay. Don't feel bad that the country has moved on...there's still time to catch up. Learning to deal with change is an important life skill.

    Also, try not to type angry. You sound even dumber with all the spelling and grammar mistakes.

    May 8, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  12. VAGuy

    Looks like the this forum is flooded with Obama nuts...hahha..

    May 8, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  13. Georgia for Change


    May 8, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  14. cpljoeb from NC

    We talk about Reagan Democrats, lets also talk about Kennedy Republicans. There are Republicans who will vote for Obama, and I am one of them.

    Obama 08

    Joe B......

    Post this CNN

    May 8, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  15. munkii

    i urge all Obama supporters to stop insulting Hillary, now is the time to heal..

    May 8, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  16. Kathie, Ontario. Canada

    Who the heck in the WORLD ask Barak Obama to come and lead them and to come into their countries and change them? He needs
    to get off his high horse and worry about the problems in his own
    country before he wants to go and lead and change other countries.
    Correct me if i'm wrong but isn't that what BUSH did go into a
    country and change it for the worse mind your own issues and
    take care of your own people first.

    May 8, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  17. Ann

    Of course he's relaxed...he thinks he's got it in the bag. But beware...Hillary is still out there. There was SO much Wolf didn't ask him so we could KNOW this man. Stutters around too much...needs to be debating with Hillary..(.I'm surprised he could get away from his basketball playing for an interview.)

    May 8, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  18. BJ

    Obama supporters, you are on your own IF your candidate wins the nomination.

    Clinton supporters will NEVER allow you to use her JUST to win votes! There will be NO Obama/Clinton ticket... we never asked for it, and we don't want it!

    You have been offensive and vitriolic, and this reflects on your candidate. Very short-sighted, obnoxious and arrogant! Let's see how far this takes you.

    We will either sit our votes, or vote McCain!!!

    May 8, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  19. Ron

    I didn't say I thought President Bush has been the ideal Commander in Chief, but I definely think he has been much better that either Clinton or Obama will be. If former President Bill Clinton had done what he should have done when he was in office instead of fooling around, then we would not be in this mess in Iraq now. America does not need another one like him. It is time for a strong military again and God Bless our Troops–each and everyone of them including you and my son. Thanks for your service to the Greatest Country on Earth

    May 8, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  20. David James

    Thank you Donna for putting the idiots in check! You are what we need in office, the spirit of Congresswoman Barbara Jordon is in your soul. You bring true value to CNN.

    May 8, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  21. NEVER obama

    What a great actor this fool is. He is the worse thing that could ever happen to this country.

    May 8, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  22. Roger

    About 60-75% of Americans will vote for McCain in November.

    That's the republican party and about one third of the democrat party.

    Hillary has a better chance of containing the democrat party. That's just the way it is.

    May 8, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  23. Robin in Atlanta

    There are so many hateful, racist people in this country, it's a wonder we have the nerve to call ourselves world leaders...we lead the world in hatred...

    May 8, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  24. Peter Mooney

    The guy is more Kennedy than Kennedy. Trying not to get too hopeful but maybe he can lead us to work together to make the world a nicer place. I can't wait for the inaguration, what a great day it will be.
    Clinton supporters need to get over it and support the program.

    May 8, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  25. Yolanda/S.A. Texas

    I haven't seen the whole interview, but from what I have read, it sounds like he's focusing on what really matters..Economy, Iraq and reintroducing ourselves back to the world in regaining some creditibility.

    Someone stated, "That half of the democratic party is against him" that's crazy, because he has the popular vote!!!! I guess what they say is correct..."Hillary olny gets the votes of the uneducated folks".

    Obama for President!!!!

    May 8, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
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