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Sweaty Journalists Await Obama In Amman

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) (C) speaks at a press availability at the Amman Citadel in Amman, Jordan, July 22, 2008. Obama is joined by U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-R.I.) (L) and Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.). (Reuters)

By Dan Balz
AMMAN -- After being shut out of the Afghanistan and Iraq portions of his trip, Barack Obama's traveling press corps has assembled at a famous archaeological site in the Jordanian capital to await the candidate's first news conference since leaving the United States.

The Illinois senator and presumptive Democratic nominee has been traveling since last Thursday, with an itinerary shrouded in secrecy for security reasons. It is only now that his schedule will be publicized and he will link up with reporters assigned to cover the tour.

Obama arrived in Amman from Iraq about 2:15 p.m. local time, after spending the morning in Iraq meeting with Sunni tribal leaders and American troops (to read more on that and follow the rest of the day's developments, see our main Obama news story). He walked onto the tarmac carrying a black helmet and what appeared to be body armor, according to the pool report from the scene, then went to the Four Seasons hotel to freshen up.

Until the news conference starts, the press corps has taken refuge in an open-air tent to escape the afternoon sun and temperatures around 90 degrees. With power and wireless internet available, it's like any other filing center--save for the heat, the ruins of the Temple of Hercules, the stunning vistas of the city and the heavy security that greeted us when we arrived.

Obama's advance team rejected the idea of doing his press conference in an air conditioned hotel, preferring the visual backdrop of Amman to the sterility of a hotel ballroom.

By Washington Post Editor  |  July 22, 2008; 9:34 AM ET
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I noticed Andrea Mitchell violated Obama's dress code directive at the Amman, Jordan press conference.

Posted by: BigSky | July 22, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Obama also got great news today by being very close in polls from red states NC and AK. Campaign Diaries analyses the polls and reviews Obama's red state strategy:

Posted by: Dan | July 22, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

LMAO! The mainstream media is so whiny it is funny. So many "journalists" want the Obama exclusive overseas interview that their jealousy and envy are showing.

Case in point, Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC was slamming Obama yesterday on HARDBALL calling his interviews in Iraq and Afghanistan "fake" with limited media availability. Why?! I think because Obama's first overseas interview was with the attractive (and recently controversial) Laura Logan of CBS.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | July 22, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

WP Editors, could you forward this to GOPs & McCain Campaign? Thanks.
Re: My Advice to GOPs

Someone in McCain Campaign is still not getting it. You have to break the momentum right now. After the summer Convention, it is too late. What NYT is dong is delusional trying to make a case for a Democratic Party, yet I do not see any Democratic Candidates winning the Election.

Do not get intimidated by the media: Americans elect President--not Europeans. They are just being duped by the liberal media. Let them have fun.

As I said, McCain-Romney ticket is the winning ticket. For this election, the Iraq War is not an issue. It is President Bush's executive decision: A "surge" or "withdrawal" does not matter. It is about integrity and character that resonate with American voters.

McCain has to nominate Romney as soon as possible, working on American Values that are being shared by all Americans. We two just travel America, enjoy things happening here, talk to people, eat things produced in America, and share laughs with Americans.

McCain should not talk about any policy issues during summer as he did with Mayor Julianni: When you go for a ballpark, just talk about the ballpark.

I would advise to reinforce your key constituent states first; then Romney will take care of the rest. Please be serious and think: You have all winning tickets, but why are you so stupid??

Posted by: premier | July 22, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Two questions:
1. Will the evacuation of Iraq be conducted by helicopter from the Embassy roof?

2. Did Obama receive new orders from his superiors while he was in the Mideast?

Posted by: Jim | July 22, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Ifound this online earlier today. It's even better with one of those "Obama as Messiah" shirts/pictures!

The Obamessiah's Prayer
In the name of Reverend Wright, Obama, and Bill Ayers we pray. Obama hear our prayers.
Our Obama, who art in Washington,
Hallowed by thy children.
Thy Presidency come,
Thy Legislation be done,
In Washington as it is in Chicago.
Give us this day our daily gas ration,
As we repent for our carbon addiction.
And lead us not into trepidation,
But deliver us from George Bush.
For thine is the Presidency, the Congress and the Supreme Court.
For eight to ten years.

Posted by: Liz | July 22, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Anybody else sick of the 3 ring circus hype machine. It looks anything but Presidential.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 22, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Um man the media is whiney, first you have David Schuster crying on MSNBC that the press section of the Obama plane wasn't remodeled, now Dan Balz crying that he isn't in air conditioning.

Maybe you guys should do your job and ask a tough question every now and again. How about what "victory" is?

Posted by: Julian | July 22, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Re: The media

I would go after the story of French President who defended his decision to reject a citizenship application from a Muslim woman. It is a hot story.

Posted by: premier | July 22, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

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