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By Shailagh Murray
DENVER -- Enough about the pillars, said Barack Obama's campaign manager, David Plouffe.

"The backdrop is about exactly what President Bush used in 2004," Plouffe said in an interview with Washington Post reporters and editors, pushing back against Republican attacks that the classical columns on stage tonight conjur images of Obama as Caesar. Nor is the variety-show programming, also derided by the opposition, anything special. "Obviously we've had entertainers playing brief roles each night, so have the Republicans," said Plouffe.

The Democratic National Convention this week has at times had a somewhat stilted feel -- probably because the format is so old school. Invesco Field has about four times the capacity of the Pepsi Center, the site for the first three days of convention events. Invesco can hold not just delegates and party insiders, but tens of thousands of Obama supporters who will tutored on organizing as part of the program.

"It's going to be 80,000 Americans in an open convention for the first time since 1960," said Plouffe. "Over 20,000 people from this battleground state of Colorado. If John McCain loses Colorado, I'll buy him a new house if he wins the presidency. They choose to criticize, we choose to organize." Of course, Plouffe added, "the speech is obviously a heck of a lot more important than the setting."

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Man,all this pettiness over something as silly as staging.such a waste of time and silly opinions.Is the GOP going to hold their convention in a bare staged VFW hall?doubt it.spend got the glitz as that is what the new breed of Americans crave,not real talk about real issues and problems facing American taxpayers.show biz,people,show biz.

Posted by: pinkydink53 | August 28, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Mission Accomplished!

Posted by: George W. Bush | August 28, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Zuzu wrote:

"On the other hand, I'm pretty sure Obama can name the president of Pakistan:"

Perhaps, but the great one still does not know what kind of government lies due north of the border-he talked about wanting to meet with "the President of Canada."

And of course, the other night, when he was sitting uncomfortably in that home in Kansas City, with a teleprompter right in front of him to tell hin he was in Kansas City, he told the nationwide audience that he was in St. Louis.

Obama/Biden-the perfect marriage between a teleprompter and a copy machine.

Posted by: amused | August 28, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

md83: I never voted for Bush. Nice try.

I'm an Independent with independent thought.

I won't let any party dictate who I should vote for. I also won't vote for a candidate who is inexperienced, flip-flops even on Iraq, suffers from "paralysis by analysis," and has ties to Rezko, Ayres, both Davis', and the Chicago Combine.

I went thru Obama's rebuttal and found inconsistancies, untruths and omissions.

Just keep drinking the Obama Koolaid and lash out at those who don't support Obama instead of giving specific reasons why you support him. But then again, you can't.

Posted by: Janet8 | August 28, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

"A guy with absolutely no relevant experience"
------------------
Unlike a guy who had a total of one- and -a -half terms as a figurehead governor.

****

"I mean, he was leader of the Harvard Law Review - yeah, the Harvard ego wants to rule the country? Give me a break."
-----------------

After all, GWB wasn't near the top of HIS class at Harvard Business School. Yet he had an ego that wanted to rule the country. I guess it's okay if you're a slacker.

On the other hand, I'm pretty sure Obama can name the president of Pakistan:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOn1AgLJDi4

Posted by: zuzu | August 28, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

ha ha ha! GOOD ONE, VIEJO! that made me laugh!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Wait-you don't suppose the faithful will be witnessing a.... HUMAN SACRIFICE TONIGHT, DO YOU? IS THAT PART OF THE DEM. FESTIVITIES AS WELL IN THE TEMPLE OF OBAMA?

Posted by: TOO AMUSED | August 28, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Upwards

I thinks it's unfair to characterise Kam3 as a "hater". She doesn't hate Bush, she's just enamored of the Chinese, as is Obama.

Posted by: viejo1 | August 28, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse


Viejo1 seemingly has no life but but blog.
Sheesh, go outside and take a walk.
And contemplate how to get past the bile and vitriole.

Posted by: Upwards | August 28, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Bush did not use columns. I was there.

Posted by: Bill | August 28, 2008 7:26 PM
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Guess you just weren't paying attention:

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0808/Bushs_2004_temple.html?showall

Posted by: zuzu | August 28, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Wow, what a mean bunch of haters here...
Somebody flush the toilet...

Posted by: Upwards | August 28, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Kam3

I suggest you buy the Rosetta Stone program and learn Chinese real quick so you can surrender as soon as they get here.

Posted by: viejo1 | August 28, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

America is going to reelect a Republican after eight years of every possible thing going wrong, including a terrorist attack following a president being warned about the very attack several months earlier (mind you, he was clearing brush at his ranch at the time so it's understandable that he wasn't fully focussed on his job), because the other candidate spoke in front of columns that are quite similar to those that the president that allowed terrorists to attack America spoke in front of. WOW.......No wonder the Chinese are laughing....for those of you who don't remember, take a look for yourself:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=132x6779524

Posted by: KAM3 | August 28, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Lesley

Obama does indeed have a specific plan for dealing with the likes of Putin and Il-Change. The Audacity to Hope for Change. And Hope itself. And Change, for its own benefit.

Don't worry.

Posted by: viejo1 | August 28, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Hussein is a show horse, not a work horse. And most surely not a war horse.

Posted by: John | August 28, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

AND THE GREAT ONE, HEARING THAT ONE OF HIS FAITHLESS FOLLOWERS, LESLIE, LIKE MILLIONS OF OTHER DEMS. ACROSS THE COUNTRY, TURNED AWAY FROM THE MESSIAH, THE MESSIAH GREW ANGRY, AND HE ORDERED OUT THE CHARIOTS OF HIS LARGE OBAMABOT ARMY TO STRIKE DOWN WITH HATRED AND FEAR ALL THOSE WHO WOULD NOT BOW BEFORE HIM, WHO WOULD NOT FOLLOW THE EMPTY PATH BUT INSTEAD, CHOSE ANOTHER PATH, A PATH TO AN INDIVIDUAL, WHO WAS NOT TRYING TO BE ANYTHING MORE THAN WHAT HE WAS-AN ORDINARY MAN-BUT ONE WHOSE WISENESS SHOWED ITSELF IN A MYRIAD OF DIFFERENT WAYS, BY CHOOSING THE WISEST AND MOST BRILLIANT OF THEM ALL, MITT ROMNEY, TO BE HIS CO-RULER

AND TOGETHER THEY WERE ABLE AFTER A MIGHTY BATTLE UNDERNEATH THE TEMPLE OF OBAMA TO VANQUISH THE GREAT MESSIAH AND HIS EMPTY FOREVER. AND THE LAND GREW FRUITFUL, AND PROSPERED, UNDER MCCAIN/ROMNEY.

THE END

Posted by: JILL | August 28, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Bush did not use columns. I was there.

Posted by: Bill | August 28, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

THE TEMPLE OF OBAMA IS ALMOST READY-ITS GLOWING GREEK/ROMAN COLUMNS, THE RAISED PLATFORMS-THE ADORING MASSES, WAITING TO KISS THE HEM OF THEIR LORD, THE MESSIAH, APPEARING JUST ONCE, TO SPEAK, TO SHOW THEM THE WAY, IN BARACKOPOLIS.

BUT ALAS, THE TEMPLE OF OBAMA WILL COME FALLING, CRASHING DOWN, AS IF LIKE IN POMPEI, THE EARTH OPENED UP TO SWALLOW ALL OF THE LIES, THE SHALLOWNESS, THE HOLLOWNESS THE TOTAL EMPTINESS THAT THE MESSIAH CAME TO BE KNOWN FOR!

AND THERE WRITTEN ON ONE OF THE TEMPLE COLUMNS, GATHERING DUST IN THE TRASH HEAP OF HISTORY, LIKE THE FORMER GREAT ONE HIMSELF, LONG SINCE GONE AND FORGOTTEN, WERE INCRIBED THE WORDS "OBAMA YOU SUCK-GET YOUR DEMOGOGIC KICKS SOMEWHERE ELSE-YOU'RE HISTORY, DUDE!"

Posted by: JILL | August 28, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

No kidding...the Republicans used columns - so does that mean Obama wants to emulate Bush-types.

Look, Obama will do whatever it takes. We already know that.

Let him have his big moment tonight. It is indeed historic.

But let him not have the White House. That's laughable to even consider it.
A guy with absolutely no relevant experience, not even ONE single thing that he can be credited with (or you would have heard about it, heard about, heard about it by now) leading 300 million people. I mean, he was leader of the Harvard Law Review - yeah, the Harvard ego wants to rule the country? Give me a break.

What does he know about dealing with/facing international leaders - Putin, the leaders of N. Korea, China, Iran, etc.

OMG!!!!

I am voting for McCain.


Posted by: Lesley | August 28, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Milk, Corn-go back and you'll see a commensurate increase.

Oil is not a commodity-the Democrats try to disguise it as one-but it's really nothing more than another consumer product that we have plenty of if we could get around liberal environ-mental cases and drill.

Posted by: viejo1 | August 28, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

THE TEMPLE OF OBAMA IS ALMOST READY-ITS GLOWING GREEK/ROMAN COLUMNS, THE RAISED PLATFORMS-THE ADORING MASSES, WAITING TO KISS THE HEM OF THEIR LORD, THE MESSIAH, APPEARING JUST ONCE, TO SPEAK, TO SHOW THEM THE WAY, IN BARACKOPOLIS.

BUT ALAS, THE TEMPLE OF OBAMA WILL COME FALLING, CRASHING DOWN, AS IF LIKE IN POMPEI, THE EARTH OPENED UP TO SWALLOW ALL OF THE LIES, THE SHALLOWNESS, THE HOLLOWNESS THE TOTAL EMPTINESS THAT THE MESSIAH CAME TO BE KNOWN FOR!

AND THERE WRITTEN ON ONE OF THE TEMPLE COLUMNS, GATHERING DUST IN THE TRASH HEAP OF HISTORY, LIKE THE FORMER GREAT ONE HIMSELF, LONG SINCE GONE AND FORGOTTEN, WERE INCRIBED THE WORDS "OBAMA YOU SUCK-GET YOUR DEMOGOGIC KICKS SOMEWHERE-YOU'RE HISTORY, DUDE!"

Posted by: JILL | August 28, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse


"...by merely setting foot in the WH the IQ level will go up 30 points"


Great. That gets us to 90.


Posted by: WylieD | August 28, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Why would he need this set up if he is who he claims to be? A poor child from a broken home lived on food stamps, was shoved off on gram and pap after Mom ran out of husbands to cling to. He strives for humble beginnings this speech should have been plain simple and TRUE then maybe we the people may have taken him seriously! The show boat will sink you Barry sad eh.

Posted by: Independent | August 28, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Correction
viejo1,
My commute tells me differently. Remember people were cutting back years ago when prices were high and they could "NOT" afford their mortgages and other bills. So,you mean to tell me that we're just now seeing the results? Well, anyway at least, we not talking about pillars.

Posted by: MILLER123 | August 28, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse


"That fear is that someone other than a white male will be elected President of the United States."

Obama is female?


Posted by: WylieD | August 28, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

viejo1,
My commute tells me differently. Remember people were cutting back years ago when prices were high and they could afford their mortgages and other bills. So,you mean to tell me that we're just now seeing the results? Well, anyway at least, we not talking about pillars.

Posted by: MILLER123 | August 28, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Hmmmm????

Caesar? No, no, no that's not it.

Uhmmmmm. It's coming.

Nero? No, no, still not it.

Aha. That's it.

Caligula. Exactly.

The Decline and Fall of the Western Empire.

Before our eyes, on DemTV.

Brought to you by the DimTV Generation.

First step, Jan 20. Gay marriages in military chapels.

A Gay Attorney General (again, shhhhh)

The "Human Rights Campaign" Condom Party.

Dudes, it's Caligula, Incorporated.

Major Telecomm Donors piping the porno.

It's Megalomania Gone Wild.

Barackus Obama. Emperor for Life.

Posted by: Plebeian | August 28, 2008 6:39 PM

--

Phone call for you, Plebeian. It's Congressman Foley on line 1.

Posted by: DFC102 | August 28, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

miller123

I would ask you to investigate the possibility that gas is lower because people will avoid paying for it at a certain peak level in accordance with the laws of supply and demand.

Nothing else has very much effect.

Posted by: viejo1 | August 28, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Miller123

I would ask you to investigate the possibility that gas prices are lower because people will avoid buying gas at a certain peak level in accordance with the law of supply and demand as well as the law of diminishing returns.
Nobody else has much to do with it.

Posted by: viejo1 | August 28, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

viejo1
Definitly not congress. Although republicans did put pressure on the Whitehouse. Gas prices could have gone lower a long time ago. They're lower now because of politics and the up coming election in November. If they were still high enough in November for Americans to complain than McCain would lose by a landslide.

Posted by: MILLER123 | August 28, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

md83
That was funny, the "nurse's aides" crack. I'm not being sarcastic.

Posted by: viejo1 | August 28, 2008 6:57 PM
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Thank you, thank you. I'll be here all week. Don't forget to tip the waitstaff.

Posted by: md83 | August 28, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

md83
That was funny, the "nurse's aides" crack. I'm not being sarcastic.

Posted by: viejo1 | August 28, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Peacock

I remember a time when people were African Americans were viewed as "uppity."
Don't confuse confidence with arrogance.

Posted by: MILLER123 | August 28, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

getalife

Just who is it you think is lowering gas prices? Congress? Bush?

You're dumber than that guy who thinks I'm an old Mexican redneck masquerading as an astute Republican with an IQ of 141 when last tested. (I had to leave early, or I would have scored higher.)

Posted by: viejo1 | August 28, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Nice try, Plouffe - lol. Using the fact that Bush had a similar set in 2004 to defend the Obamopolis? Ouch; too funny!

Posted by: Annie | August 28, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

I will admit that I would be envious if Obama were classy enough to come out from backstage at the Forum with Britney AND Paris in Togas.
I think people would sit up and start taking him more seriously if he did that.

Posted by: viejo1
-------------------------------------------Hey, don't worry...you'll see gramps come out on stage next week with two hot young babes, one on each arm. They're called nurse's aides.

Posted by: md83 | August 28, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

I love how Obama brings out the latent inferiority complex in so many Republicans. Why does he intimidate you so much?

Posted by: SMC | August 28, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

I will admit that I would be envious if Obama were classy enough to come out from backstage at the Forum with Britney AND Paris in Togas.
I think people would sit up and start taking him more seriously if he did that.

Posted by: viejo1 | August 28, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

md83

Sorry, wrong guy.

I guess you're not smarter than a 5th grader, after all.
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You're wrong too...I'm not a republican.

Posted by: md83 | August 28, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

viejo1,
This is bigger than the Clintons and you can't see it. I promise you McCain won't win. You see, trying to throw people off by lowering gas prices now just won't due.
Throwing the focus off real issues won't due either. This country is in trouble and to pick McCain means more bills being vetos. It would mean another four years of the same.

Posted by: Get A Life | August 28, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

janet8-
Question: If Obama is elected POTUS, is he going to try to censor the MSM if their reporting isn't "flattering" to his administration?
___________________________________________Answer- by merely setting foot in the WH the IQ level will go up 30 points. Nice to see you're so worried about honesty, though. Where were you the last seven years when GWB obstructed justice, politicized every department and squandered our treasury and goodwill abroad? Endorse your double standard elsewhere.

Posted by: md83 | August 28, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

"The backdrop is about exactly what President Bush used in 2004."

That's not true. I was there. It was a blue curtain backdrop.

Posted by: Karl | August 28, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

md83

Sorry, wrong guy.

I guess you're not smarter than a 5th grader, after all.

Posted by: viejo1 | August 28, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Obama is both arrogant and condescending - particularly to the white working class and women.

His opulent stage is just what he needs to strut himself as the new Martin Luther King.

I will not be watching his self serving display - I will watch the media hype tomorrow morning.

Posted by: Peacock | August 28, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

What, columns are bad? You mean columns like they have at the Capital Building in Washington D.C., or at the U.S. Supreme Court, or the ones outside almost every significant courthouse and public building in our republic? Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m not going to sit hear and listen to the Republican Party bad mouth the United States of America!

Posted by: codexjust1 | August 28, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

bb

You've betrayed your Democrat personality in your admission that you revel in the misery of others.

There's a bright side, bb. You have another chance to choose a half-way qualified candidate in just four more years, so cheer up!

Posted by: viejo1 | August 28, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Vato viejo francisco anonymous:
Tell the truth, there are actually only the one of you, just changing names when you post. Either that or you share the same brain cell. I started to say "gray matter" but that's too close to black for the flaming racists you are.

Posted by: md83 | August 28, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Obama and his camp villified McCain's ad about Obama being as famous as Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. Obama and his camp thought it was ridiculous to compare Obama with Hilton and Spears.

So who designed Obama's grandiose Greek Revival stage setting? None other than Britney Spears' set designer for her concerts.

Thou (Obama) doth protest too much when it's soooooo clooooose to the truth.

Which is a segue into how Obama and his camp have sent an email to Obama supporters telling them to call a radio show last night that Stanley Kurtz was appearing on. Kurtz a writer recently got over 70 boxes of files from the Univ. of Chicago on William Ayres and his education reform programs. Kurtz is looking thru Ayres papers to show that Obama's ties to Ayres are more extensive than Obama would have you believe.

The Obama camp emailed it's supporters to call in to the radio show and tell Kurtz they're displeasure. What they wanted to do was commandeer the radio show, so that no one could call in and Kurtz would be placed on the defensive. Then they were told, after they make the call, to report back to myobama and let them know what happened. (Kurtz handled it well)

Since the Obama camp is so over-zealous in trying to literally muzzle Kurtz, there may be something Obama's camp don't want uncovered.

Again, thou doth protest tooooo much.

Question: If Obama is elected POTUS, is he going to try to censor the MSM if their reporting isn't "flattering" to his administration? (That is if the infatuated MSM finally sees Obama for what he really is and starts doing their job.)

Posted by: Janet8 | August 28, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Many of you guys are just plain ignorant and full of envy. You would rather talk about pillars than real change in America. America is in trouble and I "pity the fools" who don't understand this. Many people are afraid of Obama winning (democrats, republicans, rich, and people in power alike) because of the amount of people Obama attracts. With a democratic congress he will probably get more historicial bills passed then any other president in the history of this country. Now there is a segment of the population that believes that America is not in trouble, that we are a bunch of whiners. If you believe that then you probably don't know how many homes you have too. Tonight is an historical event and whether some of you and the pudits like it or not, will be recorded as such. Its not the end, its the beginning of a turn around. Instead of being narrow minded and critical of pillars, praise the convention for opening its doors for all people to participate. There is nothing wrong being popular because you want to serve this country. Having a great number of people behind you is much better than having a low rating not only here in the States but all over the world. Its time to get real. Its time to get a life. Its time to get on board.

Posted by: Get A Life | August 28, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

I think it's beautiful that the Republicans are having their convention in the Twin Cities, and not only for the reasons that Sen. Clinton pointed out, namely that it's so hard to tell McCain and Bush apart. Now, arriving and departing conventioneers will have the opportunity to demonstrate their "wide stance" on the issues of the day at the Twin Cities newest and most famous tourist attraction, the Larry Craig Stall at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport. Hope they enjoy themselves as much as Sen. Craig did!

Posted by: Preston | August 28, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

..another frat rat pretending to be President..

..great..

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Hmmmm????

Caesar? No, no, no that's not it.

Uhmmmmm. It's coming.

Nero? No, no, still not it.

Aha. That's it.

Caligula. Exactly.

The Decline and Fall of the Western Empire.

Before our eyes, on DemTV.

Brought to you by the DimTV Generation.

First step, Jan 20. Gay marriages in military chapels.

A Gay Attorney General (again, shhhhh)

The "Human Rights Campaign" Condom Party.

Dudes, it's Caligula, Incorporated.

Major Telecomm Donors piping the porno.

It's Megalomania Gone Wild.

Barackus Obama. Emperor for Life.

Posted by: Plebeian | August 28, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

getalife

I think I'll move on, get a life, and chill 'til the inevitable McCain landslide.

If you guys had picked Hillary, you'd have had a slightly better chance.

Posted by: viejo1 | August 28, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

There is great fear in some parts of these United States today. That fear is that someone other than a white male will be elected President of the United States.

Ah the fear! Hide our women! Send our children to England for protection! Our position of privilege is in jeopardy! Our minimum wage jobs will be lost! Our women will want equal pay for equal work! Our children will marry outside the pure white race. Yes, there is great fear.

There is only one hope. And that hope is 72 year old John McCain.

From one of his seven (or eight or eleven) homes, old man John McCain will walk into our lives in his $520 dollar shoes to save us. He will leave his wife's private jet and do battle with the black man. Old man John survived some time in a POW camp some 40 years ago and he has earned the right forever to battle, to win, and to spend wife number two's 100 million inheiritance. And old man John is not afraid to tell you that. Why old man John McCain will keep our sons, daughters, spouses, and friends in uniform for maybe 100 years in Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Georgia, and any other place his little old heart desires.

Old man John McCain, our great hope for more of the past.

Posted by: Our Hope for the Past | August 28, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

The sweetest part is going to be watching this man that you hate sio much beat this sad little old man you've nominated and run our country for 8 years. Everytime I see President Obama on TV, I'll think of your misery and smile.

Enjoy!

Posted by: BB | August 28, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

bb

You have another strong point:

BB is not ignorant.
BB is not ignorant.
BB is not ignorant.

Nope. Doesn't work.

Posted by: viejo1 | August 28, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Many of you guys are just plain ignorant and full of envy. You would rather talk about pillars than real change in America. America is in trouble and I "pity the fools" who don't understand this. Many people are afraid of Obama winning (democrats, republicans, rich, and people in power alike) because of the amount of people Obama attracts. With a democratic congress he will probably get more historicial bills passed then any other president in the history of this country. Now there is a segment of the population that believes that America is not in trouble, that we are a bunch of whiners. If you believe that then you probably don't know how many homes you have too. Tonight is an historical event and whether some of you and the pudits like it or not, will be recorded as such. Its not the end, its the beginning of a turn around. Instead of being narrow minded and critical of pillars, praise the convention for opening its doors for all people to participate. There is nothing wrong being popular because you want to serve this country. Having a great number of people behind you is much better than having a low rating not only here in the States but all over the world. Its time to get real. Its time to get a life. Its time to get on board.

Posted by: Get A Life | August 28, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

I hear the plan is for the columns of Brittany ObaaMA's! temple to crumble at the sound of his soaring (tele-prompted) rhetoric.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Looks like you're going to mall and strolling into "Structure," Obamamus.

You're about as much a President as those kids working at Sbarro.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

You Repubs also realize that this whole "He's a God/Emperor/Prophet" thing is completely invented by you and is only repeated by you. We think its ridiculous.

You made it up and repeated it so many times that you actually believe it. Actually, that's a good way to describe the conservative philosophy in general.

Posted by: BB | August 28, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse


"I just want to point out the utter inanity of conservatives criticizing Obama."

No one is criticizing him.

We are mocking him.

Sometimes the thought of a four-year window in which to ridicule him is almost enough to make me....

But no. I remind myself about the nukes.

Posted by: WylieD | August 28, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Look, guys, no need to get hostile about some good natured ribbing. Seriously, when I first saw the stage, I thought they were going for President Kennedy's 1960 acceptance speech in the Los Angeles Memorial Colliseum. If they wanted the Lincoln Memorial, they could have been much more obvious about it.

Posted by: JakeD | August 28, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

bb

Again, the huffing and puffing is not over the stage itself, but the actor.
I'd elaborate, but you made such an erudite point with your "suck at a fundamental level" argument that I might just roll over and go Democrat now.

Posted by: viejo1 | August 28, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Emperor Obama. Thumbs down.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Toga! Toga! Toga! Toga!

or

"Thank you, sir, may I have another?"

It's all Greek to me.

Senator and Senator Blutarsky. The Blutarsky Twins.

Some change.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

viejo: "Republicans don't resent the Nero set; nor are they jealous."

I believe that for exactly no seconds.

Posted by: BB | August 28, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

I just want to point out the utter inanity of conservatives criticizing Obama... FOR HAVING A STAGE.

That's right. One of the two major political parties built a stage for its convention. That's it. That's what all this Republican huffing and puffing is about.

You guys suck on such a fundamental level, I don't really know where to begin.

Posted by: BB | August 28, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

bb,

Republicans don't resent the Nero set; nor are they jealous.
We do think it's laughably egoistic and represents an alarming level of narcissism in B.O.
He could dispel all this tension by making his grand entrance in a Toga. Now, that would garner Republican admiration.

Posted by: viejo | August 28, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Moses,then Obama parting the Red Sea. Charlton Heston. Ben Hur. Roman columns.
Next up? Planet of the Apes? It's getting weird. Some Dem set designer has a thing for Heston. Too weird.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Wow. The paid Republican bloggers are out in force again. The Republican motto must be, "Let no intelligent discussion be blogged. After the past 8 years, we have nothing to say."

Posted by: amaikovich | August 28, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Lots and lots of Repub jealousy in the house today.

Look at that stadium. Do you think the RNC convention is going to look like that? How many people will show up to hear McCain's acceptance speech? Obama's stage wouldn't even fit in the pathetic shriveled venue that McCain is using.

I can't wait to hear the GOP faithful pretend to love McCain when a year ago they all openly despised him.

As you make fun of tonights show, remember it's all going to be compared to your convention.

Posted by: BB | August 28, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

"The backdrop is about exactly what President Bush used in 2004," Plouffe said in an interview with Washington Post reporters and editors.

These Obama people don't think out a goddamned thing before they pop off, do they?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

GREEK ARCHITECTURE, ROMAN ARCHITECTURE & OBAMA or DOES MCCAIN HAVE COLUMN ENVY

Love the thought that McCain is envious at the set, which is may be truer than not. The Republicans can't possibly match the set the Democrats build. I expect a militaristic set from McCain.

Also ...

"The greek columns could not possibly allude to the Lincoln Memorial and the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King's I Have A Dream speech?"

I had forgotten the Lincoln Memorial allusion which is better than my original thought. Which the Lincoln Memorial exemplifies.

For centuries the architecture of Greece and the Roman Republic has represented the highest ideals of civilization -- i.e. democracy. In fact the early Americans chose it for their Capital and the White House, nee the Executive Mansion. After abandoning ancient architecture for decades, it's nice to see someone besides Andre Rieu using it for it's intended purpose -- to inspire and delight.

Kurt

Posted by: Kurt | August 28, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse


You can't make up this stuff.

Obama's Temple was built by the same cheesy stage contsruction company that put together Britney Spears' last tour.

McCain was onto something when he compared this clown to Paris Hilton..

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

On one had you have the Democrats talking about how horrible the economy is ... that none of us can afford gas ... our children are starving ... we can't get good educations ... and so to show their empathy they are blowing all this money on a football field extravaganza to celebrate their candidate who has yet to give us a clue about what he will do!!!!!!

Posted by: Francisco Cardenas | August 28, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse


McCain's "Remote Control" ad is truly devastating. Whoever did it is a genius.

Most damning of all are Obama's own words.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nA1MwOE86U

Posted by: WylieD | August 28, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

No problem with the quasi-temple...like the first quote in this column says, it's "almost exactly like Bush's."
You know, like Bill Ayers is "almost exactly" like Osama Bin Laden.
And Jeremiah Wright is "almost exactly" like Louie Farrakhan.
And Michelle Obama is "almost exactly" like June Cleaver.

Posted by: viejo1 | August 28, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

I am sure it will be a heck of a speech! But his nuber at http://www.bop-o-rama.com is really surging. Could break 1,000,000 today.
Check out the potatoes on this post. http://www.bop-o-rama.com/blog/2008/08/28/has-the-mccain-camp-gone-to-far/

Posted by: acarponzo | August 28, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Bad choice for television.

He's going to look like a burnt match against those bright white columns.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 5:59 PM

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I wish racists were at least funny or clever.

This tripe is lame. Amateur hour at comedy works I guess....

Posted by: At least be clever... | August 28, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JakeD | August 28, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse


Bad choice for television.

He's going to look like a burnt match against those bright white columns.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Quick....someone name me a president that wasn't ambitious or have a big ego.

It's tough ay?

And didn't WcCain write in his very own book that he sought the nomination in 2000 for "personal ambition".

Hyyyyyypppppppoooooooccccccrrrrrriiiiiiiittttttteeeeeeee!!!!!!!

Posted by: Ego comes with the job folks.... | August 28, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

C'mon now, you didn't REALLY expect the GOP to discuss the ISSUES instead this election year did you??? Even Britney Spears knows that!!!!

Posted by: joneshn | August 28, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

The backdrop is fantastic and the speech will be fantastic-just like Stevenson, Mondale, Dukakis, Gore and Kerry's were.
When there's no Perot-figure, there's no 15 percent Conservative vote loss. Hence no Democrat win.
Waste of plywood if you ask me.

Posted by: viejo1 | August 28, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

This guy thinks he's so much better than me, with his multiple suits and his arugula and his tolerant worldview. And now he's got PILLARS?

That's it, I'm voting for McCain. I may disagree with all his policies, but at least he's not an empty-suit-who-can't-think-for-himself-except-when-he's-thinking-he's-better-than-me.

Posted by: McCain/Cheney '08 | August 28, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

I suppose they're going to roll him out in a chariot.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Me thinks the WcCain camp could use a lesson in backdrops....

That green one really contrasted nicely with WcCain's pasty face.

And having a hurricane and a 12 mile oil slick as a backdrop while you're on an oil rig ain't so bright either...

Oh and WcCain having W wrapped in a manly embrace was a bad visual for all involved....I really liked when W nuzzled WcCain's head softly. Get a room you two!

Posted by: Better than a green backdrop... | August 28, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

WcCain is pissed because his backdrop is a plain white wall at the Holiday Inn conference where he'll be giving his nomination speech.

The WcCain camp is hoping and praying that the Johnson Wedding reception next door doesn't get too rowdy.

Posted by: Jealous much? | August 28, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Is it possible that McCain is a bit jealous because:

Such a stage would make it painfully apparent that he's about four feet tall.

Posted by: BB | August 28, 2008 5:46 PM
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Great!! What a riot!!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Obama has "bling" on his supporters dollar.

Posted by: tiredofit | August 28, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Great idea. Unfortunately, Barack's only flying experience involved drugs.

Posted by: WylieD | August 28, 2008 5:45 PM
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I think you mean AWOL cocaine-sniffing Bush.

Posted by: hayden1 | August 28, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Is it possible that McCain is a bit jealous because:

A) He couldn't come close to filling such a venue, and

B) Such a stage would make it painfully apparent that he's about four feet tall.

Posted by: BB | August 28, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Sorry correction.
May have been Mike and Chris?
Who are now on Live Video.

Posted by: Kim | August 28, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Don't be so jealous of Obama guys. Its OK, McZero will do a slightly less than adequate job. Sheesh!

Posted by: hayden1 | August 28, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse


"Maybe he should land on a air craft carrier in a jump suit, and proclaim that he's already won."

Great idea. Unfortunately, Barack's only flying experience involved drugs.

Posted by: WylieD | August 28, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

May have been Jon Meacham??
Of course the connection is to the Lincoln Memorial....

Posted by: Kim | August 28, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

McZero will use one of his gazillion dollar homes as his backdrop.
I wonder if McZero and Lieberman kiss each other goodnight.

Posted by: hayden1 | August 28, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Obama=Same old politics, apparently now he's like Bush. Hussein=the Same

Posted by: Vato | August 28, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse


"The greek columns could not possibly allude to the Lincoln Memorial and the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King's I Have A Dream speech?"

Could be. Which would imply the modest Obama thinks of himself as Lincoln. Or MLK. Or (most likely) both rolled into one.

But I don't recall hoop dancers at the March on Washington nor muntined windows at the memorial..

Posted by: WylieD | August 28, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Maybe he should land on a air craft carrier in a jump suit, and proclaim that he's already won.

Now that would be an arrogant and presumptuous display wouldn't it!

Posted by: BB | August 28, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse


All Hail Barackus Husseinius Obamamus, Emperor Selfus Importantis.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

"The backdrop is about exactly what President Bush used in 2004"? I was under the impression Obama thought everything Bush did was wrong? I was under the impression he wanted "change". Guess "change" is just a word afterall.

Posted by: tiredofit | August 28, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

The man is giving a big speech to a national audience. He built a stage for it.

Repubs are soooooooooooo desperate.

Posted by: BB | August 28, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

elkay1 (and Kim):

Don't you think an actual replica of the Lincoln Memorial (or, better, yet -- accept the Democratic nomination on the Mall in D.C.) would have evoked the Lincoln Memorial better?

Posted by: JakeD | August 28, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Only Republicans are allowed crass patriotic/imperialistic symbolism, didn't you know that? At any rate, just exactly what kind of architecture will Obama live among should he get elected? Might as well get used to it here.

Posted by: Tony | August 28, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

"The greek columns could not possibly allude to the Lincoln Memorial and the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King's I Have A Dream speech? Why, that would be too easy and straightforward."

Well put.
Talk about this in LIVE WIRE guys.

Posted by: Kim | August 28, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

"The backdrop is about exactly what President Bush used in 2004," Plouffe said in an interview with Washington Post reporters and editors.


So much for 'Change We Can Believe In.'

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

The One has arrived!!! Long live Barack APOLLO Obama ; )

Posted by: JakeD | August 28, 2008 4:30 PM
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McZero will counter with his handpuppets. I hope the old geezer is wearing his diaper during his acceptance speech.

Posted by: hayden1 | August 28, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

"The backdrop is about exactly what President Bush used in 2004," Plouffe said in an interview with Washington Post reporters and editors.

...oh, THAT'S a relief!...

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

although completely over the top, it's not the about the columns

but what a tacky look and opulent when it's supposed to be about us, the working stiffs

jeesh, gotta vota against McCain but the demos are embarassing this year, this backdrop is just too theatrical - it plays right into the repubs criticism and it just looks so egotistical

and aligning with the kennedy's, the biggest womanizers on the planet, does anyone realize how this looks to the old timers

you all trash Clinton then emulate the Kennedy's
- it's just so phony

use the money for us poor folks - how many trips to the dentists for kids would be a much better use of the money

Posted by: lndlouis | August 28, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

"The backdrop is about exactly what President Bush used in 2004," Plouffe said in an interview with Washington Post reporters..

Irony..is usually lost on the Obama cult (as well as Washington Post reporters.)

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Sometimes, the hypocrisy of the Republicans takes your breath away; sometimes it just sickens you. They have all purpose spin for all purpose b******t; they believe our attention spans are so short we'll never notice the 180 degree pivot. They've tried unsuccessfully to paint Obama as an elitist, a celebrity, a traitor and the second coming of Salahuddin. They've lied about his religion, his ethics and his upbringing, questioned his heritage and claimed he's out of touch (this, mind you, from a party whose policies are viewed as the wrong direction by 80 percent of the public). The party of Falwell, Hagee, Inhofe, Chenowith and Cheney, of Dobson, Reed, Abramhoff, DeLay and Gingrich calls HIM radical--damn, they are funny; unfortunately they're also dangerous. Their president has: presided over the largest expanse of government spending and debt in history, the largest drop in currency value since the beginning of the Bretton Woods conference, the worst record of job creation in 50 years and the largest increase in income gap since the halcyon days of the roaring 20's. But it's Obama that needs to make the sale? Come in from the fog, Republicans, so you get a clear view of your generational thumping coming in November 2008.

Posted by: bklyndan | August 28, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

The greek columns could not possibly allude to the Lincoln Memorial and the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King's I Have A Dream speech? Why, that would be too easy and straightforward.

Posted by: elkay1 | August 28, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Pillars? This guy wants a coronation, not an election. Style and flash, toothy grins and lofty (unrealistic) speeches. While we are in a recession and involved in a war on two fronts - Democrats pat themselves on the back for nominating a black man. A black man. Not a qualified candidate, not a proven leader, not a man who has proven himself to be above Party - a black man.

Posted by: David | August 28, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse


"The backdrop is about exactly what President Bush used in 2004," Plouffe said.

Obama will give us eight more years of Bush?


Posted by: WylieD | August 28, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

McCain's latest ad - Remote Control -

Great!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nA1MwOE86U

Posted by: JoseyJ | August 28, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

AK:

I think that's something like "Jumbo shrimp" : )

Posted by: JakeD | August 28, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

"The backdrop is about exactly what President Bush used in 2004," Plouffe said in an interview with Washington Post reporters and editors.

No. It's EITHER "about" OR "exactly," but it can't be "about exactly."

Posted by: AK | August 28, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Look at the dancers practicing for tonight!
LOL
http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/hh146/NewHampster/gogo.jpg

Posted by: zazzle | August 28, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

The One has arrived!!! Long live Barack APOLLO Obama ; )

Posted by: JakeD | August 28, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Yes, please move on... it's almost like the press has not noticed that 3/4 of the government buildings in DC and the rest of America were designed in the neo-classical style. In fact, for more than 300 years neoclassicism has been a dominant political motif.

Posted by: Cornfields | August 28, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

So, NOW Obama wants to be the same as Bush too?! LOL!!!

Posted by: JakeD | August 28, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

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