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. Alex

    Actually today's gallup poll shows 7 point lead, yesterday 6, the day before 2.... well here is that bounce ...

    July 26, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  2. debkansas

    problem here is, he is not President of America, and I pray he never becomes one. he is a pretender and all that support him, his taking you for a ride, he doesn't fool me, he is Hessin Obama and not an American and he doesn't stand for America. Who told him he could act like our President, oh, I know, CNN. He is a jerk, he is a 'home boy' from who knows where, but not from America. Wake up, vote

    Hillary for President 2008

    July 26, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. Scott, San Diego

    The guy is amazing... even if he is not making specific policy proposals abroad – it is clear the world likes him. The red states need to understand that is is important these days... if they respect our leader we will be more likely to prosper at home...I know there is a skepticism among the conservative base in this country – but it is now clear that leaders in France, Britain, Germany, Iraq and Israel think we may finally have a leader that they can trust.

    July 26, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  4. Denise Groves

    Barack, get some rest. You need it!!!!
    Then, go after McC for thos e attacks he made while you were out of town reaffirming our alliances.
    No way McC could have done this.

    July 26, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  5. Kris

    I think the America people will understand the great chance before them and accept u as the next President of the World most powerful nations. You have done the impossible with the Clintons and by God grace McBush will not be a stumbling block. This is all America dream.
    Finally, what a nice ride with the King of Jordan.

    July 26, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  6. dr. G

    Obama was pushed by McCain to travel abroad and he did. He did a beautiful job and looks far more rested , is far more knowlegeable and well spoken and is so much more articulate and intuitive than McCain and the ole Republican boys club will ever be.
    Why do you call him phony? Becuase he is a successful black man who worked hard and studied and was/is driven. He shows us all what this country is all about. I was a Hillary gal but we cannot as Hillary said have 4 more years of Bush. Our country must have change, in leadership, intellect, policy , and we need it now.

    July 26, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  7. mary

    Obama is not what you see!

    He has copy all the past best Republicans Presidents and present President Bush ways. too like, " strong will of Bush to do what he believe is right"
    Why he is not copy his good body Bill Clinton ?

    Obama is patetic . He doesn't fool many people yet!

    Never Obama!

    McCain the best for America08.

    July 26, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  8. Any beach in the world

    You can take R&R any where in the world. Any Island would be pleased to give it to you.
    You accomplished in 8 days what the idiotic Bush govt. couldn't do in * years.
    Well done. Relax and come back strong to beat this McInsane out of this race.

    July 26, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  9. independent now

    Obamas trip to Irag was suppose to be just that! A trip to access the war. It has turned into a carnival. Cnn Nbc and all the other cable news and prime time news anchors are there. The media coverage is ridiculous. This man should not be meeting with world leaders, He is not the president! I personally would rather see him address the real crisis!!! America's crisis. the economy the crime the morgage mess the airline crisis the oil and energy crisis the political crisis that is causing almost all of our problems. But no hes at a photo op. Why stirickly to get elected. He still offers no solutions. Just alot of Photo ops. Both these candidates are the worst poss choices. I will continue to vote for HC who is the best PERSON FOR THE JOB. HANDS DOWN. I hope everyone who wanted to vote for her still writes in her name. Would that rock their boats. If she won her candidacy would be pure. With no Promises to anyone!!! Won fair and square without all the bias. Maybe with that kinda candidate We could actually GET SOMETHING DONE, IN THIS COUNTRY WE LIKE TO CALL FOR THE PEOPLE.

    July 26, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  10. onyekaba nnaemeka

    obama is really working hard to be at the top of his game and what is mccain doing? whining and lying!

    July 26, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  11. Obama to our rescue 08/12

    Willy / Michelle you should get togather two,phoney , fake , both jealous loosers , and you love the lame brain crooks of Bush,Cheney ,Rove,Hannity, Rush, McLame and the list goes on .
    When you go to the Beach stick your hallow heads in the sand the sea life will think its another empty shell.

    July 26, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  12. Any beach in the world

    You can take R&R any where in the world. Any Island would be pleased to give it to you.
    You accomplished in 8 days what the idiotic Bush govt. couldn't do in
    8 years. Well done. Relax and come back strong to beat this McInsane out of this race.

    July 26, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  13. Yvonne, MO

    We missed you Senator Obama. I hope you have a chance to rest a moment and visit with your family.

    July 26, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  14. Karen


    What a sad, bitter post. Millions of people outside the US (me included) are desparate for someone who can represent the best in the US again. It is absolutely not McCain – and sadly it's absolutely not you either.

    July 26, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  15. prosanto

    Welcome back home. Take a break for couple of days before starting with providing specific solutions for economy, generating renewable energy and energy conservation by developing high speed rails across America providing skilled and unskilled jobs at GM in Detroits building rail road cars; Electric Engines at GE in Ohio; Manufacturing Steel infrastructure at US steel, Pensylvania; Upgrading the tracks with Catepillar equipment across America with High tech national navigation system Seatle.
    God bless America for giving us a leader like Obama.
    Indian Immigrant in Phoenix

    July 26, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  16. me 4 obama

    America and the world are thisclose to something amazing which will be when President Obama takes office.

    This small tour has proven how greatly this country has missed the mark on international relations.

    And how the world has missed it, too. Just LOOK at that huge crowd in Germany.


    July 26, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  17. screna

    do you remember mccain in front of the green screen saying "why does obama keep saying me and bush are the same over and over again" well why does mccain keep saying my friends over and over again. is he trying to convince us he's our friend. he doesnt care about you if you make less then 250.000 a year. he aint my friend and he is acting like a spoiled brat that cant get his way.keep it up mccain dig your self deeper in the hole .

    July 26, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  18. Lani in Los Angeles

    Michelle, where is McCain's major lead in the polls? There is no way Obama should be any percetage above McCain in the polls. Obama is a rookie and McCain has tons of experience. What's wrong with the polls picture? Unless of course it's too early in the race to take polls seriously or the polls are "just a snapshot in time" or the pollster lacks credibility. Which is it Michelle?

    July 26, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  19. Mike in Cincinnati

    Just an absolutely outstanding week. Obama has shown that he has the intellect, the ability, the values, and the judgment to represent us on the world stage. He has the ability to rebuild and extend our alliances, and in so doing, will move the U.S.'s agenda forward in the international community. If anyone had doubts about his capability before, this last week should help ease those concerns. He IS the real deal.

    July 26, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  20. sara

    They were talking about vacations becasue the day that Obama
    happened to be in Britian was also the day the British Parliament was going on vacation (the same way the Congress here in the USA goes on vacation for a few weeks). This is why it happened to have been a a topic of small talk, because of that vacation the British parliament was taking starting that day.

    July 26, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  21. Marc

    Obama is looking more like the President of the United States. I am still waiting to see when will McCain supporters answer this one question. Why did McCain say "at one time, I too did not love America, UNTIL I was deprived of her company." So far, no McCain supporter can answer that question. They can for Michelle Obama, but not McCain.

    July 26, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  22. Anna, SW Missouri

    Now that McCain has endorsed Obama's 16 month timeline for withdrawal, and his stance on sending more troops to Afghanistan, the next thing we will see is his requesting to be Obama's VP.

    July 26, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  23. Bob

    If one remembers what has been said by many others, unaware that they were recorded... this man has style...all the way.

    July 26, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  24. dormar

    Please come to DC to get your R R we love you here

    July 26, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  25. chris

    The most presidential we've seen since JFK.

    I am praying that there enough unprejudiced countrymen and women to give this a man a chance to show us what this world can be.

    July 26, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
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