Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Obama in Berlin, Germany. McCain in Sturgis, South Dakota.

After Obama's tour through Europe observers wondered how McCain would match Obama's itinerary. Obama received a bounce from his trip making himself more Presidential following in the footsteps of previous Presidents, JFK and Reagan who had delivered historic speeches in Germany. Barack's poll numbers subsequently plummeted as the Right Wing jujitsued the symbolism of the tour, branding it pompous and presumptuous. Effectively turning the 200,000 Germans in attendance and the global attention into a liability for a Barack.

To counter, John McCain delivered his speech to a momentous audience of Bikers attending the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

McCain gets loud welcome at Sturgis bike rally
"STURGIS, S.D. - Thousands of motorcyclists greeted Republican presidential candidate John McCain with an approving roar Monday as he sought blue-collar and heartland support by visiting a giant motorcycle rally.

"As you may know, not long ago a couple hundred thousand Berliners made a lot of noise for my opponent. I'll take the roar of 50,000 Harleys any day," McCain said, referring to Democrat Barack Obama's recent visit to the German capital."
Read the full post from MSNBC here

McCain is in good company. Whilst Obama may have overreached in the gravitas symbolism by following in the footsteps of JFK and Reagan before even securing the presidency. McCain has opted for a more parochial but arguably more potent symbolic audience, following in the footsteps of wrestling.

VIDEO: WCW presents 'Road Wild 98' (Sturgis, South Dakota)

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