Convention Diary: Even in a classless society... the other half live it up
Saturday 08 September 2012
As tradition dictates, convention delegates were shoehorned on to the arena's floor, while plebs took up plastic chairs in "the Gods". But the most comfortable seats were reserved for Masters of the Universe.
Among the organisations spending big cash on luxury "suites" was Bank of America, which (as those of a cynical disposition may recall) received a $97bn bailout a few years back. Shortly before Obama's big speech, lucky guests in its two corporate boxes took delivery of a trolley-full of fried chicken from junk food chain Bojangles'.
How the other half live!
Presidential entry gives sense of déjà vu
The President's walk-on music was "City of Blinding Lights" by U2. Exactly the same track was used four years ago, when he strode messianically on to the stage of the Mile High Stadium in Denver. Obama's opening line was also near-identical to that of 2008: the words "thank you", repeated five times, and "thank you very much", uttered twice.
Who writes Clint's scripts? Er, no one, actually
And finally, as convention season closes, a lingering postscript from last week's Republican meet in Tampa, where Clint Eastwood stretched his acting skills during an address to an imaginary President Obama, represented on stage by an empty chair. The bemused response has prompted a defence of sorts from the Hollywood star. Speaking to the Carmel Pine Cone newspaper in California, he said Mitt Romney's team had asked for an early peek at his speech. "But I told them, 'You can't do that with me, because I don't know what I'm going to say'," he said. So that explains that, then.
Jo from Northern Ireland was less than impressed by Russell Brand's attempt to stage a publicity stunt
When teaching the meaning of Christmas backfires
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
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Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
Russell Brand was rendered speechless on Question Time by this man
Fury at Airbus after it hints the super-jumbo may be mothballed
Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
New era of cheap oil 'will destroy green revolution'
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Ukip founder Alan Sked and Nigel Farage 'begged Enoch Powell to stand as a candidate'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
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