Oz and the Aloha Inaugural Ball
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