As if the Temple of the One had not embarrassed the Democrats enough, the New York Post discovers that it links Barack Obama and Britney Spears — again. Team Obama complained when John McCain’s “Celebrity” ad compared Obama and Spears to define Obama as a celebrity without any substance. So why did they turn to the Spears team to design their Greek temple of a set?
Democrats will kneel before the “Temple of Obama” tonight.
As if a Rocky Mountain coronation were not lofty enough, Barack Obama will aim for Mount Olympus when he accepts his party’s nomination atop an enormous, Greek-columned stage – built by the same cheesy set team that put together Britney Spears’ last tour. …
“We’ve done Britney’s sets and a whole bunch of rock shows, but this was far more elaborate and complicated and we had to do it in far less time,” said Allen, of RDA Entertainment.
Who gets more temperamental? Allen: “I better not answer that.”
The ads just write themselves …
And then we have an earlier connection to Spears, one that ironically hinted at the cult of celebrity. This is from May 2007:
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that before presidential hopeful Barack Obama gave a speech Tuesday night at the Plant Zero art gallery in Richmond, VA, his people asked for a painting of Spears, 25, to be covered.
The piece is a 6 by 10 foot reproduction of Brit’s infamous panty-less car exit, called “Snake Charmer” (and it can be yours for just $5,000!). The artist, Jamie Boling, told the Times-Dispatch that the painting “depicts this culture’s preoccupation with celebrity.” We’re guessing the Obama campaign had a different interpretation, adopting the parlance of Ms. Spears’ driver that fateful night, Paris Hilton, in order to deem the piece a “not hot” speech backdrop.
I’d say that Boling has another subject for his celebrity-mania motif.
Update: Should have been the New York Post, not the New York Times. And, courtesy of Rush Limbaugh and the Daily Mail, we have a picture of a replica Air Force One being hauled into Invesco. If you’re going to be presumptuous, you may as well go all the way…