July 20th, 2008
03:25 PM ET
10 years ago

Why all of the Obama buzz?

Sen. Barack Obama has received a lot of media attention during his overseas trip.

Sen. Barack Obama has received a lot of media attention during his overseas trip.

(CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama’s overseas trip has created more buzz than Sen. John McCain’s foreign travels because the storyline is more interesting, according to Michael Crowley, senior editor of The New Republic.

“When McCain goes overseas, it's sort of ‘dog bites man.’ There's not really that much of an interesting angle to it,” Crowley said Sunday on CNN’s “Reliable Sources”.

“This is an incredible story, the first African-American nominee going abroad after a long period of anti-Americanism, promising a new start and a new direction for the country. There's so many fascinating angles, whereas McCain is sort of offering somewhat more of a continuation of what we already know.”

Obama left Afghanistan Sunday to travel to the Middle East and Europe. He’s also expected to travel to Jordan, Israel, Germany, France and England.

Katie Couric, Charlie Gibson and Brian Williams will all cover Obama from overseas.

“What that means, of course, is that the ‘CBS Evening News,’ ‘NBC Nightly News’ and ABC's ‘World News’ will be broadcast from Europe and the Middle East this week, throwing an even brighter spotlight on Barack's (Obama’s) excellent adventure,” said Howard Kurtz, host of “Reliable Sources.”

McCain, however, was met by zero anchors on his foreign trips since he became the presumptive Republican nominee, Kurtz pointed out.

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  1. John McShame, Obama Is Going to Tax You & Cindy, but Not Me & 95% Americans Making < $250,000/Yr

    mcsame talking about foreign policy is like an old man "whining" while suffering from "mental depression".

    July 20, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  2. Reverand Black

    Obama is so wonderful-he's my Messiah, my risen Christ-let us all prostrate ourselves at his feet.

    July 20, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  3. Obama-Junkie, IL

    But what Kristi Keck fails to point out is that the Obama campaign reached out to CBS, NBC, and ABC on covering Obama's foreign policy tour, whereas the McCain campaign did not when McCain went on his overseas tour.

    FACTS are stubborn things.

    July 20, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  4. go away mongers- Ventura ca

    Senator Obama is open with the press and is open about his reasons for going on this trip. Senator McCain didn't invite the press and I'm sure he was afraid of having them surround him there.
    Senator Obama will make an excellent President.

    July 20, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  5. Ratgurl

    "McCain, however, was met by zero anchors on his foreign trips since he became the presumptive Republican nominee, Kurtz pointed out. "

    Perhaps that is why McCain felt so compelled to reveal Obama's travel plans, thus putting Obama in harm's way. Might it be a touch of jealousy?

    July 20, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  6. bri

    Senator Obama is the future...Senator McCain, well been there done that so enough already.

    July 20, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  7. CD

    About time we got it right in America by "purchasing" back our government from lobbyists to put Obama in the White House.

    July 20, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  8. Deb, Allentown, PA

    After the last 7 1/2 years of the Bush Administration, our country is, for the first time, being viewed so negatively on the world stage. Bush and his cohorts squandered the sympathy and good will that occurred after 9/11 and through their efforts, created a whole new generation of terrorists that view us as the big bad wolf.

    There are so many reasons to choose Obama over McCain, but on this one point alone, we have the opportunity to restore our good standing in the rest of the world and become a partner in the fight for peace and prosperity in the world, rather than the aggressor and school bully.

    As evidenced by the majority of responses on the CNN blog, and the audiences expected to see BO in Europe, the rest of the world loves him. Are they blind or are 40% of the Americans who won't vote for him the ones who can't see through their fears?

    How could anyone with a reasonable amount of intelligence vote to preserve the status quo?

    July 20, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  9. Jaime in Texas

    CNN, MSNBC and all the other networks are all for Obama. I find it laughable that CNN and other networks do stories on how other networks and the media are being unfair.

    July 20, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  10. Hispanic For McCain

    That is what its called Favortism!!!! That right ABC, NBC, AND CBS are all kissing OBAMA rear end. Why they did not want to to this for McCain why because the Media is run by MORONS Liberals that control the media. Guess what The American People are not STUPID they already know a FAKE in Obama. By the way the Latinos Community can smell a RAT miles away latinos will support John McCain a true AMERICAN HERO!!!! what has obama done Nothing nada. Stop the Hate please!!!!

    Hispanic for McCain

    July 20, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  11. Freddie Vincent

    I never thought I would be alive to witness such a huge ground breaking event in Europe, and the Middle East from a African-American that just may change this country and the rest of the world for the good of mankind...........

    God bless America and Barack Obama!!

    July 20, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  12. mike obama

    This Presidential Election is between Maverick and Chameleon. The liberal media is biased. They want to sell their favorite nominee down american peoples throat. The democratic party imposed on the democrats the inexperienced black man as their nominee even though Hillary won more votes than Barack. Barack started loosing to Hillary once democrats came to know Barack and his true colors. Half the democrats are angry about this episode and once they realize that the media is trying to do the same, come November they will dump their candidate and hopefully dump their network for not being fair and balanced.

    July 20, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  13. Morningstar

    John McCain is just too old for the job...

    July 20, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  14. Rochester

    More White Guilt! Good going CNN.

    Black in America show is a disgrace to all other minority groups.

    The black community isn't more important than other minority groups, especially during the presidential election. Last time I saw, the latino population was the largest minority. Native Americans, Latinos, Asians, Latvian, etc., all help develop this country to what is today.

    July 20, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  15. Dan, TX

    McCain is a stump.

    This election is about Obama. For him or against him. No one cares about McCain. He's a placeholder.

    July 20, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  16. bri

    The buzz is because he will be the next POTUS

    July 20, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  17. Ilona Hussein Proud Canadian

    I would have thought that the REASON behind all of the FUSS would be OBVIOUS!

    Senator Barack Obama is RESPECTED and LIKED THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, with very few exceptions.


    WHAT I FIND QUITE CONFUSING IS WHY THIS QUESTION HAS TO BE ASKED? As my least liked news reporter Lou Dobbs would say....


    Senator McCain is by comparison, SAME OLD, SAME OLD! Just show me ONE COUNTRY THAT McCain visited, where he was GREETED with the same ADMIRATION that was awarded Sen. Barack Obama!

    folks, have you read this article?......google....A GOP ace in the hole?
    You will find it quite interesting.

    July 20, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  18. Cause he's special

    Media bias. Plan and simple.

    July 20, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  19. Crush Rush

    This election has been scripted like a bad movie,nothing is happening that wasnt planned by the controllers.

    July 20, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  20. Vig

    Buzz, buzz – this Obama is one big buzz – Sugar and spice and everything nice that's what Mr. Obama is made of He's flip-flopped so many times you could serve him as a pancake for breakfast. No syrup needed – he comes sugar coated, compliments of the media.

    July 20, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  21. Jan

    Perhaps if Senator McCain had actually asked the press to accompany him on his trip, he would have achieved the media spotlight that his campaign 'appears' to crave. The McCain campaign has carefully tried to control what is reported or covered; keeping the press in the distance at some events or only allowing certain reporters who have been favorable to the campaign in their reporting. Then they have the temerity to complain about not getting equal or adequate coverage. You can't have it both ways. In our world of the 24 hour news cycle, if you ask, the press will come.

    July 20, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  22. Glen,

    I wonder who will be appointed official Obama campaign news network. ABC, CNN or NBC. I wonder if like the queen he will give them special privileges or a seal of approval. They could be vetted like the VP. Perhaps CNN can change to ONN, Obama News Network. Not every day you interview the next king of the US.

    July 20, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  23. Democracy was a beautiful thing

    Media for Obama '08

    July 20, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  24. Blayze Kohime

    McCain: More of what we already know, less of what we need.

    Some of the greatest US Presidents had very little experience, just like Obama, including Wilson, Lincoln, and Roosevelt ( though people love to single out Kennedy in the comparison). McCain's experience just means he is spent on ideas and offers nothing new, and that he has 'fallen in line' with the corruption.

    July 20, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  25. GoBama!!!!

    what can you expect its a breath of fresh air!!!

    July 20, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
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