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And Not a Greek Column in Sight

For those who find logistics and stagecraft interesting (I kinda do):

SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Today, the 2008 Republican National Convention unveiled the podium from which John McCain will accept the Republican Party's nomination to be the next president of the United States.

The podium used for the first three nights of the convention was modified to enable John McCain to deliver his acceptance speech from the center of the Xcel Energy Center. The new podium is a reflection of the town-hall style that has been a hallmark of McCain's campaign. In the new forum, he will be surrounded by the delegates that nominated him the night before.

The new podium was constructed by removing the front corner sections of the existing platform and extending its midsection by 30 feet. The extension will be eight feet wide. Near the conclusion of tonight's program, Sen. McCain will address the convention from a lectern positioned near the end of this newly-constructed extension. To accommodate the modified platform, delegates from the state of Ohio will be re-seated on either side.

"The extended podium will serve as a fitting complement to John McCain's preference for direct interaction with his fellow citizens," said Maria Cino, president and CEO of the 2008 Republican National Convention. "We look forward to a tremendous speech by America's next president, and a successful conclusion to this year's convention."

For the first three days of the convention, speakers and program participants appeared on a black hard laminate stage measuring 51.5 feet wide by 34 feet deep. The stage is bordered by 101.5 feet of recessed lighting and backed by an impressive video wall that gives everyone in the convention hall a perfect view of the proceedings.


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Comments (10)

Especially not <a href="htt... (Below threshold)

Especially not these Greek columns.

Come on, Bri... turn that f... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:

Come on, Bri... turn that frown upside down.

Most people would admit to ... (Below threshold)

Most people would admit to knowing nothing about architecture, neo-classical or otherwise, but for whatever reason a bunch of Obama's critics seem to wear their ignorance on the subject as a badge of honour.

Come on, Bri... turn tha... (Below threshold)

Come on, Bri... turn that frown upside down.

I did, Thursday night.

I did, Thursday ni... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:
I did, Thursday night.

They changed the night they hand out your meds?
Well, it's a coping mechanism I guess. Good for you!

Anyone else rather struck b... (Below threshold)

Anyone else rather struck by the irony of someone that uses the tag 'hyperbolist' being unable to recognize hyperbole?

Yep, I took one large dose ... (Below threshold)

Yep, I took one large dose of "gimmicky, phony Republican VP candidate", and I'm good!

The Republicans get it! Ob... (Below threshold)

The Republicans get it! Obama wants to appear like a god on a stage out of reach and touch of the people. McCain is what a president should be, concerned with Americans and not himself. Go McCain/Palin!

The one thing I have to poi... (Below threshold)

The one thing I have to point out regarding stagecraft is the background. In the arena (observable when they zoomed out), the background showed changing images of verdant fields. However, zoomed in (which was the default and by far predominant view), it looked like McCain was standing in front of a green (and sometimes blue) screen. Bizarre. You would have thought that they would have noticed this during practice/set up.

This country experienced a ... (Below threshold)

This country experienced a 605,000 job loss since the beginning of the year; 6.1% unemployment, and 84,000 jobs lost in August and all some people can think about is the backdrop at the DNC. That narrow-minded thinking will get us 4 more years of the same.
Obama-Biden 08






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