Sunday, August 03, 2008

One more post - the last - promise

My favorite political reporter Josh Marshall just posted this. Not how CBS handles Obama and McCain. Note also that the person quoted is a twit named Mike Allan the hack who conducted thr infamous Bush interview in which he said (clearly moved) You've given up golf in honor of our troops haven't you? (Fifteen minutes after the interview was air Josh Marshall was able to find three different videos of Bush playing golf, one within two weeks of this lying interview. So of course CBS quotes an obvious enemy of Obama's the mush-mouthed Mike Allan. Note the detail they use to diss Obama; virtually no detail where McCain is concerned.

O-Force One
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From CBS News' Allison O'Keefe:

Barack Obama’s new campaign plane is nothing short of grand. Well, for the candidate that is.

Obama’s section of the plane rivals that of any first class. Recently the front cabin of the Boeing 757 was retrofitted to install four individual chairs that resemble La-Z-Boys. They are free-standing and made of plush leather with pockets on the sides. There is also a booth which seats four for a meeting or a meal.

His chair has his name and campaign logo embroidered on the back top -- “Obama ‘08” on one line and “President” underneath. To one side is a small table stacked with newspapers ready for the candidate’s arrival. The table of the booth is always covered in snacks and cheese and is where Obama spends most of his time during flights meeting with staff and sitting for the occasional interview.

“Typically the candidate's cabin is like business class -- roomier and less chaotic than the staff and press areas, but still short of the accoutrements of a pro team's charter,” says Politico’s Mike Allen, a frequent campaign flier.

After looking at a few photos of Obama’s cabin, Allen quipped, “Air Force One may seem a tad claustrophobic.” Check it out for yourself:

There are five sections on the 757, the first of which is Obama’s section, which can seat up to eight people at a time, although rarely are all eight seats taken. Depending on the destination or length of trip, Sen. Obama is joined by body man Reggie Love and a few senior staff members or perhaps a key Senate colleague. Recently, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., hitched a ride from Washington, D.C., to her home state for a full day of campaign events.

The next two sections are outfitted with expansive business class seats for senior and junior level staff including Obama’s media team, which films all of the candidate’s events for promotional purposes.

The back two sections are traditional coach seats where the Secret Service, reporters, cameramen and some of the communications staff sit. It is a rite of passage each election cycle for the party’s nominee to retrofit an aircraft to distinct specifications. While the campaign pays for their share of the plane, the news media also pay thousands of dollars to fly with Obama for each leg of his campaign.

CBS News’ John Bentley, who's covering the John McCain campaign, reports that McCain flies in a slightly smaller Boeing 737, which has four compartments: the first class area, where he sits; the “straight talk” area for interviews; a business class section for staffers; and the back of the plane, where the press and secret service sit.

In McCain's spacious first class area, there are 12 plush leather seats for the candidate, his wife and senior staffers. The “straight talk” area features a long leather bench and another first class seat which McCain sits in when he talks to the press – or would, if he used the area.

Since they acquired the plane with its specially modified area, McCain has spoken to the press there precisely once, over a month ago. All of these sections are separated by curtains, which are always shut as tightly as possible as soon as the plane takes off in order to keep the different sections of the plane from interacting with each other.
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1 comment:

Mike Doran said...

I'm coming up on 58 years old; that, and having been brought up on Chicago politics, cured me of high expectations at an early age. I consider myself skeptical rather than cynical. Of course both parties are going to go low - that's been SOP for as long as there've been elections. Obama won't be The Great Left Hope, McCain won't be The Great Right Hope, and some winger or wingers from either side can still step in and make it all worse. We're still stuck with the All-American booby trap, the Electoral College. While playing around on an interactive site (, if you're interested), I came up with 6 different combinations of states which would yield a 269-269 tie (based on current polls). Cable news channels - the cabloids, I call them - only make things worse with their showbiz-cum-sports approach. With three months to go we've already hit saturation.As the kid in the cartoon said,"I say it's spinach and I say to hell with it." But I will be voting, just like you will - what else can we do?