By Sabrina Gledhill
Apparently, Obama's decision to give a "rock-star" acceptance speech at a stadium seating over 75,000 people is not only designed to associate him even further with the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. - he will be speaking on the anniversary of the "I Have a Dream" speech - but has a precedent, set by none other than John F. Kennedy.
Although the occasion he is marking is highly appropriate - the nomination of an African-American candidate is an important step towards fulfilling MLK's dream - it is also a high-risk move in two ways: Obama's speech will have to avoid paling in comparison with King's, and the venue could provide an opportunity for some fruitcake to make Obama "emulate" MLK and JFK (and lest we forget, RFK) in the worst possible way. For some reason, the idea of it is chilling - I have visions of Icarus flying towards the sun, the wax in his wings slowly melting...
I wish Barack Obama well, and sincerely hope he will not disappoint his legions of supporters, including me. But I fear the effects of hubris. Like Caesar, he should always have someone on hand to whisper: "Remember, you are only a man." Michelle Obama, perhaps?