July 26th, 2008
03:45 PM ET
10 years ago

British leader tells Obama: Hit the beach

Sen. Barack Obama listens to British Tory Leader David Cameron Saturday in London.

Sen. Barack Obama listens to British Tory Leader David Cameron Saturday in London.

LONDON (CNN) – It is no secret that Sen. Barack Obama’s whirlwind tour of the Middle East and Europe has left him, and everyone staffing and covering him, absolutely exhausted.

When asked how he was feeling the other day, he told reporters aboard his campaign plane that he was feeling a bit “sleepy.”

Earlier today, while meeting with Conservative Party Leader David Cameron, the pool camera microphone picked up some light banter between the two men about Obama’s current state of fatigue.

Cameron told the candidate, "You should be on the beach...you need a break. Well you need to be able to keep your head together."

Obama told Cameron he would try to take a week of in August. And he said he got advice from a Clinton White House veteran on how to handle the demands on his time.

Obama said, "Somebody who had worked in the White House who-not Clinton himself- but somebody who had been close to the process, said that should we be successful that actually the most important thing you need to do is to have big chunks of time during the day when all you're doing is thinking and the biggest mistake that a lot of these folks make is just feeling as if you have to be..."

Cameron interjected, "these guys just chalk your diary up."

Obama agreed, "right, exactly, in 15 minute increments"

Cameron told him, "We call it the dentist waiting room. You have to scrap that because you've got to have time."

Obama said not taking that break is when "you start making mistakes or you lose the big picture."

soundoff (448 Responses)
  1. Darryl of Arlington Texas

    One America, with good leadership all things are possible we can not accept the same kind of leadership as the current President Bush. Senator John McCain is a carbon copy of Bush. We can not afford another Bsuh White House...

    Obama 08

    July 26, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  2. NBC

    I'm just glad they stopped burnning the American Flag!!! To many Americans have forgotten or dont care.....what a shame.

    July 26, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  3. KE

    Cameron told the candidate, "You should be on the beach…you need a break. Well you need to be able to keep your head together."

    This is not a very good sign for Obama but a true heartfelt advice from someone outside his campaign.

    When you’ve got 300 forgiven advisers I don’t know how anybody can keep their head together.

    Know thyself! Nobody can live beyond their true capability.

    July 26, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  4. n

    i think he means Omaha Beach, Normandy Beach....you know, those places where American's lost lives when naive British leaders thought that Hitler could be just talked to...oh, just like Obama wants to do! Wake up Europe but especially Wake Up USA...we don't need an empty suit like Obama to lead us astray. Vote for the true american hero- McCain..and yeah he aint got it all together either..but his world sense in better for Americans.

    July 26, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  5. OBAMA Supporter all the way

    Obama..you are going to win. You did a great job this past week and the US is proud that you are putting a new face out there for us.

    Pls take a day to get some rest. You deserve it.

    July 26, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  6. Enlightened Voter

    We need a man who will work hard for us Americans (Obama). Who can handle the pressure (Obama) and not crack (like mccain). We need someone who is respected abroad and at home (Obama). We need a man who is not petty minded (like mccain) and who actually cares about our issues (Obama). That man is OBAMA and no one or nothing can change my mind about that. And why didn't you repuglicans and puma babes criticize mccain when he was flying all over the WORLD and speaking ill about Obama which was very unpresidential?

    July 26, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  7. New Voter for McCain

    I really wish he would stay in Europe where he feels welcome among those that think like him. We are the USA and us Americans see thru his jibberish and pandering. Stay there nobama, just send for the wife and kids. Maybe we will never have to lay eyes on you again.
    Just go away.

    July 26, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  8. john

    We in the rest of the world wish him every success. You people don't know how lucky you are to have him

    July 26, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  9. zorba

    The delusional Republican haters can say what they want. But Obama's behavior shows over and over again that he is a great man and he will be a great leader. He has the character, the demeanor and the intelligence to lead and inspire. In the meantime, McCain whines and calls names and attacks and can't conjure a good or original idea. If this country votes McSame into office, we get exactly what we deserve. Which is disaster.

    July 26, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  10. Cecilia

    We love Obama. How fortunate can a nation be? As the scales fall from our eyes, and truth prevails, our nation has a chance to do the right thing. Good people, good leaders all over the world want to work with Obama to set things right. And, Obama is up to the task. Thank God for truth and integrity and the people everywhere who can see it and be a part of it..

    So, let's take the weekend off. Another busy week around the corner.

    Thanks CNN for a decent writ.

    July 26, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  11. JOHN


    July 26, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  12. Raymond Duke

    Oh by the way a comment on the series you have been running to help sell Obama to the public (BLACK IN AMERICA). You have went way overboard. I know a lot of races in america including poor whites who face the same obstacles and achieve the american dream. You need to quite making them out and supporting the belief that they are owed something extra from america. Everybody and ever race in the world has been a slave at one point in history. Before the liberals and blacks start crying about the white man using them as slaves they need to know that these white slave traders did not go out in the jungle and find them. They had already been conquered by other black tribes and were slaves to them and the white slave traders bought them from their former masters. Of course slavery is terrible and no person should ever endure it. But they need to place some of that blame on their own in Africa.

    July 26, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  13. george

    To Fred C DObbs; Soft report my A.., One wonders why and how McSame is getting away with gaffs, flabbs and showing his age. The press should do their duty and equal scrutinity for both candidates.

    July 26, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  14. James Ugwuogo

    Did you hear that....when the microphone picked up his conversation without his knowledge....he was still talking 'Ideas' not name calling, not secret threats, but real ideas from a former opponents surrogate – what a gentleman to the core.... Rev Jay, and all who care, please learn. Let your actions be the same both in the open and in secret.

    July 26, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  15. PUMA-Jessie

    Obama is a serial flip flopper. He has got a bounce in his poll numbers as a result of this tax payer campaign trip, but it will prove to be temporary. Rasmussen's tracking poll still shows where McCain has taken a 6 point lead in Ohio and now leads in Colorada. Now that the flip flopper in back in the USA and has been gone for about eight days,he should restate where he is on the issues. When he loses in November, maybe he can run for President of France, or for Prime Minister of Germany or President of Afganistan.

    July 26, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  16. haha

    Michelle you're the phony.

    July 26, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  17. Galen

    Anyone else notice that Clinton has almost twice as many articles as John McCain and she isn't even running?

    Not that I'm complaining. McCain was something to talk about in 2000, now he's just overdone conservative tripe. Bring on Obama, someone who can really take on the world!

    July 26, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  18. SaveTheDramaFoObamasMama

    The empty suit wins again. The messiah has spoken.


    July 26, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  19. Travis

    My Friends....Obama will be home in the next couple of hours......right

    after we have some BBQ ribs we'll all sit around and find out what we

    can use this week to criticize Obama...any suggestions?

    July 26, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  20. Candy West Virginia

    Why isn't anyone talking about the HUGE oil spill in the Mississippi? Is it because it would be another instance of john mccain having bad judgment for wanting to drill off our oil coasts?

    July 26, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  21. WOW - Cedar Hill, TX

    I am so very proud of Obama and the week he has accomplished on his world tour. John McSane and his party is very jealous and it is showing day by day. Now matter what the polls show, its just a matter of time when the actual numbers will show Obama as the next President of the free world.

    Obama is blessed by God and he is also protected by God and that is something a lot of people don't understand.

    Humble Obama! May God continue to lead and guide and protect you all the days of your life. Keep you head up and stay strong.

    God Bless you and your family daily.......

    July 26, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  22. David, Oberlin, OH


    "British leader tells Obama..."

    Did anyone, when reading the headline link, think of the Opposition leader as the "British leader", rather than the ACTUAL British leader, Prime Minister Gordon Brown?

    He is, after all, the Prime Minister.

    Nice editing, CNN.

    July 26, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  23. n

    oh and sorry about those few typos etc in my last post...my fingers are worn from a life of working hard not texting, blogging, emailing, rssing, mp3ing, etc...its called workING...you know sweat, toil, goals, accomplishments, sacrifice....I therefore can relate more to McCain, Romney( he used wealth and leadership and kept a principled approach as governor), Lieberman (yes, its not a party thing), Reagan(that wall would still be there..), and others

    July 26, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  24. California Voter

    The only thing more I learned about Obama during his trip abroad was that here is no end to his audacity and ego.

    July 26, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  25. white trash

    We need this very special man to take good care of himself. Our world needs an intellectual, a thinker, to help solve all the nightmares eight years of a moronic leader has imposed on this nation and the world. Hope at Last, Thank God, Hope at Last

    Please, take good care of yourself,

    July 26, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
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