Nowadays, Obama is far more well known than he was back then, Paris Hilton is (satirically) running for president, and a new survey from Pew finds that "nearly half (48%) of the public says they have been hearing 'too much' about Obama lately." (No word on Hilton.)
More from the survey on "Obama fatigue": "By a margin of 76% to 11% respondents in Pew's weekly News Interest Index survey named Obama over McCain as the candidate they have heard the most about in recent days."
While people say they're sick of hearing about the presumptive Democratic nominee, they want more on his rival: "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."
Obama could cultivate a lower profile once the Olympics, an event expected to get tremendous news coverage, start on Friday – and indeed, the candidate is scheduled to go on vacation in Hawaii with his family next week. Of course, as both he and McCain are spending heavily on ads during the Olympics, he'll still be on television screens even while he is (ostensibly) out of the spotlight.