Democrats build a temple for Barack
Barack Obama was mocked in the American press yesterday for making the most important speech of his life on a set decked out like an ancient temple.
Finally nominated as the first black candidate for the U.S. presidency, he moved the Democratic Party Convention from the conference hall to an 80,000-seater football stadium for his landmark address.
His challenge was to turn his trademark soaring rhetoric into simple ideas to improve the lives of hard-pressed American families. But the Greek pillars of his backdrop prompted ridicule before he stood up to speak early today.
The New York Post portrayed him mocked up in the style of Frankie Howerd’s toga-clad TV romp Up Pompeii!, threatening to tip this historic moment into bathos - the Greek term for dignity descending into farce.