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. Denise in OKC

    Obama haters are stewing I know.....stop Hatin and open your hearts to Change We Can Believe in and Benefit from.

    Yes We Can with Obama/Bayh '08

    July 20, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  2. Dylan Los Angeles

    ...Because he invites the media along, whereas as the sneaky Republicans don't.

    July 20, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  3. Charlotte

    The main reason is, it is his first trip, and he was goated into it. You would think the convention was over and Obama is the nominee. I see no reason to watch the democratic convention in August. This country is in big trouble with either of these two nominees. I will write Hillary on my ballot, so my conscience will be clear, and I won't have to be sorry for my vote.

    July 20, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  4. Roger

    Any way you look at it, it highligts Obama's inexperience just like Giuliani says. John McCain is going to baseball games. He dosn't have to put on a show for the media.

    July 20, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  5. Travis (in the real world

    They all know they're in the presents of the NEXT PRESIDIDENT.

    July 20, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  6. Scott L

    Blech, now we have to watch all this garbage crammed down our throats all week. Face it Dems, you have made a serious mistake selecting Obama as your nominee. He will get crushed in the general election and you will be asking yourselves "How did we blow yet another election year?". You don't see it coming yet, but it is and when it does you will realize the error of your ways.

    July 20, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  7. barry

    More buzz about Obama because he is 100X's more interesting and presents a new approach..McCain represents the same old tired politician-trip that is little more than a photo-op

    July 20, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  8. Mike H.

    The incredible media focus on Obama's overseas trip is nothing more than a reflection of their support for his candidacy. It has been clear from the get-go that the national media will go to any lengths to help their man to the presidency. There is no way McCain can get a fair shake from the likes of CNN, NBC, MSNBC and CBS. Not to mention the "we're in the tank for Obama" New York Times.

    July 20, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  9. Michael Ogu

    It makes a great difference the croud that he (Obama) pulls!
    Michael Ogu.

    July 20, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  10. bob

    That's because he has nothing new to say.

    July 20, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  11. Olivia

    Blatant unfairness!

    All this attention by the 3 main entertainment networks by sending their anchors to travel and cover Obama on his trip is absolutely ludicrus. They don't even CARE that this unfair treatment of the candidates is obvious to all.

    After Hillary was deliberately shut down I decided out of anger to vote for McCain. As an independent I have always supported the democrats. Because of the fiasco going on now I am more sure than ever not to vote for Obama.

    I;m hoping obama will stick his foot in his mouth and that the anchors will try to cover this up and everything will backfire. Show them all up.

    July 20, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  12. Rice

    The buzz is because Barack Obama is going to be the next POTUS, and the best one that we've had in ages if not ever, given the opportunity, He is honest, intelligent, sincere and the greatest patriot of our lifetime. Who else has ever had so much to risk in effort to serve our country as president? No one, that's who. Flag pin or not, Barack is the epitome of the American Dream, and despite all those who will try to prevent him from being so (left or right) the buzz is going to carry on for the next 8 years.

    July 20, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  13. Perry baker jr

    Don,t you see this man call Obama is a uniter ,not just for America but for the world. Can.t you just feel the fire

    July 20, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  14. Meneka

    Obama is interesting to hear what he has to say, McSame he is soooooo boring.

    July 20, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  15. James Green-Armytage

    You know what else might have happened? For awhile, McCain himself was making a big deal of the notion that Obama ought to go to Iraq, and that in itself might have made the trip into more of an issue. That would be kind of funny, if McCain's attempt to belittle Obama contributed to the attention that Obama is now getting at McCain's expense.

    July 20, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |

    It looks to me like Affirmative Action might apply to Presidential candidates then. Apparently being 'white' means you won't get the same treatment, and obviously the liberal media does not want McCain to be elected. So they're doing everything they can to elect Obama. WAKE UP AMERICA we can't have this guy lead the nation when he has no idea, just rhetoric. God help us if Obama becomes President.

    McCain '08

    July 20, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  17. Graniteman

    The media should not try to excuse their strong bias in favor of Senator Obama by saying that his overseas trip is newsworthy whereas those by Senator McCain are stale news. The real story should be that the very junior senator from Illinois is pathetically inexperienced in the areas of foreign and military affairs and his election poses a threat to our collective well being.

    July 20, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  18. Michael Ogu

    According to satistics,no candidate admired and backed by CNN that never make it at the end.CNN guys you know what I mean.
    The man with change every one needs.The whole world is tired of blood sheed (unjustified war) and great failures from the top respected rulers like Bush Jr. and any one that follows a policy that 's familiar to his(Bush Jr.) which is obvious with McCain's Policy believed to have nothing new to offer the new genaretion apart from continious disappointment and failure.
    Michael Ogu.

    July 20, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  19. Doris,Memphis,TN

    Barack is to America what Lady Di was to England.
    He is a man of change, peace,hope and love.
    Also, similar to Diana, he is young, brillant and good looking.
    He is truly amazing. And, now Americans are beginning to see
    he will be a great President and an outstanding Commander-In-Chief.

    Obama/Biden or Obama/Edwards

    July 20, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  20. Joy

    Face it! Barack Obama is just a much more interesting personality than John McCain. He is cool, youthful, smart and makes all blacks around the world proud. He can basically ignore John McCain and just be himself. Unfortunately John McCain cannot just ignore Obama, because Obama is just so good at what he does. It is just so sad that Barack Obama is the best presidential candidate that the United States has had in many years, but because of racism there are many whites who can't get over the fact that he is 'black'. They would prefer to have another ignorant person (John McCain) in the White House just because he is white, rather than have an intelligent, gifted and talented black man running the country.

    July 20, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  21. Allison Jakhabi

    Way to go Barack.This is the 21st century we cannot continue to help McCain relive the wars he was in over 50 years ago when so many changes have taken place in the world.Guess if he knew how to use the internet he would realise that the world has gotten smaller and we are now indeed our brother's keeper.

    John Mc Cain is just downright boring, has no judegement or he would have been against the Iraq war from the start and that is the bottom line.

    Taking credit after the bus is in the ditch as Barack said is immaterial now,

    Even the Iprimeminister is with Barack. McCain is just jealous and a war monger.

    Barack 08!

    July 20, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  22. Obamacrat in RI

    I LOVE IT!

    July 20, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  23. Sue in MI

    The other point is that McCain went in the heat of the Democratic primary, which everyone thought was more important than McBlunder's comments in Iran, or was that Iraq, or maybe Czechoslovakia???

    July 20, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  24. Cathy R., Philadelphia, PA

    McCain: Old, dog, no - not even one - new tricks!

    July 20, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  25. Bob

    so, what do we do with Mccain, Anyone?

    July 20, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
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