June 7th, 2008
06:00 AM ET
6 years ago

Behind the Scenes: Obama press 'hijacked'

 CNN's Chris Welch has been covering Sen. Obama's campaign since the Illinois senator's win in Iowa's Democratic caucuses.
CNN's Chris Welch has been covering Sen. Obama's campaign since the Illinois senator's win in Iowa's Democratic caucuses.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - What seemed to be a routine evening waiting for Barack Obama aboard his campaign plane turned into anything but when the cabin doors closed and the passengers were informed the aircraft would be taking off immediately - without the candidate.

The first sign something was amiss on the Thursday flight came when the pilot told those aboard - about 25 members of the media, a smaller group of Obama staffers and only a handful of Secret Service agents - that everyone was on board and that the plane would be departing for Obama's hometown of Chicago, Illinois, momentarily.

The press soon noticed there were far too few people aboard for a standard campaign flight. Something was different. It's fair to say that the term "everyone" was used a bit loosely - especially when the presumptive nominee appeared to be missing.

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Priscilla

    Obama is a very wise man. He will not tell the world every move he is making. He has to keep some things under raps until they are accomplished. I salute Senator Obama for his wisdom and his ability to bring the party together. I trust his judgment and I know we will win the whitehouse in November. Yes We Will!!!

    June 7, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  2. Generation X

    To funny!! Go Obama.

    June 7, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  3. Abraham

    Haha press. good for Clinton/Obama – they deserve their privacy.

    June 7, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  4. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    The press needs to get over this and move on. I am glad they were ditched. They should write of things important to the American People now, let us heal and move on for the betterment of all people and the country. And if I was on the Obama staff, I would start eliminating the spoilers and leakers of the crew.

    June 7, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  5. Will - OKC

    You have to wonder how many journalists on that plane who are angry at Obama for doing this will now take it out on him in the press.

    June 7, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  6. Linda31

    That was the funniest thing I have heard in a long time! :) That's what you call a side step.

    June 7, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  7. After further review,Texas

    They arent the only ones that got hijacked,the American voters have been hijacked.They are on a plane with three candidates that stink to high heaven and have to hold their noses and vote.

    June 7, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  8. Herman In LA

    Good they didn't need to know where he was going in this case...

    June 7, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |