July 26th, 2008
03:45 PM ET
15 years ago

British leader tells Obama: Hit the beach

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/26/art.obamacameron.getty.jpg caption="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. Reality Check

    I wish someone would report on my week long vacation and also that I need to do that sometimes 🙁

    Obviously the media has forgotten the real americans who are tired and take vacations, unlike jerks like obama who work all the time and make a big deal about taking a vacation.

    I'm glad that CNN chose to report on this so it didn't get buried.

    July 26, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  2. kenny cole

    We already know the next pre.of usa and the whole world give you love go OBAMA God has endorse you

    July 26, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  3. lee

    McSame is suffering from inferiority complex and jealousy because of the media's euphoric moments with Obama

    July 26, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  4. Tony

    He'll have a chance to rest. The Olympics are coming up, and that'll be the news media's focus.

    To all the people complaining about the media's coverage of Obama while ignoring McCain, the media has always loved McCain. They had a barbecue at his house the weekend after he clinched the nomination. But he had a chance to grab media attention while the Democratic nomination was going on. What'd he do? Nada. He could've swiped coverage from Obama during this world tour. Did he do that? Nope. If he's losing the media coverage battle, it's only because he pooched it.

    But, you know, keep pretending it's a conspiracy or something until the men in white coats come to take you away. It really says a lot to how well you're paying attention.

    July 26, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  5. Dr.Schultz

    Hello CNN (that is OBAMA NEWS NETWORK ), your frenzy all about Barack Hussein Obama is unbeleivable. Your stories really suck. He goes around on tax payers' money and he wants Lord to protect HIS FAMILY AND HIM – not a word about the NATION or American Peoples. How self – centered he is! Does any one know WHO HE IS??? Coming to "Black in America", you conveniently left out the RICHEST woman in America OPERAH, richest and suceesful sportsmen like WOODS, JORDAN, successful black rock stars etc. and moreover one of your Blacks is almost inaugerated as the PRESIDENT by the crazy media. So, what is the need for your docommentary NOW? Trying to dump McCain – like you ,merciless media dumped HILLARY??

    – Posted by a German who is outraged by OBAMA'S political campaign (that was clearly meant for American voters) in front of
    Deutsch speaking folks on our soil.

    July 26, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  6. bt

    Obama needs to come home, get him some rest and regroup..He has done a fanastic job in his travels and has all the respect of the World...its the cronies here in America who are so f/u in the mind..they are so use to b/s that they don't recognize the real deal...to bad we can't dump them all in the river..in the mean time, I don't understand why Obama would want such a job as Pres of these US..especially following some one like Bush...and not only to have to try and put everything back in place, which he can do....but to have to deal with the racist americans..OMG

    July 26, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  7. jhw539

    It seems silly people are asking for balanced coverage of McCain – Obama is on the make-or-break trip McCain dared him to take, visiting heads of state and speaking before six-digit crowds, while McCain is putting out false rumors he might announce a VP pick and golfing with Bush Sr. Which is more newsworthy?

    July 26, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  8. Ridgeway

    Wasted skin drivel. Yeah, go to Canada with the rest of the bleeding heart libs and draft dodgers. Find a nice mosque and say your prayers to Allah.

    July 26, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  9. sallu deen

    you did ooooobama. please take a break. we love as much as europe

    July 26, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  10. brendaq from sc

    omg cnn! when will you start reporting other news? i keep finding myself going to your site just to read the headlines but im moving closer to fox news and farther away from you. its disgusting that you are so one sided.

    July 26, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  11. Karen

    Get some rest and then get back out there! Together we can!

    July 26, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  12. SUE, Michigan

    The only one hurling bricks, Fred, is McCain. he can't say one sentence without a jab at him, can't answer one question without Barack's name in the answer...if he would talk about HIMSELF and HIS ideas...oh. but wait, then no one would listen, because it's just more of the same. McCain promised to run a positive campaign. So far, the only positive is that he will trash Obama every chance he gets. Not a leader, in my opinion...just a whiny old man.

    July 26, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  13. Swannie

    Poor Obama i am sure he needs a vacation <- heavy sarcasm

    too bad the troops he cuoldnt be bothered to visit cant take a vacation from their injuries
    he is disgusting

    July 26, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  14. S.M.K. Pasadena, TX

    McCain teased Obama for not visiting with the world leaders........
    Now what ? ............... Why Obama is acting smart more than me ?

    McCain teased Obama for not visiting Iraq..............
    Now what ? ................. Why Obama is too presidential ?

    McCain's allegations about Obama's foreign policy capability was questioned repeatedly and now what ??? ..............
    When Obama proved to the world and the American people that he can do better than McCain............... "O OOooo Listen you American's don't pay attention to him.... I am going to pick my VP...."

    Why Obama gave a speech in Berlin ? O OOpppppsss " I never thought 200000 people will show up for listen to him...
    O OOoooopppppsss Listen American people " I could have addressed this meeting before but I was not invited."....

    This McCain's flip flop statements are driving me nuts......
    I me tell you old man take a brake and breath normal....... Obama is still going to drive you crazy.................

    July 26, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  15. Ted

    More like "hit the road"... Americans will not be fooled by your marketing campaign.

    July 26, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  16. Tom

    I read the comments of the pro Obama crowd and wonder just how stupid are you people? Now I'm not saying McCain is a genius, but Obama has done virtually nothing in his political career! But the Obama cheer squad thinks he is the best thing since sliced bread. This guy is nothing but a puppet, a well trained puppet, of the far left wing goof balls. Obama will bring this country to it's knees by furthering the agenda of the far left, I dont care whe get's elected as long as it's not Obama the puppet! ........ Left wing Demoncrats suck !!!!

    July 26, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  17. arkansas hillbilly

    why bother?cnn doesnt post.just makes you type for nothing.

    July 26, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    I just had dinner with a neighbor who sadly voted for George Bush 2 times. You should listen to her today. The most ardent supporter of Barak Obama I've ever heard. Barak OBAMA the next president of these United States of America.
    What an exciting clip it was to watch Obama in Berlin and in France. What a change to see thousands of europeans screaming for our next president Barak Obama.
    We need change and we need it now. We need a president who can unify our country with the western nations again. We need a president who is not afraid to air his view points. We need a president who can say, I said we needed to be in Afganestan not Iraq, and we need to be in Afganestan now, with more troops, now, and we need to get out of Iraq as soon as possible.
    We need a president, Barak Obama, who is educated, brilliant, articulate, and yet humorous and caring and a loving husband and father at the same time.
    We need Barak OBAMA for President of these United STates of America.
    Thank you.

    July 26, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  19. Speets

    to quote Fred C Dobbs: "The public is left with crap when you should be writing critical reports."

    Critical reports? Have you even compared the two candidates, and what they're doing? McCain is having one screw up after another, Obama is playing it perfect. Even if I didn't agree with Obama's policies, which I do, I would never leave the country in the hands of a man stuck in the past and who's head clearly isn't 100% anymore.

    July 26, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  20. Witz

    I could not be prouder of the super job Obama has done on his recent foreign trip. Yes, he deserves to catch his breath. But then he will continue to motivate, inspire and move this nation in the positive direction it so desperately needs. 🙂

    Congratulations Barack.

    July 26, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Any critics of Obama who have vainly been trying to portray Obama as unexperienced on foreign affairs and diplomacy should be ashamed of themselves. Obama's tour in Middle-East and Europe has proven the opposite. The truth ought to be said, recognized, and acknowledged. The truth is that the man (Obama) is a great leader, a leader loved and reverred worldwide, and a leader whose authority effects (impacts on) people in the world as if the distinct countries of the world have become the provinces the USA. The people of the world considers Obama not as the next president of the USA, but rather as their next president.

    July 26, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  22. Rufus Paige

    Barack Obama is truely what we need in the United States. I listen to what some of the Republicans have to say and its so self centered. They only think whats best for people like themselves. People who are rich and conservative. I see jealousy and no smarts about them. We need a President thats going to look after and help the average man. A person cannot be objective about a situation unless that person has experience the situation. The high gas prices, people losing their homes and no good jobs. Republicans blaming people and lenders for the foreclosure problem and forgetting that those same people have invested in paying taxes in this country. They need a return on their investment which is a good paying job in the United States, gas to get to work and enough of this Bush administartion that got us in this mess. Things will get more worse if we dont change the problem at hand. McCain is the same problem. Voting for McCain is voting for Bush. How crazy is that? Gos bless American and Barack Obama.

    July 26, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    This all boils down to Nov 4th. Tween now and then, we will all get a clearer picture on who Obama and Mccain really are and not just the vague collection of thoughts meant to hook and land a voter. Let's keep our eyes open.

    July 27, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
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