Martin Luther King, Jr. chose the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to deliver his audacious message of hope, "I Have a Dream," August 28, 1963, exactly 45 years ago tomorrow, when the nation's first major-party black presidential candidate will give his acceptance speech from the podium of a set designer's mini-version of the Great Emancipator's memorial set in a football field.
The Republican Party's Audacity Watch — "a website keeping track of Barack Obama's audacious behavior" — is calling it the "Temple of Obama," and the blogosphere was abubble all day with conjecture about the symbolism behind the white-columned stage set where the Democrats' presumptive will deliver his acceptance speech tomorrow night at the home of the Denver Broncos, Invesco Field at Mile High Stadium. Rumors started with this ABC/Reuters report headlined on the Drudge Report:
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's big speech on Thursday night will be delivered from an elaborate columned stage resembling a miniature Greek temple …
[They] said the theme for the evening is "Change We Can Believe In," which has been a consistent message of Obama's presidential campaign.
"When I finally saw the picture, it seemed to me that it looks like the Lincoln Memorial, a classic Greek Doric design," wrote Ann Althouse commenter mcg:
Fine. Like I said, can we get him to skip the presidency if we build him a memorial now?
We like the way mcg's mind works, but we're guessing it's not a memorial per se but a particular event that took place exactly 45 years ago tomorrow on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial whose karma Obama's after, Martin Luther King Jr's 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech.
As we blogged yesterday, "Where is the humility"?