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. Disgusted

    Sure, a media creation. So I guess that changing my party affiliation from Dem to Indy because of Dem party shenanigans was yet another media creation. Nice try. I won't be contributing to the Dem party coffers until all the bozos have left the tent. And there are many more out there just like me...

    August 7, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  2. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Obviously Obama doesn't read political blogs. The PUMA/Anti-PUMA/Obama/Hillary mutual bashing shows no signs of letting up.

    PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Wanda, you really should seek professional help.

    August 7, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  3. Erick FL

    Oh gosh, the Messiah is off on Vacation so that we don't get to hear much from him because we are sick of hearing from him? -lolol

    August 7, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  4. bukky

    Some people are just plain angry and bitter.. yes B I T T E R. Some of you people are complaining that you hear too much about Obama AND complaining about his retreating from the lime light.

    How can you have it both ways...

    I for one hope that the media focuses on McCain for once. This guy say things so dumb they wouldnt even come out of Bush's mouth. Well... they may but you get the point.

    August 7, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  5. Roger from CA

    PUMA types: ENOUGH!!!!!!!!! All this nonsense that somehow Obama masterminded some sort of nefarious theft and manipulation of the Democratic nomination process, fueled by some sort of coordinated and nasty campaign of mysogeny and nastiness directed at HRC, would be laughable, if it weren't for all of you continuing to beat that drum to death.

    There were rules established before the primaries started. Obama followed them. He eventually won enough pledged delegates and received the committment from enough "Superdelegates" to earn the nomination. He won. With or without full votes from MI and FL. YOU ARE THE ONES WHO CLAMOURED TO CHANGE RULES MID-GAME. STOP YOUR NONSENSE!!!

    Quick question: Have you ever dreamed of acting like this in the past? Really! No? Gee, you mean you always previously coalesced behind the Democratic nominee even if your original choice lost? Well, then, what's different THIS year..... hmmmmmmm??? Could it be because the guy is BLACK??

    Scream all you want, but either you are racist, or you don't geniunely support the policies that HRC advocates.

    Obama's indulgence of HRC's strident supporters is admirable, but they have GOT to get over themselves. Marching through Denver will create a horrible spectacle that will appear in every pro-McCain ad between then and November. Obama supporters would unquestionably supported HRC had she won. But she didn't. It is time to unite behind Barack, and to stop your idolatry of Hillary.

    August 7, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  6. Erick FL

    Watch how we see all those Hawaii pics of him while he's on Vacation & he thinks it'll help cure the Obama fatigue....Oh please. The more we see & know of him, the worst it is so pls bring it on!

    August 7, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  7. Silence Dogood

    How can someone find it so easy to lie and grin at the same time?

    August 7, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  8. An American

    There are a lot of things that are media created

    August 7, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  9. Michael in Seattle

    Although I think he needs a vaca...i think this is a bad time
    this is when McCain will announce his VP choice!

    August 7, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  10. Lisa

    At this point I think he's going to put Hillary on the ticket!

    August 7, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  11. Jenna

    She won the election and Obama is only the presumed nominee, the DNC should take a good look at the polls and then have the Super Dictators cast their vote.

    Dem for McCain

    August 7, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  12. johnetta

    Enjoy your family and your vacation. Hurry back to us FIRED UP AND READY TO GO.

    August 7, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  13. beth

    He's one in their right mind would pick McCain over Obama after seriously supporting Hillary based upon her stand on the issues. Their near identical to Obama's and night and day's from McSame's.

    August 7, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  14. souza

    I was a Clinton supporter mostly because she is vetted and the most qualified to lead this country back into economic success. Obama has NO real EXPERIENCE he has nothing you could point to and say Obama accomplished something. Look at his voting record and his lack of experience is demonstrated there.
    I still believe he is a Pied Piper and he will not have my vote.
    I am going to write Hillary's name in.

    August 7, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  15. RCLGuard

    Man, I love this guy. He speaks to the Media on a level that is real. He doesn't dismiss them with a wave like McCain. How can ANYONE call this man elitist when he is so approachable and down-to-earth. He's a realist.

    Wake up people. Clear your head. Anyone running for the highest office in the world has cause to seem elitist. And don't tell me McCain doesn't act all high and mighty. Have you heard that man talk to people. McCain talks down to people, like they're beneath him. It makes my stomach turn when I hear McCain.

    August 7, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  16. Nomad

    hillary ran a crappy campaign. Stop crying and get over it already, everyone thought hilary would win including her so she mailed in her campaign. Obama is very charismatic and took everyone by suprise once he started winning the crying started first from hilary then from the PUMA (such an original name for old women with no life) people. Stay home if you want to and prove to the rest of the world that we are a fat old country who the rest of the world has past by.

    August 7, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  17. Dilly WA

    I encourage all who feel Hillary and Bill are trying undermine Obama to e-mail Pelosie or the DNC. Tell them what you think and how it make you feel as a Democrate.

    August 7, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  18. Former Democrat

    Let democracy ring, Obama. Let Hillary put her name in for the nomination. What are you afraid of? After all, you are the Messiah !!!Denver is going to bring some surprises. Hillary supporters are not going to sit idle and lose the election in Nocember. Hah !!

    August 7, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  19. terri ohio

    Party friction is alive and well
    until the black mailing Clinton get their debts paid off..
    Why dont those 18 million cracks all give he a buck so she can go away

    August 7, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  20. Rus Houston

    Even though Obama is clearly the best candidate, it will be very hard for him to win. The fact of the matter is, by being African American, Obama is giving McCain a 10 points. Look at the reality:

    1) Ronald Reagan was known to be a great communicator. Obama is even a better communicator, but now he is called a celebrity.

    2) Obama trip to europe was a huge success. What country wouldn't want to have a president that is so popular around the world? However, this does not help Obama. They say he is too popular to lead. When he looked very presidential, they say he was acting like he was already president.

    3) Now the media is saying people are too tired of Obama ... like it is Obama fault.

    4) Obama judgement has been 100% accurate in regards to iraq ... so it is clear that judgement is much better then experience. However, they talk about him being inexperience. Here is a man who has defied so many all odds: 1st) First black president of Harvard law Review. 2nd. Beat Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination ... which we all thought would be impossible. 3rd) Here is a man who has run a very successful campaign by any stretch of the imagination. 4th) Here is a man who has re-defined the meaning of campaign funding. Based on these facts, it should be obvious to a duck that obama is clearly a born leader. He has something special.

    Even Micky Mouse can lead The US. It is all about who you have around you ... and you can say obama is all talk and no substance, but there is no getting around the fact that he knows how to pick a good team. Personally, I am 1000% sure Obama would take America to another level ... a much higher level if given the opportuinty. The signs are all there.

    Finally, at the end of the day, Joe America is Actually looking for a President that is more like them ... so Joe America is actually looking for a John McCain. If Obama was white, he would be leading McCain by 20 points. So the reason why the Democratic party is doing so well and the presidential race is so close is the issue of race. Hillary and Bill Clinton were right when they said that Hillary would have a better chance to win. hey knew that race would hurt Obama.

    August 7, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  21. Marty

    Yeah, right. Just 1 week of relief after 1 year of 24/7 MSM coverage of Obama won't cut it. This non-stop coverage of Obama makes many people want to gag. And. . .I'll bet every move of his week-long "vacation" will be orchestrated and reported daily.

    August 7, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  22. Latinos for Obama

    PUMAS = Closet Republicans and un-informed folk.

    August 7, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  23. Chut Pata

    PUMA is actually PUMAD – Pubs Under Mask As Dems.

    August 7, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  24. Jill, MN

    I'm not tired of you Senator, but have a good vacation. You deserve it.


    August 7, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  25. Nicole

    To Jimmy,

    Hillary supporters didn't contribute to her campaign b/c if they did she wouldn't be in debt, so with that said we don't expect them to contribute anything to Obama.

    To Gary,

    Stop acting like you are a supporter of Hillary. We all know you just someone the GOP is paying to keep this crap up. And if you're not part of the GOP just say that you have a problem voting for black man.

    I am sorry but being 1st Lady or serving in the military doesn't mean anything to me. I want a President that will have good judgment and doesn't owe everyone in Washington a favor like Hillary and McCain.

    August 7, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
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