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. Bob - Illiniois

    You are not qualified for the job Barry. You and your spouse are qualified to be a community activist . But thats about it.

    August 7, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  2. Lynette Stapleton

    This election is the Democrats to loose –
    BHO should be streets ahead of McCain –
    The DNC's chosen candidate comes up short
    There is no unity in this party

    August 7, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  3. CM

    You PUMAs who keep saying 18 million voted for Hillary are still behind her are on crack. The majority of Dems are now behind Barack to take back the White House.

    But of course you won't'll vote for McCain to 'teach' the DNC. Even though you'll feel it for the next 4 years while hoping for Hillary to come and save the day. Except she may not, or she will inherit 12 years of abuse and neglect that she wouldn't be able to do much.

    Thanks for trying to justify your not voting for Barack based on your faulty math but nobody is buying it.

    And to imagine....I used to take offense for the media saying that Hillary's supporters were less educated. I guess you guys proved me wrong there.

    August 7, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  4. Jason

    And I LOVE the comments of the Obama supporters.

    "You LOST Hillary! Get over it Hillary! You're all a bunch of whiners and losers, Get over it!"

    "Oh, yeah, by the way, get in line and vote for our candidate. Can't you feel the love fest?"

    If this guy makes this many mistakes on the campaign trail against Bob Dole II, how in the world can we trust him in the White House? For our sake and the sake of our party write in Hillary!

    August 7, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  5. RyanD.

    So...does the public NOT know enough about him, or are they getting TOO MUCH?


    Obama 08'

    August 7, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  6. QLC

    Rest well our Prince. The hopes, prayers, wishes, desires, wants, needs, dreams of all of your dedicated and devoted followers rest upon your mighty shoulders. Take this time to renew and rejuvinate your wisdom. We love, love, love, love you. Peace be with you. ............................ Barf....................................

    August 7, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  7. Michael G- Ventura ca

    Barack Obama was ELECTED not selected by the Democratic Party members- NOT the DNC, it wasn't fixed- and the reason Barack won is because he finished with more delegates- and those saying she got more votes used their magic-math to get there.
    I'm so sick of hearing about the "life-long" Democrats voting mcSAME. I am a LIFELONG DEMOCRAT and never in all my years of political activism have I seen such immaturity, such self-indulgence, and such disrespect for the political process and we have seen from the so-called pumA's- I've got my OWN version of what those letters stand for!
    They talk about how vicious the Obama supporters are- all anyone has to do is read one day of blogging from the pumA's- and you KNOW who is vicious!
    Get a life, get over it, get HELP!

    August 7, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  8. lu/nyc

    Every ones knows that the media has been and continues to be the main cause of many campaign disruptions, racism. Prejudice, outright hateful blogs and all that's nasty in this race. The media blows whatever is said out of proportion, they re-run ads and remarks over and over to get their own point across. Many in the media have their own party agenda and these are what they want the public to see.

    Many of our comments are not posted for the same reason they are bias to any comments that contradicts what they what to portray.

    Toady Wolf Blitzer mention that something stinks where it comes to Obama and Clinton in regard to the convention and democrats getting together. Again we all know what stings it was “Wolf’s Top Lip” especially when he ardently pushes aside and interrupts Obama’s commentators and allows McCain’s folks to speak freely.

    CNN should post the good the bad and the ugly,
    We need to get all picture of the anger they cause. why are the scared of criticism and that is exactly what they do all year round especially when it comes to this Obama race. It comes across fervently on TV it's something that cannot be hidden.

    It is all one sided on many of the so called journalism they claim to want to protray.

    August 7, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  9. RJ, CA

    MEDIA CREATION? Guess it takes an Obama to understand MEDIA CREATION - which is about ALL there is to Obama. A MEDIA CREATION BY AXELROD, OBAMA'S "BRAIN."

    August 7, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  10. Tim, Seattle

    PUMAs and other sore losers arent going to quit. So like any spoiled child, just ignore them. They will vote however they wish and I dont care.
    They will pay $4 a gallon to drive 100's of miles to whine on the street in DEnver or pay $500 for airfare....but they cant pry a dollar from their bitter hands to pay Hillary's debt. What a joke these people are.

    And how proud their children must be of their shining unpatriotic example of cowardice, hate and poor sportsmanship. Thats right kids, you can grow up to be a whining 'victim' of whateverism just like your PUMA card-carrying psycho parents!

    The thing thats going to make them really go nuts is when Obama wins and they realize their lttle tantrum was an impotent dud.

    Too much at stake to placate these self-imposed victims. Americans dont like sore losers. Let them cry all they like..who cares?

    August 7, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  11. David

    As a long time Obama supporter, I donated $25 to Clinton's campaign to help her retire her debt. I am at a loss to understand why all of her devoted supporters have not stepped up to the plate.

    If there are indeed 18 million of you, then this should be a trivial task. Its basically $1 each.

    For that matter, why did she get into so much debt in the first place? Where were all of you during her campaign?

    This wave of support would be so much easier to understand and accept if you actually stood up and supported her when she needs it most.

    August 7, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  12. vince Chicago

    If there is a roll call vote at the convention, Obama will most likely still have the required amount of delegates. It's too late to switch now. What the DNC and Obama are afraid of is: When they go thru the roll, California, How do you vote? Hillary Clinton. New York, How do you vote? Hillary Clinton. New Jersey, How do you vote? Hillary Clinton and so on thru every major democratic stronghold (except Illinois). Iowa, How do you vote? Obama. Idaho, How do you vote? Obama. Montana, How do you vote? Obama and so on thru every state the dems have very little chance of winning. Obama and the DNC are not afraid that Hillary will steal the nomination, it wont happen. They are afraid that the people watching will see once again, what a sham his nomination was. He isn't gonna turn many (if any) of these states blue people. Not gonna happen. Not only that but he may very well lose a few of the big swing states. Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Michigan. If he loses just 2 of these 4 states he isn't gonna win. You heard it here first folks. He will lose 3 of them. Michigan, Ohio and Florida will be blood red after election day. What a shame. Democrats snatching defeat from the jaws of victory once again.

    August 7, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  13. RJ, CA

    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.

    He can't even be honest about taking a vacation with his family. Guess he's using THEM as he has USED everyone connected with him -"conveniently" here today, "inconveniently" gone tomorrow.

    No one would blame him for "taking a vacation, " but NOW he has to spin even THAT in order to "hopefully" (but "unsuccessfully - just like his European "sightseeing tour") as an activity in response to the polls!

    Will wonders never cease with this airhead, Obama. So glad I"m not voting for him!

    After all of the ad-nauseum Obama overexposure, I still don't know what he's really saying. DO Y OU? Well, yes - he voted against the war in Iraq while he wasn't even yet elected to the Senate to participate in that vote.


    August 7, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  14. Kathleen

    Boy, this guy is delusional. The Democratic party is totally fractured because of him and the DNC and how they treated Clinton. As several other people said, I don't know what they are afraid of in running the convention the way it has ALWAYS been run – anyone with delegates being on the ballot. Oh, yeah, Hillary has so many delegates it would point out how divided the party is – and there is even a real chance that Hillary could come out the winner. Obama isn't used to competition. Every other race he's been in he's been able to sleazily eliminate the competition before the voting even began.

    August 7, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  15. B

    Don't trust the Clintons. I know they have something up their sleeves. It's all about them. If they really cared about America they would support the nominee. They are like spoiled brats. I'm beginning to think they are intentionally trying to sabatage this election so Hillary can run in 4 years. Selfish...What she doesn't know, is that if Barack loses, Both her and Bill will be blamed, and their political careers will be doomed. Wisw up!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 7, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  16. DAN

    After his no bounce in the polls Obama is patronizingly telling everyone, who are going to watch the Olympics instead of him anyway to take a vacation. How big can your ego get Obama. Poor bambi, the media is over covering him.

    August 7, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  17. randy

    Must be nice to bad mouth his own country day in and day out, then go to Haiwi for vacation. He has it so hard, what a joke and an embarrasement to this country. Maybe he will make up to his grandmother the only one who took care of him then gets thrown under the bus.

    August 7, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  18. linda from South Dakota

    i agree, where would the media be without tirturin the canidates????? lets have some positive things ,,,,, i along with over half americans want to hear good things ,, not the negative things,,,, CNN included,,,,,, i wish the canidates would stop knockin each other too,, lets stick to the issues,,,, and move on,,,,,mccain, dont forget your meds,,,,,,,lol

    August 7, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  19. arlene, CA

    Hillary Clinton LOST!! They are not running the Dem Party. They just can't seem to accept that. She is demanding that she get some kind of respect that she just thinks she is owed & has not gotten it. Hillary did everything she could to DESTROY Obama, & she is still at it & hoping somehow to succeed. Chuck Todd was on Hardball & said 75-80 % of Hillary's supporters have allready committed to Obama & if her name is put in Nominee & role call is taken, she will see that she LOST. so i doubt she will ask for her name to be put in Nominee.

    August 7, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  20. rosemccovery

    i would not care if i ever here from bill or hillary again. we stuck by him and all his indesretions. they the media and those haters out there.dont know sh//// from shineola.

    August 7, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  21. Lyn

    Obama, you are so ridiculous. You are CHANGE - change from

    understanding how economies work,

    understanding how fossil fuels are the basis of our economy

    understanding that it is not your race, it is your unadulterated ignorance of American history and appeasement

    understanding that your wife is one angry woman

    understanding that your friends are America-haters and bigots
    (especially Rev. Wright and your buddy the Weatherman-bomber)

    I will be campaigning against you. Why? Because, unlike you, I love America and all it stands for!

    August 7, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  22. Jill

    Hillary actually will not vote for Obama as she is secretly hoping for his defeat and a poor 4-year showing by McCain so that she can run the table next time.

    August 7, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  23. mike in caroline va

    Why is it so important to all of you fanatical female (and wanna be female) hillary supporters that she gets her name in the spot light. if you BONEHEADS could sit back and listen to the CRAP you come up with and spew out you would probably think twice before you spoke or typed. you are not only devisive to the democratic party but also to america as well. use your heads for something other than a hair farm

    August 7, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  24. 17 year old future politician

    I may agree with Obama's statement. Hillary has "18 million supportes", all of which refuse to donate 1.00 to her debt, and failed to attract enough people during the caucuses. Many of the 18 million supporters voted early in the primaries, and before Obama showed his ability to make great decisions and plans, and before Hillary showed slight stubborness at the end. PUMA is missing one great leader...and that is Hillary...she doesn't support you...that makes you irrelevant in my opinion

    August 8, 2008 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
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