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. Neutral

    No party friction huh? You must be smoking some weed again dude. Democrats running at the local level are worried, they're losing against their opponent.

    Dems will lose the WH bid and lose some seats at the local level.

    August 7, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  2. Joe Kiloz

    C'mon Mr. O, pony up Hillary's $ and she'll send you lots of voters. It's not the media's take on this situation, it oozes from you and the Clinton camp.

    August 7, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  3. pat C.

    these stupid clinton people are such fools! do they think that the super delegates will actually turn from obama and look like fools at the convention? this race is over,hillary lost, we the obama supporters out voted you idiot hillary people so get over it! if he won then what makes any of these idiots think she can step in now and win in front of the intire delegation of democrats...... we the obama people are still here and filled with great pride over our elected presedent to be. accept it people hillary came in second ..not first!!!.i have never seen or heard such stupidity!
    obama and his supporters are just so much smarter and educated than the hillary flock!

    August 7, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  4. TheTruthHurts

    Obama is evil. He must have an ulterior motive. He must be a poll watcher. Haters can pounce on anything.

    August 7, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  5. Dr. See Love

    Obama supporters, if you really are...PLEASE stop insulting Senator Hillary Clinton. For us to heal, we must not reinforce walls that we need to break down. It does not help any of us who wish to see Senator Barack Obama become the next president of these great United States. We have real issues to content with, like our country being 24th in the world (down from #1 20 years ago) in mathematics. Let's do better and lift each other up. If McCain supporters choose to insult Obama or Clinton...well, we can't stop them, but we don't have to participate...which means not insulting Senator McCain either...think about it. Thanks.

    August 7, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  6. Indiana Bob

    I guarantee you that PUMA is not a media creation!! I have voted Democratic since 1972, but not this time. I will not vote for an empty suit topped with a bobble head and supported by training wheels. And the Democrats better get rid of Dean, Pelosi, and Reid. I even find myself watching Fox news now so I can get my political fix without vomiting. Back when the Democratic Party used to exist, Fox made me vomit. You remember, back in the days of a booming economy and a budget surplus. But Pelosi thinks it is more important to elect a black man than it is to solve our country's problems. But then she is no better at solving problems than Obama. They both just talk about solving them.

    PUMA - Vote McCain

    August 7, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  7. Dave, Laguna Niguel, CA

    Once again, Obama is wrong. The friction within the party is real. If you do not believe that, read this blog!

    August 7, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  8. Trailways

    We would like to ask Sen. Obama to please refrain from throwing any more of his former supporters under the bus.

    August 7, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  9. NVH

    hill's debt ain't paid because hill doesn't have that many real supporters. she used terrible judgement, mis managed her money and her supporters donations. now that she's lost who supports a loser? if they really were her biggest champions and loved and respected her so much like they keep saying they do they would have paid her debt instead of creating so much drama. to be honest the longer this goes on the more i lose respect for her and her husband. she is looking as silly and delusional as old man john mccain.

    August 7, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  10. Diane

    All you guys talk about EXPERIENCE...that Obama supposedly DOES NOT HAVE.. WHAT ABOUT JOHN F. KENNEDY, EISENHOWER, TRUMAN, AND OTHERS. And McCain dumped his first wife for Cindy.....after wife 1 nursed him back to health altho she was wheelchair bound. You want him for a President????????

    August 7, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  11. United

    Oh..... just another thing about the old white hair guy, his surge was effective.
    Bye Bye Bush, Hello competence, I think I'm going to cryyy.......
    The American objective in Iraq, is to help Iraq to become a free country, a democracy. American soldiers are not in Iraq indiscriminitely shooting Iraq men and women. ( As the far left loves to imply ) They are battling hard to offer them a sense of security at this time of transition. The people killing are led by tyrants, yes the leaders that hurt the people that they are supposed to protect.
    Democrat who needs more than get in line, get over it and McCain=Bush

    August 7, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  12. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    A good friend of mine who is Republican told me when Bill left office Hillary will run and I would see exactly how the Clinton's operate. I didn't believe her because I supported the Clintons. The Clintons have proven my Republican friend to be correct and now it's "I told you so". What a disappointment the Clintons have proven to be after so many of us supported Bill during his worst times only to find Bill and Hillary are two of a kind.

    August 7, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  13. Anthony

    Democrats wake up, this is what the media want, to help creat more and more division within the democratic party, and the result will be you will turn against Obama. Don't be so stupid and fall for everything they put out.

    August 7, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  14. Chukwunonso David Abuah

    obama have demonstracted the character of a true poltician, americans are looking politics full of issues, ideal and reforms. Obama is the man to watch, in him come a policy of hope.

    August 7, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  15. JIM...TX

    There isn't any 18 million HRC supporters you fools. Rush an that goofy mob of his were probably half of those signing on to Hillary because they wanted her to be the nominee and they knew that even their poor candidate McCain could beat her due to the baggage and hate from conservatives she brings to the table. Ever wonder why her debt isn't being paid??? Rush's bunch won't give and the few thousands of her PUMA's aren't enough to get her on the ticket. Get real people!!!

    August 7, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  16. Ex-Republican for Obama

    Clinton's name WAS in the nomination, and she lost. It was called the PRIMARY elections. Delegates that voted for her LOST, but they WERE counted. No reason to have a REMATCH at the convention, that's what 2012 is for.

    August 7, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  17. Independant Thinker

    Obama created a lot of that friction himself by playing the RACE card against Bill and Hillary on more that one occasion.

    Add to that the size of Obama's EGO in conflict with the Clinton's EGOs and well, you've got a problem.

    August 7, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  18. Lisa

    Obama will do and say anything to win. Yesterday CNN said that the American people was tired of him and now all of a sudden he's in Hawaii on vacation, WOW!!

    August 7, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  19. paul oregon

    guess what we are going to have 8more years of mcbush all he has to do is live long enoughto be swore in. thanks to the clintons.the clintons are deturmed to make sure that if she is not the nomineethe dem. aare goingto lose. the obama supporters have a small say in who they vote for. obama cant be that stupid and belive what he says abount the dem. being united. iwould like to ask him if he belives in the tooth fariy????? the clintons name is going to be mud if mcbush winstheywill go down in history with bush . there political careers are going to be history

    August 7, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  20. Carl from MI

    This is one of the MANY reasons why Obama is in the news so much. Stupid stories like this CREATED by the media just to stir up some stuff.

    It's the media's fault for trying to create SENSATIONALISM... if only there was something SENSATIONAL about McCain they could write about!! I almost feel sorry for the media.... ALMOST!!!

    August 7, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  21. mama coo

    The media and talking heads are at it again. They all vilified the Clinton's throughout the primaries and here we go again. Their ratings must be falling because all the radio and tv host are hyperventilating about the rift between the Clinton's and Obama. Leave the Clinton's alone. Obama, his camp and Obama fans have made it clear that they don't need the Clinton's. Obama did say that he could get Hillary's supporters but Hillary couldn't get his.
    How many ways do the Clinton's have to say they are behind the Democratic nominee. No matter what they do the media will criticize them, Obama fans will vilify and demean them and their supporters. It seems that the Obama camp are somewhat intimidated by the Clinton's. If Obama is the ONE then move on.
    Also, why shouldn't Clinton's delegates be given the opportunity to express their support? Isn't that the purpose of the convention? Is Obama afraid that he won't be the nominee? I enjoyed past conventions when delegates from the various states stood up with their hats and buttons and patriotic clothes to give a speech and put their delegates to the person their state chose. Why is it different now that Obama is the presumptive nominee?

    August 7, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  22. Liugi in CA

    In Obama's dreams. I've NEVER voted Republican. But this slick huckster is pushing me hard to break that rule.

    August 7, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  23. jFA

    If Hillary Clinton legitimately had "half" &/or 18 million genuine committed Democrats and Hillraisers for Hillary, she would have zero need to retire her Democratic Party Primary Campaign DEBT!

    August 7, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  24. FRED, Atlanta GA

    MAN there are a lot of republican idiots on this blog.. Barack doesn't need hillary supporters he's got plenty of his own and then some, hillary's supporters aren't even there for hillary she's in debt so why don't ALL OF U STAUNCH supporters of hillary HELP her out instead of relying on obama's donors. You guys are full of BS as I stated b4 go right ahead and vote for MCSENILE and slap hillary in the face that will just leave more room for TRUE HILLARY supporters to come and vote for Barack since she and he pretty much see eye to eye on a lot of issues.

    OBAMA 08/12 YES WE CAN & YES WE WILL!!!!

    August 7, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  25. St. Paulite

    Ok Mr. Obama, you go ahead and convince yourself there's not going to be an angry/unhappy mob at the Denver Convention, complaining about how you "stole" the nomination because your Party "elders" "Hand-Picked" you for the spot!!!!!! Don't underestimate Hillary supporters! That's all you like to do to us, is demean us and diminish our strength. But, don't worry, you can't "beat down the women"!!!! We'll be there, making sure your "day in the sun" involves a little black clouds. OOOPS, I'm sure now your supporters/campaign staffers will say that's a racist statment! Everytime someone who doesn't believe you are prepared for the Presidency of the United States of America says anything in support of the more qualified candidate, you say "Just a minute sweety...". Mr. Obama is a sexist pig. He only cares about the Muslims he won't allow to be on camera when he is. VOTE MCCAIN IN 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 7, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
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