"I don't know why Obama's getting all this attention. McCain is right where he should be -- in America," Columbus resident Diane Woods told ABC's David Wright.
Obama has plenty of time to turn his attention stateside. McCain did not seem to effectively capitalize on the time Obama spent abroad this week, with scattered messaging combining with bad luck to put him off track.
But in Obama's call for the world to stand with those who need help in Chad, Iran and Darfur, Obama is inviting his political opponents to point out that the next president will have to worry about Americans who need help in Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Detroit.