Obama vs Woodstock 1999

This is mostly a copy/paste job from Wikipedia:

Woodstock 1999 was conceived to capitalize on the Woodstock brand of Peace and Love, and was executed as a commercial venture with dozens of corporate sponsors, and included the presence of vendor "malls" and modern acoutrements such as ATMs and e-mail stations.

Tickets for the event were priced at $150 plus service charges,[1] at the time considered costly for a festival of this type.[5]

Obama 2008 was conceived and executed as a commercial venture with dozens of corporate sponsors.

Tickets were all you could afford for the sake of Hope-N-Change

"MTV host Kurt Loder described the scene in the July 27, 1999 issue of USA Today:

"It was dangerous to be around. The whole scene was scary. There were just waves of hatred bouncing around the place, (…) It was clear we had to get out of there…. It was like a concentration camp. To get in, you get frisked to make sure you’re not bringing in any water or food that would prevent you from buying from their outrageously priced booths. You wallow around in garbage and human waste. There was a palpable mood of anger."[15]"

Participants who had not brought sufficient food or water to the show had to buy from onsite vendors, whose merchandise was expensive (a single-serving pizza sold for $12, and 20-ounce bottles of water and soda for $4).[8][9]

Violence escalated the next night during the final hours of the concert as Red Hot Chili Peppers performed. A group of peace promoters led by an independent group called Pax had distributed candles to those stopping at their booth during the day, intending them for a candlelight vigil to be held during the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ performance of the song "Under the Bridge".[citation needed] During the band’s set, the crowd began to light the candles, some also using them to start bonfires. The hundreds of empty plastic water bottles that littered the lawn/dance area were used as fuel for the fires

Critics later decried the use of the Woodstock brand name for such an event as "crass commercialization" and decried "concert organizers who gouged the kids with grossly overpriced water, beer, and food".[21] Tom Morello, the politically-active guitarist for festival performers Rage Against the Machine later "suggested an affinity between the looters at the event."

Obama critics now decry the use of the Hope-N-Change brand name for crass commercialization.

Fortunately, Obama’s attempt to frisk middle class beneficiaries of decent health insurance, and gouge the entire country with grossly overpriced private health care, appears to have failed for now.

Stay tuned for Hope-N-Change 2010, 2011, and 2012


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