LisaJ here: A new survey shows that 48% of the American public is suffering from a frightening new illness, termed ‘Obama fatigue’. Apparently a lot of people’s Obama receptors have reached saturation, and we’re all hoping that a week long Hawaiian vacation will relieve this little issue. Now even I have noticed that Barack gets a lot more airtime than his opponent Johnnie, but how could you wish him away? He’s just so damn charismatic, with his little rock star style. So the question here is, even if you support Obama (or at least prefer him to your other choice), are you suffering from Obama fatigue? My two cents is that I’m at least glad for him that Oprah’s intensely public campaign on his behalf was largely axed.
Another rock star the public is apparently tired of is Bono. This AIDS fundraising group is asking our beloved Bono to retire from public life for his apparent philanthropic ineptness. Are you tired of this guy too?
I’ll tell you what I myself am really am tired of hearing about from the media. The fact that there’s lotsa smog in Beijing. I mean, come on, we’ve been hearing about this smog problem for months leading up to the Olympics, and now that the games have started – just watch out! The smog alert is on full force. I just got home from the movies, turned on the CBC to watch some mass Olympic bike race, the first bit of Olympic coverage I’ve seen so far, and I swear I’ve heard the words ‘smog’ and ‘athletes breathing’ 15 times in the first 23 seconds. OK, I understand that there really is a lot of smog in Beijing and that the many athletes assembled there right now may incur some respiratory tightness (but how much though really? I’m watching them ride their bikes right now and they all look pretty comfy and no one’s fallen off their bike gasping for air), but I get it already! I know the air looks foggy, I know the American (sorry about the Australian thing) athletes got off their airplane wearing masks, I know people are concerned… but it’s just getting ridiculous. I’m more than half expecting a colour coded smog alert warning to pop up on my TV screen, akin to the terror alerts commonly seen on US news stations. Is anyone feeling me here?