Wednesday, October 8, 2008

obama's plane smells?

Is this the Oval Office from 2009 to 2013?

From a CBS News' Reporter Notebook.

First: Baggage calls are preposterously early with the explanation that it's all for security reasons.

If so, I would love to have someone from Obama's campaign explain why the entire press corps, the Secret Service, and the local police idled for two hours in a Miami hotel parking lot recently because there was nothing to do and nowhere to go. It was not an isolated case.

Second: The national headquarters in Chicago airily dismisses complaints from journalists wondering why a schedule cannot be printed up or at least e-mailed in time to make coverage plans.

The McCain folks are more helpful and generally friendly. The schedules are printed on actual books you can hold in your hand, read, and then plan accordingly. The press aides are more knowledgeable and useful to us in the news media.

Third: The McCain campaign plane is better than Obama's, which is cramped, uncomfortable and smells terrible most of the time. Somehow the McCain folks manage to keep their charter clean, even where the press is seated.

Fourth: The other day in Albuquerque, N.M., the reporters were given almost no time to file their reports after McCain spoke. It was an important, aggressive speech, lambasting Obama's past associations. When we asked for more time to write up his remarks and prepare our reports, the campaign readily agreed to it. They understood.

Similar requests are often denied or ignored by the Obama campaign aides, apparently terrified that the candidate may have to wait 20 minutes to allow reporters to chronicle what he's just said. It's made all the more maddening when we are rushed to our buses only to sit and wait for 30 minutes or more because nobody seems to know when Obama is actually on the move.

The clincher: Maybe none of this means much. Maybe a front-running campaign like Obama's that is focused solely on victory doesn't have the time to do the mundane things like print up schedules or attend to the needs of reporters.

But in politics, everything that goes around comes around.

Poor logistics. Poor distribution of materials. Poor hygiene. Aloof to the needs of the press.


Remind me again why the MSM loves this guy?


  1. I'm not surprised at this at all. His people are thugs and slobs, you can tell by just looking at them that they smell bad. What is surprising is a reporter had the courage to actually say something about it.

  2. i almost don't want to agree with you - but i do. i am not surprised in the least bit in the attitude of those people. but the plane? jeez, a little effort isn't hard! how fricking lazy.

    and the way these people operate, the reporter writing this article will never get close to The Damibama again.

    i wonder if the press could actually get fed up and revolt. naw ... wishful thinking.

  3. His plane and his policies have something in common then