Tales from the Trail

Do Americans have ‘Obama fatigue?’

August 7, 2008

CHICAGO – Are the magazine cover stories on Barack Obama and the blanket coverage of him on television and in newspapers creating voter “fatigue” with the candidate?

A Pew poll released this week suggests the Democratic presidential candidate may be overexposed and Obama himself did not disagree when asked about it on his campaign plane on Thursday.rtr20kqt.jpg

Forty-eight percent of voters in the Pew survey said they have been “hearing too much” about Obama. By contrast, only 26 percent said they had heard too much about McCain.

Asked during a flight to Chicago whether there was “Obama fatigue,” the Democrat told reporters, “We are going to correct that this week, hopefully with your help.”
Obama leaves on Friday for a week-long trip to Hawaii, where he grew up and where the grandmother who helped to raise him still lives.

Obama plans to spend as much of the time as possible out of the limelight as he takes a break from the campaign trail with his wife, two daughters and some family friends. Most of his aides are remaining at his Chicago campaign headquarters.
His vacation coincides with the start of the Summer Olympics in Beijing. He will be back in the spotlight in the run-up to the Aug. 25-28 Democratic convention in Denver.

“We had the longest primary in history. And so I can imagine that folks need a break from politics and they didn’t really get one like they normally do,” Obama said.

“I think that the majority of people have been fed a constant stream of political chatter and I’m sure that having a couple weeks off and enjoying the Olympics is probably what the doctor ordered for everybody,” he added.

If Obama needed any convincing on whether he is getting too much exposure, he got it when he stopped in St. Paul earlier on Thursday to order a stack of pancakes and greet voters.  Chatting with a woman and the three children she had in with her, Obama asked one of them, a four-year-old boy, what he had been doing all summer.

“Watching you on TV,” the little boy answered. 

Photo Credit: Reuters/Scott Audettte (Obama delivers an Aug. 2 speech in Florida)
    

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I guess you can get “too much of a good thing”, but if over 10% of Americans still believe that Mr. Obama is a Muslim instead of the Christian that he is, maybe he needs more exposure of the “truthful” kind and less of the “exposure” he gets from the right-wing media outlets and the hateful, misleading email propaganda right-wingers send out about him 24/7.

Posted by Thomas Jackson | Report as abusive
 

I’m tired of Obama reciting lines from a teleprompter.

I want to see Obama and McCain in live debates – at least once per week.

This way we can see just how much “experience” either candidate has.

I was recently watching an Interview of Obama (see below), and from the looks of the video, he doesn’t deal with pressure very well… decide for yourself:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Iym-8Q7u BY

We need a LEADER for president… not a hollywood snob who has gobs of money and doesn’t care about America!

Posted by Gilford | Report as abusive
 

Way too much of this whole election process. There needs to be a law limiting how much time is spent campaigning. Why should any elected paid official be allowed to neglect that position to campaign for another. That alone helps me decide who I want to vote for. Not for the politician who ignores the office their in for a chance at the presidential office.

Posted by Irisheyes | Report as abusive
 

I’m not fatigued. I want more and more Obama !!!!! The more the public finds out about who he really is, the lower his poll numbers will fall, so please Obama media, keep up the good work.

Posted by Fred | Report as abusive
 

Obama fatigue?

America, almost each and every one of us, has “Bush fatigue”! It’s worse than Lyme disease.

It’s just our luck that the very first thing that George Bush ever finished is his disasterous and, now, disinterested presidency.

Just think- we once thought his father was a dangerous man. Now the elder Bush almost seems like a saint.

Please, Ohio. Don’t screw it up again.

Posted by Joe Giardullo | Report as abusive
 

One more picture of Obama=yuk. What does he stand for, who knows, he’s a phony. One more picture of Tiger Woods playing golf, same thing. ANYTHING is better than the GWB collection of screwups, coverups and economic disasters.

Posted by Bill | Report as abusive
 

Fatigue? Not exactly. Tired of having to watch him run for President when we want him to be President right now? Sure.

Posted by tashekor | Report as abusive
 

Do Americans have ‘Obama fatigue?’

Oh God!!!! Yes. I am terminally fed up with hearing about Obama.

Posted by rita guigon | Report as abusive
 

It’s not Obama fatigue it’s media fatigue. With so much ignorance about the environment, systematic dismantling of our freedom and privacy, wanton abuse of power, suffering and destruction caused by our selfish material cravings, the impending peak oil crash and countless other critical issues… the media spends most of it’s time covering propaganda, petty name calling and trivial issues reported mostly for entertainment.

Posted by Mike | Report as abusive
 

His Religion..
I don’t think for one minute that Obama is a Muslem. But, no Christian would sneer at people for “clinging to their religion.” It’s not something a Christian would say, but it’s EXACTLY what an Atheist would say! He wouldn’t be the first politician to fake a church affiliation to get votes. Although I don’t believe he’s a Muslem, he does seem to have strong Muslem sympathies.

The more I see of him, the less I trust him.

Posted by Michelle | Report as abusive
 

Obama is a celebrity, and any celebrity risks over exposure. Obama is viewed by the majority as a celebrity for the simple reason there exists, or has not been shown, any substantive history about him. autobiographies do not qualify as highly substantive.

The shallowness of the history has been accentuated by the extreme length of the primaries: Obama repeated the same speeches over and over. Yes, they are somewhat eloquant and well presented, but oratory is not a foundation for electing a president, for if it were Wm Jennings Bryan would have been elected several times, As well as Adlai Stevenson and several other losing candidates in our political past.

No, celebrity is not a plus without some depth to overcome it.

Posted by Didereaux | Report as abusive
 

Sick of the entire process….ut the media is responsible for the ‘too much Obama’. The media will once again be surprised because now we know too much about the man…..sad part is the other choice is not that desirable either…..I think a lot of us are waiting to hear the announcements of vice president….a bad choice for either could cost them the whole thing…….

Posted by cs | Report as abusive
 

It should not take two years to elect a president in my view, but we need to understand the candidates because they will be in office for four years and maybe eight, if they are lucky.We need to know that they are capable of making rational, sound judgements, under pressure, and to foremost understand that we have a democracy, not a socialist commercial monarchy. Ronald Reagan understood this, but it seems other Presidents own style and upbringing,clouded their views, and that has cast a doubt on whether they are working for the people, or the corporations.Remember, under Clinton, we had a budget surplus,after he left office, and we will never realize that again for at least 20 years, if we are fortunate.

Posted by Bob | Report as abusive
 

Maybe all of the attention we are giving Obama says a lot about ourselves. We are so obsessed by the media whether it is Paris Hilton in trouble or Barack Obama to whom interest was greatly heightened by his trip to Europe and Rupert Murdoch calling him a ‘rock star’.

Posted by Carole H. | Report as abusive
 

Bush fatigue would be more like it! I say go Obama! The day when Bush and his administration are out of office and no longer able to leave the country in more of a shambles, can’t come soon enough for me.

Posted by Ann | Report as abusive
 

The thing that “Fatigues” me most about the Obama campaign
is having to listen to the Dem-Spokes Holes constantly trying to explain what Obama meant to say. His words should be taken at real time, face value. Not re-broadcasted, with further explanations. I am sure that once he actually gets in a one on one debate enviroment…it will become very difficult to translate,explain,apoligize,rationalize his statements, and actions. But the media will continue to help his campaign with reports of utter despair and failure in this once great Nation. Hey DRAMACRATS…keep up the good work!!! It will be ineresting[if Obama wins] to see how quickly our fortunes change, as a Nation. I am guessing… 1 to 2 weeks.” NOBAMA-2008 “

Posted by Nigel Johns | Report as abusive
 

There are too many people saying they don’t know who Obama is, so how can he possibly be overexposed. This is a presidential campaign and Obama is being critized because people love him! Obama is being critized for being popular. Obama is being critized for drawing big crowds. Obama needs to continue to hold his townhall meetings to define himself and campaign even harder. If he pulls back now, the Republicans will do the defining. IMO the opposition is mad because Obama is bigger news than even the president!

Posted by MiB | Report as abusive
 

Are we as Americans really prepared to sink our own country just so we can feel individually superior and ultra righteous? It would be wise to elect Obama and have a Democratic controlled congress so we can get things done. Don’t worry so much about who the President is going to be, remember Congress wields the purse… have we already forgotten the last 8 years already? A Republican president and Republican controlled congress catapulted us into the largest uncontrolled spending in history and we now have the largest deficit on record ever. All of this from “fiscal conservatives”.

I’m going to vote Obama if you guys want to see our country fall then vote McCain and then nothing will get done for the next 4-8 years. GG

Posted by pm | Report as abusive
 

Like many others I’m sick of the long election campaign… period. Thank goodness its almost over but the bad part is that from now on its going to get real ugly up until election day. McBush has found that he gets a little press from negative ads (which is all he has to offer) so look for this mud slinging to intensify, especially from the republican camp. I can’t wait until Obama is our next President.

Vote Obama, vote for freedom, vote for America!

Posted by BushGuiltyAsSin | Report as abusive
 

Fatigue? It’s more about the ‘Hills effect’!

There is something much, much more to worry about than fatigue!

Obama is nor more concerned about the Hilary Clinton factor.

Still she weaves a dark web of political intrigue and downright manipulation – especially as she seeks Obama to lose to McCain, so she can win the 2012 nomination and maybe even the Presidency? Sure – she is as duplicitous and as cynical as that.

She, it appears, wants McCain to beat Obama and for her to also attain some kind of revenge over a) Obama robbing her of her birthright nomination, b) not being considered for VP and finally, c) her request for Obama to help with her massive campaign debts vitually denied.

The sheer unadulterated megalomanial nerve of this woman beggars belief – especially when the shadow of her appalling treatment of Obama during her reprehensible tyrade against him still casts a pall over the current proceedings.

She has proved time and time again to be dangerous and fatally flawed – her hubris rendering her true self visible and wanting. Her ‘being there’ being both devisive and caustic.

That many have glimpsed the inner workings of a dark and obsessive soul, aided and abetted by an equally driven plutocrat, is not in dispute.

What is in dispute is the idea that ‘Hills’ cannot and will not capitulate and subsume her ego and it’s dreams of power and greatness, into the democrat machinery.

Deus ex machina is beginning to look like what it really is: a Clinton spanner in the Obama works.

The damage that Hills is still attempting to inflict on Obama is both unforgivable and reprehensible – but still she proceeds and still she persists.

Like a an incurable and dangerous disease, Hills and her nearest and dearest ally are both attempting to dislocate and annihilate Obama’s intentions and aspirations to victory.

Hills truly believes that no one but her democratic rear should occupy the oval office desk chair.

It is now up to the US people to see through her and realise that America could end up being robbed of the best president they may never have – if Hills has her way.

And remember, Hills has eyes, even if they are occluded, blinkered and politically jaundiced.

Obama had better take action soon. The worst thing he could do is to allow this woman to wreck his chances.

Posted by The Truth Is... | Report as abusive
 

Mr. Obama seems like a nice man but he clearly isn’t ready to be the leader of the free world. Maybe down the line after he’s been in the Senate a few years and gets some seasoning. I feel he means well but is far too naive for such an important position.

Posted by Scott | Report as abusive
 

Obama naive? unexperienced?

I see his as fresh, unbeholding to lobbyists, smart, standing up to big oil and big business, progressive, able to see things others don’t and make hard changes for the betterment of our future, thats how I see his so called “inexperience”.

Posted by BushGuiltyAsSin | Report as abusive
 

There is really a paradox: The corporate media both on FoxNews and increasingly CNN (esp. Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, Gloria Borgia, Campbell Brown), repeatedly tell us Americans (still) do not know the Obama story. It is not because Obama fails to tell it. Rather, the corporate media revels in reproducing false stories generated by the McCain camp. Further, the slimy world of subtle racism also contributes to problematic stories — the slimy emails circulating that tells lies about Senator Obama’s faith. When you have to (a) tell your story and (b) counter falsehoods, it does mean you will be in media a lot, perhaps too much. But the media is dreadfully biased against Senator Obama and the public should be sick of them, not one of the best leaders America has seen in several generations.

Posted by Mel | Report as abusive
 

He’s slick and cool, but he doesn’t SAY anything!

Give him a few more years to gain some experience and

he’ll be terrific.

Posted by kitty hogan | Report as abusive
 

WHO orders a “stack of pancakes” to go? Talk about being

out of touch………….did he get syrup on the side?

Posted by kitty hogan | Report as abusive
 

“OBama bin Lying” maybe untrustworthy and he maybe the antichrist! Maybe? We have no history to tell us who he really is all that we know is that he is constantly disavowing everybody and everything in his life. It stated with his name when he changed it to Barry and then when it was “cool” with his friends to be black he changed it to Barack. He disavows his father and then his mother. He went from being of mixed descent to being black. After 20+ years of supporting a Pastor he disavows him when his teachings finally become public. He first went to this church just because it was the largest congregation in his district so probably his faith is only political too? He says one thing to this group and then turns and says the opposite to the next. I would never follow him into any battle. HE CANNOT BE TRUSTED!

Posted by Eric | Report as abusive
 

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