The mood among the US media pack that joined Barack Obama's tour on Monday was grumpy and rebellious. The 40-odd journalists boarding the campaign's Boeing 757, dubbed Obama One, in Jordan had paid thousands of dollars to accompany him but missed the first four days of a trip that took him to Afghanistan and Iraq - and information was in short supply.
"People were frustrated and upset at the start of the trip," one of the pack confirmed yesterday. But they traversed an arc in the course of the week.
She added that the candidate, who she said was only getting four hours' sleep a night, had done foreign media interviews, giving two to Israeli dailies, and that the travelling pack was getting "more access to him than they want. They have a pool camera that is with him from when he gets up to when he goes to bed."