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. RAMD


    July 26, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  2. nancy

    Go Obama – but take that time off. The fatigue is showing, and you can't give water from a dry well.

    July 26, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  3. JC

    Obama has in fact enjoyed a modest but real bounce in the polls this week - back up to 7 points in Gallup, after being down to 3 or 4 points during early July.

    July 26, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  4. Terry

    We have not seen leadership like this in a long long long time, how refreshing. I think this country is at a critical crossroad where as we need to shake this feeling of corruption that has been hanging over us for the last 16 years or so.

    July 26, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  5. Klaus

    Fred, what are these "bricks" being hurled at McCain by CNN? Could you identify them? Is it the article about him meeting with the Dalai Llama? That was a positive article, I thought.

    July 26, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  6. look byond

    Well deserved rest,

    July 26, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  7. DanGB

    The next president and the next prime minister.


    July 26, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  8. Franky

    "The public is left with crap when you should be writing critical reports."

    I tell you what, from these two candidates, the public has no choice but to select one, even if they might like one or the other, LOL!! Independents, for example, I basically don't care about them because they are Independents. So, whatever my boy brings with that, that's cool(to tell you the truth, I think most Independents like Senator McCain because........well, you know, LOL!!). I'm not gonna lie but I think Independents like McCain better than my boy because like some people say, my boy wants to have "parties", LOL!!! I swear, Independents crack me up...and they just might be the difference! LOL!!! They take things too seriously, even if they don't even know what's gonna happen later on in the future...

    As for Conservatives, just tell them that God will be there, LOL!! That's all, LOL!!

    The Liberals, just tell them that..........to be honest, I just don't wanna talk about them, my boy is doing that, LOL!! Not my favorite type you could say...

    There you go!! These are the 3 secrets to win the election!! Follow these secrets, you'll be President in no time.......or maybe not it depends, LOL!!

    July 26, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  9. Cecil

    McCain Supporters Lets Not Forget:

    John McCain has visited every one of these countries post-primary that Obama have," "So it doesn't strike Us Obama Supporters that we haven't done anything different than the McCain campaign has done, which is to recognize that part of the job of the next president, commander in chief is to forge effective relationships with our allies."

    Were McCain visits Also Fake World Tour Photo Ops?

    You McCain Supporters Are So Jealous And Forgetful!

    CNN why are you cutting my post?

    July 26, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  10. Ron, Portland, OR

    Russ Houston

    Well put. Great comment.

    Thanks. It makes my day.

    July 26, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  11. Former US Soldier

    I am sorry but Obama is starting to look like a serious wanna-be,

    First it was the presidential seal of presumption, now he looks like a severe rookie next to President Hamid Karzai and Iraqi prime minister Nuri al-Maliki, and he looks like a little boy sitting in the helicopter on next to General David Petraeus.

    He is personable and likable, but if elected this kid will get chewed up on the international scene.

    The American people have great intuition in this things, that why there is no poll bounce here. He should have stayed home, in the more civilized softer environment he looks fine. (like Europe)

    Obviously we know John McCain has been tested in the severe environment that is found in many nations we have to engage. It does get any tougher than being tortured by them. I think we need to consider that Europe is not Iraq, or China, or Iran. While it is important to engage our allies, we need to be able to deal with those countries who are more of the rough and tumble sort.

    I don't think that calling McCain 'McWar' as some have really cuts it. Does anyone really think that someone who was a POW for 6 years is really all about war. Let me tell you the difference between President Bush and John McCain, since everyone wants to know what it is. When it comes to commander in chief John McCain actually knows what he is doing. John McCain was an actual soldier who saw combat. Mr. Bush was a periodic Air National Guard wanna-be.

    When it comes to being Commander in Chief it is OBAMA that is like President Bush, a military wanna-be sitting in a chopper with General Petraeus just trying to look like he knows what he is doing.

    Just to let you all know who are harping on the economy, if our enemies have their way with us, we won't have any economy to worry about fixing. Think about it.

    July 26, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  12. A.C from California

    Obama needs to take a brake and pace himself.......There no telling what the Republicans will try to throw at him next....like maybe he's a workaholic and they make it seem like that too uni-American or evil as well. Shame on them (Republicans)

    July 26, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  13. Puzzled

    Perhaps someone will bury him under the sand, where he can do no harm

    July 26, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  14. Harvey

    Obama will be our next President. Anyone that votes for a sea nile old man name McCain has no common sense.

    If you owned a business, which candidate would you hire to run your company? Ofcourse the answer is Obama.

    July 26, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  15. Puzzled

    Why visit our fallen heroes when there is no camera to record his machinations?

    July 26, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  16. A.C from California

    Do you worry michelle, You'll see the bounce in the polls next week.
    Oh Fred C. Dobbbs, It's about time Old Man McCain take some punches from the Left. If he can't take the punches...then get out of the Kitchen.

    July 26, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  17. Joni

    Why are so many Republican comments so petty. Try to think of something substantive...

    July 26, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  18. Ilona Hussein Proud Canadian


    Re: Tour might hurt me at home!

    I am soooooooooooo sorry, but since comments for that article is closed, I have to respond here!

    Sen. Barack Obama spent the week GLOBE TROTTING (according to you) because McCain kept saying that he (Barack) had not travelled abroad, that he visited IRAQ only once.............etc etc

    More importantly Sen. Barack Obama was received with open arms by every country that he visited! Can you say the SAME FOR JOHN McCAIN?

    July 26, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  19. Ada



    July 26, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  20. Will, NJ

    It's good that Obama has a sense of work ethic and doesn't waste time playing the fiddle while Rome is burning.

    July 26, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  21. Get real people

    I've said it over and over again and I will say it one more time. Obama's lead in the polls doesn't look so impressive given how much the dems have blamed the repubs for being screw ups. His lead should be more than 20 points now and it isn't. There are still a lot of people not buying Obama's story and I think it's going to be closer in November than people think.

    July 26, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  22. Brian G Iwakiri

    Fred, what hard hitting bricks should they be throwing at Obama right now?

    It was John McCain who capitulated on Time "Horizons" and co-opted Obama's position on Afghanistan.

    McCain continually made the mistake of confusing Shi'ite Iranians for Al-Qaeda operatives.

    McCains CHIEF ECONOMIC ADVISOR (the man responsible for filling in the huge gaps in McCain's knowledge of the economy) believes that the current financial troubles that Americans are having is nothing more than a figment of our imagination.

    You reap what you sew. John McCain sold-out to GW in '04 and hired all the people responsible for lambasting him in 2000. If he had remained the voice of Independence and not reversed on a number of issues people would still respect the man. As is, John McCain is just another casualty of GW's administration...a sad reminder of what the Republican Party can do to a good soldier.

    July 26, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  23. mary

    Senator Obama take a brake and relax .You have been on a whirlwind tripand a successful one to.We the american people need you as our president very badly and other countries see that need also.You will be a great leader for other countries to work with.All Mr. McCain do EVERY DAY IS WHINE,WHINE,WHINE.

    July 26, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  24. wendy

    Very easy to sit back and criticise. At least he's attempting to make a more perfect union. Stop your hate mongering and do something positive. Help him to improve things better in this world.

    July 26, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  25. Obama 2008!

    Come back soon, Obama! McCain is feeling "a little left out"! LOL!

    Obama 2008!

    July 26, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
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