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

Obama says reports of party friction are media creation

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. LaVerne e Brison

    It's the media and the Clinton's and the Republicans who are responsible for Obama fatigue. Why don't you guys stop trying to dissect every word that is said and stop trying trying to make up stories to fill your 24 hour news cycle. I am also tired of looking at John McCain's snarly face every time I turn on the TV. If he gets elected I will have to keep my remote control handy like I have done for the last 7 1/2 years. The other 50% of Americans would like a President that they can stand to see and listen to. If people are tired of looking at Barack Obama they can do like I do. Change the channel! I also plan to vote for him in November. See ya then.

    August 7, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  2. Themanwhosawtommorow

    Agreed!! May God bless your good soul!

    August 7, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  3. Mike in MN

    Media creation? Just read through today's CNN ticker blogs.

    Count how many apparent Obama supports call Hillary supportes scum and loonies and crazies and idiots and everything they call the Repbulians. Then count how many apparent Hillary supporters are calling Obama supporters the same thing.

    There are two protest marches planned for the Democratic conventlon by Hillary supports to protest Obama.

    These are facts. It's going to be quite a show.

    If the hate intensity was not so great it would be fun to watch. But they just nabbed a guy who made a death threat against Obama today. That is what comes from all the hate.

    August 7, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  4. Reality Check

    If Hillary is planning to run again, she is making a big mistake. There are many of us that would personal campaign against her and destroy that crazy woman completely. Hillary will never be president because we will never forget.

    August 7, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  5. Clinton/McCain

    The only cure for "Obama fatigue" is if he drops out of the race! He said to donors back in June that he didn't want any negotiating done at the convention. So, based on that statement he will not let her delegates vote for her.

    August 7, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  6. Vegas

    When Senator Barack Obama was in Israel last week he followed tradition and left a note to God in the crevices of the Wailing, or Western Wall. That his note was taken from its repository and made public is an interesting turn of events. And even more interesting in that the note and its public exposure was indeed planned by the Obama Campaign. That's right – planned!

    It was all revealed when a spokesman for Maariv, Israel's second most popular newspaper, went public by saying "publication of the note was pre-approved for international publication by the Obama campaign, leading to the conclusion that the 'private' prayer was intentionally leaked for public consumption." As reported on Israeli "A Ma'ariv spokesman was quoted in the Jerusalem Post as saying that 'Barack Obama's note was approved for publication in the international media even before he put [it] in . . . '"

    No Mister Obama... above is one of many reasons people don't trust you and will not vote for you.... many of which are Democrats!

    August 7, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  7. Bobbie, New Hampshire

    Hillary's people are going to cause all kinds of havoc in Denver-can't wait to see this.

    August 7, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  8. jason, tx

    eh, most of the attention on Obama is McCain's fault with all the ridiculous and juvenile ads. Obama, you go rest and come back safe so we can have a great campaign and elect you president.

    August 7, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  9. Genie, New Mexico

    The Clintons have no use for Obama since he is not getting their debts paid off. They and their supporters are going to sabotage Obama in Denver. Watch and learn.

    August 7, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  10. Boston For OBAMA

    OBAMA.............enjoy your vacation with your family. We will never tire of you.

    August 7, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  11. jim

    see you when you come back Mr. President!!!

    August 7, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  12. Beverly, NYC

    Slow news day. I would not put it past Hillary or her supporter to backdoor Obama and try to steal the nomination. She has been laying low for weeks, no doubt plotting with Penn, Ickes, McAuliffe etc. I don't trust her as far as I could throw her. She just want to hear her name said in nomination for what. So her suspect 18 million can cheer. I wonder how many PUMA's will show up if they are charged $5 a piece to march,(2 for Hillary, 1 for bail when they are locked up for disturbing the peace and 2 for Denver police overtime).

    August 7, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  13. johnetta

    You deserve a break. Enjoy your family and vacation. Then hurry back to us FiIRED UP AND READY TO GO.

    August 7, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  14. bob

    I will only say 'have a nice vacation' and see you when you come back. I have a present for you for your 47th birthday,
    A vote!

    August 7, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  15. patrick

    Clinton needs to be on the ticket otherwise NObama 08 and it will be my first time voting Republican.

    August 7, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  16. takeoffthehoods

    I have always said the Media created a whole lot of the mess the candidates are dealing with.

    The media also has republiucans and democrats alike that are willing to derail Obama..

    Today we see Wolf Biltzer talking about something smells about the Clinton-Obama on the road.

    Well we all knows what smells it is "Wolf Blitzer TOP LIP" It stinks

    August 7, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  17. Belle

    Right Senator Obama. Like "I don't mind including FL and MI as long as it doesn't change the outcome."

    By the way, how is it that Hillary Clinton has ALREADY raised the $500,000.00 for YOUR campaign...yet YOU still have not raised the $500,000.00 to help her pay off her campaign debt, that you agreed to do?

    August 7, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  18. DeVone

    a vote for clinton is a vote for mc cain america please remember

    August 7, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  19. susie

    The media is in love with Obama, why would they try to start a friction between Obama and Hillary?

    August 7, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  20. Shannon

    keep saying that Obama, it's no myth that I'm a life long Democrat who would never vote for you. I find your use of race against your opponents disgusting. How you could paint the Clintons as racist for your own gain was truly horrible, and is not what I was taught we do as Democrats. People will figure him out eventually, he's a fraud. This country elected George Bush twice, we obviously don't make the best choices, Obama will be another Bush, a total failure.

    August 7, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  21. GoMcCain08

    The "talks" have been going on since June with no resolution. If Dean and Pelosi weren't so hot to keep Hillary's name out of nomination, then they would have reached a decision. Currently, the Obama and Clinton supporters asking for Hillary's name to be on the ballot, have gotten no answers from Pelosi on how to properly submit the petition.

    It wouldn't be in the news, if Pelosi wasn't inept. But it makes Obama look like out of touch with reality stating it is a media creation. Perhaps he is a media creation too?

    August 7, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  22. Lesley

    Well, McCain will keep reporting on Obama. Maybe the Pew audience should complain about too much McCain! Too much negative McCain at that! Why don't they do a poll about McCain's negative campaign?

    August 7, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  23. chyk o

    Obama should have challenged McCain to do the same, take a week off so that the American people will enjoy quiet olympic and cheer for the American athlets.

    August 7, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  24. roger dowdle, lockhart, Tx

    The biggest problem the dems have with intraparty conflict is the medias desire to create rather than report the news.

    August 7, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  25. GERRY


    August 7, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
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