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. Evelyn in Ala.

    Obama is what we need now in the White House–a brilliant, reasonable person with good judgment. Yes, and he also speaks English! That will be a pleasant change! McCain has his good points but is too "Bushlike", especially now that he has employed a Karl Rove trainee who has pushed him toward the very low road in his nasty attacks on Obama.

    July 26, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  2. KE

    “It is hard for me to understand Sen. McCain’s argument. He was telling me I was supposed to take this trip. He suggested it and thought it was a good idea. But although I have to admit we had it planned before he made the suggestion,” Obama said.

    No, you can’t blame McCain for this. Senator Barack Obama need to make his own dicision. A decision to meet with the world leaders, a decision to cancel or not cancel his visit with soldiers. McCain always attacks on issues (not his trip) but Obama seems to turn it into personal. The Obama campaign and Senator Obama himself is solely responsible for the success of this trip.

    July 26, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  3. al

    Yes Oboma is a great man and will be one of the best leaders this
    country have ever known,and right at a time when the citizen really can't take any more of the current adminstration,there's no
    comparison with all of the lies corruption selfserving from this hyprocritical group of people

    July 26, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  4. Abdi, Minnesota

    Obama closed the only open window left for McCain's falling campagn after this sucessssful trip. He has proved that he will be a great leader who can restore the American image of the world.

    Good Job Obama!

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

    Fans of John McCain...wake up. It's not the press coverage, it's your candidate that is weak and tired and tried out. A ball that is hit out of the park doesn't bounce, it just leaves the park on a straight trajectory. Obama's victory in November will be sweet and convincing, leaving him with a huge mandate that Bush could only claim to have after his "elections".

    Say hello to a new, welcomed, progressive, majority in America.

    July 26, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  6. Anthony B.

    Obama's fact finding trip has been a great success that is obviously embittered and is denied by the McCain supporters. A fellow Willy, interpreted the comments of British Conservative Party Leader, David Cameron, of Obama's fatigue when reaching England as too literary "hit the beach." Obama has had a very packed tour in a week. You, Willy, try to accomplish all what he did in a week and still feel completely fresh!? Is that why McCain takes the weekends to rest or does he need more nap times? As far a the comment from Michelle: Your candidate McCain as presidential candidate went abroad and did not have half the impact of Obama's fact finding trip. Europe obviously loves this guy Obama. I wonder why? Obama in his good will tour, said it in Germany that he wants to bridge again the gap left by the Bush Administration and wanted to invite the European nations to be Global partners in the problems being affronted by terrorism and the environment and the economy global being affected due to high oil price.
    McCains' campaing at home could not generate the attention Obama was getting abroad, crowds by the thousand that oppose the policies of the Bush Admin. Stop the whinning...just wait when Obama returns home and the national campaign continues. You Republicans have tried to say "BAD" things because you are hurting and are not getting the attention of the press. Play fairly and grow up!

    July 26, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  7. vic nashville,Tn

    Shame on you CNN
    July 4th around 11:30 ET you air about hot dogs eating competition then you join the dots with Mrs. Obama statement “ First time in my adult life I am proud of my country”
    you are not unbiased you are Obama lover
    Hillary 08 or Mc Cain 08

    July 26, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  8. Brian Fox

    Hi CNN,

    I have made several comments in your blogs in accordance w/ the CNN Comment policy and must confess that I am slightly disappointed that my posts doesn't appear on your blogs including this blog. I can tell you that most of these are not smears, not abusive or filled w/ vulgar words like some that I read on this post and several others. Unfortunately, you guys won't post my comments. Do you have favorite persons whose comments you have to post and others you have to drop? Just asking as I am getting nonplussed w/ your moderation strategies...

    Thank You

    July 26, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  9. bibi

    Yes, it is clear for any one to see that he works very hard. This trip must have been incredibly hard for him. He had to be so careful with his speeches in order not to offend the Us government. I wished Mac cain could have said at least one good thing about the trip. I am sure Obama would have congratulated him.

    July 26, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  10. wow to Rus Houston

    hmm, you are out of touch, like your idol

    July 26, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  11. SaveTheDramaFoObamasMama

    obama supporters are immature, uniformed idiots with no common sense.

    only a nation of idiots would put this fluffer in the nations highest position.

    July 26, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  12. Jamie, NY

    That's such exciting news. It's really good to know that CNN is on top of this important stuff. Have you checked Obama's potty schedule yet?

    July 26, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  13. BlackMan4Mac

    All of this Germany stuff, just look at the numbers, 1/2 of America will not support this dude. The vast majority of europe does. I can Imagine how much more of Africa does. But just ask yourself, who do I support? The folks in the rest of the world, or my own fellow Americans? I choose America's interest over the rest of the world. I will never support O-bambi and the rest of his anti-american supporters. I will vote for America, I will vote for John McCain, the only candidate left that will put America first. O-bambi wants to give this country away to his Africans and Europeans, this Hillary supporter will never vote with those that are out in the rest of the world helping O-bambi to give our country to them.

    July 26, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  14. RAY

    OBAMA, U..........S.............A......... WAITING FOR YOU. TAKE A BREAK MAN............YOU NEED IT FOR THE DAYS AHEAD................................................ AND MAY THE LORD ANSWER YOUR PRAYS

    July 26, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  15. Tracy Turner

    CNN wouldn't have the opportunity to hurl bricks at John McCain if he didn't wrap them up and place them on his front porch with a sign that says here are the bricks 😀 Fred C Dobbs...get a clue!!

    July 26, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  16. Bruce

    Poor, unfortunate soul! When is CNN going to change its' name to ONN – the Obama News Network. It's becoming more biased and fake by the moment!

    July 26, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  17. California Gold

    McCain wouldn't dare attempt a week like Obama put in. McCain went to a German restaurant and hosted a "boo hoo woe is me" pity party. Obama has vigor, youth, mental acuity, stamina, a true vision and direction for our country. Obama is the sort of leader people feel they can trust. Obama is the sort of leader people will support and follow. McCain would have to spend 5 days recovering from just the jet lag. And all McCain can say for his week of campaigning is he felt "a little left out".

    July 26, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  18. Jane

    Let's rephase that . Some people love Obama and can't wait for him to get back. While others of us wish he would go away and not come back. God help us if Obama is elected.

    July 26, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  19. Paul

    Dear Michelle up above... Gallup and Rasmussen both have Obama bouncing up 3-4 pts from the trip. Have a change-tastic day.

    July 26, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  20. Virginia Alvarado

    Obama is an incredible man. He is brilliant and has shown the American people that he works HARD for the people. Obama has proven during his campaign that he is an energetic leader that will work 24-7 to make changes for our country's recovery. Obama reaches out to the leaders of the world that we should work as a Team to help solve the major problems of the world. He will not be afraid to make economic changes to help America get out of the economic disaster we are currently in now. Obama truly wants the job of President of the United States!

    July 26, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  21. DWalker

    Oh my....

    I am going to faint. I can't wait until my Messiah returns,,,oh the Media Annoited One...Oh the great Osama,,,,plese come home...Oh my!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 26, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  22. Troy

    No bounce in the polls Michelle? Apparently you have been watching a bit too much of FOXNEWS. Because according to EVERY major news network, Gallop and Rasmussen, Obama had a 2-4% national bump in the polls as a result of the Berlin speech.

    July 26, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  23. violet

    Please Obama, do not come to Canada because I'm sure you couldn't even find us on the map. And oh, no mention of the contribution Canada has made to Afghanistan? Canad is in third place (after the U. S. and G.B.) in terms of the number of troops it's supplying. Germany and France are all talk and no action when it comes to doing any heavy lifting. I hope our Prime Minister decides to pull out of Afghanistan if you become President; just try to find the extra troops from the Germans and French who adore you so much.

    July 26, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  24. karen

    im 70 just like mccain. when i get really stressed i dont track to well can you imagine him day after day with being presedent. dont think he is to sharp any way and watched him tv when obama was over seas he was holding his temper a lot, we really need that to.

    July 26, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  25. Gamadid Awl

    Obama looks to be next presedent of America. I hope most of American are standing to vote him as presedent because he is a politician, and he can lead this country.The rest of the world needs to relationship with America if Obama win.

    July 26, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
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