Aaron Ginsberg nails it.
The right wing blogosphere is up in arms because they think Barack Obama is giving his speech in front of a mock-up of a Greek temple. That isn’t quite the imagery he’s going for. If you were, you know, thinking and not just angrily reacting you would realize that Barack Obama is delivering his speech on the 45th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech. Logically, they aren’t a constructing a temple to their new god, they are reconstructing a temple to a REPUBLICAN president, namely Abraham Lincoln. The Lincoln Memorial, of course, being the site of Dr. King’s famous speech.
Everyone has been playing “Gotcha!” pointing to the kitchy neo-classical stage used by George Bush when he accepted the GOP nomination in 2004 as an example of the right-wing’s collective hypocrisy and highly selective memory, but missed the more compelling symbolic reference Aaron suggests.