August 7th, 2008
04:25 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama says reports of party friction are media creation

Obama said his time off should help ease “Obama fatigue” among voters.
Obama said his time off should help ease “Obama fatigue” among voters.

(CNN) - Barack Obama said Thursday that the controversy over how whether Hillary Clinton’s delegates would be able to vote for her at the Democratic convention in Denver was a media creation — and that he hopes his upcoming vacation helps cure any “Obama fatigue” among voters.

Watch: Obama on the Clintons

“There hasn't been controversy other than what you guys are projecting right now,” he told reporters. Obama described conversations between the two campaigns over convention planning as “seamless.” “It has not been a problem,” he said.

Asked whether he would be content if Clinton’s name were placed into nomination at the convention, he responded “I didn't say that. I said they are working it out, guys.”

Obama also said he hopes his week off to visit family in Hawaii will help address public dissatisfaction reflected in a Pew poll this week that revealed nearly half those surveyed feels they have heard too much news about the presumptive Democratic nominee.

"We are going to correct that this week, hopefully with your help," said Obama.

He pointed to the long primary season as one likely factor. "I can imagine that folks need a break from politics, and they didn't really get one like they normally do," said the Illinois senator. "I think that the majority of people have been fed a constant stream of political chatter."

He added, "I'm sure that having a couple weeks off and enjoying the Olympics is probably what the doctor ordered for everybody."


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soundoff (224 Responses)
  1. sarah

    is he accusing the media of being liar, or ignorant, or racist? welcome to the real world msm.

    August 7, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  2. Brina

    I just love this man's temperment. Enjoy your vacation Obama and hopefully the media will stop covering you while you are on vacation. Stay safe Mr. Future President.

    August 7, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  3. Griff

    Your Creation, Mr Obama... Number threat to the USA, is you..
    The Black Community are Color Blind....

    August 7, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  4. wanda a.

    AS I KEEP SAYING, WHAT A GENTLEMAN AND A SCHOLAR!!!!!!!!!
    PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 7, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  5. Vote Nader

    Maybe the media will take this week to inform the public on the other 3 candidates for President.

    ** Nader/Gonzalez 2008 **

    August 7, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    yep.

    August 7, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  7. he can sell it

    Obama is having problems and has to be on how he came to be the nominee.... Been selected by the DNC in the thinking that people were so fed up with the present adminitration that BO will just slide into the WH. He is having major problems and we will loose this one.

    Hisinexperience and arrogance will doom him.

    August 7, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  8. Bill from ALabama

    Party Friction is alive and well,and more so than the media will let on. Hillary Supporters are all outraged,and are not going to be silenced..............period.

    August 7, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  9. PUMA in Training

    "We are going to correct that this week, hopefully with your help"

    Not to your fault, Obama – I'm sure you'd like a break yourself. But I'm sure the media will be reporting your every bowel movement...they've already discussed your workout routine and your hair color.

    August 7, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  10. Al

    No party friction? In his dreams.

    The democrats have lost millions of Hillary supporters who WILL NOT fall in line behind this fake.

    August 7, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  11. Not a Move-on Moron

    Wow, Obama must actually be gaining experience as a politician.

    He's flat-out lying to the public now.

    In addition, he is taking a vacation to join all the other democrats who apparently do not care about lowering gas prices for the average American.

    August 7, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  12. Matt

    No. Obama, YOU are a media creation.

    The friction is real.

    August 7, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  13. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    The news pundits keep feeding the public that we do not know Obama, but then you all turn around and do a Poll to see if he's getting too much coverage.

    Is it me, or did I miss this one too?

    August 7, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  14. biffington, biff

    1) The media is playing right into operation chaos' hands
    (i wonder why... can u say corporate owned)

    2) How can so many people say they are tired of hearing about Obama, then claim to "not know enough about him" ?? Hmmmmm

    August 7, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  15. skinny dog

    Yah, right.

    What is a phony? Look no further.

    August 7, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  16. v.a.

    a media creation minus the PUMAs. they're full of negativity.

    August 7, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  17. Arkansas Undertaker

    I dont know who they were polling in that survey but it certainly wasnt in my area. I never tire of hear about our future President.

    Obama/Clinton 2008

    August 7, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  18. IndependentThinker, NY

    Good for him to take a week off !

    McBush should do the same, I definitely believe he must do it because of his age. He keeps pushing as if he was a machine.
    Be reasonable, take a rest

    August 7, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  19. Watermann

    I am sure that McCain will fill up this week.

    August 7, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  20. DJ Los Angeles

    No fatigue...that is a false implication by the media as well. Obama gets and commands respect. McCain does not.

    August 7, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  21. R.I.F.

    Amen. I hope the media takes a break too. I would want them to continue to work if I thought they may actually cover McShame and all of his blunders but that won't be the case.

    August 7, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  22. Minnesota Voter for Hillary

    Nothing will make Hillary supporters more disappointed in Obama if he and the DNC do not allow her delegates to vote on her behalf. She won half of all delegates and has a right to them at the convention.

    August 7, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  23. jimmy

    OBAMA WILL BE OFF TO WRITE HIS ACCPTANCE SPEECH AT THE DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION. IT WILL BE THE MOST IMPORTANT SPEECH OF HIS LIFE.
    TALK OF HILLARY'S NAME BEING PLCAED IN NOMINATION IS A MERE FORMALITY TO GIVE HER SUPPORTERS THE BREATHER AND VENTING THEY NEED AND FOR THE BENEFIT OF FLORIDA AND MICHIGAN DELEGATES. HILLARY WILL SUPPORT OBAMA BUT
    BOT NECESSARILY HER SUPPORTERS WHO HAVE FORMED BLOCS AND GETTING UP STEAM TO RECONSIDER ON HIS APPARENT VP CHOICE OF ANOTHER CANDIDATE OTHER THAN HILLARY. THEY WILL NOT CONTRIBUTE EITHER MONEY OR VOTES TO OBAMA IS SHE IS NOT THE VP CHOICE OF OBAMA.

    August 7, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  24. Charlotte

    Why shouldn't her name be placed in nomination? She deserves to have her delegates vote for her. They better put her name up or this will indeed divide the party. Obama seems to pander to everyone, why not the 18 million people who voted for Hillary? The press reports the public are sick of seeing his face, so he takes a vacation. I hope there isn't a camera one on him for however long he rests up. Maybe he is afraid the superdelegates might change their minds at the last minute. We can only pray they will. I will write Hilary on my ballot in November and hope all her fans do the same, if they can.

    August 7, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  25. bakersfield

    last time he went to hawaii he threw the reverend under the bus. what will he do this time uhm.

    August 7, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
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