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. ray

    Nobody wants to hear about more of McSame

    July 20, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. Andy in ATL

    No comment on how Senator Obama was received by the troops themselves.


    I'm guessing lukewarm, at best.

    Which isn't newsworthy.

    July 20, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  3. G. Penley

    C'mon, folks. What this Obama news coverage means is that the liberal press is rushing to cover the liberal candidate. No more. No less. If Barack Obama were a liberal albino dwarf, he would be getting the same wide coverage.
    The press wants him, because he'll screw things up and make lots of news.

    July 20, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  4. Code Blue

    The military folks love Ron Paul even more than Obama. McCain was forced down the republican's throats.

    July 20, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  5. H


    July 20, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  6. mike mullin london ontario canada

    Why is cnn constantly behind in its reporting. Politico.com has a story that Obama went back to Kuwait and was received by the Emir who held a dinner in his honor. God help the rest of us in this world if the American people dont quickly realize that in Obama the potential exists for greatness and an oportunity for the US. If you strung together Mccains stumbles, stupid jokes and 8 minute rants at a town hall meeting to a question he never did answer you may realize that he is 72 and may beginning to show sighns of early dementia as well as his lack of intellect etc. Come on US give your friends and allies a break and realize how lucky you are to have Obama come along at this time in your history.

    July 20, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  7. Get real people

    Hey, here's a thought.......How about Obama AND McCain should be thrown out of congress for failing to do the job they were elected to do!! If you look at the Senate voting record for both of these guys you will see the words "Not Voting" next to most of votes. Last time I checked they were being paid by the US tax payer to represent the state that voted them into the Senate.

    If we want REAL campaign reform two things need to happen.....First, if you are in an elected position you must resign from that position BEFORE you get the right to run for a different elected position (obviously an incumbent wouldn't have to resign if they were seeking re-election). Second, public financing should be mandatory. No one should be able to "purchase" an elected position which is exactly what Obama is attempting to do.

    July 20, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  8. Ted

    Because he's the next pres. Ees end of story.

    July 20, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  9. shelly

    This is a dumb question..., duh! "Change" is fascinating, that's why the buzz.

    July 20, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  10. PUMA-Jessie

    The media has annointed Obama as the messia and it make's no difference that he has no experience, , is imature, arrogant and a serial flip flopper, who will do or say anything to win a vote, has consorted with convicted criminals, terroist, radical American hating preachers and the most ultra left wing elements in the nation. The media thinks its being loved, but in fact its a rape. Our only hope is that PUMA and the Confluences will force the DNC to understand that they will not win with Obama, without their votes and that they allow Hillary's name to be placed nomination and that they super delegates be allowed to cast their ballots for the only person at this time who will be able to defeat McCain and that person is HIllary Clinton.

    July 20, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. California Gold

    As John McCain knows, you can't buy this kind of good press. While Senator Obama is receiving so much positive media attention what will McCain do? McCain will spin on what a bad guy Obama is, which tactic reinforces his juvenile and offensive approach to campaigning (smears and Bud Day stuff is a turn off), lack of pertinence to a cross section of voters and remind us how out of touch he is.

    July 20, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  12. mhm

    mccain is uninteresting,boring,unintelligent and has a serious problem holding anyone's attention ,including the media.americans and the world want someone new and exciting and visionary in global terms of trying to bring the world together to solve our problems.the world needs this excitement,desperately,and are tired of being trampled on by a bunch of thugs from washington.

    July 20, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  13. georgie

    because obama demands it. he needs it. he couldn't survive without it. and you idiots in the news hand it to him!

    July 20, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  14. tjb


    July 20, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  15. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Excuse me, but why do you media types keep asking the obvious question: "Why all the Obama buzz"? Are you guys brain dead?

    You already know how historical is candidency is. Everyone from every news agencies in the world is a twitter. It is the same attraction that Princess Diana had. The world admires Barack. Even the greatest skeptics are fascinated by him.

    Consequently, every media will be making a big deal about every time he does anything. Thank you.

    You are, of course, the ones contributing to his eviditable election. Thank you again. (BTW: You need to get some brains and not just air time.)

    July 20, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |

    WOW! Obama has made me so proud of him...This man can turn this country around for the better, I am really excited about his speach in Berlin, I can hardly wait.....Go Obama!

    July 20, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  17. judy, Wisconsin

    No wonder Obama generates more interest–he actually offers some ideas for a new direction and real diplomacy. He also must be giving all foreign governments some hope after the disgusting attitude and childishness of the current administration. McCain is always good for a gaffe though,

    July 20, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  18. Eric in Ca

    Old v. New... Change v. Same... Hope v. Despair ... Future v. Past ... Intelligence v. Moronic ... Obama v. McBush ... Judgment v. Lack of Judgment ... Excitement v. Ho-hum ... Democrat v. Republican ... Prosperity v. Stagnation... Historic v. History ... Race v. Racism... Security v. Fear...
    And you ask why the media is covering Obama more than McCain – because we want the attributes of Obama's Leadership and not the same Divisive & Mundane culture of McCain and the Republican Politics!

    Obama has my vote!

    July 20, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  19. Obama 08: white, 60 year old woman

    I have tried to watch broadcasts of McCain's town hall meetings and I just find him boring, repetitive and his voice whiny. Like Clinton, he uses "I" too much, attacks too much and exaggerates his abilities offering little specifics of his accomplishments in the Senate.

    He also supported an illegal invasion in Iraq and just now has put his focus on Afghanistan which he hasn't visited for over two years.

    I still would like to know the content of the 540 pages of the 600 that he has not released of his military record. If he is running on this, he needs to give voters a full airing.

    July 20, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  20. David Newport, OR

    history in the making. Good or bad depending on which side you ask, but still history. Any fool wouldn't want to cover this. As for McCain...well we have just had 7.5 yrs of his "policies"...nothing new there. No News.

    July 20, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  21. Foreign observer

    Americas new face the world is eager to see...

    July 20, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  22. Speets

    There's so much positivity surrounding this presidency run, that I can't help but be over-excited thinking of America having Obama as president.
    People need honesty, maybe his so called "inexperience" as a politician is actually a good quality, because the experienced politicians have done nothing but lie and disappoint us.

    I'm an American living abroad, Netherlands to be exact. I know the people here are excited over the prospect of Obama as president, because regardless of what most Americans think, Europe cares about America.

    Good luck Obama. You'll probably going to need it against the upcoming GOP attacks. But this time we'll stay on focus.

    July 20, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  23. hpjshwns

    i can see how Barack's trip would be more interesting for many to follow ...doesn't matter if one likes his policies or not.. he's someone that can really attract a lot of people

    July 20, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  24. Alan Boyer

    Duh! The world is hoping that the "world's police" will actually stop the unchallenged brutality that it has visited on people of brown skin. The world is hoping for a change to cooperation and partnership from hostile cowboy and chest-thumping aggression from white men who have occupied the white house for more than 200 years.

    July 20, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  25. James , Houston, TX.

    The Media Anchors, Know a P.O.W. when they See One in John McCain! It's a "NO MAS" , Atttitude!

    July 20, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
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