Special Edition: Barack Obama's Media Groupies
|Love at First Sight|
"I think the real breakout tonight is [Illinois Senate candidate Barack] Obama.
I mean, Teresa [Heinz-Kerry] is a fascinating story, but Obama is a rock star!"|
- NBC's Andrea Mitchell during MSNBC's live coverage of the Democratic convention, July 27, 2004.
"I have to tell ya - a little chill in my, in my legs now. That is an amazing
moment in history right there. It is really an amazing moment. A keynoter like
I've never heard....I've just seen the first black president there!"
|Run, Barack, Run!|
"Obama's personal appeal is made manifest when he steps down from the podium and
is swarmed by well-wishers of all ages and hues....Obama seemed the political
equivalent of a rainbow - a sudden preternatural event inspiring awe and
ecstasy....He transcends the racial divide so effortlessly that it seems
reasonable to expect that he can bridge all the other divisions - and answer all
the impossible questions - plaguing American public life."|
- Time's Joe Klein, October 23, 2006 cover story, "Why Barack Obama Could Be the Next President."
- Co-host Meredith Vieira to Obama on NBC's Today, October 19, 2006.
|Is He "The One?"|
- ABC Nightline co-anchor Terry Moran, Nov. 6, 2006.
|Mesmerized by "Stoic Eloquence"|
- ABC's Terry Moran on Nightline, November 26, 2007.
"They come in droves, by the tens of thousands at times, to hear Barack Obama
speak....With soaring rhetoric, Obama is moving his audiences not just
politically, but emotionally. Even some political commentators who've seen it
all can't help but gush....The stoic eloquence channels John F. Kennedy."
|Swept Up by the Dream Machine|
"Inside Obama's Dream Machine; An icon of hope, he won't 'kneecap' his foes.
But Obama knows what it takes, and how to win."|
- Headline and sub headline of Newsweek's January 14 cover story on Obama.
"It's almost hard to remain objective because it's
infectious, the energy, I think. It sort of goes against your core to say
that as a reporter, but the crowds have gotten so much bigger, his energy
has gotten stronger. He feeds off that."
|The Ultimate Obama Fan|
Moderator Chris Matthews: "So much of what you say just grabs people like me, because it sounds like Bobby Kennedy. It sounds like the '60s at its absolute best."
- Exchange at AFSCME Democratic candidates forum shown live on MSNBC, June 19, 2007.
"He's come from a white family and a black family, and he's married to a
black woman, and they're cool people. They are really cool. They are Jack and
Jackie Kennedy when you see them together. They are cool. And they're
great-looking, and they're cool and they're young."
Co-anchor Chris Matthews: "I have to tell you, you know, it's part of
reporting this case, this election, the feeling most people get when they hear
Barack Obama's speech. My - I felt this thrill going up my leg. I mean, I don't
have that too often."
|Obama's Publicists at CBS|
Reporter Jeff Glor: "In addition to enjoying basketball and cycling
during down time, Obama loves to play Scrabble....Obama's job as a teenager was
at a Baskin-Robbins, and to this day he does not like ice cream....This is a man
who plays to win. No matter what it is, whether it's the woman he wants to date
or elected office or board games, there is an ambition there. There is a
Co-host Julie Chen: "Sounds like presidential qualities."
- Running down "Five Things You Should Know" about Barack Obama on CBS's The Early Show, June 18.
|Holding Obama's Feet to the Fire|
- NBC's Brian Williams on the January 7 Nightly News.
Anchor Brian Williams: "Last time we were together, I handed you a
copy of Newsweek. It was the first time you'd held it in your hands with you
on the cover. Have you yet held this [Time magazine cover declaring Obama
the winner of the primaries] in your hands?"
|Gushing Over "Son of Camelot"|
- ABC's David Wright on the January 28 World News, reporting on Ted Kennedy's endorsement of Obama.
"The endorsement brought the Kennedy mystique to this campaign, not in a
whisper, but a roar."
|Beware of Nasty Republicans|
- NBC's Matt Lauer to Obama on Today, February 19.
|For Barack's Sake, Ignore Wright|
- CNN's David Gergen during live coverage, April 28.
Co-host John Roberts: "I want to just stipulate at the beginning of this
interview, we are declaring a Reverend Wright-free zone today. So, no questions
about Reverend Wright....Is that okay with you?"
|Hailing "Extraordinary" Eloquence|
"Welcome to World News. Tonight, Barack Obama delivers a major speech
confronting the race issue head on....It may turn out to be the seminal speech
of his presidential campaign....Obama challenged Americans to confront the
country's racial divide. An extraordinary speech."|
- Charles Gibson opening ABC's World News, March 18.
without question a defining moment in American political history."
"A speech worthy of Abraham Lincoln....I think this is the kind of speech I
think first graders should see, people in the last year of college should see
before they go out in the world. This should be, to me, an American tract.
Something that you just check in with, now and then, like reading Great
Gatsby and Huckleberry Finn....One of the great speeches in American
|Obama Is "Something Special"|
"Presidential campaigns have destroyed many bright and capable politicians. But
there's ample evidence that [Senator Barack] Obama is something special, a man
who makes difficult tasks look easy, who seems to touch millions of diverse
people with a message of hope that somehow doesn't sound Pollyannaish."|
- AP writer Charles Babington in a May 10 dispatch.
|Impressing His Base|
"In many ways it was less a speech than a symphony. It moved quickly, it had
high tempo, at times inspiring, then it became more intimate, slower, all along
sort of interweaving a main theme about America's promise, echoes of Lincoln, of
King, even of Reagan and of Kennedy....It was a masterpiece."|
- CNN analyst David Gergen during live coverage following Obama's convention speech, August 28.
Chris Matthews: "No. You know I've been criticized for saying he inspires me, and to hell with my critics!...You know in the Bible they talk about Jesus serving the good wine last, I think the Democrats did the same."
- MSNBC live convention coverage, August 28.