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Barack Obama’s Greek Temple at the DNC

28 August 2008

I keep hearing about the backdrop that Senator Obama selected for his speech tonight.  It consists of several Greek columns.

It is no secret that I am not fond of Senator Obama’s proposed policies because they go against my ideals.  On many conservative talk shows I have heard reference to these columns and suggestions that they came off of sets like Ben Hurr.

Knowing a little bit of history, I do know that today is the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream Speech.”  On one of the talk shows someone called in and suggested that these columns were suppose to mimic the Lincoln Memorial.

At that point I had yet to see the backdrop and did not think the idea quite as insane, although an expensive alternative to projecting the backdrop behind Senator Obama.

Then I got to see the pictures of the backdrop.  Not only does it seem excessive, it could never mimic the Lincoln Memorial.  Here are a couple of the links to pictures of the background. http://news.aol.com/?feature=152107  &  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yQwufJ_JpA&eurl=http://www.michaelgraham.com/

Although I am not sure it is a “temple” per say, it is definitely not the Lincoln Memorial and appears to have minimal function.  Personally I feel a presidential nominee should have some type of a patriotic background that reflects their connection with the US instead of an expensive backdrop that does not appear to serve any purpose.

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Comments

  1. * doug says:

    I’m surprised at all the interior decorators running around talking about the backdrop. Who cares about stupid crap like that?

    | Reply Posted 5 years, 11 months ago
  2. * Jessica Mondillo says:

    It shouldn’t be important but it is.

    Reason one: It gives a certain impression of a candidate. I do not know exactly what the Greek columns behind Obama were suppose to represent. If it was in fact a temple that would give him the appearance of a Greek god and someone who believes they are mightier than the average person. If he had the American flag, a statue of liberty, an unmodified Mt Rushmore it would symboize patriotism.

    Reason two: It tells about the candidates personality. I have not heard the exact figures he had spent on this backdrop, but many sources, including AOL, have deemed the backdrop “costly.” To me this is an indication of the candidate’s policies and behavior in the future. If you are spending tons of money to dress up a speech, it gives the impression that you will spend a lot of money on one time events if you are elected and also the impression that you are willing to spend tax payers money carelessly as opposed to lowering taxes, trying to balance the budget, and work to reduce national debt.

    | Reply Posted 5 years, 11 months ago
  3. * Andrew says:

    “I do not know exactly what the Greek columns behind Obama were suppose to represent. If it was in fact a temple that would give him the appearance of a Greek god and someone who believes they are mightier than the average person. If he had the American flag, a statue of liberty, an unmodified Mt Rushmore it would symboize patriotism.”

    Why is it that a model of Mount Rushmore would be representative of American Patriotism than the columns that Obama chose – the same type of columns that had graced our nation’s capital long before the monument at Mount Rushmore was even conceived? Why do you assume that he was appealing to the Greek God image rather than to the image of an American who is actually familiar with the roots of our nation’s history by invoking OUR NATION’S CAPITAL’S most treasured monuments, monuments to the founders of this nation and the architects of our freedom and democracy. I’m not whether the people who have been stirring this controversy are simply so ignorant of this nation that they don’t even know the buildings in DC look like, or whether they simply don’t care and will willfully misrepresent the facts in an attempt to trash him.

    | Reply Posted 5 years, 10 months ago
  4. * Jessica Mondillo says:

    I did not say he was appealing to the Greek God image. I am saying “IF” that was what he was trying to appeal to. The pictures of the columns do not look like the columns I have seen in the capital. Yes the columns in the capital are of a Greek style. The arrangement of each column in comparison to the others though did not resemble anything like the capital. I even said that I respected the idea of it looking like the Lincoln Memorial, or for the matter any building in the capital, but the simple fact is the pictures I saw did not look like anything in the capital and did not remind me or the Capital. Personally it didn’t remind me much of a Greek temple either. I am just merely stating what impressions the background would give “IF” it were in fact suppose to resemble the things I mentioned.

    | Reply Posted 5 years, 10 months ago
  5. * Andrew says:

    Your right, you did say “if” and I’m sorry to have misrepresented that in my response, but I’m really getting sick of this whole line of “reasoning. It’s the most vacuous “reasoning” I’ve ever heard in a presidential debate. You’re right, it doesn’t look exactly like the Capitol Building, or the Lincoln Memorial, or Union Station, or any other particular building, including any Greek temples that I know of. And they don’t look exactly like each other, either. They were all designed by different people to invoke that same image in a new way. There are Greek columns all over DC – all over NYC, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and almost every other old American city as well, and they all have their own unique style and arrangement. This particular stage design was probably made by some DC PR person from the Disney generation (personally, I thought it was ugly, but that’s really beside the point here, isn’t it.) and made in some stylized arrangement. But from this I’ve seen people make the argument that this shows that he’s the Antichrist, that he’s a Communist, that he’s egocentric – all because his campaign employed an architectural style that has been used by our government for nearly 200 years. I guess this just goes to show the cynical audacity of those who oppose him. I suppose if he had chosen the American Eagle they would have said that it was some sort of animistic pagan symbol… if he had chosen the American flag they would have suggested that this was an homage to the Soviet star, 50 times over. Get real people.

    | Reply Posted 5 years, 10 months ago
  6. * A J Bogle says:

    Greece is considered the cradle of modern democracy, and Rome prior to the empire was the cradle of the modern republic

    Whats the big deal about the backdrop?

    | Reply Posted 5 years, 10 months ago
  7. * A J Bogle says:

    Sometimes a backdrop is just a backdrop.

    | Reply Posted 5 years, 10 months ago


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