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. Venus

    Thank you! You are right!!! He needs a little rest and we miss him!

    Looks like we ar going to have to share "Our Obama" with the world!!!

    What's the matter McSame supporters? You got nothing nice or wonderful to say about McSame so you bash Obama all week... just like McSame!

    McSame should have used this week to learn how to get on the computer and get online!!!

    July 26, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  2. Freeman

    Obama true leader

    July 26, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  3. matthew

    Obama told Cameron he would try to take a week of in August..

    Obama told Cameron he would try to take a week off in August

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

    He needs a week of?

    Sorry, but I'm constantly amazed how people who use words for a living (and have spell check, editors, etc.), still can't manage the English language.

    July 26, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  5. Nothing But Love

    He need a break-- he jumped from the primaries straight to the general election.. He must be tired to the bone...Get some rest soon Senator OBama, you will need your strength to deal with the BS that will come your way.

    July 26, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  6. Jason

    HaHa McCain. Just put your foot in your mouth over and over. You know you do not have a chance. You do not have the physical or mental capacity for this job and it shows every day.

    July 26, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  7. Franklin

    Holy crap, CNN, don't you guys have copy editors? There's a ridiculous amount of grade-school-level typos in this story. Are you having a monkey proofread your stories?

    July 26, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  8. Chuck, Seattle

    I support Barack, but why should a Senator or a candidate for president (whichever capacity he was travelling overseas) meet with a foreign leader to discuss foreign policy issues? Foreign policy is the function of the executive branch. Obama should wait until he is president to meet with foreign heads of state.

    July 26, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. archiesteel


    Actually, there is a bounce in the polls. Check out both the Gallup and Rasmussen tracking polls.

    As for Obama's "fake" world tour, you're just jealous because your guy cannot generate this kind of excitement. November will come, BHO will be President, and McCain will continue to serve as a US Senator.

    July 26, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. Hans-Erik Iken

    He should take a break now and then. Too many have worked too hard and then made unneeded mistakes. Itis a long way to november, so a day here and there will not matter.

    July 26, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  11. Slider

    "Sen. Barack Obama conceded to reporters that his stint off the American campaign trail may hurt him a bit with voters but felt the trip was vital to giving a “sense of where an Obama administration might take” U.S. foreign policy."

    Yeah. American policy formed by nodding, positive, affirmative diktat from Europe.

    John F. Kerry thought that message would resonate well with American voters, too. Now, the only time John-Boy will ever get to see inside the White House will be as the rest of us.

    As a tourist.

    July 26, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  12. Marj,Paso Robles, Cal

    Stay in Europe Dumbama. Please.

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

    I have nothing personal against this man. But for all you people on his bandwagon who seem to think he's the answer to the world's problems... have you ever looked at his voting record? Have you ever noticed the lack of legislation that he has sponsored and the lack that he is repsonsible for pushing through? Especially when you compare him to other senators that have been in office during the same period he has. It makes we wonder what's he's been doing. Check his record in the senate for yourself. This guy just came suddenly out of nowhere – it's like he's been on vacation most of his senate career. It's like he's winning some kind of popularity contest – not winning on his record. Can you say "lack of experience" – he's the epitomy. Not that I was for Hillary, but she is far more experienced than him and she has actually been a very active senator. Compare their records. Obama has done very little until he decided to run for president.

    July 26, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  14. Ttake a break Obama and don't come back!

    The last thing we need right now is to have an empty bag of wind sitting as our next president. It will be very sad to watch all of our enemies attack us once he takes office; they know he is a spineless, incompetent joke of a politician who will never be able to defend America. God help us if he is elected. Would it be at all possible to amend the Constitution and let David Cameron run for president?

    July 26, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  15. Marc PDX

    Maybe he meant "hit the road"! 🙂

    July 26, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  16. lsdsaint

    What do you mean, no bounce. Up 6 points and a reception from our allies overseas that even the Senior Bush stated, "made him jealous."

    The funniest thing is that the GOP and McCain taunted him into doing an overseas trip and now all they can do is whine. Poor babies, McCain was only greeted by one reporter at the airport. McCain is losing his bearings.

    July 26, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  17. mcwhine

    At least McCain will have his eight houses and his millionaire trophy wife to go back to after he loses. Talk about elite.

    July 26, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  18. Mike

    Why the hell is this on the front page, let alone even news?

    July 26, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  19. Marc PDX

    Interesting that French President Sarkozy spoke to Obama in very dimunitive terms "he's my buddy". Wonder what he really thinks of America's BarackStar?

    July 26, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  20. Josh

    We need this president. The u.s. will finally get a leader that is respected by the world.

    July 26, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  21. Herman in LA

    Being Black he will always have to work harder and smarter than McCain will every have to in life period and that is a fact. When your black in America you get no breaks. "None" Other wise it would show him as being much higher in the polls than it is.

    July 26, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  22. Larry

    Senator Obama was challenged by John McCain and the Republican Party. Since he went overseas and was received exceptionally well, Mr. McCain and the Republican Party is upset that the trap they tried to set ended up not being a trap at all. Good always supercedes evil.
    Obama is just what this country needs to get it back on the right path. Mr. Obama stay true to who you are. America will do the right thing and elect you in November.

    July 26, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  23. Open Your 3rd Eye

    The point of this trip was to give undecided voters the chance to see that Obama is a "safe choice." Mission accomplished, mark my words.

    As for the bump in the polls, I guarantee this time next week his lead will have a significantly wider margin.

    July 26, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  24. dee

    am i the only one aware that mccain seems to have memory problems? not to mention his meaness. the idea of him in the white house is scarier than bush,and that has been bad.

    July 26, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  25. Griff

    David Cameron, just like Borack Obama. Will never be a "Leader of a Country"... No doubt Gorden Brown will be overthrown, in Endland. But the Concervatives are as Doomed, as the Democrats in the USA...
    History solves all it's problems, with just a Wimper...

    July 26, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
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