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. Sunshine, Peoria IL

    Hmmmm, interesting that so many world leaders are willing to meet with Senator Obama . . . it's almost like they think he's the next President of the United States or something . . .

    (I kinda got that feeling too!)

    P.S. Maybe Senator McCain should have gone with Senator Obama on this trip – then he could stop whining about not getting enough coverage!

    Not getting enough coverage is the best thing that ever happened to him – considering all the nonsensical things he says!

    Wonder why we don't hear about him balancing the budget in his first term anymore . . . hmmmmmm . . .

    July 20, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  2. Melinda Charlotte, NC

    I can answer the press coverage question in three words:"in the tank." The MSM has been infatuated with Senator Obama since he first threw his hat in the ring. I personally think it is because the press is by and large liberal, and their support of Obama makes them feel better about themselves. They enjoy showcasing their support of an African American candidate by showing the world, "Hey, look at me. Aren't I great? I support a minority for President!"I, for one, do not feel that the color of a candidate's skin should be the deciding factor. Unfortunately, Senator Obama was indeed propelled to his postion because of the color of his shin. He won overwhelmingly with black people due to the pigmentation of his skin. He won with the left-leaning white liberals who wanted to feel better about themselves by voting for a person of color.

    July 20, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  3. maria

    A better reception than evil Bush and lying McCain. McCain went to the areas this country has invaded and come back with the wrong ( lying) report. So i would rather someone go over and get a report for themselves before they take the word of the lying representatives we have – Bush regime and the millitary leaders he has placed in office.

    July 20, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  4. Gary Chandler in Canada

    Please don't say this is the media being 'unfair'. whoops you already did.
    you either have charisma or NOT

    July 20, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  5. Yes we Scam

    Wow, and to think there are sill people out there who believe there is no media bias. This is a blatant example the free press run amuck. It is not the job of the press to get behind and support one candidate over another but this is exactly what they are doing. They don't even seem to care any more. The press crams it down our throats and tells us to like it because they want to see Barack annointed king. What a complete farce.

    July 20, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  6. Teri from Ohio

    I found this interesting:

    "In what could be interpreted now as a possible strategic misstep, the McCain campaign chose not to take reporters along for the ride, forcing media outlets who wanted to cover the newly elected GOP nominee to travel on their own without any guarantee of getting anywhere near the senator." Holly Bailey – Newsweek

    July 20, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  7. mountain man

    Some days I really hate the media. Forgot whatever you think "the narrative" is and just give us the facts. Is it really so hard the media should not be the story just tell us whats going on and we'll figure it out!

    July 20, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  8. Larry Buchas

    He represents our hopes, not our fears. And that goes for the world!

    We can reverse the performance of the past eight years. Wouldn't we prefer the rest of the world to support us?


    July 20, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  9. Peachy Keen

    Well, news anchors aren't stupid. McCain has to be the most boring politician to run in decades (since Nixon) and they know nobody would be a bit interested in watching the news. Obama is a new, exciting force in American politics since JFK. While I'm no psychic, I'm pretty sure he is also going to be the next President.
    Isn't it funny how McCain kept giving Obama crap about not going, and now that is has gone, he's giving him grief about going. Dementia is a sad thing for a person to go thru and McCain isn't handling it very well.

    July 20, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  10. Willy

    Notice who's standing behind BHO?

    July 20, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  11. Laura

    Obviously, all the buzz is about the media being in the tank for obama.

    July 20, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  12. Kathy

    Media looks for better ratings and that's what Senator Obama provides for them. More people rather watch Senator Obama on TV than McCain because they are desperate for change and McCain will just give us more of the same. Senator Obama is also fresh face with realistic and intelligent ideas that will take the country into a better direction. I am very much looking forward to Senator Obama's presidency.

    July 20, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  13. He is smarter than us

    In 2005, when Barack Obama entered the US Senate, he was asked whether he would run for the presidency in 2008. He stated that he would unequivocally not run for the presidency, citing that he did not possess the requisite experience.

    July 20, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. Elizabeth

    Perhaps Howard Kurtz 'Un-reliable Sources' should be a bit more honest in its whining. McCain's Middle East trip was during the height of the media obsession over Hillary and Obama's primary fight, and his Canada/Columbia/Mexico 'Free Trade' route was one that excluded the media.

    So, instead of calling our Presidential nominee, Barack Obama’s important trip (one the Republican called for and now crying over it) visiting our over-stretched and belligerent soldiers and world allies an 'excellent adventure,” Kurtz should stop taking the typical right wing talking point and have some journalistic integrity.

    and yeah I know this comment won't be posted since its NOT the usual dumb bigoted lines on here.

    July 20, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  15. Reality


    July 20, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  16. Jim Richmond

    This guy who is vehemently against a war is gjoing to restart one in Afghanistan. When are we going to stop being fooled by this idiot.

    July 20, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  17. James Fron Chicago

    It's like a 3 ring circus. It's a shame.

    Obama is getting more money than McCain because every black person in this country is sending Obama their Welfare checks.

    If he is not elected expect riots in the streets.

    July 20, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  18. Richard (from Puerto Rico)

    Barack Obama, is the El Cid of ancient times, the Ghandi of yesteryears and the Nelson Mandela of modern times. He stirs up multitudes, brings hope to the less priviledge, his rhetoric of uniting all people to one common purpose, the wellbeing of all. This is something not heard off in many decades, he does not bring confrontation to the table but dialogue and good faith. He carries an olive branch and a peace emblem the dove in a very troublesom world. He speakc with a straight tongue, not a crooked one. So, he brings "Change the we can believe in". Lets move with 21rst century strategies and tactics. lets move forward, not backwards, new time, new genaration, new politics and new policies.

    July 20, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  19. sil2Obama

    Up Obama!

    July 20, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  20. ElieH.

    My first time voting and Im voting for Obama! Out with the old, In with the New! If this man does not become our next great leader, then we as US citizens have problems. How can you not like this guy? He's bringing our credibility back. But I guess once a dumb Republican votes for Bush, that same dumb Republican will vote McBush! "Fool me once shame on you fool me twice um um...You get fooled, you can't get fooled again"- George W. Bush

    OBAMA '08!

    July 20, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  21. Mark

    The media follows whatever story which, in its judgment, will produce the greatest buzz. It is apparent that to the media, as well as to much of the electorate, Sen. McCain is uninteresting as a candidate. Even Sen. Obama's detractors are more vociferous in their complaints against him than in praise of McCain.

    It will be a shame if the American electorate chooses an uninspired (and uninspiring) candidate merely as a response to the bully-boy, mindless bravado of G. Bush.

    July 20, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  22. Richard (from Puerto Rico)


    July 20, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  23. Mike in NYC

    Talk about a staged photo.

    The cheering soldiers pictured are not quite representative of the US military.

    Whites, at 65% of the US population, comprise about 60% of the US military as a whole. If one looks at combat troops, as opposed to support units, the white percentage goes up to well over 70%. Same with combat fatalities and injuries.

    Some may think my comments to be unnecessary, but photos like the one above are deceptive, and, in my opinion, intentionally so.

    July 20, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  24. Susan

    Silly question!

    By the time he finishes this one trip, the world will see we are not a nation of irrational cowboys on a rampage. With this singular trip, he will begin to heal some of the damage done by the current administration and give the world some hope our country is not dying.

    He will be unstoppable when he returns.

    July 20, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  25. Donna from Colorado Springs

    Obama is the new kid on the block. McCain is yesterdays news and just about as interesting as a box of rocks! He is too closely tied to King Georges way of thinking and doing business, and the country is just sick and tired of him . Of course, diehard republicans perceive him as the second coming of Bush, so he does have some popularity in certain parts of the country. Why would the big networks want to cover him? I can't think of a single reason. The more he whines about his lack of press coverage, the less he will get.

    July 20, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
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