Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Free Concert by Popular Band Preceded Obama’s Big Rally
from Robert Knight's blog:
From CNN to the New York Times, the media hyped Barack Obama's Portland, Oregon rally on Sunday, some comparing him to a rock star.
Unmentioned in national reporting was the fact that Obama was preceded by a rare, 45-minute free concert by actual rock stars The Decemberists, [which, according to Hugh Hewitt, typically opens their concerts with the Soviet National Anthem.]
The Portland-based band has drawn rave reviews from Rolling Stone magazine, which gave their 2005 album Picaresque four and a half stars (out of five), and another four and a half stars for 2007's The Crane Wife.
How many of the people showed up to hear Obama, and how many to hear the band? Here's what a local paper said:
Comrade! Did they play the Soviet anthem before the rally began?