Some people don’t need Greek columns.

The theatrics and trappings manufactured to display a person say something about the person being displayed.

Which of these scenes gives one the sense that the person making the entrance is comfortable in who he is, and is substantive enough not to need theatrics to “embiggen” him?

On the other hand, which screams “I’m compensating!” for a thin resume, a desperate need for adulation and adoration, and a messiah complex?

The candidates:

Mitt Romney’s entrance into the Tampa Bay Times Forum (seating capacity for hockey games is 19,500), where the rest of the GOP convention had been held (he’s the one to the left of the “UTAH” sign, shaking hands)?

Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune Mitt Romney shakes hands as he makes his entrance at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, Thursday, August 30, 2012.

Or then-candidate Barack Obama’s into Invesco Field* in 2008 (capacity 76,125 for football), a separate and much larger venue than the one in which the rest of the Democrat convention had been held?

Photo by Max Whittaker/Getty Images

Not a petty observation. Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign was more of a rock star tour than anything else. He moved from overwhelming venue to ostentatious backdrop, surrounded by adoring fans who could not articulate a single actual thing the man had ever done, proposed, supported, opposed, or accomplished. But, daggonit, he inspired so much HOPE! and CHANGE!

He’s going to try to do it again, but the magic is gone. He’s got a record that even the hacks at MSNBC cannot mask, no matter how many times Chris Mathews accuses someone of racism.


*In a delicious bit of irony, Invesco Field in Denver is now called Sports Authority Field. So the site of Barack Obama’s Greek temple is now named after one of the companies that Mitt Romney helped build.



  • teej

    “Which of these scenes gives one the sense that the person making the entrance is comfortable in who he is.”

    You do realize, I hope, that the Obama picture is not of him making an entrance, right? It is a picture of him, apparently, already on the podium. So your statement about one or the other “making the entrance” is thus not relevant based on the pictures you decided to post. My guess is that you could, if you wanted to, find an equally boring picture of Obama walking down the aisle shaking hands, kissing babies, and hugging pretty women. You decided not to post such a picture because if you did it wouldn’t allow you to make the point that you want to make: Obama sucks and Romney is at least acceptable. I really think/hope/pray that you can do better than this.

  • Clean Larry

    Wait a minute. Not having watched the GOP convention, I had to look up an image of the stage setup. You’re right, Tom, it wasn’t at all impressive. In my opinion, it was altogether pedestrian and lackluster. Big FAIL. Poor investment decisioning on Romney’s part. He sure didn’t get much bang for his buck. That’s a sign of a good businessman? I don’t think so. Bush’s stage setup in 2012 has them all beat as far as I could find going back some years — but then again George still lost, didn’t he?



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