June 6th, 2008
10:32 AM ET

What you didn't see in Obama's interview

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We brought you Candy Crowley's interview with Obama last night on the show. If you missed it, you can catch it on the 360° podcast here.

But we also thought you'd be interested to see another side of the presumptive presidential nominee. Particularly if you're a basketball fan.

See what we mean here.

You can also watch the entire interview here.

Filed under: Barack Obama • Candy Crowley
soundoff (38 Responses)

    I will not argue with people like the post up there called AWARE, reading that post is as about as deep as puddle of water, and it not running over with any insight either. Whats up with the happy faces. Obama is very in touch with the people. Many of felt so touched that we funded his race to the withe house. Les talk about is stuttering and stumbling when he speaks, if your so aware you should know he has be called one of the greatest speakers of our century. Pander is something Obama has had little use for, I really think you should change your post name, because your simply not aware of your own nose. I think not to to bright fits you much better.

    June 8, 2008 at 2:14 am |
  2. RLewis

    Candy–BRAVO! You have an amazing flair with words, story telling, disecting large issues into small pieces so that I may bes understand. And I love your wit. I thoroughly enjoy evr report you file.

    June 7, 2008 at 12:14 pm |
  3. debby

    He will be older or the same age as several presidents if elected including Kennedy and Clinton. Like anyone writing abook about their youth there are many comments about how he felt at the time and the point is how he evolved to get to where he is today. As a Catholic I had many experiences growing up about how that felt to me depending on which group I was with at the time. Over the years you learn who you are by reflecting on these feelings and ideas from the past. Its called growing up. Obama will surround himself with the best and the brightest for his cabinet and it will be run well like his campaigne.

    The media gives McCain a free ride by never addressing his political (lobbyist, etc.) and personal scandels. Its hard to trust McCain when he cheated so much on his first wife, who stood by him while in Viet Nam, and even dumped her after she had a disfiguring accident so he could marry the woman he was having an affair with- 24 yr ol beautiful Cindy McCain, with a rich Dad that helped propel McCain's political ambitions. Cindy got off of her arrest for stealing drugs from her children's charity in the late 90s because of her husband. These are not my family values.

    June 7, 2008 at 9:18 am |
  4. jill

    We are tired of the Clintons and would like to discuss issues. Hillary has a big problem with a VP its called men, educated women and the cultural differences in the West.

    It is no accident that the over controlling over stragegy prone East Coast Power base could not control the election. Enough is enough.

    June 6, 2008 at 9:38 pm |
  5. Sherice

    Sen. Obama isn't prejudice one way or another. He writes about things that have happen in his life and interprets how he felt at that time. You don't have to agree or love what he has to say, but I do admire his honesty. He ran campaign with positive people, with no debt ( because he used our donations wisely) , and a positive message. Regardless of the negative blogs, I still love our country and know that we'll do the right thing as a whole. Go Dems!

    June 6, 2008 at 9:27 pm |
  6. Aware

    It doesn't matter what he says because he will pander in the moment but remain an extreme left-wing Democrat! The biracial Obama will lose because he is out of touch with Mainstream America. 🙁

    Obama can only impress a crowd when he reads (in the Jeremiah Wright style) a speech written by a 26 year old. He stutters and stumble one on one with no script to follow! 🙂

    June 6, 2008 at 7:29 pm |
  7. Larry

    Candy = Truth in journalism.

    June 6, 2008 at 7:28 pm |

    Larry that was a really stupid thing to say

    June 6, 2008 at 7:23 pm |
  9. sher

    What Americans should be asking themselves is: what has all the years of experience from Bush,Clinton,Bush and all their expert advisors done for America? Maybe all their experience has made them think they are so much smarter than the average American and that they are not accountable to anyone! Maybe someone with less experience would be more willing to listen to all sides. Give Obama a chance, I think the world will be impressed!

    June 6, 2008 at 7:00 pm |
  10. ginger


    I'm not worried if Sen. Obama can lead this country. He proved a great deal by how he ran his campaign which raised $272 million. He hit the ground running and organized with true perfection. So he certainly understands economics, spending, saving and how to organize. His camp didn't bicker or argue among each other. His team was flawless. You don't like him so you are not willing to see his strengths and previous accomplishments. But nearly 18 million of us did and many more will get on board.

    Have a great day.

    June 6, 2008 at 6:59 pm |
  11. Barbara Schieber

    Kudos for Candy Crowley.
    The best reporter on CNN.

    June 6, 2008 at 6:39 pm |
  12. Jim

    CNN along with all other 24/7 news networks need to fill the time and have become convinced their producers, anchors and pundits know all and need to tell us what to think. Yesterday while Obama spoke we didn't hear his full speech on any of the cable media. On CNN we were forced to listen to what Candy wanted to ask and the pundits thought were important instead of what he wanted to say in his speech. They were sure we didn't need to hear what he wanted to say and would monitor the speech for us. The media is making news not reporting it.

    Republicans still need to fill up the swift boat with baggage and the Clintons fill the bill. So we get the constant "dream team" wish. If they couldn't have the Clinton's to beat up as a presidential candidate the VP spot will do just fine but they need to force Obama to put her into it.

    June 6, 2008 at 6:06 pm |
  13. Larry

    We didn't see the cue cards being held up by Jesse Jackson & Al Sharpton.

    June 6, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  14. JACKIE

    If Clinton wants to get elected someday she is going to need his voters just as much as you say we need hers now. So I think this thing goes both ways we both need the other

    June 6, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  15. Jan from Wood Dale IL

    As hard as Candy tried to get Obama to expand upon his answer, he continues to control the media with the same pattern: asked, answered, move on.

    Obama and his campaign organizers certainly turned the media into their little puppets last night, and it worked. The country's top media outlets looked like tabloid journalists stalking Clinton's house. Is this the type of transparency we can expect in the future from Obama and his minions?

    June 6, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  16. Loretta from California

    I don't think anyone was ignoring anything that Senator Obama had to say. What he felt or experienced while growing up has little to do with the here and now.

    I was once told by someone who at the time believed that I was white say "I could never hire a black person." It didn't make me hate all white people. It did make me angry, but I grew up and got over it.

    June 6, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  17. Larry

    Can't wait to get the same health plan as Obama, hope it includes full dental.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  18. Earl Manchester, WA

    Those are Senator Obama's words!

    Why the pundits chose to ignore them is a question they must be made to answer. I believe we now understand why the Senator was unwilling to part ways with Rev. Wright and his church. It explains why his wife, IMHO, could not express pride in the many accomplishments of this country

    But what angers me most is that the train has left the station and an excellent field of Democratic presidential candidates have been left strewn by the tracks and we must decide between the lesser of two evils....again.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  19. Olivia

    Anderson........you are so bedazzled by Obama it's sickening to watch you coo and ga ga every night. You're supposed to be project a different image of being cool and worldly.

    I heard earlier your program tonight will be "The fall of Hillary Clinton".
    Since you call it a "fall", make sure you mention how strongly she finished the race, and that had it not been the poor planning by her campaign folks in not covering the early caucus states, she probably would have won the nomination. I say probably because I feel the superdelegates would still have played a strong planned role in the race. Think about it........if they hadn't interferred with the process leading up to and especially on the last day of the primaries, neither would have reached the magic number , as decided by the voters, and the race would have come to its natural conclusion. Instead...they literally pushed Obama over the line.

    I will never forget this election ....as historical as it is, it greatly saddened me. I will remember it for that.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  20. Lesli

    Esbee – you are so right.

    Earl – why didn't anyone mention these parts of his books before. Can anyone else out there comment on this – do you have the books to confirm it. I'd like to know. These are separatist statements, not the statements of a unifier.

    June 6, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  21. esbee

    I will tell you what we did not see. We did not see a man who could look us/Candy squarely in the eye and give a good substantial answer.

    O is just more W--a great campaigner.

    He may be smart enough to hustle up a workable agenda-–but will it really have substance--or does it just look good.

    Shame the Democratic Party did not leave O in the pen longer. Perhaps he could have learned something, developed a strategy. In the meantime he could have worked to help build the party.

    Tell me who in leadership was so eager to put O out there??? Great he is not indebted to lobbyist but he is certainly indebted to big donors.

    Want more W--vote O in '08.

    June 6, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  22. esbee

    We have been--O-bam-boozled.

    June 6, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  23. Mike in NYC

    diane reaume wrote:

    "why do you keep calling obama the first black american to run for president????"

    Because that's how he refers to himself.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  24. Earl Manchester, WA

    How does a person get ushered into the highest office of this country after writing words such as these below?

    From "Dreams of My Father"

    "I ceased to advertise my mother's race at the age of 12 or 13, when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites."

    "I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mothers race."

    "There was something about him that made me wary, a little too sure of himself, maybe. And white."

    "It remained necessary t o prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike out and name names."

    "I never emulate white men and brown men whose fates didn't speak to my own. It was into my father's image, the black man, son of Africa , that I'd packed all the attributes I sought in myself, the attributes of Martin and Malcolm, DuBois and Man dela."

    From "Audacity Of Hope":

    "I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction."

    I assume you have read these books and that through your silence condone these thoughts and words.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  25. carmen

    I love your show. Keep up the good work. YOU are fair and balanced not the FOX network

    June 6, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  26. Michelle

    Who cares? I want to know what SPECIFIC plans he has regarding
    problems in our country.

    Oh, and I wish the media would stop with opinions and bias. The media is supposed to report.

    And why is Michelle Obama getting a pass on her Princeton thesis?
    Americans deserve to know the views of a potential first lady.

    Remember Woodward and Bernstein? THEY were investigative reporters.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  27. Tammy, Berwick, LA

    Amazing how the substance dwindles to nothing when he has to play one on one with a real interviewer. I didn't come away with real answers, just more questions and further proof that the voters, stupordelegates, and Democratic Party really screwed up by not putting Hillary as the nominee. America has real issues. Obama doesn't apparently have a real plan he can stick with to even get himself out of a wet paper bag much less get America out of the disaster it's in right now. Each time he talks, he proves a little more how inept he is for this job. Good job refocusing him on the questions Candy. It's just a shame he never really answered them. Then again, what else should we expect from a guy who can't even be honest about his own religion or family?

    June 6, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  28. Bet

    18 million votes for Clinton would be much more had the news about the Reverends and the "guns and religion" comments come out earlier. Plus all the negativity from the DNC, the media and Obama's supporters, and Clinton's supporters not buying any of this fence mending, really sad.

    June 6, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  29. Steve

    I was embarassed for Candy last night, being reduced to nothing more than a papparazzi, in that spectacle outside the Clinton home. It looked more like a Britney Spears sighting. Why would CNN lower itself to this kind of coverage?

    June 6, 2008 at 1:56 pm |

    I disagree with the Senator.......... I think the Celtics will win............ BUT HE STILL HAS MY VOTE............... 🙂

    June 6, 2008 at 1:33 pm |
  31. Michelle

    I am pulling for Kev and the Celts as well. They took game
    one. But I think he is wrong about the outcome. I say Boston
    in 6.

    June 6, 2008 at 1:29 pm |
  32. diane reaume

    why do you keep calling obama the first black american to run for president????do you forget that he is just as much white as he is black??????so what exactly dose that make him?????

    June 6, 2008 at 1:26 pm |
  33. xtina, chicago

    I still waiting to hear what Obama did that was so great in IL. that people said "wow, he really changed things locally, he should be President" I don't recall Obama being known in the IL Senate as an agent of change

    June 6, 2008 at 1:04 pm |
  34. Susan

    Re: Susan's prior comment

    I must have also been at a loss for words. Please excuse my spelling error.


    June 6, 2008 at 1:01 pm |
  35. Susan

    Senator Obama is great in front of those large crowds when he in in control, but he seems to be at a lose for words when answering specific pointed questions. It seems like he is doing a flip flop on Iraq and Iran now from his previous stated positions on these issues. Not that others have not done the same, but Senator Obama made such a point about pointing them out in his speeches.


    June 6, 2008 at 12:44 pm |
  36. Tyler

    I think that Obama should be careful when considering Hillary Clinton for the role of Vice Presient. While it is indeed important for him to have Hillary's supporters on board, I would argue that the vast majority will be on his team in the end. Those who would not vote for Obama if Clinton is not on the ticket may be balance by those who will not vote for Obama if Hillary is on the ticket. I am an indepenent voter who would be heartbroken if Hillary becomes the vp nominee, as i cannot vote for Obama in that case. There are many other good possibilities for vp. Perhaps a Hillary supporter as vp candidate would ease these concerns. ..or perhaps Hillary would accept another cabinet position... How about Attorney General?

    June 6, 2008 at 12:27 pm |
  37. Mike in NYC

    Spectator sports - a prodigious waste of time for presumably intelligent people.

    June 6, 2008 at 12:04 pm |
  38. Cindy

    Yeah Obama seems to me a nice enough person but can he lead this nation in the right direction is the question? Or will his inexperience cause him to make great mistakes that we will all pay for in the end?


    June 6, 2008 at 11:06 am |