Photographs, top to bottom: President Trump and Melania Trump dancing at the inaugural ball, 2017; President Obama and Michelle Obama dancing at the inaugural ball, 2009; photograph of the Women's March, Washington, D.C., January 21, 2017; photograph of the 'Mission Accomplished' publicity spectacle, May 1, 2003.
1. Of the many kinds and examples of political spectacle seen and discussed in class, which one most surprised and impacted you? In detail, why?
2. Professor Solomon spoke about his reasons for sharing his fears about the things Donald Trump said as a candidate for president, and how Solomon believes this has had a destructive impact on American society. He said that for these reasons, he made an exception to his longstanding practice of keeping his opinions about politicians to himself. What is your opinion about Solomon's disclaimer, and why?
You are welcome to comment on either of the questions listed above.