I'm almost speechless over the sheer crassness of this . . . this . . . oh, hell, I can't find the right word!
An alleged 'artist', Matthew J. Clark, put a statue of President Obama on the back of a donkey, and led it up to the State of Iowa Capitol Building. He's posted pictures of the event here and here, but I can't reproduce them, because he's copyrighted them and reserved all rights. Click the links to see them.
He describes the event as follows:
While onlookers waived [sic] palm branches, a motorcade consisting of 4 black SUVs, the sculpture affixed to a donkey, and secret service agents made the the mile long triumphal entry which ended at the steps of the State of Iowa Capitol building.
I hasten to add that none of the vehicles - or individuals - were official(s).
Mr. Clark describes the purpose of this 'exhibition' as follows:
The sculpture poses a question that relates to religious icons, social conventions, metaphysics, and the collective response of society in reaction to fearful and uncertain times. For me, it has much more to do with us members of the general public - as followers - than any leader granted power.
Personally, I think the sculpture poses a serious question as to the sanity of all involved in this stupidity! However, that probably labels me as a Philistine (in the artistic sense, at least) . . . If President Obama is to be given such Messianic treatment, where does that leave his predecessors? Would that make George W. Bush one of the prophets? (A minor one, naturally!)
Y'know, this wave of hysteria over President Obama is getting beyond a joke. Today it was reported that the History Company has produced a pocket-sized edition of his 'sayings'. Their Web site proclaims:
Printed in a size that easily fits into pocket or purse, this book is an anthology of quotations borrowed from Barack Obama's speeches and writings. POCKET OBAMA serves as a reminder of the amazing power of oratory and the remarkable ability of this man to move people with his words. His superb and captivating oratory style has earned comparisons to John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, and this historic collection presents words that catapulted his remarkable rise to the American Presidency. It is an unofficial requirement for every citizen to own, to read, and to carry this book at all times.
I put that last sentence in italics to highlight it. Have you ever heard such sycophantic bulls**t in your life? And if it ever does become a requirement - official or otherwise - to carry such crap around with me, rest assured I'll be burning it in public! (Probably a photocopy, though - at $49.50 for 10 copies, the real thing is as unaffordable as it's ridiculous!)