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?
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)?
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?
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.