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. jesse

    sen.obama say on course,they are going to come at you from all direction.the whole world is whatching.it do not take very much to see what is going on,it is some poeple out there who don't give a dam about the mess this country is in.they just don't want to see a black man be elected president.the world knows it.shame on cnn.for what they done it is disgrace so don't worry about it your prayer was to God,not cnn.

    July 26, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  2. Pamir Amir

    US needs him as a leader now...

    July 26, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  3. kaushik

    CNN,CBS,NBC & ABC are doing free advertisement for Obama & not for McCain. Let me tell you, people in America, specially in Florida knows who is better for America. Europeon & Middle east trip is not going to help him. See what happen in India(Ahmedabad). Muslim kills 29 peoples in bomb blast. If Obama is going to be soft with terrorist people, than we American are going with McCain. I am Clinton supporter. People of USA missed the chance to elect right person for white house. Now, only thing is left to compare to Obama & McCain. McCain is better.

    July 26, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  4. Danny Starr

    Finally you the USA citizens have a chance to get it right ,if not send him to Canada ,or any other sane nation ,but don't let him slip away ,we all want to believe again in the USA ,he may be tired ,but even half asleep he leaves McCain just guessing ,or if the USA votes for McCain than get ready for a very dissapointed world.Good luck guys .

    July 26, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  5. Netty

    There's just one campaign that is hurling bricks ,smirking at pitiful jokes, and posting sick ads! .Who was one of the first senators to visit Walter Reed in 2005 when it was revealed to the world that our soldiers were in a decrepit facility. Who, along with Claire McCaskill introduced a bill to improve conditions in VA hospitals and provide more support for disabled vets? Barack Obama!! Where was Mr. America – McCain, when the facilities were going down hill during all his years in the senate ! He was busy with his lobbyist pals at the Sedona ranch!

    July 26, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  6. MJ

    Can't believe all the hype ... When will this media bias end.

    July 26, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  7. Aliou FL for Obama

    Obama said not a bad word against McCrybaby during all this tour. Meanwhile, Mcabush questioned his patriotism.
    What a mark of distinction!!!!!!!! This is a distinguished guy !!!! He belong to the best!!!
    McSame has really disappointed every reasonable republican like my friend Tony.

    Mc100 years war had made him ashamed this week. My friend Tony Kept saying that McCain will come up with some thing to remain relevant because he has the stage for himself while obama is away in the tour.

    McComplains kept focussing on Obama and what a bad guy he was. My friend waited all week long to hear from McSame, nothing came. what a shame.!!!

    July 26, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  8. Kevin

    If you really take in consideration what he is saying, he is a very intelligent person. Thats what I like about him. Also, his ability to sustain himself from atacking McCain for the stupidness he stands for. Being able to not personally attack a politician these days is a mircle. Theres a difference between pointing out the facts and differences than saying Barack Obama would rather lose a war to win an election.

    July 26, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  9. Denise Groves

    I agree. he needs to come off the campaign trail and spend time with his wife and daughters. He is starting to age from the stress of it all.
    God knows we don't need another dead man walking on the campaign trail!

    July 26, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  10. vicky

    Its too bad there is no control of the Internet as bloggers think they can say anything anonomously. What did you people do before you were able to blog? If it were not for the fact that you can hide your name many of you would be sued. There is so much vitriol on these blogs. McCain is angry because he wanted a free ride to Europe. He thought Obama needed him to hold his hand and show him around. This is from an eighty-year old white female who has been following the primaries since Hillary Clinton and Obama were the last two Democratic candidates left.

    July 26, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  11. Mike in Baltimore

    John McCain is tossing the bricks in the air and letting them hit him on the way down.

    Example: When he was in the supermarket the other day, he was standing in front of cases of Dole canned fruit.

    Example: Is McCain for or against Bush's proposed changes to immigration law?

    Example: Is McCain for or against off-shore drilling for oil?

    Example: Is McCain for or against a time line for withdrawing our troops from Iraq?

    Example: Does McCain think we've let Osama bin Laden escape for too long? What plans does he have to capture him? Does he think the situation in Afghanistan is OK? Or do we need to send more troops there to help the people and leadership of the country? And how many more troops – two brigades? Three brigades? No more troops are needed there?

    Example: Does McCain think we should follow the wishes of the ELECTED leadership of Iraq on troop withdrawal, or the UNelected Iraqi military commanders?

    The public is left with crap when the news organizations should be reporting on McCain's FLIP FLOPs. Yes, this year, the F-L-I-P F-L-O-Ping is being done by the Republican candidate.

    Flip-flop. Flip-flop. Flip-flop. Flip-flop. Flip-flop. Flip-flop. Flip-flop.

    July 26, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  12. tom

    Bravo for Barack for not visiting the wounded soldiers. He was absolutely correct it would have been a media circus and these heroes did not need to be drawn into a political contest. When he is President he'll visit them.

    July 26, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  13. David, Atlanta, GA

    David Cameron and Obama have a lot in common. Their both relatively young, and Cameron also became party leader despite being relatively inexperienced. They both rose to the top on change platforms. It will be interesting to see what sort of relationship they have if Cameron becomes British Prime Minister.

    July 26, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  14. Mark

    Fred McCain deserves the bricks to be hurled at him... the guy has no clue what the people of this country want, nor any clue how to adapt, overcome, and change his views..he is and apparently always will be nothing but a statue in his beliefs, when in reality people can, must and do change...

    McCain deserves all the criticism he has gotten, and will continue to warrent it, as long as he keeps his path as Bush the 3rd.

    July 26, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  15. Doris,Memphis,TN

    America is so proud of Barack Hussein Obama!

    July 26, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  16. Tara, Westmont, IL

    We need a guy with the physical strength and stamina to work on the mess we are in. We need someone who understands that what grows in the fields half a world away actually has an impact on what arrives at our shores and is sold in our streets. The real challenge is in Afganistan.

    Respecting the sacrifice of our troops doesn't mean feeding more into the meatgrinder. It means risking their lives as parsimoniously as possible. 100 years in Iraq, my derriere!

    Atleast he's working so hard. McBush gets weekends off and leaves all the fundraising to the RNC and his wife's portfolio.

    Barack the vote, '08!

    July 26, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  17. Nick

    Fred C. Dobbs: Was this the only article you read on this site, or the second?

    July 26, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  18. Jeff, Huntington Beach, CA

    All you Obama haters should take a hard look at the current Commander and Chief as well as McCain, who is your hope for the future. You are dillusional if you believe Bush and McCain, both born with silver spoons, connected fathers, and advantage galore measure up to Obama, a self made, intellegent individual. When will you morons get the message that you along with a bunch of us unwilling souls have been taken and will again be taken for a ride by the true "elitest" of this country?

    But seriously... your ideas would be pathetically funny if there was not so much more to lose.

    July 26, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  19. Patti

    Try spending a few years as a POW...and he's tired from a trip to the Middle East? Pleeeeeease.

    July 26, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  20. Chuck

    The first three responders above couldn't have said it better. I share your analyses and feelings about Barack Obama one hundred percent.

    Let us elect a president that can think and use good judgment throughtout his terms in office.

    July 26, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |

    Michelle the true bounce in the polls will be in November when it is all over for McCain. Hope you have stock in Kleenex

    July 26, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  22. Matt

    Same old rock star image for Obama as when he was running against Hillary. Is the media going to determine the next president? I feel there is no unbiased news media in this country, all news media have their own opinion.

    Obama has no solid track record we only have his words, his speeches, his sweet talk. He will make the world a better place. Please wake up people. Get someone who can do the job and not someone who only talks the talk (although it would be nice after 8 years of bushed speeches).
    Should we give him the benifit of the doubt? Maybe if we want to gamble with our furture for the next 4 years. It is almost easier getting a job as a president of the USA then any other job for which experience is required. If you want to get a job you at least have to bring a resume that shows experience and accomplisments. Where are Obamas list accomplisments? Media please focus on this?? Lucky I see that CNN has an article that Obama incorrecly claims membership of a senate committee. Do you think if I would go to a job interview and claim I am a member of a certain committee and it turns out I am not they will still hire me???

    But then again I have to admit sometimes people with a rockstar image and no real experience can do good, just think about Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger they did or are doing good. So I hope that when Obama is elected he will at least have their succes.

    July 26, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  23. YesObama

    McCain takes weekend off. McCain physically and mentally over the hill. He is 71 and I am 51, I can tell how he feels in the morning. Obama deserves few days off after long trip and not much sleep. He is young and energetic. Go Obama!

    July 26, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  24. JB

    Obama is not ready to be President. He might win though and if he does all his supporters are going to be extremely disappointed when he backs out on his promise to pull out the troops. We need them over there and Obama has already come to that realization.

    July 26, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  25. s.positive

    Obama is the next president of USA and there is nothing Mcsame and the lot can do about it...

    July 26, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
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