President Obama is now a part of the nightlife in China. The Obama Club opened in Shanghai on Monday — and ironically several club staffers say they’ve never heard of the hotspot’s all-powerful namesake.
The club is using Barack’s campaign platform plea for “Change” to build its clientele.
“Because Obama has mentioned “change” during his election campaign, so in truth we also hoped that this nightclub, a pinnacle of culture and entertainment, can be an instrument of change,” says Dragon Chiang, vice chairman for Shanghai Yahe Investment. “We no longer want people to think of nightclubs as a certain kind of venue. We hope that under our leadership, this nightclub can have a fresh way of operating.”
Like a crowned jewel snatched off the lively Las Vegas strip, the nightclub is lavish with two stone lion statues and an enormous outdoor fountain that operates in time with a piano ballad, according to AOL.com, which posted photos of the club’s grand opening this week.
The club also has state-of-the-art audio and video entertainment systems, dancers, hostesses, and a rooftop garden.
Guests are greeted inside by a strobe light, fog machines and six big screens that display graphics that “look as though they might have been borrowed from an iTunes audio visualizer.” It boasts a capacity of 2,000, making it one of the largest entertainment venues in Shanghai.