August 27, 2008

Obama To Give Speech In "Ancient Greek Temple" Replica?

You cannot make up stuff like this.

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's big speech on Thursday night will be delivered from an elaborate columned stage resembling a miniature Greek temple.

The stage, similar to structures used for rock concerts, has been set up at the 50-yard-line, the midpoint of Invesco Field, the stadium where the Denver Broncos' National Football League team plays.

Some 80,000 supporters will see Obama appear from between plywood columns painted off-white, reminiscent of Washington's Capitol building or even the White House, to accept the party's nomination for president.

He will stride out to a raised platform to a podium that can be raised from beneath the floor...

...Once Obama speaks, confetti will rain down on him and fireworks will be fired off from locations around the stadium wall.

Bizarre. Now who exactly is "out of touch"?

One can only hope the execution goes about as well as this:

Posted by Gary at August 27, 2008 08:29 AM | TrackBack

He runs the risk of having his coronation compared to the Chicom's Olympics.

Posted by: the gripping hand at August 27, 2008 08:43 AM

This isn't going to play well in Peoria.

Posted by: rbj at August 27, 2008 08:44 AM

Funny. The first thing that popped into my mind when I read this story was the Stonehendge-Spinal Tap fiasco.

Posted by: jen at August 27, 2008 10:17 AM

wow. i may actually watch some of that.

Posted by: tdp at August 27, 2008 11:17 AM

Greek setting: Symbolic of the founding of Democracy. That's all there is to it people.

Posted by: Membery at August 27, 2008 03:29 PM

I think they should go whole hog. Surround the stadium with large spotlights. Pointed straight up. Create the effect of a "Cathedral of Ice". Oops! Done Heir Speer... at Nuernburg.

Posted by: Tbird at August 27, 2008 04:45 PM

Just finished watching. It looks more like the Reichstagg than the Parthenon.

Posted by: AKL at August 28, 2008 10:04 PM