Behind the scenes, where the public is not allowed, there are other differences.
Obama's campaign schedule is fuller, more hectic and seemingly improvisational. The Obama aides who deal with the national reporters on the campaign plane are often overwhelmed, overworked and un-informed about where, when, why or how the candidate is moving about. 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.
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.
President Bill Clinton's White House operated in such a chaotic manner with him showing up late for his own meetings. But back then we were living in the end of history. Today we do not have that luxury.Or maybe Dean Reynolds is right and Sen. Obama and his staff think they are better and really don't need to hang out with the reporters. No matter how you slice it, Sen. Obama and his staff come across as haughty and above mere mortals. Even a messy airplane does not affect them in the least as they pursue their goal of electing Sen. Obama President. Just think what that kind of blinkered view will do to a whole country.