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. arkansas hillbilly

    tucker bounds talks just like terry mccauliffe.

    July 26, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  2. Bud

    If Obama can't take a few days off with his lead now, he can't expect things to get any easier. Bush has the right idea. Take a permanent vacation from reality. Very restful.

    July 26, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  3. Bulldog

    Fred C Dobbs

    CNN and the rest of the media have constantly spread McCain attack messages against Obama for the last two weeks. You need to wake up. If you don't like it just watch FOX news. They have nothing bad to say about McCain and nothing good to say about Obama. That should float your boat.

    July 26, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  4. Penelope

    Obama didn't do diddly-squat while in the Senate and now, because he wants to be president, he decides to go on a world tour and look like he's already president. This guy knows exactly how to get people to think he's the best thing since sliced bread. Too many people are too easily swayed by him. I'm predicting a lot of people will be very sorry in 2009 should he win. I don't like McCain either, but am looking at this as the devil you know is better than the devil you don't know. All I know about Obama is he wants to make change – he has yet to let me know exactly what he's going to change and how he's going to do it. Flowery speeches don't impress me.

    July 26, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  5. eleanor fitzgerald

    I am impressed with the energy, effort, commitment and intelligence of Barack Obama. While John McCain is a worthy Republican, I think the country is ready and waiting for a clean sweep. The past eight years are nothing to crow about!

    July 26, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  6. eleanor fitzgerald

    Why do you even ask for a comment and then want it "moderated"?

    July 26, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  7. Brian

    Are you people really commenting on this. Its not news.

    A Presidential Candidate is tired? OF COURSE. He is traveling around America .. I mean Europe...I mean the Middle East...I mean, wait, where is Obama? Is he campaigning in America and talking to Americans about our needs, concerns, about the Economy? Was he in D.C. when folks were voting on what to do with Fannie and Freddy?
    Nope. He thought pictures and a concert in Berlin was the best place for him to be.

    I am aware our international image is not great. But do we really need to be sending out Presidential candidates to Europe. Wait like everyone else and go speak to the leaders when you become President.

    Until then, get some sleep, drink coffee and go to work like every other regular joe working in America.

    July 26, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  8. fed up!

    I'm so tired of all the talk about Obama. He's not the only candidate in the race yet the media already sounds like he's our President. Shame on you CNN, Not everyone, despite your efforts, trusts this nut case. PLEASE, enough already. He doesn't represent anything I believe in and I will never respect him. President or not.

    July 26, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  9. Bulldog

    McCain wouldn't have ever made it as far as Obama. He would have had to spend two weeks doing what Obama did in one. McCain must have his daily naps or he gets grumpy and starts calling people obscenities.

    July 26, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  10. Tony the Tiger

    This trip was all about some guy pretending to be the Pesident and having his picture taken with all these world leaders. They ought to make a movie about this story. This is the fakest thing I've ever seen. if the american people elect this phony, it will only prove that the american nation is truly in decline.

    July 26, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  11. Matt

    Hey dobbs, you want hard articles on Obama go to Foxnews.com or some other conservative mouthpiece. Cnn.com is the liberals' clubhouse. so get out. hahahaha

    July 26, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  12. Frank from Peterborough

    People like Michelle & FredC Dobbs have to be Republican insiders posing as bloggers. If these people were for real and their post were a product of their minds they would have been institutionalized by now.

    If you have something true about a candidate or his policy it should be posted but just rude ridiculous comments.........how McCain of you!

    July 26, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  13. Fillibuddy

    Fred Dobbs: this is an online ticker not a newspaper. Get with the program!

    July 26, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  14. ES NYC

    Hey Michelle,

    Who told you no bounce...

    Gallup tracking 07/25 48 – 41 +7 Obama
    Rasmussen 07/25 49 – 43 +6 Obama

    Wait for next week and you will regret what you were wishing for.

    Mc Cain, no message, no plan
    Last speech he made he said 'Obama' 52 times hahahaha

    July 26, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  15. Mauri

    Wow –that bit of advice was worth the whole trip. Right on, Obama!

    July 26, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  16. Loving OBama

    You go Senator. You are what we need to fix our reputation abroad. We Americans don't seem to realize that we cannot go it alone. We need to be part of the larger world. In fact. we need to do this if we want to remain a super power. We have GOT TO wipe out the stench of 8 years of the Bush regime.

    Now come on home and debate McWhine. HE is the one who challenged you to go overseas and now all HE'S done is whine, whine, whine. I just want to know why some peopel find him more honest. If we can trust him, we can trust you.

    And for all of you who are tired of hearing about Senator Obama, tell McGrump to shut up about him already.

    July 26, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  17. Jeff

    Dobbs is still baffled by fools' gold, lol. No one needs to hurl bricks at McCain. He is imploding all on his own. I predict a withdrawal due to "medical reasons."

    July 26, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  18. arkansas hillbilly

    foreign leaders will be glad to have someone to talk to,other than a dimwit from tx. or az.

    July 26, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  19. ThePhoenix

    Your all tired....so go ahead,take a month off....Obama can go back on the trail after Labor Day and all of us can enjoy a nice break from all this Political Double speak.

    July 26, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  20. Griff

    I am right today. I was right a year ago. And. History will tell...
    Obama has come from Hell... Balance of Power is about to change..
    America is for Sale... Be Ready!!!

    July 26, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  21. Garth

    Obama has done more for the US in the "Fake World Tour Photo Op" as so stunningly put than Bush has done EVER. McCain would like to go to Europe, but no one really wants to talk to him, because he is just a different Bush.

    Fake? I think Europe and most of the US want Obama because we are so tired of the cr** put out by Bush and McCain. We need this change more than ever. I think anyone who thinks they can survive 4 years of McCain is nuts. We need real leadership. If you think McCain is a leader then you have been brainwashed by the Bushies.

    July 26, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  22. Nick from Syracuse

    McCain is Bush Junior Junior – he wants to do everything Bush has been doing the past eight years. So that will probably include taking nice long vacations while Katrina victims are dying by the thousands.

    Wake up McCain supporters, you're not voting for McCain you're voting for Bush's third term.

    July 26, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  23. Luke

    Please take a look at the last several Ticker stories and explain how CNN is "hurling bricks" at McCain. Out of all the cable networks, I find CNN to be the most balanced. Fox News is full of rabid right-wingers. MSNBC is the 24-hour Obama Channel. CNN at least has some semblance of balance.

    July 26, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  24. holmes

    Europe has made a clear statement to the world. " obama is the new deal for the much needed american and EU corperation" now Americans can take the opportunity and make the much needed repairs as the country keeps going down the drain with bush and his twin brother McCain whom I strongly respect.

    July 26, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  25. Tom Stevenson

    I just wanted to point out a typo. In the fifth paragraph, "take a week of" should be "take a week off".



    July 26, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
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