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)


    July 20, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |


    July 20, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |


    July 20, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  4. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    What, no media for McCain and he's been overseas 8 times, that's like saying nobody cares to see Bush all over again. The World is wise so as Americans let's show the World we are wiser. VOTE OBAMA.

    July 20, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  5. Alex M

    This is because no one wants another Bush!!!!!!

    July 20, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  6. Big AL

    The Buzz is a good thing, but the buzz from other countries is a great thing and that shows us " Americans" that there is a brighter light over the rainbow. If you are looked up from other around this world that mean that we are on the right track of regaining our top statues in this world.

    July 20, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  7. Don Davis

    Not surprising at all. Barack is the greatest news since the bloodless
    collapse of the Soviet Union. He personifies hope for the future.

    July 20, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  8. Leah DiMarco, Texas

    Why all the Obama buzz? BECAUSE he is going to be the President of the United States of America 🙂

    July 20, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  9. wesley clinton

    wow!!! the guy looks so natural and composed.
    I think America is on the way to getting the best president in OBAMA.

    July 20, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  10. Caitlyn, Hanover

    Why the buzz on Obama? Easy. He's the black Jesus and will save us from armageddon and perdition. Are there any Obama icons we can pray to?

    July 20, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  11. Don Davis

    Nothing to add !

    July 20, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  12. Aaron

    A long period of anti-Americanism? Could you please elaborate?

    July 20, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  13. Obama for Prez,CA

    Obama Looking Good. Charismatic, energetic, dynamic, smart, interesting and READY ON DAY ONE to be President of US. A LEADER we can believe in. We Love You Barack. Barack Obama for Prez 08-16

    July 20, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  14. Marie in California

    Another American Idol appearance for rock star Obama. Nothing new there.

    All of that media hype and public attention, however, doesn't qualify him to be president. If that was the case, we could have elected someone like Elvis Presley to be in the White House a long time ago.

    Was for Hillary, now for McCain!


    July 20, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  15. Christopher McElree

    What's to cover? More meaningless circular rhetoric? The big story is why it took BH Obama all these years to finally visit, and how politically expedient it is that it's occurring only on the virtual eve of the election. Wow, how different. What an incredible breath of fresh air...a politician running for office seeking an extended photo-op. How can our society achieve color-blindness when color is kept at the front of issues?

    July 20, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  16. Vicky Avare

    Lets not begrudge the Rookie Obama all the attention and promoting
    he can get, he desperately needs it! If left up to his own resource and independant mind thought process, he leaves much to be desired! I remain in disbelief that the flim flam salesman still be-guiles the intelligent, obviously gullible media, Pundits and of course the biased Afro Americans who support the StrawMan, no matter what! Now that he has been vetted somewhat, you would think the smitten, blind sighted groupies would realize there is no light at the end of the misguided Obama tunnel!. Disillusioned ex Democrat

    July 20, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  17. Mimi

    As candidates, both McCain and Obama deserve equal coverage. However, the Democratic race is historic. "Old White guys" and WASP s (White Anglo Saxon Protestants) have been our Presidents since George Washington, except for JFK, who was young and Catholic. Barack Obama has made American history, win or lose.
    John McCain, though newsworthy, is not the historic event that the Barack Obama campaign is. His campaign has engaged more young people than any campaign since JFK. Thank you.

    July 20, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  18. Michael

    The "buzz" is a reflection of the one-sided coverage of Obama. He takes a trip-so what?! That doesn't make him an America President, it makes him a traveler.

    It will take a lot more than blabbering on about himself in books and pretty speeches and how the government "knows best for you" to get this guy elected. Try again in 2012, my friend, you might have shot then.

    McCain 08'

    July 20, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  19. Carly

    Well judging by how interested everyone in my own family and circle of friends are in Mr. Obama, I'm sure the networks are experiencing higher ratings every time they do an Obama piece lol

    July 20, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |


    He still wants to send more troops to Afghanistan.

    July 20, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  21. Tom Colton

    The American People aren't looking for sound leadership anymore.
    They want Big Brother with lots of Bling, rebates, reparations, "hope",
    "change", hypnotic speeches and a Powerful Nanny State that will
    suckle them at it's generous teat and protect them from all harm
    and inconvenience. Hitler spoke a lot about "hope and change" in his
    early rise to power over the Wiemar Republic of Germany. You may
    remember that the National Socialists ( Nazis ) were the living
    embodiment of Modern Progressivism and much admired all over
    Europe and even here in the States among the media, bureaucracy,
    and academic elite. Yes, as the great historian Toynbee sadly concluded, history makes it clear that change is almost never good and those who don't learn that, are doomed to make the same
    mistakes. You are about to enslave yourself to the First American
    Socialist Imperator. But hey, he's a nice guy. Enjoy!

    July 20, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  22. Arthur_Lemay

    Obama runs the risk of over-exposure and peaking too soon. He is showing signs that some people interpret as a messianic complex which gives him the opinion that he knows everything, when it is clear that he is ignorant of history and almost completely unaware of foreign relations issues. This may turn off many in his base, but, undoubtedly they will vote for him.

    It is more troubling to many, especially independents that the radical far-left has in effect bought the Democratic Party, funded in large part by George Soros (who, it is thought reaped over 3.5 billion dollars in speculating in the sub-prime market in 2007). And it is clear that the radical far-left is providing support for a gigantic effort to buy the Presidency. And, they also funded the venomous DailyKos, MoveOn, code Pink, and other far left radicals.

    In the meantime, it seems that Obama is a willing marionette dancing with the strings being pulled by his puppet masters, who, increasingly are making everyone ask "what does Obama really believe.” Is he going to push the far-left agenda and disarm the US and make us poor because of the stupendous costs of his programs which seem anti-American to many and will require each American family to pay many thousands of dollars more in taxes every year. So, far, it seems so.

    Why will independents buy this radical agenda? It is clear that if Obama is elected, the far left will take over and attempt to end America as we know it.

    July 20, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  23. raymondo

    Its quite clear from the above picture the exicement in their faces waving good-bye to Obama. They are waiting patiently for Obama to be U.S president , Yes Sir it would good to be back home between Obama and Mc Cain only Obama can make their dreams come true.
    It is time for change no more wars everyone has enough everyday people dying children, soldiers . CNN enough bad news lets have some good news or as they say no news is good news.

    July 20, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  24. M. Whittaker

    I want to know why the media is shoving Obama down our throats? This is the most bias reporting I have ever seen. It was pretty bias between Hillary and Obama and now it is like he is the only candidate running for office. What is the fascination? Aren't Obama and McCain both worthy candidates? Does the media have to sell Obama? Why is the media focusing on Obama and almost leaving out John McCain? I feel this is reporting at its worst. Please be fair in reporting the candidates. Show the quality and experience of both candidates. Do your job report the news fairly.

    July 20, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  25. Samual Adams

    The world will be very happy to meet with someone who represents the United States and actually has a functioning brain, not some idiot who has been brainwashed with corporate propaganda.

    July 20, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
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