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. cindy

    A well deserved break. Spend time with that beautiful family, so you can get your mojo on and we can come together as a country and elect the man who does, so well, represent the changes needed in our country.

    July 26, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  2. MikeH

    The Republicans have had 10+ years to saturate media, polling organizations and voting equipment manufacturers with their secret, and not-so-secret operatives (e.g. Diebold, Wall Street Journal,). Polls at this point are being corrupted by these operative in every way untraceable to suppress or distort presentation of opinion contrary to their intent.

    Obama has a mostly terrific international tour (I think the Berlin speech was too much of a circus), while McCain stumbles repeatedly, is caught lying about the surge, and has his essay rejected by a newspaper that endorses his candidacy. Yet the polls show nothing.

    Ignore Opinion Polls for now, and MAKE SURE voting machines are not set up to delete valid Democratic votes and manufacture false Republican votes, as happened in Florida in 2000.

    July 26, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  3. OneStarman

    ALL WORK AND NO PLAY – I remember Bill Clinton was always working around the clock (regardless of jokes about what else he might be doing) When Bill Clinton was campaigning his voice was sometimes hoarse from one to many speeches in a row. I have seen Obama wear himself out during the Primaries and I wish he would cancel some events and visit his Family in Hawaii for a week; but it won't happen. Like Bill Clinton someone who understands that god has given him this one chance to make the world a better place, Peace and Prosperity in our time and our childrens time – can't seem to rest until the job is done – which it never is.

    July 26, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  4. PCS / North Carolina

    Michelle July 26th, 2008 2:00 pm ET
    "Awwwwh–Is poor Barry tired from his weeklong Fake World Tour Photo Op Campaign?I guess Americans can smell a phony miles away."

    Yeah, did you not smell the PONY 8yrs ago ?
    Democrats, do not let the GOP attack machine bully Obama and let their 527 do the "Name calling" and attack jobs. This McWar is a geriatric war radical, a puppet who left an ailing wife for a pill popping beer baron.

    July 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  5. lady in michigan

    The reason that Obama's stunning performance abroad gave him "no bounce in the polls," Michelle, is the deplorable ignorance of so many of the US people who still do not understand that our problems can only be solved globally, and that the sine-qua-non of those solutions we all need is good will towards America. Btw, you sound as if you're really hurting under the weight of that green-eyed monster there.

    July 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  6. JIMMY

    Senator, great job on representing our great nation! God bless.

    July 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  7. Brian

    So let me get this straight.

    Barack Obama has been in the U.S campaigning since October 2007, hitting every state, talking to hundreds of thousands of people, and he visits Europe for one week to meet the leaders there, and McCain says he is "feeling left out" and wondering if the American people feel that way too? How can that NOT sound like sour grapes and envy for not taking the trip first?

    That McCain is a piece of work.

    July 26, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  8. Kevin

    I can't wait for him to win this, then take a much needed vacation after november, then come in fresh in January to clean house.

    July 26, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  9. Texas trail puppy!

    Wrong Michelle there was indeed a bounce checkout the latest Gallup poll Obama 47%.-McCain 41% and that is just the begining expect a "SURGE" in the polls to follow shortly.
    Obama' 08

    July 26, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  10. Blessed be Obama!

    I think that his trip has went so incredibly well. He's showing that he doesn't mind hard work and putting in the time and effort to prepare for these types of things shows his work ethic. Add to that the fact that his policies are sound, it really makes you think what the issue with all the people that don't see him as a viable candidate. Take away the two men and stack the views and stances next to each other the picture becomes very clear to me and so many others that Barack is the clear choice.
    I"m glad this hardworking man will be taking a break soon and has been given this great advice to have a little quiet time in his day...EVERYDAY!!!

    God bless you all!

    July 26, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  11. Andrew

    Did they talk ab out anything important?

    July 26, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  12. Sylvia

    I will NEVER vote for this worthless, ego-maniac JERK
    he will DESTROY this country

    July 26, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  13. K

    It warms my heart to see American flags in another country – not on fire.

    Com'on of course the trip is a campaign move. There's no way in hell McCain will or would ever be able to repair the trans-Atlantic relationship. This is the Obama campaign's way of illustrating that fact without having to spell it out.

    July 26, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  14. Rachel Benavidez

    Obama does need rest. That is why he had to exercise whan he was in Europe, because of stress and the media and that old man McCain was being FATUOUS! Obama was just trying to take care of himself, I like CNN corresponded Candy,but what a stupid question to ask Obama, why he did not go see the wounded soldiers when she should be right there with him. She does not look like a very healthy person. Like Obama said he can't be everywhere. I know he is a GENUINE! person and he cares about our TROOPS! his trip was photographed with utmost perfection. Thanks, Rachel Benavidez (Sonora,California. Gold Rush Country) OBAMA SUPPORTER!!!!!!!!

    July 26, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  15. Jim

    Michelle, you say no bounce in the polls. I take it you havent checked the daily traking polls the last 2 days.

    July 26, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  16. AT

    This is a great man and a superb leader. I know from experience that you must have balance in your life. I am praying for Senator Obama and his family everyday. It is obvious that he has absolutely no privacy, yet he must find rest. Be blessed and rest well. Prayers and blessings to you, your campaign, and your entire family.

    July 26, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  17. Harvey in Va

    not worth any more comments

    July 26, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  18. Diing in Washington

    Senator Obama hits a home run and checks the foreign policy box on this trip. That's leaves Senator McCain with whinning as his strongest suit.

    July 26, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  19. LatinosforMcCain

    Just look at the POLLS the Congress which is DEM Majority is at a ALL time Low 9% that right DEM Congress in which Barrack Obama is part of it!!! Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Etc Etc they are Worse than Bush!! Dem are going down and don't hate you Liberals Morons!!!

    Latinos for McCain 08

    July 26, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  20. Vig

    Really, who does this guy think he is? Fox News put out a spoof likening Obama to the Miracle Messiah. Sadly, it's just one more false prophet.

    July 26, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  21. Obamacan

    Obama is a true American. He has in one week repaired what Bush with the help of McCain used eight years to destroy. God Bless our next president Barack Obama.

    Obamacan' 08

    July 26, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  22. aware

    Right! Acting, posing for pictures and reading scripts is hard work! 🙂

    Obama is "so heavenly minded that he is no earthly good!" He can read saccharine rhetoric with no substance, and he is a good pretender in his one act drama. He still uses his kids in magazine glossy photos (People Magazine), and he forgot to pray for the "Peace of Jerusalem" as he posed at the wall!

    Obama is the most nauseating, arrogant, egomaniac that has ever disgraced the political scene. 😦

    July 26, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  23. JS

    Michelle and Willie,

    You are just completely out of touch with your statements. Obama is a true leader and has worked extremely hard throughout his campaign. No one in the world can take his accomplishments away from him. Your ignorant statements can never go against his record.

    Regardless of what happens – whether McCain becomes president or Obama, I am proud of Obama for all the hard work and inspiration he has spreaded through the black community. Obama will be recorded in history as running the best campaign in the USA. He has represented our country well, and we should be so proud that so many countries around the world admire us.

    Look at all the people in the countries around the world who showed up to see Obama. How many of us in the United States know about what is going on in Europe elections. However, the world admires us enough to keep up with what we are doing. This country that we live in is truly blessed, and we should be so proud that we represent freedom, unity, and peace for all.

    I am an African-American who loves the United States of America. This is my country, and I am proud of our nations leaders. Barack Obama has proven he can hang with the best.

    Thanks Obama for representing our great country!!!!!!!

    July 26, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  24. mary

    Obama is not what you see!
    He has copy all the past best Republicans Presidents and present President Bush ways. ( strong will of Bush to do what he believe is right).
    Obama is patetic .

    Never Obama!

    McCain the best for America08.

    July 26, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  25. Independence

    Yes Obama,

    You should keep your head together and remember you are the US presidential candidate not the Rock Star. Go somewhere and to just to draw media attention you added rock band to it. Don't you think the big crowed come to see you because you have the free rock band to go with it? That’s not a proud of US presidential candidate.

    July 26, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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