Barack Obama's holiday comes just as 'Obama fatigue' emerges
Barack Obama needs a break. So on Friday he's heading to Hawaii for a weeklong family vacation.
Good timing, because much of the public apparently needs a rest from him. (See video below.)
The Pew Research Center reports that Obama's mush-discussed "media dominance may not be working in his favor." A Pew poll conducted over the last few days found that almost half -- 48% -- of those surveyed said "they have been hearing too much about Obama lately."
One possible upshot: According to the Pew pollsters, "by a slight, but statistically significant margin -- 22% to 16% -- people say that recently they have a less rather than more favorable view of the putative Democratic nominee."
And his camp likely will be heartened by this: "Pew's respondents said they want to hear more, not less about the Republican candidate. Just 26% in the poll said they had heard too much about McCain, while a larger number (38%) reported that they had heard too little about the putative Republican candidate."
But then there's this -- as with Obama, "a slight plurality reports that recently they have come to have a less favorable view of McCain rather than a more favorable view of him -- (23% to 18%)."
Our colleague Katie Fretland has more on the Pew findings at the Swamp.
Obama's vacation plans may have one meritorious effect -- temporary relief from the incessant, and often pointless, speculation about who's up and who's down in his running-mate search.
An announcement now is not expected until Obama's return from the state of his birth, as detailed by the Financial Times (which also can't resist providing a tote sheet of the leading contenders).
Eagle-eyed reporters, of course, will be checking the schedules of Evan Bayh (above, campaigning Wednesday with Obama), Tim Kaine and Joe Biden for any sudden trips to Honolulu.
-- Don Frederick
Photo credit: Associated Press