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Because here’s your chance to grab one. I just got a copy of Barack Obama’s public schedule and it looks like this.

Friday, August 8: “Welcome to Hawaii” Event in Honolulu, HI.

Saturday, August 9 to Friday, August 15: No public events.

That’s called a vacation. It will be interesting to see if Obama will come out of hiding to react to major international news, an important investigative report, or a particularly vicious attack by the McCain campaign. To not do so would be a pretty foolhardy attempt to impose his will on the furiously paced 24-hour news cycle. I assume he’ll do it. He might even get in a couple photo-ops along the way — as someone remarked to me earlier, he’s just got to be careful to avoid the windsurfing.

Meanwhile, the Olympics start tonight, meaning that what little news there will be in the presidential race will get even less coverage. The McCain campaign might do well to think of next week like a NBA coach: when the other guy removes his big, you do the same to get yours some rest. Surely McCain could use it.

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