City Paper is not for tourists
The people behind the Aloha Inaugural Ball appear to have been watching a bit too much tube.
How else would they have thought to associate President-elect Barack Obama with one of the biggest frauds in the history of classic Hollywood cinema?
Let’s back up and explore. A fellow by the name of R.J. Hampton stood before the masses at the Aloha event and just moments ago belted out a tune that goes to the following effect:
We’re off to see Obama….to the tune of the Wizard of Oz.
In recent months, Obama has been compared to a lot of great men, including the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., not to mention a boatload of mythical and legendary heroes. But if memory serves, the Wizard of Oz was a bumbling, lying, ninnie of a man.
How, then, Mr. Hampton, did you conceive of a parallel between Mr. Obama, whom everyone is presumably feting this weekend, and the man behind the curtain? “We felt like we were going to Oz—-this incredible journey,” replied Hampton, who also noted that Obama is “like the wizard, only he’s the president.”
Celeb note: George Clinton is supposedly in attendance and expected to perform.
Reporting by Jason Cherkis, writing by Erik Wemple