An Election Cream-Filled With Metaphor
It was a refreshing change of pace from the usual war, disease and sports metaphors that pepper the speeches of presidential candidates. (Oh yeah, and let's not forget Joe the Plumber or that pig in lipstick.) Taking a page from Sara Lee, Barack Obama gave a rally crowd a heaping helping of his latest all-purpose analogy: pie.
Caught on film by a videographer for our sister paper, Miami New Times, Obama invokes pie no fewer than eight times—enough to merit coverage on the Food Network. As Obama tries to explain that McCain is more worried about the distribution of the pie than with the growth of the pie—wealth, I assume—the crowd begins chanting, "We want pie!" Obama himself even cracks up a little while the ridiculous mantra swells through Miami's Bicentennial Park.
That's the trouble with metaphors. Sometimes they take on a meaning of their own.