|"Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast"
|"The liberal soul shall be made fat, and he that watereth, shall be watered also himself."
-- Proverbs 11:25
Barack Obama will take a significant political risk tonight when he accepts the Democratic nomination for president in a 76,000-seat stadium on a stage set with faux-Greek columns, accompanied by a cast of world-famous pop stars and fireworks.
The white-washed plywood columns in particular became the fodder for much merriment yesterday, as aerial photos of the stage set made them look like a papier-mache Acropolis.
And workers put the finishing touches on the backdrop: faux columns intended to suggest a federal building in Washington and create an air of stateliness. (The McCain campaign named it the Temple of Obama, a label repeated by some commentators.)
But there is something coming Thursday night that, to my mind, is a blunder big enough to warrant the criticism: the Greek columns on the stage of The Invesco Field where Obama is to give his acceptance speech.
Or are they Roman columns? Perhaps an art historian will join the Best Political Team on Television so CNN viewers can differentiate.
All I can say is, Uh oh.
An elaborate stage — with white columns designed to resemble a classical Greek temple or the White House — has been built for his speech accepting the Democratic presidential nomination.
Critics seized on this as fresh evidence of a self-regard bordering on arrogance — the downfall of many an Ancient Greek hero — that had already been demonstrated by the faux presidential seal used briefly to decorate his podium this summer. Such is the sensitivity of the Obama campaign that it began circulating reports showing that President Bush had also used classical columns at his convention four years ago.