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. Freddie Vincent

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

    God bless America and Barack Obama!!!

    July 20, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  2. Dave, Illinois

    Gee, ya think? As far as Im concerned, the media has already annointed Obama king. This is a fascinating glimps into what drives the infotainment news in this country. Obama fits it perfectly – no substance, only fluff. I do hope the grownups vote in numbers this fall and save this country from a 4-year episode of Real World (MTV).

    July 20, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  3. Mo

    McCain and Obama are getting what they worth and deserve.

    July 20, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  4. Lee from FL

    i dont get you guys at CNN.
    why would McCain get more buzz, that's like saying my great grandfather has a better and more interesting social life than i do.duh!

    McCain is old.point blank.unless your viewers like bingo and all live in Florida!

    July 20, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  5. Michelle

    Why no "buzz" or even pointing out that Obama has time to
    shoot hoops with the soldiers overseas but has no time to answer
    questions from soldiers and their families at the debate at Fort Hood?

    July 20, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  6. Griff

    Beware.... It's what you can't see, that will destroy the life you have taken for granted...

    July 20, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  7. Kevin i Dallas

    Why does Obama going overseas make headlines when McCain going overseas makes footnotes? Because it's the news. McCain doing something presidential isn't something new. Obama doing something presidential is.

    July 20, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  8. what are you thinking?

    yet another example of how Obama does it better...
    cant wait to see the pictures on Obamas web site...you know the web site that has all of the facts about what Obama stands for, what his positions are, what the truth is....nawwww some of you don't know anything about that or the truth. rather hurl lies and hate with no facts...Gob bless America...the land of the free?

    July 20, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  9. Loretta from California

    whereas McCain is sort of offering somewhat more of a continuation of what we already know.”


    You mean more of what we already HAVE, don't you? 4 more years of suffering, or struggling through our economical crisis.


    July 20, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  10. Robynne

    I am a Californian who now lives in England. I am fairly conservative in most areas, though I think I represent a growing number of voters who pay more attention to individuals than we have in the past. . .no more blind voting along party lines.

    Living in a foreign country has been an eye opener. McCain is very much looked upon with trepidation while Obama is utterly supported in my observations. The perception that America has derailed a bit has permeated the media and Obama is definitely touted as the one who will hopefully bring things back on track.

    Whether or not this is the case is almost irrelevant. Perception builds momentum and confidence. And Obama has it going for him. . .at least from this side of the pond.

    July 20, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  11. Obama 4 America

    VIVA Obama

    July 20, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  12. Thomas

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

    McCain specifically requested no press come with him on his trip, and then gets mad when the press goes with Obama. Hello??? This man can't even remember what he said a couple months ago.

    July 20, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  13. J from PA

    another unbias report CNN...way to stick it to McCain at the end of the article....and you wonder why CNN gets the liberal nicknames it does.

    July 20, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  14. TEXAN

    Why all the buzz ??? Because ALL the world knows that Obama is the BEST man for the presidency. They have always looked up to us as the best country in the world. However, in the past few years, it has been kinda hard to look at us as the great country they all knew, They see the hope and the change that Obama will bring to our country. Once again, they will be able to look up to us. GO OBAMA !!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 20, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  15. Phil, FL

    I think we want to hear promises of diplomacy, respect, and hope – we're tired of cowboy mentality and egomaniacal war war war war

    That's why we like Barack. NO MORE WARS !!!!!!

    Obama '08

    July 20, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  16. susie

    He acts more like a rock star than a Presidential candidate.

    July 20, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  17. carrie hussein obama

    the obama buzz is because he is the future president of the united states.
    the president to bring about much needed change
    the president to unite the blacks and whites,latinos and asians,rich and poor.males and females.christians and muslims.jews and gentiles,catholics and protestants.
    the truth is Obama is the president of the world
    thats why there is a buzz!

    July 20, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  18. aaaaa

    go obama we love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 20, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  19. Army Officer

    Hmmmmmm.. Seems like America as well as the rest of the world is more interested in Barack Obama than John McCain by far. Doesn't look too good for the MCCain team when BArack Obama has all the press focused on him and enthusiasm about him being the next president spanning the globe...

    Doesn't look good for the McCain camp at all.. ... ..... Oh well.. Life Goes on....

    OBAMA 08!!!!!

    Eat ......That.....GOP.... I hope you ROT and never come to power ever again......

    July 20, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  20. Donald, Canton NC

    Enough of the whinning from the McCain campagin concerning the amount of overage allocated to Obama's trip versus his campaign.

    All the talking heads and blind supporters of McCain want him to receive more coverage.

    Why? Is this so he continue he flip-flopping on various positions, his outlandish comments concerning women and other topics, or his loss of memory when confronted with his voting position (or lack of) and statements from the past.

    I say YES, the new media should cover him more and make him and his campaign accountable for their misstatements, lies, and evasion.

    July 20, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  21. angelina

    I'm very excited for Obama and the fact that he represents new direction for America. I truly believe he is the one person that has the opportunity to reestablish America's respect as a leader in the free world. So far, from what I've seen online, he is conducting himself with integrity and character and I feel positive that we are viewing the next President of the United States. That gives me hope and he makes me proud to be an American.

    July 20, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  22. Shannon

    I understand that McCain did not invite the MSM to join him on his trip. Obama has an excellent media team and should not be criticized that they know how to promote their candidate.

    July 20, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  23. Kingslough NY.

    You know why this is people??? Americans and the rest of the world are just plain tired of these goons in the white house. If you ask the rest of the world ull be surprised by the level of dislike to the american people and all these brought about by the bush administration. Its time to mend this tension we have blindly created americans. Vote Obama!!

    July 20, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  24. DC Steve

    I think its hilarious...Mccain whines and whines and complains that Obama hasnt been abroad and even creates a website ticker counting the days that he hasnt been. He creates the interest in Obama going...then complains about the attention he's getting. Just like good ol mom used to say...be careful what you wish for. lol


    July 20, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  25. S. Boatman

    Mccain Is Too Boring To Cover!

    July 20, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
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