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. Dadedi

    This guy is a true leader. We need this guy in the White House. I just registered to vote this week and I cannot wait to take at least 11 other people to vote for this breath of fresh air in Indiana. This guy will mend fences, listen to allies and most of all get us out of this economic mess. Obama, rise to the moment!

    July 26, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  2. awol

    Barack is a true leader who can unite the world against the threats of the 21st century. A leader with vision, and of hope, and of destiny. Neocon john who has no vision beside his military effort in Vietnam.

    July 26, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  3. carol

    You sure need a rest. Gob bless you.

    July 26, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  4. JohnS

    OBAMA we love you and the entire World.

    Other Nations just started to joyfully waive the American Flag.

    How refreshing to have such a charismatic and intelligent President!!!

    OBAMA 2008 – 2016

    July 26, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  5. Laura

    Jeepers, leave the poor dude alone! He's just trying to find his way like everyone else. He's no hero, he's no saint, he's no demon, he's no fool. Everybody wants to make him one or the other, and the truth is, he's neither. He suffers from the same insecurities and fears all of us suffer. The difference is, he's willing to admit it, and willing to listen and learn. That by itself is a stellar trait, and almost non-existent in politicians. I think he's the best candidate for president we're ever likely to see in this generation, and it's time to get real and quit doing this drug trip thing we're doing!

    July 26, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  6. Don Colony14Author, Peruibe, Brasil

    This is news? What a suck-up puff piece! The media continues to run stories like this, and then has the nerve to say it is "objective." What nonsense! Earlier today one CNN anchor (I believe it was Colleen McEdwards) noted that Obama had visited eight countries in eight days, and then felt obligated to add, "Incredible!" Well, maybe it was a tough job for the pilots and the security staff, but I doubt the wonder-boy carried his own luggage. (He probably didn't even pick out his own neckties... leaving that for a staffer and a focus group.)

    I know you folks in the news are drooling at the thought of putting the most liberal (if not socialist) candidate in history into the White House, but could you at least stop drooling on Obama directly? it's starting to look pretty pathetic – and don't be surprised if it ends up working against him. (I'm thinking of selling bumper stickers that read, "Annoy the media, vote for McCain!")

    Of course, we conservatives (left without a candidate at all) will have the last laugh, after Obama screws things up so badly that he will become the most hated President in history, prompting the election of a conservative Congress in 2010. At that point, the media will have even more sour faces than they had when Bush beat Gore and Kerry.

    July 26, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  7. axt113

    @Michelle, you haven't been following the polls have you, he's up by 6 in Rasmussen and seven in Gallup, i'd say that's a bump, last week they were almost tied in both

    July 26, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  8. Tom in CA

    ...and where are my posts?

    Censoring me?

    I know you are?

    July 26, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  9. Mufaddal

    Obama is the MAN!!! no doubt he needs to chillaxxx a bit....after all WE ALL know that Obama is going to take over the white house in Nov....take it easy now and hit hard in the last 2 months...he is still goin to winnn..he knows it, we all know it......
    McCain is an old guy......he can now barely wave at the crowd.........he needs go spend his days in retirement center...not in white house....

    July 26, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  10. Peter

    Who cares? Great reporting CNN. He's trying to become the president of the United States, of course he should be working his arse off.

    July 26, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  11. Tushar Ray

    Touching the chord of the East and the West
    Over the span of only a few days time
    Obama proved himself to be a unifying force
    As seen from the popular welcome signs
    It’s time for Obama to be President of the States
    And change the politics of usual shady deals
    Rampant in Washington in the recent time
    That turns away too many from active partaking

    July 26, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  12. dems be dopes

    Obama/Edwards! 2008!


    CNN missed that story

    July 26, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  13. Rick in Chicago

    Fred C Dobbs,

    You mean the bricks McCain and those that support him are giving CNN (and everybody else) to throw at him? ... like: repeated references to long-gone Czechoslovakia, all Muslims (rather than radical terrorist Muslims) wanting to kills us, this nation being "full of whiners" during a "mental recession"?

    Don't worry Fredd McCain will get more (negative) press the next time he votes AGAINST better Veteran's health care – which seems to be the only time he votes at all!

    July 26, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  14. ex republican

    fred dobbs,
    Be a man, and admit that john "oil spill" mcCANE is the one hurling the bricks at Obama.

    If you think that mcCANE is being hit harder by the media than Obama, you are a fraud.

    July 26, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  15. Bob Hembree

    It's my turn to complain.
    Not about Obama or McCain, both good men, but about the awareness level of some of our voters. All one has to do to gage the number of closed-minded people is read some of the negative comments here. It seems some only know the bumper stickers and one-liners. From that, they decide the future of our country. The voters scare me more than the candidates. Obama has a lot to offer. Open up and try to find out why he's creating such a stir. It's not just fancy speeches.

    Roanike Rapids, NC

    July 26, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  16. Cameron

    David Cameron is a venerable deity.

    July 26, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  17. Morningstar

    Fred C Dobbs, you have FoxNews with all their crabs, haters, unfair and unbalance reporting. Most of their topics are about McSenile. You want the whole country to be repug like you? CNN is suck also but at least no yet at the level of Foxnews

    July 26, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  18. Scott, West Chester OH

    A day at the beach will make Obama an expert in oceanography, just like a week abroad made him an expert in foreign policy. How do you spell UNQUALIFIED? O-B-A-M-A.

    July 26, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  19. Ron Allen

    Republicans are complaining about a slanted press toward Obama or is the press doing what they do, go after the most popular story? The European press who preceded the American press didn't promote Obama. It's the American press the Republicans are talking about. But the Germans have a real interest in the guy demonstrating that interest to the tune of 200,000 which is more than Reagan or Kennedy when they talked to the Germans as presidents. 83% of the Japanese and 70% of Australians follow the American presidential campaign because Obama is a flashpoint and interesting to the world. The press coverage isn't igniting this interest. The appearance and demeanor of Obama is. I don't know if he will make it to the Presidency. I'm uncertain as to what is good for the nation. What seems clear to me is that international interest in Obama is genuine and seems not to be predicated on the press.

    July 26, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  20. Lamine Sako

    Why does CNN's Lou Dobbs hate Obama?

    July 26, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  21. Janice Ali

    I'm happy Obama is working so hard during this campaign. He has worked harder in the last 6 months than this lazy moron in the White House has in 71/2 years!! His first 6 months in office were spent taking frequent trips to that little ranchett of his in Texas goofing off!

    July 26, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  22. Steve

    So, who's paying for this world-wind trip anyway? Gee, wish I could take a two-week round-the-world tour with national leaders, pose for photo ops, and then call myself all experienced up in national affairs!

    July 26, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  23. Dianna from Texas

    I am grateful for his sacrifice of personal and family time. He does need to take some time off and get some zzz's and see his family.

    July 26, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  24. Slash

    Obama could spend the next several months at the beach and he'd still win in a landslide. McCain is kicking his own butt more than enough for Barack to take a well-earned break.

    July 26, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  25. Jennifer from Atlanta

    Obama's been goping nonstop since last year! He went straight from the primaries into the general election mode without a real break. Then you have McCain who takes every weekend off. It would be nice to have a president who WORKS HARD for the American people as opposed to someone rolling around in a golf cart or wandering through chesse aisles all the time.

    July 26, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
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