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. thetachialumnia07

    guys, Obama is not claiming to be a mechanic, he's a leader....so making the comparison between running a bus and the country is ludacris....not to mention petty and immature... i'm really glad YOU aren't running to be our next president!

    July 8, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  2. tedious898

    ARB....you need more fiber in your diet. All you do is call Barack names. What has the man ever done to you?

    All that anger and pinned up frustration directed at someone you don't even know can't be healthy.

    But...get that fiber quickly so that you get some immediate relief for that "backup" you're experiencing. You are absolutely full of it. (sorry couldn't resist)

    July 8, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. aliou salam FL

    Max and Greg, Giovanni is having a nightmare.

    What can anyone do to save McCain's campaign? What can any republican do, not just McCain, to get elected to any office this year?

    I am affraid nothing. They messed up our country and emptied our treasury for 8 years, enriched the war industry, and just so that oil profits can keep climbing at the expense of the lives of our soldiers, and the american people, and of course the Iraqis victims.

    That is what the republicans have in stock to sell this year to americans against their vote. Now if anyone can sell you to buy more of that, either they are a champion sales man, or you are too stupid to know what's good for you, even if you are a republican.

    July 8, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  4. OBAMA 08!!!

    Giovani life is too short to be so bitter. How you compare a bus malfunction that Obama was not even on to the Presidency is beyond me.

    And to the rest of you, who think this is some "sign", remember that when you are pulled to the side of the road when your car breaks down or runs out of gas or whatever it may be.

    This is a dumb story CNN really I know there must be more to post about.

    July 8, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  5. Stacy

    Despite everything Obama will keep on going.
    A fighter will never give up.
    And he is the one who will fight to bring back the American dream for everybody.
    So a bad week everybody has it.
    Still the Lord is gracefull to everybody.

    July 8, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  6. Karwolo

    what's the meaning of PUMA?

    July 8, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  7. mitchell hussein martin

    Obama is a loser. He probably tried to trap them on the bus because he is afraid to talk to the media. He's just trying to get back at the media for calling him out on his stance on Iraq.

    July 8, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  8. Kingslough NY.

    Conspiracy..i smell it from afar..watchout Obama, youll have many set backs but the truth is you are the chosen one. Go Obama!

    July 8, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  9. Peter

    McBush's "secret" way to kill Obama

    July 8, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  10. Doris,Memphis,TN

    Watch your back Senator Obama!
    The Sickos are coming!
    I say to them, you can't touch that!

    July 8, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  11. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    What a great way to handle the papparazzi.

    Just lock them all inside a hot bus–bingo bongo–no more papparazzi.

    Hey, Malibu beach!.....buy a few of these and your press problems will be over.

    July 8, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  12. The Truth

    They need to have the Secret Service check every plane and vehicles that the Obama campaign uses.


    July 8, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  13. Tom

    I don't think those planes were meant to flip flop like that so it was predictable that it finally failed. Sort of an analogy for the Obama campaign, yes?

    July 8, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  14. Tom

    At least he didn't throw them UNDER the bus the way he did his poor old grandmother!!

    July 8, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  15. Irma in North Carolina

    I think all you hillary suporters on here better weak up and not be so childish, do you think hillary is going to vote for mccain cause she lost the primary, i think not. You are just all being a bunch of racists on here, go ahead and vote for mccain and you will have four more years of Bush.

    July 8, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  16. Carmon, Minneapolis

    Chuck I think PUMA stands for:


    You might want to see a professional shrink to help you get over you delusional behavior.

    July 8, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  17. aliou salam FL

    Giovanni, rachel and alicia:

    1) Obama doesn't need townhall meetings. McCain does, because it is a cheap way to get publicity if you spent all your money being a maverck to get the nomination of the republican party, or if you don't know how to run a contested campaign (McCain hasn't run a contested campaign. His wife's money and his father's relations always made sure he wasn't contested for senator). The first constested thing he ever ran for was presidential and he lost. He lost against the chimp bush. remember?

    2)Republicans are running away from their party and even, McCain doesn't go through the same door as bush, their crown jewell, whom they championed for president twice.

    3) Twice the country, with the republicans, trusted them to give us their best. and what we got was war and more wars, debt and more debts, economic crisis and more crisis, Katrina and more Katrina, dead soldiers and more dead soldiers, mortgage crisis and more, and lies after lies.

    Fool me once, but twice? that was a blow. What do you call someone who has been fooled 3 times? Not even the saying had a name for it.

    I think the rest of the world will be calling anyone who has been fooled 3 times "American", and we will not blame them: We deserve it if we get fooled a 3rd time.

    July 8, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  18. ARB

    hey nc resident......please dont preach to me about blacks not getting ahead.....there's not any amount of preaching you could say to me that would make me vote for barack obama.

    July 8, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  19. Frank Canada

    Slow day for news?

    July 8, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  20. Ellie in Aurora, CO

    Oh, you silly PUMA posters! Do you think we don't know that you are Republican chaos makers?? Any true Dems are voting for Obama because he believes in the same things HRC believed in. Go on, now, go back to Rush and ask him what to do now that you have been found out. Silly PUMA poster!

    July 8, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  21. ARB

    I couldn't agree with you more Alice in Florida....then maybe we wouldn't have to listen to him for a few days or weeks or however long. I have a suggestion for you Alice, the next time obama is on tv, use the mute button, its the best sound in the world...complete,utter silence.

    July 8, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  22. Dave in Atlanta

    Change the plane already.

    July 8, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  23. Jeff in Hampshire, IL


    Republicans obviously have nothing better to do than waste lots of time reading articles and responding to posts about "that lowlife" Obama's bus, don't they?


    July 8, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  24. Italy

    Giovanni was rigth, if Obama can't run the bus , how he can run the USA. Be a President means runs the little problems first, then the bigs.

    July 8, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  25. Thomas

    I wonder how long it took these reporters to figure out they could just open up the driver's door?

    " small group of pool reporters were trapped inside a bus "

    "The stranded reporters eventually exited on the bus driver’s side "

    This is sorta like being trapped on a stalled escalator

    July 8, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
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