Alex Massie

If Obama is Othello, who plays Iago?

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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.

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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