Thursday, September 04, 2008

Was McCain punk'd by the mansion slide?

I am watching McCain's acceptance speech on TiVO. Quasi-live, about 12 minutes behind real time. When he first came out, the huge background video screen had the image of a stately mansion with a green lawn. On the close-ups all you could see was the green, but the house looked like a random mansion, not anything I recognized. Elsewhere I saw it identified as the White House, but I don't think so.

My question: was McCain punk'd? Did someone slip the slide in to revive the "How many houses do you own?" controversy. Either way, worked for me. (I bet it was, because now the screen is blank blue.)

Earlier today I saw reports that Cindy McCain wore an outfit that could cost $300,000 if her three-carat diamond earrings are real. Quote of the day from Vanity Fair's reporting, "Wow! No wonder McCain has so many houses: his wife has the price of a Scottsdale split-level hanging from her ears."

Then come the anti-war protesters, and McCain shooes them off saying, "Please don't be diverted by the ground noise and the static."

That is an instant classic quote. Wow, maybe the title of Noam Chomsky or Gore Vidal's next book?

All right, signing off...I am not going to blog the whole speech. It seems disjointed, like Republican Mad-Libs. But then again my attention is divided. If anyone hears about the mansion screen please leave a comment.



Blogger MojoMom said...

Okay, still watching. Sarah Palin should really give McCain a lesson in how to read off a teleprompter. McCain is extraordinarily awkward.

10:59 PM  
Blogger MojoMom said...

"Mansion mystery" solved! Talking Points Memo identified the building in the photo behind McCain (what appeared in close-up as a return of the infamous "green screen") as the Walter Reed Middle School in North Hollywood.

This brings up speculation that the video clip was supposed to be Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and that a staff member got the wrong Walter Reed stock footage.

Given the strange randomness of Walter Reed Middle School, that mix-up actually seems like the most logical explanation.

In the final analysis though, Democrats had better keep working hard through November. Whatever faults his speech displayed last night (style & substance) I believe that McCain does get through to his base.

10:15 AM  
Blogger PunditMom said...

I wondered that too. He totally didn't know it was there, did he? Even if it was a school, perception is reality, right?

11:25 AM  

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