July 20th, 2008
03:25 PM ET
6 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
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  1. Leah

    I don’t think you can have this both ways. McCain is fortunate that he’s received somewhat less press coverage than his opponent, because what coverage he has gotten from them has been notoriously soft. If the anchors had followed him on his rather precipitous trip to Columbia, for example, more might have been made of the rumors (whether true or not) that the White House tipped him off that the Columbians would be staging a raid to rescue Ingrid Betancourt and other hostages that day. It certainly would have dominated the cable news and blogosphere had the shoe been on Obama’s foot.

    July 20, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  2. mel

    buzz because he is ours next of the united states and for the
    peoples. He will be a great leader and so will Hillary.or Kathleen.

    July 20, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  3. Fran

    Surprise, surprise...The press following Obama around like groupies. When are Americans going to wake up and realize that Obama is not the answer to our problems. Because he has never given us any concrete answers and he probably does not have any. He is great at pointing out what is wrong with this country, but he never seems to be able to explain how is going to fix these problems, as well as how he will finance any of it. Any ideas that he does verbalize have been Xeroxed from Hillary Clinton (watch the primary debates and you will see). Why should this trip make me think that he now will have a better handle on foreign policy. Gee, I've been oversees many times, does that mean that I could be president? I was against the war, that does that mean I could be president? I have no experience running a state or a country, does that mean I could be president? I am flabbergasted at how the press is totally blinded by this man. The press is eating up this mans b.s and not does not even question it. They follow him around like groupies. Aren’t you ashamed of yourselves for not pressing him on the issues. I am still waiting to hear his answer to the “sweetie” reporter’s question about what he is going to do for the auto workers. Oh that’s right, if Obama doesn’t want to give an answer to something, the press just lets it go.

    July 20, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  4. Leah

    I don’t think you can have this both ways. McCain is fortunate that he’s received somewhat less press coverage than his opponent, because what coverage he has gotten has been notoriously soft. If the anchors had followed him on his rather precipitous trip to Colombia, for example, more might have been made of the rumors (whether true or not) that the White House tipped him off that the Colombians would be staging a raid to rescue Ingrid Betancourt and other hostages that day. It certainly would have dominated the cable news and blogosphere had the shoe been on Obama’s foot.

    July 20, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  5. bill for barack

    Maybe it's refreshing to cover someone who really IS Presidential.
    After 8 years of Doofus Dubya and John McSame (think Edgar Bergen and Charlie / Joe McCarthy ), it has to be nice to cover someone who really DOES have a clue about what's going on in the world.

    July 20, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  6. RJ, CA

    Kennedy all over again (and, oh, how the media loved and doted on him(:

    • Kennedy's "Camelot" was all glitter and no substance. JFK “inspired” a generation of Americans and raised them to a pitch of high excitement, but his promises were never followed by performance. With a gap between rhetoric and reality, the Kennedy years produced no significant progress for the American people and caused frustration and bitterness that came back to plague the nation in the late '60s.
    • In foreign policy, Kennedy lurched unsteadily from one crisis to another-it was his apparent ineptitude in the handling of the Bay of Pigs invasion that encouraged the Soviets to test his resolution by moving missiles to Cuba.
    • Kennedy's handling of Congress was dismal and inept, and none of the major domestic proposals of his much-heralded "New Frontier" were enacted into law.

    July 20, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  7. Walter

    Obama's trip is creating more buzz than McCain's for two reasons:

    1. Obama may be able to reverse the slide in America's international standing.

    2. Obama matters.

    Neither of those things can accurately be said of McCain.

    July 20, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  8. Susan

    It is a great story. The funny thing is McBush dared hime to go, and now there goes his arguments. Watch for even mor dirty campaigning from the Oil Boys in the months to come! OBAMA 08!

    July 20, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  9. carolflowery

    this is about the stupidest think i have yet to hear anyone say from the media, then again, a lot of the media people are sounding stupid these days

    July 20, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  10. obama is unfit to be president of this country

    What an actor. Please tell me the American people deserve more than this.PLEASE do not put obama's racist,angry wife in our White House.

    July 20, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  11. willowood

    Your child is sick, diagnosed with a life threatening disease, nothing the doctors seem to do makes sense, you wonder if there is another way, a more promising way, even though you aren't sure of the outcome. You take a chance...the first way wasn't working..time is short.. Senator Obama is our seond opinion..I like his style, I like his affability, I love his intelligence... We're going to have to take a chance.. Look around you everything really isn't all bad, but the country is seeing a very demoralizing pattern of denial, certainly a lack of leadership, and hope that this will change. Hope can at least give us the staring point for change. Obama's not perfect, but find us one that is and let's vote for him or her . Right now, I say Obama '08

    July 20, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  12. Anoldwoman4OBAMA

    This man is the best thing that happened for our great country America in the last 30 years !!! Now I'm really proud of being an american !!! God bless America !!! Good luck Senator Obama !!!

    July 20, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  13. suzyku

    Obama brings hope, not only to this country but to the world who has been disgusted by our leaders (I use the term loosely) and by the stupidity of the American people for voting this President and his cohorts in to office, not once but twice! From what I read, the world thinks (or should I say hopes) that we are finally getting smart!

    July 20, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  14. bk

    I have never seen anything so unfair. The media did it to Clinton and now McCain. Obama has no experience and your all making him look like some kind of King. He is arrogant enough without the help of the media. Maybe the white people should riot over the media's bias.

    July 20, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  15. Big D

    The downplaying of the story about Maliki supporting Obama's 16-month drawdown of troops from Iraq is proof that the media does not have a liberal bias. Can you imagine what the press coverage of Maliki's statements would be if he had said something that could be considered in opposition to Obama? We'd hear it endlessly. But because it's favorable to Obama, it's being downplayed or ignored. All we have on CNN is an amusing little sidestory about how it was submitted to the press, nothing about the actual statements. There's tabloid coverage about Obama, and rightwing spin against Obama, but no actual coverage about his positions or this kind of positive story.

    July 20, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  16. William Calhoun

    If Almost-President Obama had told the press last week that Senator McCain would be in the war zone, "this weekend...Either Saturday or Sunday", the screeming about this breach of security would be all over the "media".
    Why the Obama buzz? Because he looks like, acts like, talks like, behaves like and is interesting like a...let's say... President!
    The question is why do you people keep letting McCain say some of the dumbest stuff along with blabbing about the Senator's trip to the press and thus endangering the next president of the United States and there is no buzz, only silence, as if it never happened. Thank God for the Huffington Post. You people are next to worthless. I'm sorry, I forgot. This is still the Clinton National Network!

    July 20, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  17. Nunda Naidoo

    There is a buzz about Obama all over the world. Not more of the same of the last seven years of Bush. South Africa, Africa and the World awaits his election. America needs to become a world leader again. Nunda – South Africa

    July 20, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  18. Frank

    Maybe all the soldiers seem so excited because they have compared the voting records of Obama and McCain in Congress.

    If they have, then they know that McCain is running for president wrapped in the flag while he betrays veterans in the Senate.

    July 20, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  19. Nobama

    Uh, could it be that the press is 100% behind his candidacy and agenda!?!?!

    July 20, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  20. Debby, NJ

    This Man Is a Genius
    BARACK THE VOTE !!!

    July 20, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  21. jason, tx

    You go Mr. President. Start bringing honor back to our country!

    July 20, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  22. SiamErzuah

    What is so wrong with the buzz about Obama. Its pure and simple. He is news. MacCain is not. Newscasters are about newsy events, not old same old stories. Maccain is old. And he has been around for a very long time. Thats it! He is old and known, and for that matter, he is boring. Barack is new, fresh, refreshing, interesting, dynamic, charismatic, energetic and forward looking. And that is great and newsy in a country that has had someone like Georg Bush for a president. Maccain is just a repetion of Bush, period.

    July 20, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  23. IN LIVING COLOR

    The Obama buzz is blessing in disguise. His success is a milestone for the ongoing struggles of blacks in this country. Martin Luther King sacrificed his life for change but God has sent us a new angel. Barack has become a symbol for the movement. I pray for his victory in NOV.

    The USA is supposed to be "the melting pot" of the world! Well, it's time for this nation to live up to that CREED. Obama's possible triumph in NOV will "open the door" for future minority presidents. Race or gender will no longer be an obstacle. We will judge men by the "content of their character" and not by the "COLOR of their skin".

    July 20, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  24. TiredOfMcCainsFreeRide

    Can you please report on the fact that John McCain, just "let it slip" that Barack Obama will likely be in Iraq this weekend? These are details that no one was releasing for obvious security reasons, yet John McCain somehow feels it's ok to release those details which put is opponent at risk.

    But I guess the MSM will just treat it as one of those cute "McCain gaffes" and give him yet another free ride.

    July 20, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  25. Woman4Obama

    Wow. These are very, very high-level meetings that are obviously well-planned. I am impressed. I wonder if any portion of these talks will be open to the media? In a way, I hope not because the MSM will find the negative angle (or make one up) and run endless tape about it.

    This trip is unprecedented, isn't it? McCain should learn that he should be careful about what he asks for. He dared Obama to take a trip abroad, and look at the world event that it's turned into. I bet McCain is kicking himself now.

    July 20, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
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