This week, Democrats gathering at their national convention in Charlotte aim to pound home the point that Mitt Romney is too out-of-touch with the average American to be president. Conventions being highly choreographed affairs nowadays, the Forward crew is digging deep to present Barack Obama as the more likable and caring choice for swing voters tuning in to sift the pros and cons of the two major party candidates for president.
And nothing says likable and caring more than a gigantic 15-ton sand sculpture of your candidate.
Unfortunately, as every child who's spent a day at the beach well knows, sand castles--or cult-of-personality-worthy sand statues--aren't known for their water resistance. And it rains during the summertime in North Carolina. Sometimes a lot. Like today, for instance:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A torrential downpour that struck Charlotte Saturday afternoon damaged the Mount Rushmore-style sand sculpture bust of President Obama — an ominous beginning to what many fear is a plagued convention.
Workers were trying Saturday afternoon to reform the base of the sculpture, built from sand brought in from Myrtle Beach, S.C., pounding and smoothing out the sand that had washed off the facade of the waist-up rendering of the chief executive.
He may have overused the technique, but at least Bill Clinton's lower lip-biting--his preferred method of conveying caring and likability--could withstand a passing shower.
Am I being too granular here, or should Team Obama pull out a Bible and consider swapping construction materials to one more likely to support their man's ambitions (Matthew 7:24-29)?