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.

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soundoff (320 Responses)
  1. M. Townsed

    Shame on Howard Kurtz for slipping in the comment:

    "McCain does know a lot about economics" while commenting on MCCain's ill-advised admission on not being too versed on economics. My question to Kurtz is:

    – What test did he administer to McCain or what McCain qualifications makes Howard a better authority on McCain than himself?

    – Does being followed around by Gramm or reading and presenting economic plans fashioned by educated advisers make Kurtz able to declare either of them knowledgeable?

    Please CNN dont block this out, better still send the question to Kurtz. When he wants to insert his opinion, he would server better to introduce a disclaimer stating he is wearing the hat of a surrogate for those few seconds.

    July 20, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  2. Van

    Probably because many people realize Obama is the best candidate for President.

    Obama 08

    July 20, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  3. michael minorgan

    let's face it Mcain is just plain boring listening to him speak is like a good shot of NoDoze!

    July 20, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  4. Jackson

    The Media creates the "buzz" ... and now they write about the "buzz" ... what happened to "fair and balanced" reporting! When does John McCain get 3 network news anchors to follow him around?

    July 20, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  5. Independent

    WHY NOT??????????

    July 20, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  6. J. Richter

    It's not about the volume of coverage but its content.

    – Obama was being covered by a volume of reporters who misrepresented his statement stating he will refine the details of his Iraq withdrawal based on advice from generals (since CIFS set strategy and generals determine tactics). Recent events have proven them wrong on a flip-flop

    – Meanwhile McCain confused the enemy while in Iraq and essentially got away with it.

    The media is driven by WHAT NEWS SELLS or what ratings and clicks have shown the public respond to, being a business, more important is the CONTENT of the coverage not its VOLUME. Kurtz should start his own company before lecturing the MSM. He knows better, he's one of them.

    July 20, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  7. Lisa

    I'm not sure what all the buzz is about but once everything calms down, the superdelegates are going to realized they made a mistake and select Hillary as the nominee.

    July 20, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  8. darksideofthefunnyfarm

    That's cause no one seriously thinks McCain has a shot at the Presidency, as he never should be. Thanks to Obama.

    July 20, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  9. taniasa

    We love Obama here in Europe...if Americans had a brain they would not give up this chance to elect this man who can bring back their country and make America what it was before, the light for the rest of the world!

    July 20, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  10. Bob

    This is all fine..........but people and the media don't seem to know that any real changes on any real problem is going to take more than just electing Obama. Its going to take sacrifice and a national effort to get anything accomplished............think World War II and all of the willingness by John (and Jane) Q. Citizen to uproot themselves, do with less, and work unreasonably hard to win a war. We have a war to win on the energy front and nothing less than a wartime effort will win it.

    July 20, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  11. Blaine M. Lawson


    July 20, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  12. K of TX

    Isn't it obvious?

    Barack Hussein Obama is our next President of the United States!

    Da, Da, Da-da, Da, Da-da, Da-da, Da-da, Da!
    (Hail to the Chief)

    Obama '08, '12

    July 20, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  13. Marc PDX

    Just to play devil's advocate, maybe it would be good if Obama was elected president. It's clear that America (and the world) is all aflush over the idea of a black American president. Doesn't matter if he's experienced enough, if his ideas are any good or even who he really is (does anyone really know?). It only matters that he is black and viable. Since we are overdue (that much I agree with) maybe we should just get it over with, let him do whatever he's going to do and then move on past it. We can check "black president" off the list and not have to worry about whether America is capable of voting a black person in again. In other words get this problem off our backs. If he gets elected (and, no, I don't think he knows what he's doing) at least there is that one silver lining we can all welcome.

    July 20, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  14. kayla


    July 20, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  15. D

    Ridiculous. How much proof do people need to see how biased journalists are being with their reporting of The Anointed One? Journalists that are buying into this nonsense should be ashamed. Where is the integrity? Reporting FAIRLY so that Americans can read the news, and make decisions based on FACTS? It is sad to see so many people drawn in with hype rather than fact. Not only does it speak volumes about education today, but it speaks volumes about present-day MORALS and VALUES. Sigh.

    July 20, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  16. The Bu

    These guys mocked this guy because it's been two years since he's been to Iraq and now they're mocking him because he's over there. These Republicans have absolutely NOTHING that sticks to this guy, so they're just trying to keep their names in the media spotlight why he gets major love overseas. Interesting, though, how the Bush Administration is now saying that we need to engage Iran (an Obama position) and Iraq is saying that they want a scheduled timeline (another Obama position). Interesting, huh?

    July 20, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  17. Neal

    Obama gets better coverage because McCain has had some serious stumbles with the media and altered his relationship with them.
    Barak is keeping his distance, but without seeming to.
    McCain is simply put, not particularly deft.
    Which, in a grampa is a good thing, but in a President and politician, not a good thing.

    July 20, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  18. lets be fair

    Yeah there is no media bias. Senator Obama is being treated like a rock star. Well I dont want a rock star for a president. I want someone who actually cares about our country and has the experience to be Commander and Chief. Obama has the smallest resume for a presidential candidate I have ever seen. You democrats can sure pick em. I am praying that Obama will not win.

    July 20, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  19. Xavier

    "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."
    Wow! I hadnt looked at it that way. It really is a historical and monumental event. I am so proud to be witnessing history as it happens.

    July 20, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  20. carol scott

    Me and my husband both spent time in the middle-east (2003-2005) and we have over 40 years of combined military service. I, for one, am glad that Senator Obama went to the middle-east to visit the troops. As you can tell from his reception, he has the hopes and support of many of the men and women in the military. I don't dislike either candidate; however, I have to look at the right and wrong in every situation. Although Senator Obama has never served in the military, he'll ultimately get my, along with my Independent Republican leaning husband. Seeing first hand the senseless death of our troops with no real mission has taken a toll on my ability to support Senator McCain. I am an American, and I believe that one (yes, one) American is more precious that the entire population in Iraq. You can't continue to ask our military to patrol and make friends with people who want to kill us. I don't know why this is so complicated to understand. Senator Obama will be the next president and will probably be a pretty good one. It doesn't take a military person to be Commander-in-Chief, just an American who understands humanity.

    July 20, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  21. Pam, WI

    The BUZZ is also because he is just more interesting than McCain. McCain is the typical old white man running for President. We have in Obama a different politician but also for the first time some diversity at the top. This will be a good thing for our country!

    July 20, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  22. LaTreetha E. Sharpley

    What Mr. Kurtz failed to inform the viewing public is that Senator McCain, did not invite the media to go along with him. This is a very good change for the world to meet the next President of the United States. That is if the American public will listen and vote for the best person to lead this great nation, and not rely on previous thoughts on race.

    July 20, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  23. NBC

    America drinks and goes home........what's new John?

    July 20, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  24. Billy Johnson

    The only people that don't/won't realize that Obama is going to win this November are the hardcore rightys, that still think the war's going great, the economy is great, the country is stronger than ever and if there is a mess, it was caused by Clinton.

    July 20, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  25. Peter

    Why not?

    July 20, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
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