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. Jacob, NM

    Don't count on a vacation Senator. If you want to give the American people a break good. But the media will not, they're going to follow you wherever you go inspite of their report that the public is tired of you. Let's see if the media can give it a rest, as well.


    August 7, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  2. WB, PSL




    August 7, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  3. John


    This Hillary supporter cannot support Obama. I will support McCain, a man of true convictions, one that has had a record of bipartisan accomplishments, one that supported the surge when many said the war was lost, one that will not look Americans in the eye and tell them truth, unlike Obama and his denial of his "refinement" of Iraq.

    August 7, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  4. jim

    this is a perfectly well timed vacation. The olympics are coming up, which will take over most of the newscycle. He definitely needs a vacation, after all he's not taking saturdays and sundays off like mccain does most of the time. And, he never got a real break between the primaries and now. He took easter off (how shocking!) and i'm guessing that for christmas he was in full Iowa swing. He's not a robot, he needs some time to think, especially since he actually has some input into what he says everyday (if you don't believe me, checkout his sample test answers from his days as a constitutional law prof, the man can write!). He can't take any breaks after the convention... so lay off!

    August 7, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  5. What if?

    Lyle with people like you Obama could will never do enough for Queen Hillary. It's a shame that some of her supporters think they have the right to tell Obama what he can and can not do. NEVER have we had a nominee that was suppose to be MADE to do what you say. I bet we can guess why. Most of you are not even on his level, that's what so sad about it.

    Hillary made her own debt........don't understand why that's still a issue anyway...18 millions supporters (and you) should have had her debt paid in full by now...........that show's all mouth and that it was true, most of them 18 million were republicans, who now send their money to McCain.

    Go and enjoy your vacation Obama, Hillary vacationed owing 15 million + in debt. I guess while you are on vacation we should prepare ourselves for McCain whining act day after day after day.......

    I wish you and your family a blessed and fun relaxating vacation.

    August 7, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  6. Don of Fairfax

    LOL . . . Dumocraps . . . you have got to love them.

    Especially the Obamariginals . . . Yes We Can ! Yes We Can ! Yes We Can ! . . . and they want to run this country.

    They can't even run a convention let alone their Party. You will need more than a couple of weeks to fix this mess . . . here comes Hillary.

    Vote McCain 08

    August 7, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  7. Lisa

    Once again Obama is out of touch with the American people!! There's clearly friction between his dumb supporters and Hillary's supporters.

    August 7, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  8. Missy, DE

    Yes, Senator even though you said you're vacationing, the media will hound you, but be gracious. They have to make a living. Go visit your sister and try and have fun.

    Tell that Love guy not to get in your pictures. The last time you went on vacation, that Love guy was lounging with you and Michelle. I said, what kind of vacation is that?


    August 7, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  9. Brian

    Yeah PUMA! Keep up the good work!

    August 7, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  10. Keith

    It's like living in the Twilight Zone.

    No friction in the party? He is truly delusional.


    August 7, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |

    Why can't Hillary's supporters retire her debt. they are so in love with her – right?

    I pity the Clinton's – they can't get over themselves. Why should everyone have to baby sit the Hillary supporters?

    Hillary's political career is just about to be over with. And all because of her and Bill's ego. It's bigger than the jobs, housing crisis, economy, and bringing our wonderful military home. It's always about them. Pathetic.

    If Hillary would grow up I would love to see her as the VP.

    August 7, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  12. MZ

    BARACK-HILLARY '08 !............PROBLEM SOLVED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 7, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  13. Moe

    Excuse me Peter E, but that "woman" threw everything at the Senator, including the kitchen sink. He had to DEFEND himself, not attack her. And we didn't know Hillary was off limits. She's the one who said, "If you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen". Well he withstood the heat, and he didn't leave the kitchen. Go lick your wounds somewhere else, it's not going to fly over here.

    You're wrong, once again.

    August 7, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  14. Vig

    Obama is a pollyanna and a prima donna. Delegates need to place Hillary Clinton's name into nomination. Read the article in today's SF Chronicle in the editorial section. Basically, Obama is not the man for the job. Does he even know what he is talking about? The author articulates what many are thinking and feeling about Obama.

    August 7, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  15. Chuck, Montgomery, AL

    Enjoy your vacation Obama. The other guy takes every week-end off and had 4 months to wander around talking to himself.

    Let me see, 7 months x 8 weekend days per month = about 56 or so days the other guy has had off – Hmmmmmmm. Watch the wise guys start making snide remarks.

    August 7, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  16. SamSunny

    I am 100% for Obama, but I think he plays to the Clintons too much. Bill Clinton is out there having his tantrums and Hillary still wants the thrill of cheers, and Obama says these people are just great. I know he wants things to appear smooth so Hillary's backers will be happy,
    but enough is is getting to a point where I say, just let happen what will happen with her malcontents, and that includes good old Billy boy.

    August 7, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  17. Kyle, MA

    No, the last time he went to Hawaii, the Reverend threw him under the bus. He simply responded. Do your research.

    August 7, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  18. Jerry

    I'm a disenchanted Republican voting for Barack Obama. I'm also disenchanted with the Democrat Party. The media can stir up the mix till it boils over, and it doesn't matter. There are voters like myself who see Barack bringing change for the better to the country and to both political parties in the process. I ignore the media gossip, because that is all it is. A rift at the Democratic convention, won't bother me, I will still vote for Barack. With the Democrats that vote for him, along with Independents and the disenchanted Republicans, he will win.

    August 7, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  19. NG in DC

    Obama is so full of BS. He LOVES the rock star attention.

    If he gets to the White House, he'll suddenly want a vacation, because there will be real work to do. Just wait till the country shouts out: Shut up with the speeches man ....DO SOMETHING NOW.

    No more more big rallies... no more celebrity parties and magazine photo-ops ..... change something - including my mind that you were ready to lead ... and all the kids and black folk in the country were right about you ...

    Still hoping you pick Hillary as VP ...dude. I'll even send some money your way, man, if you do.

    August 7, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  20. Bayou Joe

    This is the media speaking. So it's our fault that there are divisions in the Democratic Party. Get a life, Barak, You created those divisions to defeat Hillary and now you are using them to beat McCain. Fortunately we will not buy it this time. We know who raised the Race and Gender card. Blame the DNC for you problems and also how the Democrats divide people into categories of Americans. I am a Republican and 100% American, although the Democratic Party
    still has me labeled as an Hispanic American.

    How do you become an unhyphenated American? You step off
    the boat on Long Island. But if you were already on this continent, you are a hypenated American forever. Native and Proud.

    August 7, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  21. deroy

    he was created b the media and now they are addicted to him. they are hurting him badly because they mention him every five minutes.

    August 7, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  22. PUMA in Training


    Neither you nor the DNC can tell us who we have to vote for. This isn't a vote for Hillary but a protest against the way she's been treated. You get over it – there are millions that feel this way and your whinning isn't going to change that.

    August 7, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  23. Patrick

    Obama, you are a media creation!

    They gave you the hype and biased coverage to make you nominee and now it is time reality sinks in and this empty suit unswervingly loses in November.

    August 7, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  24. Byron Obama

    If my brother picks Oprah as his running mate, my dreams will be fullfilled. Long live the "Os".

    August 7, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  25. McLAME

    PUMAs just had a conf call...all 50 of them.

    Buzz off media.

    August 7, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
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