When Barack Obama came to speak at a rally in Columbus, Ohio on a cold February 2008 morning, he was just a primary candidate, and yet people camped overnight to get a place in line to see him. By 8 AM, hours before he spoke, there were hundreds lined up outside in bitter, windy, subfreezing weather, just waiting to get inside.
Now it’s October 10 of 2008 and Barack Obama has come to Columbus again. It was sunny and 55 degrees outside with a couple of hours to go before the gates opened, yet there were only a few handfuls of people lined up to get in. The line would lengthen, but it took a while. It seems that the intense public fascination with Barack Obama, at least here in Columbus, is wearing off.