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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  1. Goodie

    Why all these hatred on Mr. Obama. You really have to be blind and full of dead bones not to appreciate a scholar like Barack wanting to be the next president. God help all these hate filled individuals out there. You can not fight or derail destiny. Can't wait till November. In the maintime please make a donation today to support change coming to America. Thank you for your support. Blessings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    P.s Have a nice vacation Barack. Spend time with the wife and those lovely kids.

    August 7, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  2. Splurge

    That's a rich statement coming from him since Obama IS the media creation.

    August 7, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  3. victorhill

    In a McCain campaign "Economic Communications Plan" that was obtained by the Huffington Post, an aide to the Senator lays out several themes, tactics and objectives to shore up the Arizona Republican's standing on the economy and paint Barack Obama as a "job killing machine."

    "Our polling tells us that Americans are still not tuned into what the candidates might do to fix the economy," reads the memo. "We have an opportunity to fill in that gap."

    The strategy, which was authored by Taylor Griffin - a veteran of the Bush White House and Treasury Department who serves McCain as a senior adviser - seems built around traditional themes. The McCain campaign will paint Obama as being "aligned with trial lawyers" and "unions (card check, trade, education reform)," and push the frame that he "raises taxes" and "will kill jobs."

    In contrast, McCain will be positioned as a bold leader on economic matters, someone who has a "record of taking on corporate interests" and will "fight speculation driving up prices of oil and food" as well as "the lawsuit culture." per Hunt. Press.
    Sen. McCain and his Evil Empire!

    Same OLD Washington Junk

    August 7, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  4. Clinton/McCain

    I don't care what is done at the convention. My parents and I from PA will never vote for Obama.

    August 7, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  5. Lazarus

    No party division? Seems that Obama is attempting sound confident and in-charge, but I wonder if he is going to drive even more of those Hillary supporters to the other side of the fence with this and the Democratic convention nonsense that has been planned. I was an independent that switched parties to vote in the primary because I was interested in Hilliary and very nervous about the front running Republicans at the time.. but, wonder, of wonders, the Democrats managed to boot it and nominate the most liberal of it's contenders, and the Republicans nominated perhaps it's most flexible. (Please, partisans, no debating it, McCain crosses party lines far more often in votes, and has a very long track record.)
    I wonder if the DNC, smelling blood with the tremendous dissatisfaction with the GOP, thought that they could run a super liberal for President and not face an enormous amount of resistance? I am furious with the Democrats for failing again to run someone that can truly contend with the Republican machine in Washington. Hillary could have done it, but Obama has nothing close to that kind of experience, and for all the talk of polarizing figures, Obama, because of his policy ideas, will become a lightning rod for Republican opposition, and they are far more organized and adept at confrontational politics than the Democrats. If Obama wins, it's going to be very close, and I have a feeling that may usher in a very, very ugly four years of wrangling in the capitol.

    August 7, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  6. Allan

    My family was for Obama. But not anymore. He play race card. My family is white, so he make bad person and racist if we are not for Obama.

    August 7, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  7. Jake

    The media has a vested interest in making this election seem closer that it actually is. Them and their crazy polls! Jesus H. Christ!


    August 7, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  8. mary

    many of Hillary supporters were republicans who will be voting in there party in the election.So it is time that we look to the election win come November. many voters are stuck in the mud and can,t get out.if the democrats do not win this election many voters will not have confidence in the system period and may never vote again.Ther is a whole new generation watching this election that will be voters in the next 10 to 12 years from now and we need to instill in them that the democratic system is for everyone not only the few. One Clinton speaking at the convention is enough.

    August 7, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  9. Allan

    My family was for Obama. But not anymore. He play race card. My family is white, so he make us bad person and racist if we are not for Obama.

    August 7, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  10. Larry H, NYC

    I think Hillary should be put in nomination process at the convention. If Obama clearly has more delegates, what is he or his supporters afraid of? The voices of voters need to be heard. This democracy in action. I am not happy with the fact the media decided not to cover what I consider Obama's biggest flip flop. First against and now for full Michighan and Florida representation because it benefits him now. If he was for full representation in March, he would not be the "presumptive" nominee and we would probably go to the convention to decide anyway. I think Hillary supporters have a legitimate beef.

    August 7, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  11. Jean

    The media kept pushing the Hillary Clinton issue. "The question IS HE DOING ENOUGH?????"

    Now that the job seems to be complete – SHAME ON YOU

    August 7, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  12. Larry Buchas

    Lay off the Clintons.

    They are still Democrats & we should offer them a big part at the Convention. Hillary promised to support Barack and I trust she will deliver.

    August 7, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  13. Scott L

    Going dooooooooooown in November...

    August 7, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  14. obama is the most dangerous man alive

    you make me sick

    August 7, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  15. Peter (CA)

    Remember there are still 90 days until the election. The media does need stories to keep everything interesting. But, it's not just the media.

    I think Hillary is way too smart too sit back and let this election be handed to the Republicans because she will then experience a horrendous backlash. And, frankly, anyone who truly supports Hillary (and I voted for her in the CA priamry) knows that she will support Obama to be president rather than risk another 4 or 8 years of Republican rule. Stevens and Ginsberg are rumored to be ready to retire. Do we want another Scalia, Thomas or Alioto on the Supreme Court?

    We must all unite to set this country right. McCain embraces more and more Bush policy every day, no matter what he tries in distancing himself from this failed administration.

    August 7, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  16. Shannon

    Sherry in Atlanta, you seem like a very angry person, I understand why you support Obama, he seems to bring out the worst in people. As for HIllary changing her mind, well Obama has flip flopped on every issue. He was for and against FISA, he was for and against Public Financing, he was for and against the DC gun ban, he was for and against a woman's right to choose when it concerns her mental health. He voted for a gas tax holiday three times in IL, and than was against it when HIllary proposed it. He was for huge tax breaks for big oil when he voted for the CHENEY Energy Bill, but now he's against what he voted for. Reverend Wright was his mentor and like a member of the family, now he barely knows him. Bill Clinton was a racist, now he's a good guy. Seriously Sherry, that's some flip flopping. I probably didn't' even cover a portion of all the changes he's made . Oh wait, he was against drilling now he's for it. Sherry do you even know his voting record, or do you just like pretty speeches. Check out, you might learn something if you do.

    August 7, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  17. Bill Clinton

    For goodness sake, don't elect this guy.

    August 7, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  18. Speak,Colorado

    No Obama it's not fiction it's fact, go away and this time stay gone.
    Leave the Country again please this time for good, your wife left us alone thank GOD! Your turn only when and if you come back try coming back as Hillary since you now have been stealing her words, you and your disciples have not an original thought amongst the lot of you. NO-BAMA! NO-BAMA!

    August 7, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  19. Cindy, Hawaii

    It’s clear that Hillary supporters do NOT care about this country. Some of them are so childish as to not vote for the rightful nominee (Mr. Obama) or vote for Mc Same or write her name on the ballot. How is this beneficial for the country? Apparently Hillary’s supporters are elitists who don’t have to worry about losing their homes, paying $4 for a gallon of gas, or not having health insurance. Get this through you thick heads – AMERICA SIMPLY CANNOT AFFORD ANOTHER FOUR YEARS OF CORUPTION & FAILED POLICIES!

    August 7, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  20. Lance

    I do not understand the confusion on how ppl can be sick of Obama coverage while also not knowing enough about him. Maybe if any of his positions were consistent for more than a month. I guess Fisa, public financing of campaigns, the iraq war, gun control, lobbyist money, environmental policy, etc etc are not important topics in this election.

    Everybody wants this country to come together and work together to face the difficult problems ahead. Unfortunately the guy with the proven track record of reaching across the aisle is being completely ignored by the same ppl who claim this is the most important factor in the election.

    August 7, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  21. Educate yourself people don't just open up your mouth to talk by ignoring the fact.

    The only hillary surpporters are the ones on this blog cause all they can see Hillary not the issues they want a white person and a woman well there is nothing wrong with that but don't blame Obama for Hillaty loss cause it was all her fault when the primary started she thought she had it all but Obama made her work for it but by the time she will work for it it was late and all she did was play the victim of sexism and she also played the race card.I respect what she did for women coming from behind but remember she has been planning this years ago to run for president but she never plan to fight for it so people if you are too blind to see beyond your nose then its a shame cause the fact is Hillary clinton lost the nomination herself.

    August 7, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  22. United

    We adore Hillary, but we like McCain.
    According to one major poll he actually has more Republican support than Obama has Democratic.
    Moore thought it is time to stop electing white men, so the Dems found a black man that sat in a racist church for 20 years. All the far left elected him because he did not vote for the war and had no history, yet he was not even elected yet to vote. What would he have voted if he could have? Perhaps the expert Democratic Party guy from Michigan would be kind enough to enlighten the five of us non-existent racist democrats who are really republicans.
    Pelosi, Dean and Reid we are the mavericks, we live in a world with all Americans, we listen to the concerns of our fellow republican Americans, we do not belittle and hate them. We recognize that their issues are as important to them as ours are to us.
    Now, as you have chosen us a candidate who the more we find out about the more we are apalled, we will Unite (for now) with our republican bethren to fight against your obvious incompetence.
    We know McCain is a far cry from Bush, how, because we looked at his history. You write vile comments about McCain, yet whine at how he is playing dirty, ha ha......
    Hillary or McCain / Powell

    August 7, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  23. Mike

    There are a lot of Republicans here posing as Hillary supporters again, trying to stoke the fires. McCain thrives to the extent that they can create bad blood among the Democrats.

    Ignore those messages..... a few may be genuine, but most have Karl Rove's fingerprints all over them.

    August 7, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  24. Phil

    Face it she's not going to be the nominee, not this year or in 2012, she lost get it through your heads, she had 18 million votes, Obama had 18 million and one, she lost.

    August 7, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  25. Veteran for Obama

    Obama is absolutely right. The media takes a little Hillary clip and blows it way out of proportion. They need to go give McCain some more coverage. Obama doesn't want this coverage, it's the media and it's not positive. McCain wants more coverage so go dig up his skeletons. He has a lot of them!

    August 7, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
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