Posts Tagged ‘Invesco Field’

Invesco Field ‘Temple Of Barack’ Reveals Pathological Pretension

August 28, 2008

“Senior Democratic officials are expressing serious concerns about the political risks posed by Barack Obama’s acceptance speech at Invesco Field at Mile High tonight,” the Politico article begins.

There’s a bunch of reasons for the worries: potential weather issues at an open-air stadium, and the tendency of stadiums to produce echoes that may be great at a football game, but would render a speech a comic farce unless precisely controlled by technicians.

But the biggest worry is the presentation of the event itself.

At the Brandenburg Gate event, Obama spoke to tens of thousands of Germans.  But the event was a dud back home, and Obama began to see his poll numbers slide as the McCain event used footage from the event in a, “Here’s Paris Hilton, here’s Barack Obama” ad.  And, why yes, they both do seem to have that same haughty shake of the head.

And it turns out that the set designer who put together Obama’s “Mt. Olympus stage” actually put together Britney Spears’ stages, too.  And you thought that McCain ad was just spoofin’.

Cheering crowds and a rock-star aura aren’t necessary a good thing for a politician.  After all, Britney Spears garnered huge cheering crowds all the time, and who would really want her in the Oval Office, making life and death decisions for the nation?

The metaphor of the entire event tonight may be in the setting: a background of white Grecian columns.

According to the Obama camp, the Invesco Field setting was intended to allow “the common man” to be able to take part in the Democratic Convention even as they take part in the Obama phenomenon.  And the columns were supposed to allude to the columns of buildings in Washinghton, DC.

But…

“It’s likely that the campaign would do it differently if it had to do it again because the decision was made before the European trip,” said a senior Democratic elected officeholder who has worked closely with the Obama campaign.

The GOP narrative of Obama as celebrity took root during that trip, where the Illinois senator played to large crowds of adoring Europeans.

Obama campaign officials acknowledged the apprehension Wednesday.

But the event becomes yet another opportunity handing “Republicans a chance to drive home their message that the Democratic nominee is a narcissistic celebrity candidate,” the Politico story says.

[T]he Invesco Field speech, with its massive expected crowd and the celebrity-style imagery it could evoke, is already being teed up by Republicans eager to hammer home the celebrity theme.

The McCain campaign Wednesday released a memo mockingly titled, “Proper Attire for the Temple of Obama (The Barackopolis),” a reference to the classical stage design in place for his speech. The campaign is already prepared to pull the trigger on ads spun out of the Invesco Field event.

The problem is that Obama has played into the narcissistic celebrity narrative again and again.  Every new event merely serves to confirm the narrative.

Obama didn’t consciously intend to come across as a pompous rock star.  But it’s like a vain and pretentious woman who tries to do something nice for a friend but ends up tarnishing it with gaudiness that makes it all about her; pretension is such a part of her that she’s pretentious even when she doesn’t mean to be.  She simply can’t help herself.

It’s not that Obama wants to be pretentious; it’s simply who he is.

Barack Obama has been said to be reworking his speech to lower the profile, transforming it into more of a “workmanlike” speech that provides concrete policy steps and introduces who he really is to the American people.

The speech may be very good.  Obama is very good at reading canned speeches from teleprompters.

But in that giagantic stadium (even without the echoes), with all those pretentious columns in the background, and with all those cheering people, even a humble speech will come across with the aura of one of those vain but petty dictators talking to the people while wearing one of those fancy dress military uniforms with  the big shoulder board epaulettes.

Obama Calls For Mandatory Volunteer Labor For Tickets To Speech

August 14, 2008

This is a result in the kind of mind-numbing robot-logic you could have seen during Mao’s Cultural Revolution:

Fox News reported the story:

Ticket Twist

Some Barack Obama supporters have been told they must complete six hours of volunteer work by Friday if they want a seat at Denver’s Invesco Field for the senator’s Democratic nomination acceptance speech. The Rocky Mountain News reports a campaign phone message says volunteering makes one eligible for a ticket, but does not guarantee one.

Well, that phone message is not going over too well.

One applicant says: “It’s not fair. It’s elitist. And they need to practice what they are preaching.” And another calls the conditions “blackmail,” adding he was told to volunteer for 12 hours to have a shot at two tickets for the August 28 event.

The campaign originally said the tickets were free and that it hoped to fill half the stadium with Coloradans. An Obama spokesman says only those who indicated on their application they would volunteer have been asked to do so. But no one has explained the phone messages indicating a service requirement for a ticket.

The story is also available on the Denver News.

Must complete six hours of volunteer work”? That’s a change in logic you can believe in.

Hot Air ran a piece by Ed Morrissey, who said by way of comment:

This raises some questions about the event. If the campaign requires people to work for several hours to acquire them, doesn’t that make this an in-kind contribution rather than volunteer work? If people who have already contributed to the limit for Obama perform work as compensation towards these tickets, then they could break campaign law by doing so.

Even without the campaign-finance issues, this looks very much like a bait-and-switch by Obama. The entire point of the Invesco address was to welcome everyone for free, perhaps because they wanted to ensure that the place was filled to capacity. Now, with everyone excited about attending this free event, Obama suddenly tells them that they can’t get a seat unless they work for him first.

Like most of Obama’s plans, nothing is free. We’ll pay one way or the other for every supposed giveaway in his policies. And in the end, he wants everyone working for him, while tossing hosannas at his feet and giving him the best optics he can possibly get.

One last thing: Obama didn’t require Germans in Berlin to work for him in order to cheer him at the Tiergarten. Why does Obama treat Germans better than Americans?

I loved that last question!

Next there will be the mandatory volunteer self-criticism sessions, in which the proletariat are called upon to stand and tell their workers’ groups all the ways that they have failed their beloved party and their beloved great leader Obama.

Note to Democrats re: buyers’ remorse: You bought him, you own him (well, maybe he owns you).