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. ladan

    wlcback OBAMA!

    July 26, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  2. Eric in Ca

    Yes ...intelligence & character will return to the White House!
    Go Obama!

    This election is of HISTORIC Proportions – not Pre-Historic – Distortions!
    Obama v. McCain –

    The McCain you seek ran in 2000...

    July 26, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  3. Caycee

    Maybe he's saying "Finally, a bloke from America who has a sense of humor not like a joker."

    July 26, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  4. RJ, CA

    Obama does not represent ME and millions of other Americans abroad. Currently Obama is NOT the elected president — he is only a Senator. The ONLY people he currently legally represents are the people of Ilinois. He did his overseas dog and pony show under false pretenses — but what else is new! Not only is Obama merely the "presumptive" candidate — he is a PRESUMPTUOUS phony!

    July 26, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  5. tim california

    we all know the truth and is only the truth that can set us free,obama's trip has shown Americans that the black guy is capable to lead this great nation into everlasting victory and obama will be one the best president in the united states and also in the world.you guys should help me talk to mccain to congratulate obama on his foreign policy and also welcome him back home, for he has done a great job around the world.up obama for president.God bless you obama and also bless united states of American.

    July 26, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  6. Alex

    Obama is quite the world showman. Its certainly looked like parts of the world like his show. Too bad thats all it is...a show. But in reality, he's just another Hollywood performance looking for an Emmy. Looks like alot of folks enjoyed the show. Time to wake up folks! The show is over.

    July 26, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  7. Big AL

    Well that is what the country need, is someone to work hard to get this country back on the road. These past 8 yrs have been BS for the Amercans people. I'm so tried of people talking about he might be hurt at home over this tripp.... Hello Those are the same ones that wasnt going to vote for him anyway and isn't those the same ones that was standing behind McCrazie we he dare Sen.Obama to travel oversea. Wow. Now they are whinning, give me a break....

    I can tell you'll this and that is, these past week, It really feel good to be loved aroud this world again...

    July 26, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  8. joe

    Senator Obama has excited the world. He has accomplished more in the human relation field than George Bush and the Republican party has in 7+ years. I have all the confidence in the world that he will be a great president. Good relationships= trust=allies=peace=prosperity OBAMA'08.

    July 26, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  9. Daniel, VA

    Barack Obama is a stupid guy. Vote John mcCain

    July 26, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  10. George

    McWar keeps attacking senator Obama. He should know that 'Senior Citizens' should be nice, not to lie; otherwise, he has not learned anything about life. I am McWar's age, ergo, I know!
    Also, consider this: why is he even now, taking weekends??
    Answer: after 70, we cannot work too many hours a day. Time takes its toll. That is the way nature works.
    If he were to win, who would really be running the country?
    He will start at 72. Recently Bush said he forgets things because he is 62, 10 solid years younger than McWar!!!
    Regardless, we do need a change. VIVA Obama!

    July 26, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  11. Jason

    Rest up Senator Obama, cause u showed the world that America is a great nation once again.

    July 26, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  12. Leah DiMarco, Texas

    Senator Obama needs a break to see his family and to get some rest.
    In August he and his family will be going to Hawaii to see his grandmother, sister, and to visit the grave of his grandfather buried at the veteran's cemetery. His grandmother still lives in the same high-rise apartment where Obama lived with her while he was growing up – so this trip will be like him going home. God Bless America and God Bless the Obama family.

    July 26, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  13. Robin for Obama

    Time Magazine, March 21, 2008:
    Flanked by fellow Senators Joe Lieberman and Lindsey Graham, McCain noted they'd undertaken their week long fact-finding tour of Iraq, Jordan, Israel, England and France as members of Congress's Armed Services committee - not as some sort of campaign foreign road show. Perhaps, but discussing international affairs with foreign leaders and enhancing McCain's presidential hopes aren't mutually exclusive. Still, McCain acted the apt pupil. "I wish every senator, every senator would make this same trip," McCain said, noting several of the first-hand educational experiences he'd gotten. "They'd be better informed."

    July 26, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  14. The Independent One

    michelle you are a feminine cleansing agent.

    July 26, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  15. Remy

    Obama needs some rest! It is true.
    Obama campaign get more election funding!
    More leaders of the world like him before he become the President!
    More people in USA gather to listen to him!

    Can anyone explain?

    July 26, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  16. Kaye- Jacksonville FL

    So just how does ANYONE rationalize the McCain candidacy? Obama is not perfect, no he is not the Messiah....but he is an incredibly intelligent, articulate, well-informed, effective politician (politician is not a negative – our President needs to be an effective politician). He has the energy, vision, skill, and judgement to lead our country in a new direction.

    McCain is more of the same – sorry, but he has NONE of the qualities noted above. He is the riskier of the two, because he will push us over the precipice that George W led us to....It totally astounds me that anyone could vote for this man.

    Great trip abroad Obama!! This man will represent us well around the world and restore our place as a respected leader around the globe.

    July 26, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  17. Wow

    Great comments – and very fair ones at that – on Sen. Barack Obama who is jetting back to Chicago from his whirlwind tour of some of the world's hot spots (some because places like Darfur in Sudan was not included). But America is America. Americans must be reminded that they voted in Bush twice – and, therefore, in many ways deserve what he delivered (including the record high gas prices that are a direct consequence of energy policies that were crafted behind closed doors in league with Big Oil). The right wingers (or "conservatives") will continue to vote loyally for whoever their new Republican presidential candidate as always, even though they know full well that he will lead us into the third world war that Bush promised us. And they will be backed, as usual, by the Catholic hierarchy and other groups that shrink from the word "liberal" and know that its murder when the topic is abortion, and it's not murder when the topic is rockets falling on innocent people in Bagdad (or Teheran which is going to be next if the McCain overcomes the odds and succeeds Bush in the White House. And the left wing (or "liberals") will vote loyally for their "liberal" candidadte. The berliners might have imbibed the notion that Obama could make a better president; but then Americans have been told – and have imbibed the notion – that that sort of tendency on the part of Europens is a reflection of their "Old European" mentality. Who ever said that we humans learn anything from history – despite our avowals to the contrary.

    July 26, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  18. wood burns

    Michelle July 26th, 2008 2:00 pm ET

    Awwwwh–Is poor Barry tired from his weeklong Fake World Tour Photo Op Campaign?

    Gee–and NO BOUNCE in the polls. Go figure.

    I guess Americans can smell a phony miles away.

    And people on these boards can smell a Republican Troll of no substance a mile away.

    Pretty much like they can see a Republican of no substance, John McSame. He must be off his meds. Where is Lieberman when he needs to know what country Pakistan borders? That's experience for you. Late in life, twilight of your years experience.

    July 26, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  19. nate

    Why so bitter Michelle – hubby wont touch you?

    July 26, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  20. lisaque

    Please take a week off at the beach in France or Spain, maybe they can crown you a King over there. The good thing is they cant vote for you here in the US only we can.


    July 26, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  21. Sick PEOPLE on BOARD!!!!

    To Willy and Michelle... Mr McCain need 2 IDIOTS to empty the Trash and Slop Jars this weekend..I told him you GUYS were available !!!

    July 26, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |

    Michelle – I wonder if you could do half as much as you he has done in the last week and not to mention how many time zones he has gone through but then again what would you know about time zones huh? Don't let your ignorance show...

    July 26, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  23. Charlotte

    What a joke...He is a little sleepy, too much ado about nothing.

    July 26, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  24. Concerned Citizen

    When the general concensus was that Barack Obama was a political "lightweight" in foreign affairs and "policy," he was careful not to give off any hint of "policy" making for that is only for the sitting President. His trip was as a sitting US Senator, and not as the Democratic (presumptive) nominee. He was allowed to express himself as a "citizen of the world" as we all are, yet not to make statements as a political candidate.

    The purpose of the trip, while being accompanied by two other sitting Senators, was to "burnish" as the media puts it, his foreign affairs presence. Well,,,,,, you have got to say,,,,, he addressed the whole world,,,,, as that "citizen" and the whole world listened....... I would say his burnished credentials puts him on par with two previous US Presidents,,,,,,,, Jack Kennedy,, and Ronald Reagan.... This was his purpose with the trip,,,,,,, and I do believe,,,,,, he has accomplished his goal......... quite so.........

    July 26, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  25. Belle

    Don't worry, Senator Obama is preparing himself for his "fickle" public.

    July 26, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
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