Obama Lives Large on Decadent Jet

Inside the candidates' rides
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 4, 2008 2:22 PM CDT
Barack Obama waves as he boards his campaign charter plane in Berlin, Friday, July 25, 2008.    (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama’s new campaign plane oozes luxury—at least for Obama. The candidate’s section of the 757 is decked out with leather recliners, a dining booth, and a small table kept stocked with up-to-date newspapers, CBS reports. "O-Force One" is so far beyond the typical charter jet that, after this, “Air Force One may seem a tad claustrophobic,” joked one frequent campaign flier.

The rest of the plane is less grand. Senior and junior staff ride in two sections of business class seating, while the Secret Service and reporters are stuck in coach. John McCain's slightly smaller 737 boasts its own spacious first class area. It also has a “straight talk” section where the candidate theoretically gives interviews. It’s been used precisely once since its creation.