Thursday, August 28, 2008

Obama 'Temple' Takes Shape In Denver

A massive temple-like structure is taking shape in Denver (top), to mimic the Lincoln Memorial, as the setting for  Barack Obama's anointment. The coronation is set to coincide with the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King's historic "I have a dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial (bottom). 

Pictures of the Denver football stadium set, in the New York Post, show a backdrop with a grey column-like structure, suggesting Washington classical architecture or a Greek temple.

The McCain camp has been quick to launch attack ads, labelling the construction "The Temple of Obama", a theme taken up by the New York Post

After striking a deal with the Obama campaign team, Clinton finally released her delegates and cut short the roll-call vote at the Democrat convention, to pave the way for Obama's nomination by acclamation.

Obama will finally have a chance to sell his soap powder 'dream' to a 70,000 strong crowd at the Invesco Fields Stadium and a prime-time TV audience later today, accompanied by a fireworks and confetti spectacle.

Washington Post writer, George Will, puts it, 'The Devils in his Details':

"When Barack Obama feeds rhetorical fishes and loaves to the multitudes in the football stadium Thursday night ... it is necessarily formulaic and abstract, vague enough for any time and place, hence truly apposite for none."

Political commentators are questioning whether the Obama campaign team is taking the hyped-up theatrical setting too far and playing into the hands of opponents of the Democrats 'narcissistic celebrity candidate.'

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