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. Me

    To those McCain supports who are laughing it up that Obama hasn't received a bounce in the polls yet, please consider this: polls always run a week to two weeks behind.

    I echo the sentiment that Obama has worked his tail off the last week. Americans love to find a winner in a person who actually works to get where he is.

    July 26, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  2. Debra

    Barack you are special. We are proud of you. When you come back take a weekend off. You don't want to make a small mistake that the GOP can blow into a mountain. Go home, kiss your wife, play with your girls, and let them all know that we appreciate them for giving us their time.

    Obama for America

    July 26, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  3. LINDA

    Obama is just too unexperienced. YOur taxes WILL go up, guarenteed. If you make more than $30k a year, you will feel it. this country will go down worse than with George Bush. We need a good change not one that will make things go from bad to worse. McCain will not raise your taxes and he will get the gasoline flowing. the people who make stupid decisions regarding poor choices, you need to be responsible. Take care of your self! Don't wait for others to take care of you.

    July 26, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  4. S W V

    Look, just look and read what Obama has done for the United States of America in a week!! Think how proud our Flag will be once is he its President.

    July 26, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. bk

    Take a look at Chicago if you want to see how Obama changes things. He has done nothing. Just talk talk talk and refuse to debate. He has to read every word prepared for him. Don't fall for this phony.

    July 26, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  6. A.K musa

    I really think america would be better off with barack. This is one of does occations i wish i was an American.

    July 26, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  7. bk

    Russ Houston

    You are a dreamer. Go look and see how Obama got elected in Chicago. This man is a liar and a cheat.

    July 26, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  8. Deli

    Hey Willy,

    Do you mean that McCain has no chance, so Barry can sit on the beach and win by November? Dang, I didn't know it was that easy!

    Hey Michelle,

    according to realclearpolitics.com and rasmussenreport.com, there's a bounce. Obama has regained his previous lead. Read up before blabbing your mouth.

    July 26, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  9. bernard

    Sometime when you're on God mission you have to work over time.

    Go Barack !

    July 26, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  10. Hanna (Pennsylvania)

    Come back Obama come back!

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

    All your Pastor's Mr Obama. Either live in the Past, Or they're Dead...

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

    Willy doest not understand English; and Michelle needs a life maybe a boy friend of something. Anyone who has been out of this country to Europe and Middle East for a week full of activities does understand how tired you get.

    July 26, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  13. William, from Cali!

    The Republicans had their "chance and run in the sun" ; to get things right! now, it's going to be the DemocRATS, turn! Bring it on!

    July 26, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  14. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    The kindness bestowded on Barack by foreign leaders is indicative of their desire to work with a more practical POTUS than the current administration. This also applies to their reactions and treatment of McCain. Old man, old ideas, same old ****.

    July 26, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  15. Klaus

    Actually Michelle, there is a bounce in the polls.

    Obama now has a 7-point lead in Gallup's daily tracker.
    Obama also has a 6-point lead in Rasmussen's daily tracker.

    Last week, Obama/McCain were tied or almost tied in both.

    For some reason, it takes about 4 or 5 days for polls to start detecting the upshot from news events, though part of this has to do with the fact that polls are rolling averages. But sure enough, the bounce is there!

    July 26, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  16. David

    Obama has proved to the whole world he is intelligent and perseverence. He is presidential material. No wonder McSame feels left out.

    July 26, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  17. Collins for the "O"-man

    Just what America wants right now. An energetic and charismatic young leader who has the ability to bring back Americas allies to the table. The whole world likes the guy. McBush can't stand that. he called him presumptious by acting presidential. I dont know what to do with these right wingers. First, McSame Bush goes aorund saying the guy doesnt have foriegn policy experience and will not be able to make the tough decisions, now he goes out and is received well (one of the prerequisites to being an effective American president), and now he is going around callind him arrogant, presumptious and boastful. Sorry Senator Mcbush, your time is past buddy. It was Ok for you to go to Mexico and Columbia without being presumptious, but not ok for your opponent to visit forign lands? OH wait, maybe you are so out of date and out of touch that you thought Mexico and Columbia is part of your America.

    Go Obama Go

    July 26, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  18. Tom

    Awww, is poor Michelle tired from having to listen to Obama tell it like it is? And there will be a bounce in the polls...believe it! It may not happen today or tomorrow, but when 11/4 rolls around, Obama will be leaving McShame groveling in the dust!
    I can certainly understand why you think Barack is a phony...you don't have the smarts to know anything different.

    July 26, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  19. Keith

    If you check the polls this morning he did get a bounce. But, more importantly, he proved to the country that he can restore America's reputation around the world. No tall order given what Bush has done to it.

    July 26, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  20. caryour Dayson

    Barack Obama is a true leader and he's the right man the white house . pls tell our presdent to be, Barack Obama to rest for one week him to keep your head together when all he 'll be doing is thinking. i love you.

    July 26, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  21. NoMcSame

    No time to rest he has a country to save. Save us from McSame and four more years of Bush and the republicans. God brought you up and his blessings are all over you Mr Obama. They are freaked out as to how you got to the place that you are and what the devils don't know is that Gods power is with you. McSame divorced his wife while she was sick and has to answer for that before God because God hates divorce. McSame is a sick man but the others devils that follow him can't see that fact but everyone else can. So stay on him like you are in the fight for life. Don't let the jackal breath when you hit him. McSame will never be president.

    July 26, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  22. Ayse

    I look forward to 2009 – Prime Minister Cameron & President Obama -HERE WE GO HERE WE GO HERE WE GO.....

    July 26, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  23. lemonton

    Those polls are a cooked anyway. Obama is increasing his support in all demographics and those polls show something completely opposite. I studied statistics and I can shown many ways to cook polls and make them look legitimate. This is just another attempt to give hope
    to the failed campaign of John McCain. I am currently in Texas and for every person who supports McCain I found two who support Obama.

    July 26, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  24. Rodney F.

    Mc Cain is playing the same game a former candidate played; blaming the media for his lackluster campaign shows his inability to lead. Leaders do not complain they modify, re energize their team and re focus, You should check with one of your advisers I believe it’s called whining( Whine: vi complain peevishly: to complain in an unreasonable, repeated, or irritating way) Unfortunately the media will fall for it , maybe Mc Cain needs do have another BBQ for the reporters. Mc Cain shouldn't complain, he had the field all to himself when Hillary and Obama were at each others throat, it's not the media it is you Mr. Mc Cain, a true leader inspire by policies vision and charisma, Sir you have neither.

    July 26, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  25. Cheryl

    Can anyone imagine a 72 year old man taking on this kind of schedule? How would McCain have the stamina to handle a world crisis – a Cuban Missile Crisis type situation where the president may be basically in conference for days at a time, round the clock.

    McCain looks to be in fairly good shape for a man his age but there's no way he's up to the stress and physical demands of the presidency. That's not ageism, that's just a biological fact. Look how badly it's aged Bush and he spent most of his presidency off riding his bike while Cheney dealt with the real problems.

    July 26, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
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