July 8th, 2008
10:45 AM ET
14 years ago

More mechanical problems for Obama campaign

ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) – The Obama traveling press corps may have thought their mechanical issues were over for the day when they arrived safely Monday night in Atlanta following a day when the campaign plane made an unplanned stop in St. Louis because of problems in the tail cone.

Not so.

A small group of pool reporters were trapped inside a bus after the first of two Monday evening Atlanta fundraisers when the bus’s electronics shut down, locking the doors.

The lucky few reporters not yet on the bus continued on to the next fundraiser in a staff van as Obama’s motorcade zoomed off.

The stranded reporters eventually exited on the bus driver’s side and made their way back to the hotel in the hotel’s shuttle.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (103 Responses)
  1. Sen.John McCain't!


    July 8, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  2. mitchell hussein martin

    this is all a republican conspiracy to confuse the electorate.they slip a couple of mechanics in the press pool,then sabotage the planes and buses.

    July 8, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  3. CliffordtheBigRedDog

    Obama zoomed off and left this traveling press corp trapped on the bus.

    Isn't that ironic..

    July 8, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  4. ANGIE


    July 8, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  5. richard

    unless those reporters had to fight for their lives to get out of that bus, resorting to canabalism at times, i don't think this is a legitimate news story.

    July 8, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  6. ARB

    how come whenever something happens to barack obama its always the republicans fault mitchell?....get a life....republicans have better things to do than waste their time messing with that lowlife obama's bus.

    July 8, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  7. Connie

    Those pool reporters might want to think about it , was it really an accident ? Barack Hussein Obama 08

    Connie"Hussein"Sturgeon from Indiana

    July 8, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  8. Giovanni

    If he can't keep his bus running, how's he going to run the country? You can't have the country down for two hours!

    July 8, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  9. rachel

    What a string of bad luck, I would be getting a bit jumpy if I were him, and another subect he needs to debate mccain and stop running scared.

    July 8, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  10. Walter, Long Beach

    And we are supposed to be interested in this because...?

    July 8, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  11. Greg, NY

    Giovanni July 8th, 2008 11:35 am ET

    If he can't keep his bus running, how's he going to run the country? You can't have the country down for two hours!

    Dude, the country has been down for just under 8 years now. I think 2 hours will be a good trade off.

    July 8, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  12. Nuts

    You Obama supporters are all nuts – completely out of your minds.

    Not to mention dumb.

    July 8, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. Max

    Goivanni lol now that is too funny

    July 8, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  14. R.I.F.

    Giovanni July 8th, 2008 11:35 am ET

    McCain can't keep his campaign running. That's a much better insight to lack of ablitly to running a country than Obama keeping a bus or airplane running.

    July 8, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  15. Scott L

    @Greg, NY – playing monday morning quarterback is so easy. What were you screaming about on 9.12.2001? Nothing I bet.

    Liberals all the same.

    July 8, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  16. Rick

    Obama the Clown and his Merry Minions continue their entertainment tour.

    July 8, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  17. NC Resident

    ARB why does he have to be a lowlife. It's okay to call him names such as that and other ways people refer to him but then when people call McCain old people have a hissy fit. Come on now, leave the name calling out of this. If you don't like him don't vote for him, but don't stoop yourself soo low to call him names when he is a father of two trying to make a difference no matter which way you see it. I think it's said today in this world that people still have prejudice inside of them but they are the first ones that talk about democracy for Iraq and other muslim countries but yet we are suffering our own democracy right here in America.
    Read some of the blogs and listen how people describe him and his wife. It's despicable and ashame because they are the same people who say America is the land of the great, free and patriotism. I guess blacks aren't included in your land of patriotism and democracy. The way people treat Obama makes me realize how much some people don't want blacks to advance. That isn't a myth that blacks can't express themselves.
    America, the land of hypocrisy, prejudice, and immoral values.

    July 8, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  18. PUMA Hunting Season Open

    Richard said: "get a life….republicans have better things to do than waste their time messing with that lowlife obama's bus.
    Like spending 12billion a month in Iraq and getting more GOP scandals like Sen Craig? You mean better things to do like vetoing home mortgage reief legislation? Like going further into debt because your party has lost their identity? Like doing more for the wealthy?
    Like starting uneccessary wars against the wrong country? Like being in bed with the pharmaceutical oil and insurance industries?
    I could go on.....and on

    Rome is burning. Tyhe GOP is dead.

    July 8, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  19. Johnny Mac is bad cheese gone worse

    Hey Giovanni!

    Do you think the fact that McCain had to trash his "Straight Talk Express" bus is a much larger metaphor? I guess more than the wheels fell off that hopeless heap of trash talkin' transportation.

    July 8, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  20. Alice in Florida

    Why can't something with ego in a suit in it break down somewhere miles from civilization? It would be SO NICE not to see a "fluff" news piece on the snake for JUST MAYBE ONE DAY!!!!!!!

    I am SO OVERDOSED on Obama and his whole family!!!!!!!!


    July 8, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  21. J

    Actually, ARB, they don't.

    July 8, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  22. Fed up with the lies

    OMG, a bus with mechanical problems...Who ever heard of something so strange? Would you please find something serious to write about? And Giovanni; you're a little mixed up. Clinton is the former candidate that couldn't keep her campaign running.

    July 8, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  23. Cynthia

    Get a new plane and don't take anymore chances.

    July 8, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  24. Chuck

    The Lord moves in mysterious ways.

    Getting the message yet Obama?


    July 8, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  25. Marcus B


    You sound really dumb. Obama has nothing to do with the mechanics of a bus. Get a life!

    OBAMA/SEBELIUS 2008-2016!!!

    July 8, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
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