July 20th, 2008
03:25 PM ET
13 years ago

Why all of the Obama buzz?

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(CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama’s overseas trip has created more buzz than Sen. John McCain’s foreign travels because the storyline is more interesting, according to Michael Crowley, senior editor of The New Republic.

“When McCain goes overseas, it's sort of ‘dog bites man.’ There's not really that much of an interesting angle to it,” Crowley said Sunday on CNN’s “Reliable Sources”.

“This is an incredible story, the first African-American nominee going abroad after a long period of anti-Americanism, promising a new start and a new direction for the country. There's so many fascinating angles, whereas McCain is sort of offering somewhat more of a continuation of what we already know.”

Obama left Afghanistan Sunday to travel to the Middle East and Europe. He’s also expected to travel to Jordan, Israel, Germany, France and England.

Katie Couric, Charlie Gibson and Brian Williams will all cover Obama from overseas.

“What that means, of course, is that the ‘CBS Evening News,’ ‘NBC Nightly News’ and ABC's ‘World News’ will be broadcast from Europe and the Middle East this week, throwing an even brighter spotlight on Barack's (Obama’s) excellent adventure,” said Howard Kurtz, host of “Reliable Sources.”

McCain, however, was met by zero anchors on his foreign trips since he became the presumptive Republican nominee, Kurtz pointed out.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (320 Responses)
  1. jrzshor

    simple, because the MEDIA said it was! they have elected BO and that's that!

    July 20, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  2. David Jumbo

    It Clearly shows, shows the hope for the future. Looking at Obama, you will see a new beginning. The Worlds needs peace and there is not doubt in my mind that Baracks envisions that – Peace. From Europe to Africa and the Middle-East. all the talks is about Obama.

    If I were in America, he would get my Vote. I'm sick and tired of the polices McCain offers, they are just a bunch of Scrap.

    Americans wake-up.....

    Obama for President 08

    David Jumbo

    July 20, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  3. gary


    July 20, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  4. Dorothy, White Salmon, Wa

    From what I could tell, most of his photo ops with the press showed just black troops. Are those the only ones that showed up and wanted to meet him?

    July 20, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  5. Dr. Dave

    Celebrity is where it's at. Brian, Katie & Charlie, celebrities all, know the deal inside out. David Axelrod, Obama's slick campaign manager, played one against the other for "exclusive" interviews with Presidential Hopeful Obama. They all bought hook line & sinker and the race was on. Now we will be subjected to highly crafted staged events like Cool Obama plays B-Ball in front of cheering troops. Then there'll be International Solidarity Obama at a staged Kennedyesque event in Berlin. And on & on we go until he gets crowned Messiah Obama in front of a berserk crowd at mile high stadium. No doubt to be handed the crown by none other than a brave , ailing Ted Kennedy.

    Hard for McCain to upstage that kind of insanity and the media is all to happy to play along.

    July 20, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  6. Jim

    Mr. Barack Obama's has opinions on many subjects, but has been in very few positions in government where his ideas have been put to the test.
    This gentleman, whom I regard in high esteem, is an intellectual who does not have the practical experience required to be Commander in chief or CEO of the United States of America.
    This person has one qualification, at this particular time in his life, he can talk, and discuss in a charming manner.
    Let him continue his Senate role, gain the practical application experience, then in future years, run for the top job in America.
    Talking and promising, is all very well, it has it’s place certainly, but the President of the United States has to consider Congress and the Senate, so the golden voice of Senator Barack Obama does not qualify him to move into the White house with disregard for practical experience of which he has not yet attained.
    I wish him well in his future endeavors, but advise him to sit out this particular endeavor and await a future date to continue.

    July 20, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  7. women for obama

    A couple of things are not mentioned in this article. First, McSame did not invite or want the media with his, he went over there to continue selling the lie, that all is well in Iraqi-land. You know walking around the market buying rugs for pennies that would cost serveral hundred dollars here at home. You know the place that was safe he only needed 100 security guards around him and 5 five black hawk helicopters. Those reporters who are traveling with Obama asked to go and he allowed them to at their own expense, at least they do not have to report only good things about him to travel with him. To get an up close interviewing seat on the straight talking express, the one now traveling on two wheels, those reporter must promise to only praise McSame....

    July 20, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  8. Peter

    Go obama o8

    July 20, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  9. Peter

    Go obama for president

    July 20, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  10. johnny

    Simple!!!!!!!!!!!!!! everyone wants change.

    July 20, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  11. therealist

    CBS, NBC, ABC and CNN all prove themselves to be nothing more than popperazzi. Political corruption at its worse..., and a reason to vote against this candidate.

    July 20, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  12. Chris

    What was the old guy's name again?

    July 20, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  13. hope

    WORLD!! hope is on HIS way

    July 20, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  14. tiffany bush

    McCain is boring, Obama is not!

    July 20, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  15. Noah

    go Obama this trip will be great to silence critics who say he is not good on foriegn policy Obama's Iraq and middle east plan is much better than McLame's

    July 20, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  16. Show them Mr. President

    My 2 year old daughters doesn't talk too many words but two words she can say when she sees you on TV is ... you guessed it


    I look for ward to volunteering for your relection with her and her brother.

    Thank you for the inspiration

    July 20, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  17. BHO Not my Candidate

    Europeans love Obama cause they hate America... please it together...

    July 20, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  18. P U M A for H I LL

    Yeah, what's with all the Obama buzz? I'm very sick and tired of it frankly and he's not worthy.

    Nobody gets it.. He was the 'chosen' one by the DNC and the leftist nuts. He's hasn't accomplished anything that qualifies him to lead this great nation. Just like Milli Vanilli. They were setup to front the music of the real artist who could sing okay but didn't have the pretty face.

    He's a puppet and nothing more.

    P U M A supporters UNITE and don't forget what happened.

    July 20, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  19. Independant Thinker

    There is a story that has all but gone unnoticed.

    It is the story of a young soldier that called home to tell her folks that she might be on TV, because ABC was in Iraq and was interviewing soldiers about who they were voting for, for president while Hillary Clinton was still in the running.

    ABC interviewed some 60 soldiers.

    4 said that they were voting for Obama
    2 said that they were voting for Hillary
    54 said that they were voting for McCain.

    In the official inverview for TV, ABC interviewed 5 soldiers;

    3 said that they were voting for Obama
    2 said that they were voting for Hillary.

    No official interview for TV was given to ANY soldiers voting for McCain.

    I feel that it is time that American people rise up and DEMAND that our news media TELL THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH, and NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH !!!

    It is time for the MEDIA to stop being BIASED and twisting the TRUTH.

    I feel that the journalists and news media be sued for journalistic MALPRACTICE.

    And no, I don't mean the fairness doctrine. That is targeted ONLY at conservative talk radio and NOT at the left wing news media.

    July 20, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  20. Brandy for Obama

    McCain was met by zero anchors because he is so uninteresting. There is nothing refreshing about McCain so he generates no attention. He is so boring to listen to...if I were a news anchor, I wouldn't follow him either.

    July 20, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
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