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.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (320 Responses)
  1. MIMI



    July 20, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  2. ex republican

    Jealousy is an unhealthy thing. The republicans are showing their jealousy and fear of Barak Obama daily.....

    July 20, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  3. Dr. J

    McCain offers nothing different.

    July 20, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  4. James, Berkeley, CA

    Could it be because the entire world wants Obama as the next U.S.president, and McCain is just a prop, essentially, at this point?

    July 20, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  5. McCain is so jealous!

    I bet the McCain staff is so jealous. Their candidate has to be in bed by 8p.m. and needs his wife to change his diapers for him and cannot even get his geography right let alone his own voting record.

    July 20, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  6. The Phenomenon

    Obama the Rockstar, he's going on concerts and world tours,why shouldn't the spotlights burn holes through his stages? After a historic campaign,the media-beloved 46 year-old African American has seeped his concepts of change through the minds of more people than the 71 year-old White American who's brand, to the people,still represents the same old thing.

    July 20, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  7. Daniel

    "Why all the media buzz?"

    GREAT QUESTION! He is the first black presidential candidate, so anything he does is a first. And, given his inexperience in just about everything, everything he does is already a first for him.

    You, the so-called mainstream media, CREATE this buzz and then you inflate it even more by asking a question you already know the answer to.

    What a joke.

    July 20, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  8. RB

    Simple: because the rest of the world wants the US to return to the "Humble Giant"....leadership by example, not pre-emptive force.

    July 20, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  9. ex republican

    McCane made the news today!!! He made it past 4PM without needing a nap!!!

    July 20, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  10. ran

    the press finally gets what we the people already know OBAMA has to be our next president if this country is going to survive.

    July 20, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  11. randy

    barack obama is a through american statesman and will make a good president.

    July 20, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  12. Marie Allison

    Everywhere Barack Hussein Obama goes he is treated like a rock star.
    He might as well join Hollywood. maybe thats what he can do best.
    I'm voting for a guy who fought in a war,and who loves his country,
    and who is an american, not a Muslim. And one who salutes the American Flag .Voting for Obama is like a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders. I believe The Lord will give us the right one. America is His
    Marie Allison

    July 20, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  13. Dems 4 McCain

    The news bias is incredible.

    In Candys own words, it's fascinating because he's the first African American? That's absolutely ridiculous. Like no one has ever promised to restore America's reputation overseas before.

    Just because he's African American doesn't make everything he does a big thing.

    July 20, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  14. Clinton/McCain

    Why? Because the MSM is totally in the tank for Obama! That's how he was able to win the party's nomination. I will attempt to prevent the media from picking Obama for president and I will vote for McCain.

    July 20, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  15. Angus McDugan

    Because the media is in love over him. They gush and stumble all over themselves to kiss up to him.

    July 20, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  16. Ridgeway

    I see they got a couple of tokens in the pic. This is turning into a lot more than a political campaign. He's a slick talking, empty suit with zero experience and a love of Islam. Too bad for the regular guys.

    July 20, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  17. Rock Johnson

    There is no Obama 'buzz'. It's all created by the media to help his election. Why in the hell would all three major network anchors go on a campaign trip otherwise?

    I heard that Obama said he's known the difference between Shia and Sunni since he was thirteen years. Well, duh, of course, he learned that in the madrasa.

    July 20, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  18. Allen in Hartwell, Ga.

    I'd say that the media and the world see McCain as the Republican candidate who will lose the race for president, and they see Obama as the new president just waiting to be elected.

    Besides, McCain promises more of the same, while Obama means that some nations have a chance to rekindle past friendly terms with the USA, and other nations have a chance to establish more than a grudging acceptance of the USA.

    July 20, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  19. Ridgeway

    A white candidate with the same experience wouldn't get a drop of press coverage. There exists a fascination with this guy that escapes logic and reason. If he wins he can be someone else's President. He won't be mine. He hasn't earned it.

    July 20, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  20. jp/michigan

    This is discussing! Obama is chairman of a sub-committee on NATO relationship with Afghanistan, never held a meeting. Uses tax payers money for his entourage to Afghanistan and Iraq. How soon will he hold that committee meeting ,once he gets back? Taxpayers deserve something for the pay he gets from us. All this media attention is also discussing, like an black man never went over seas from the HILL.

    July 20, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  21. Richard

    Well McFlipFlops claim of superior experience in foreign policy is dubious anyway. What has he done? I don't think anyone knows. I guess if he argues Obama is a mystery or naive long enough and often enough everyone will forget McFlipFlop has a foreign policy that can best be described as an orgasm of intellectual anarchy. Why would anchors want to be around the profane thoughts of McFlipFlop. Of course they want to be around Obama. He is exciting, interesting, everything the dull and boring McFlipFlop isn't.

    July 20, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  22. DflateMacsStr8TalkXpress: Econ MIA, AWOL on facts, POW from reality

    John McCain isn't interesting, visionary, intellectual or intelligent so why would there be a buzz around him. Yawn! McSame as Bush.

    July 20, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  23. Joseph Adewole

    The war monger's trips have been to deliver Bush's messages; that he intends to continue in office if elected to The White House but Americans are fed up of war war war everywhere. Americans want their children home from duties they are engaged in.
    You have seen with your eyes that Obama is best for the world.

    July 20, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  24. Belle2

    Unlike McCain's trip, Obama's tour of Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries is merely a political gimmick. Obama invited the press and ensured his every move became a photo-op. As usual, he is grand-standing.

    July 20, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  25. Kathy

    It is a bigger story then the same old that McCain offers. He has captured the worlds attention and respect which we had lost in the last 8 years.

    July 20, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
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