Good grief. From the Guardian's theatre blog:
Shortly before the inauguration of Barack Obama, I received a press release from the RSC with the subject line: "Obama: Is he an Othello for our times?"
To the best of my knowledge, the 44th president of the United States has never once murdered his wife in a jealous rage before taking his own life. So, no, President Obama is not "an Othello for our times". But why on earth would the RSC want to suggest a parallel?
Or, you know, it could just be fatuous nonsense. Time, then, for a War on Press Officers and, more significantly, an end to what Andrew Hayden rightly terms, the gruesome cult of "relevance-fetishism."
UPDATE: Philip Klein suggests that this makes Joe Biden Cassio.