August 27, 2008

Obama to Depart Speech on Faux Air Force One? Can't Possibly Be True. Can't Possibly Be That Stupid!

Bonkers! The British paper, the Daily Mail is currently running this shot of a prop arriving for the Obama Sermon tomorrow in Denver:

Presidential image: A full-scale replica of Air Force One fuselage arrives at Invesco Field before Mr Obama speaks -Daily Mail

We've already had the leaked photos of the Greek Temple / faux White House backdrop, but it seems to me that this little touch -- if they are actually stupid enough to use it -- will be enough to cause high-velocity bipartisan projectile vomiting from coast-to-coast. It also might be [ice-on-cake / straw-on-cameltoe / bridge-too-far] element of the Obama Potemkin Presidency that insures he never gets on board Air Force One -- without an invitation from a merciful McCain.

I am praying, praying, that this is a hoax or some demented party favor. If it is actually used in any way at the speech, Denver will end up as the Democrat Jonestown.

Sigh. Every day, as they say, "I try to become more cynical, but lately I just can't keep up."

[HT: Exurban League ]

UPDATE: My prayers are answered. It turn out, according to a commenter, that the plane is just a part of The Presidential Experience - "A nonpartisan tribute to Presidential history." "which will be held August 22-27 (Closed to public on August 28th) re-opens August 29th until 5:00 pm." Whew. Still..... there is a certain irony in thinking that this tribute to Presidential history will be closed tomorrow so that some real Presidential history can be made at the venue.

Posted by Vanderleun at August 27, 2008 12:15 PM
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Oh, please, please, let it be true.

Posted by: chuck at August 27, 2008 2:51 PM

As much as I would love it to be true, it's part of this:

Posted by: Andy at August 27, 2008 3:09 PM

"straw on cameltoe"? Say what?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at August 27, 2008 3:16 PM

Good catch, Andy!

Posted by: Martin L. Shoemaker at August 27, 2008 4:10 PM

What's telling is that your knee-jerk reaction is that Obama would do it. That says more about him than it does you, doesn't it?

Posted by: rrr at August 27, 2008 4:16 PM

Yes, thank you. You have restored my faith that there is a bottom to insanity.

Posted by: vanderleun at August 27, 2008 4:42 PM

Shouldn't that read "straw on camelback?"

Or are you trying to get some easy Google hits?

Posted by: Citizen Grim at August 27, 2008 4:59 PM

Well, if the Greek temple is accurately depicted, perhaps they have included a large vomitorium.

Posted by: Korla Pundit at August 27, 2008 5:07 PM

That's not a full-scale replica. It's much smaller than the real deal which is a Boeing 747.

Posted by: at August 27, 2008 5:10 PM

That looks more like a 707 fuselage. Air Force One was a 707 before it was a 747.

Vomitorii were Roman, not Greek. (Then again, "vomitorii" may not be a real Latin word, but it sounded cute. Sue me.)

But yeah, I'm also glad that there is a bottom to insanity, at least for the moment.

Posted by: rickl at August 27, 2008 6:00 PM

There mere fact that you SUSPECTED this might be Obama's plane illustrates the problem.

Posted by: Chester White at August 27, 2008 8:10 PM

It seems to me that Obama has too many young people with Marketing degrees that should work for special events (i.e. professional conventions)
with all of the props they are trotting out.

Again, he is being packaged as a movie star with props from their latest movie.

I don't believe the American public will buy into this; it is too much to swallow from a "humble" public servant.

Sheri Benge

Posted by: Sher5 Benge at August 27, 2008 8:20 PM

Perhaps the Presidential Experience is shut down for the moment because someone is borrowing the plane. One can hope. I mean that would be something worth talking about wouldn't it? Something even the late night comics couldn't ignore.

Posted by: rjschwarz at August 27, 2008 8:31 PM

Years in D.C. as a lobbyist convinced me that there will never be a bottom to human foolishness and folly. Cultivate an ability to generate exponential increases in cynicism as needed.

And look for the Obamachine to spin and wobble amusingly as the poll trends continue. Obama oleaginous with assumed victory has been vacuously weird. Obama panicked over incipient loss will be viciously defensive, and his team will behave like tired toddlers.

I love politics; you'd have to pay good money to get this kind of entertainment value in the real world.

Posted by: askmom at August 27, 2008 8:34 PM

Da plane, da plane!

I can't help myself.

Posted by: David McKinnis at August 27, 2008 8:42 PM

As much as I hated debunking that whole thing, there is still room to hope that he will go sit in the fuselage when it is time to leave and try to press the button for a flight attendant, muttering to himself "where are all my reporters?"

Posted by: Andy at August 28, 2008 10:39 AM

This was a replica of SAM 27000. There is a Replica of SAM 26000 at the Republican Convention.

Posted by: Justin at September 1, 2008 1:47 PM