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. Johan

    There certainly has to be a buzz about this. The world as well as America itself is YEARNING to break away from the suffocating effects of the extremist ideology of Bush Co. McCain has promised to continue it. The world is showing its rejection of Bushism by embracing Obama. The Iraqi support of Obama, despite the politically correct retraction and the damage control by WH, is the most glaring example of who the world prefers.

    July 20, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  2. Texas Trail Dog

    i wish the elections were tomorrow, so we can elect this man for president already.

    the world would be grateful to us.

    July 20, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. Venus

    McSame didn't invite the media! That's his lost!

    Don't forget how bad McSame screwed up a few times! Good thing the press wasnt invited!

    Go Obama! We share you with our world!

    July 20, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  4. Helen, NY

    CNN, you have a biased media. Tell me why don't you p[ublisht he news that Iraqi Government denied endorsing Obama's plan to withdraw the tropp swithin 16 months. Please ba fair to the public and what you report.

    July 20, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. RB from NH

    Won't it be nice to have the world on our side for a change?


    July 20, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  6. Steve

    When McCain was last in the Middle East he was confusing Shia and Sunni's in front of the press. He needed Joe Lieberman to help him sort things out. When giving foreign policy speeches McCain seems to forget that there are two countries – the Czech Republic and Slovakia. He claims "he knows how to win wars".
    Maybe the buzz is that we could be seeing a future president that will rebuild our nations image and good will.
    What a refreshing change from the "axis of evil" and "bomb,bomb,bomb... bomb,bomb Iran" mentality.

    July 20, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  7. dems be dopes

    “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.”

    Ahh yes, Barak's Excellent adventure!

    This whole trip and his nomination process is a cross between Americal Idol and the WWF.

    July 20, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  8. peter

    if the press dont think u are worth their time, maybe u shouldn't be president MCBush

    July 20, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  9. Anna

    yeah, well....
    guess he is enjoying his closeup.

    July 20, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  10. Martha Hussein Baker for Barack

    He won't be burned in effigy like GWB always is. Finally a politician I can be proud of to represent my country on the world stage. Have a safe trip PRESIDENT OBAMA!!


    July 20, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  11. Alphonse Moneau

    Truth about McCain and Obama

    Senator Obama's candidacy is fascinating: people in America and around the world see in Obama’s candidacy hope, great vision for a new beginning and a new direction, vitality, endless possibilities, openness, enthusiasm, a “yes we can.”
    Senator McCain’s candidacy appears to be the exact opposite of Senator Obama’s. Listening to senator McCain is dole. Senator McCain lacks vision, direction, uplifting message, something to look up to and for; Senator McCain’s apparent confidence looks like a mask that covers up his ignorance of important and real issues both domestic and international. If people are not excited about senator McCain candidacy, why should the media follow him or try to create excitement where there is none?

    July 20, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  12. probama in paradise

    It's obvious why the buzz–
    It's much more interesting to follow the next POTUS–a young, vigorous, and intelligent man than to cover old man McLame and the Stepford wife–don't get me wrong...I feel sorry for Cindy. But I don't want to feel sorry for my president and his first lady; I want to feel proud and hopeful...and I will!

    Obama/Michelle/Malia/Sasha (and the new puppy)
    –OUR NEXT First Family!
    God bless America!

    July 20, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  13. Griff

    The little boy, and his birthday treat.... Disney Land....

    July 20, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  14. George

    Not surprisingly Senator Obama is covered by, not one but three anchors, compared to zilch for Senator McCain. He is the man of the moment, he is the news, and the warm reception he receives in the various countries speaks to the international thirst for the changes he represents.

    International people like myself, are desperate to see the U.S.A. return to a position of positive world leadership. Senator McCain represents the status quo which has been rejected all over the world.

    OBAMA '08

    July 20, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  15. MurphyMorseJohnson

    Obama deserves the excitement around policies that will fix the damages done by the Republicans. The excitement begins with ending the Republican's bottomless pit spending of trillions in search of non-existent weapons in Iraq. The excitement continues with finishing where the Republicans failed in Afghanistan–the actual root of 9/11 Terrorism. The buzz peaks with the likely prospects that Obama will end the Republican Economy. Instead of trillions of dollars to Iraq and trillions owed abroad, Obama will invest in America and its infrastructure. Obama especially creates a buzz with Americans weary of deregulation in banking creating a mortgage crisis. Obama creates a buzz with college students and their families who are not filthy rich. Obama creates a buzz with unions, non-unions, and companies that want to restore–made in America; not 60,000 jobs lost per month. Obama creates a buzz with those interested in energy alternatives and to lower energy cost and dependence on foreign oil. What does McCain offer–nodding off as a joke on a late night show.

    July 20, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  16. Bill - Charlotte

    Because he is he best leader to come along in a long time.

    John McSame is a Washington retread with friends proping him up.

    July 20, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  17. bibi

    yes. I can't wait for him to arrive in the united kingdom.

    July 20, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  18. tr

    Because it's news, he is a once in a lifetime candidate and we cannot afford a 3rd term of BUSH....People are ecited abou the future with Sen Obama

    July 20, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  19. TJ

    Everything Obama does is interesting! Duh! Nobody cares what McCain does anymore.

    July 20, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  20. LettuceB1

    Do we really need to ask this question?

    Apparently, it's because Obama is definitely a lot more interesting then McCain. Obama doesn't need someone whispering in his ear the difference between Shiite and Sunni or help with how to answer foreign policy issues. McCain even "fell asleep" during his own interview on Conan O'Brien. Even he knows what the world thinks of him.


    July 20, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  21. Dennis

    I just hope that all of the hype about Obama isn't just that. He talks a lot about change, but if he gets elected, I hope that that it won't just be a lot of wind. If he's serious about changing the way politics get done in office, then I'm all for giving him a crack at it. After the last four years of lies and half truths, I don't think that the Republican party, under ANYONE, deserves the chance.

    July 20, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  22. Texas Trail Dog

    1. G.. Da.. America?
    2. American Government is giving black folks aids?
    3. How much money can we make ofF of shady land real estate deals?
    4. Everyone in America should support at least one Terrorist like I Idid?
    5. Every Church should have Priest??? Phlegher come and give the congregation a sermon.?
    6. Every American should try Cocaine at least once?
    7. Every American's wife should hate whites as much as I and my wife Michelle does?
    8. If I have my way there will be no military in America?
    9. All the prisoners on death row will be given full pardons to commit their acts of rape and murder of white people again especially the young white girls and grandmothers over 80?
    10. I will continually to lie and lie and lie until I won't know what I lied about before?


    July 20, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  23. THE O

    Becuase noone likes Mccain, and we are sick and tired of bush and mccains lies and policy's,

    BARACK THE VOTE!!!!!!!!


    July 20, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  24. Stacy Clarks

    thats just coz no one cares about mccain, and no one cares for his bush third term


    OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!

    July 20, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  25. McNo

    Do you see all those cheering soldiers in the background. Take a good look McWar they want to go home and Obama is offering them that. I suppose you tough draft dodging GOP think that surrender too.

    July 20, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
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