As I watch the Obama World Tour and Traveling Circus wend it's way around the world I keep hearing Emerson, Lake and Palmers' Classic song, Karn Evil #9. I was fortunate enough to see them perform that song at the California Jam in April 1974. This was the greatest concert ever. The acts were; Rare Earth, Earth, Wind and Fire, Eagles, Seals & Crofts, Black Oak Arkansas, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Emerson, Lake and Palmer, but I digress.
The man is one part snake-oil salesman with his "This is our moment. This is our time. This is our chance" spiel. Deciphered as "Your only chance to cure all the ill of the world is to vote me in now. Any delay means you miss your chance forever." Don't look too closely, you might find this is stolen from the U2 frontman, Bono in July 2005 Live 8 Concert.
He is one part con artist. He begins his German speech by saying, I am not a candidate, I'm a citizen of the world, by the way here is an Obama '08 pin. And, I can't go see our wounded troops because this here is a campaign trip.
From the song;
Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends
We're so glad you could attend
Come inside! Come inside!
There behind a glass is a real blade of grass
be careful as you pass.
Move along! Move along!
Come inside, the show's about to start
guaranteed to blow your head apart
Rest assured you'll get your money's worth
The greatest show in Heaven, Hell or Earth.
You've got to see the show, it's a dynamo.
You've got to see the show, it's rock and roll ....
Soon the Gypsy Queen in a glaze of Vaseline
Will perform on guillotine
What a scene! What a scene!
Next upon the stand will you please extend a hand
to Alexander's Ragtime Band
Roll up! Roll up! Roll up!
See the show!