Obama’s speech: “[T]he truth is that none of us can know exactly what triggered this vicious attack”

posted at 9:45 pm on January 12, 2011 by Allahpundit

Normally I’d wait for video to post but that could take an hour or more, so here are his remarks as prepared for delivery. He did an excellent job, actually, much better than I expected. Some righties will dislike it just because it’s him and some lefties will dislike it because, unlike them, he wasn’t in the mood for voodoo, but most everyone else will think it’s lovely.

Read the full speech and enjoy it now because tomorrow’s political insta-analysis — “Obama’s back!” — is sure to taint the mood. Two noteworthy ad libs to bear in mind before you proceed to the key passages below. First, in the speech’s best moment, he mentioned that Giffords opened her eyes today for the first time. And second, right after the line “it is not because a simple lack of civility caused this tragedy,” he punctuated it with “it did not.” He’s not playing the “climate of hate” game here, in other words. On the contrary.

You see, when a tragedy like this strikes, it is part of our nature to demand explanations – to try to impose some order on the chaos, and make sense out of that which seems senseless. Already we’ve seen a national conversation commence, not only about the motivations behind these killings, but about everything from the merits of gun safety laws to the adequacy of our mental health systems. Much of this process, of debating what might be done to prevent such tragedies in the future, is an essential ingredient in our exercise of self-government.

But at a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized – at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do – it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.

Scripture tells us that there is evil in the world, and that terrible things happen for reasons that defy human understanding. In the words of Job, “when I looked for light, then came darkness.” Bad things happen, and we must guard against simple explanations in the aftermath.

For the truth is that none of us can know exactly what triggered this vicious attack. None of us can know with any certainty what might have stopped those shots from being fired, or what thoughts lurked in the inner recesses of a violent man’s mind.

So yes, we must examine all the facts behind this tragedy. We cannot and will not be passive in the face of such violence. We should be willing to challenge old assumptions in order to lessen the prospects of violence in the future.

But what we can’t do is use this tragedy as one more occasion to turn on one another. As we discuss these issues, let each of us do so with a good dose of humility. Rather than pointing fingers or assigning blame, let us use this occasion to expand our moral imaginations, to listen to each other more carefully, to sharpen our instincts for empathy, and remind ourselves of all the ways our hopes and dreams are bound together…

The loss of these wonderful people should make every one of us strive to be better in our private lives – to be better friends and neighbors, co-workers and parents. And if, as has been discussed in recent days, their deaths help usher in more civility in our public discourse, let’s remember that it is not because a simple lack of civility caused this tragedy [-- it did not --] but rather because only a more civil and honest public discourse can help us face up to our challenges as a nation, in a way that would make them proud. It should be because we want to live up to the example of public servants like John Roll and Gabby Giffords, who knew first and foremost that we are all Americans, and that we can question each other’s ideas without questioning each other’s love of country, and that our task, working together, is to constantly widen the circle of our concern so that we bequeath the American dream to future generations.

Note the rhetorical move at the end: Civil rhetoric may be a virtue but that doesn’t mean it’s a lesson of the shooting. He’s obviously aiming this at the left, although naturally they’ll conclude that that can’t possibly be the case. Ace heard a different speech than I did, I guess, but for what it’s worth, this is playing remarkably well thus far among righties on Twitter: Rich Lowry, Jonah Goldberg, Jim Geraghty, Andy Levy, S.E. Cupp, Philip Klein, and Ace’s own co-bloggers Drew and Gabe all thought it was rock solid. Click the image below to watch a key section. Exit question: Er, what was with the audience? Wasn’t this a memorial service?

Update: KP, of all people, is criticizing Obama on Twitter for tacitly validating the left’s “rhetoric” narrative by addressing it in the first place. He had to say something, though. If he avoided the subject, he would have come off as a coward — voting “present” on four days of demagoguery. He dismissed the lefty narrative as best he could within the constraints imposed upon him by having to retain his base.


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and that our task, working together, is to constantly widen the circle of our concern so that we bequeath the American dream to future generations.

The “circle of concern” is Steven Covey’s (7 Habits) pet phrase for the people you know, but cannot help in any meaningful way. Libs are all about an ever-expanding circle of concern.

pugwriter on January 12, 2011 at 10:10 PM

He threw the libs and the media under the bus on this one. Credit is due.

MadisonConservative on January 12, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Decorum matters.

coldwarrior on January 12, 2011 at 10:05 PM

I agree.

INC on January 12, 2011 at 10:10 PM

At first, I didn’t put any of the blame on Obama for the raucous environment, but when I learned afterward that campaign t-shirts were actually distributed to the crowd (I had heard that but thought it was a joke), I think I might reevaluate that notion.

They were NOT campaign t-shirts.

YYZ on January 12, 2011 at 10:10 PM

If the guy had anything in his sack, he’d make a public statement tomorrow telling his fellow travelers to quit pushing the “Palin’s Culpable” meme…might even make him look like the leader he supposedly is and the uniter he was sold as.

But considering the guy’s got less beneath the belt than a Ken doll, that’s not going to happen.

SuperCool on January 12, 2011 at 10:11 PM

Here’s your shirt, and a little coffin with PBHO’s signature on it. Now smile for the propaganda photos, remember this is a happy day…we’re kicking off our new slogan and logo! Yay!

Bishop on January 12, 2011 at 10:11 PM

Did they really hand out t-shirts? Really?

There was a t-shirt on every seat. Here’s a pic.

Missy on January 12, 2011 at 10:11 PM

The administration had NOTHING to do with those t-shirts.

SnarkVader on January 12, 2011 at 10:11 PM

expand our moral imaginations

What?

pugwriter on January 12, 2011 at 10:11 PM

This was, by far, Obama’s best speech. Anyone who cannot honestly admit this, is a hopeless partisan hack.

For the skeptical of you: Obama rebuked the Left for their simple-minded, brazen attempts to explain away the cause of this disaster.

Seixon on January 12, 2011 at 10:03 PM

Truly. I’m amazed at how many people here are bashing it and him. After the week we’ve had and all of the lies and mud that has been slung how can you not recognize this moment as something standing in stark contrast?

Think about how BAD the speech could’ve been. Think about how much he could’ve tried to lay blame at Palin’s feet, how he could’ve talked about crosshair, the Tea Party, the bitter and hateful right. Think about how blatantly political it could’ve been if he wanted it to be.

It was none of that. And in fact it was the opposite of that. He took his supporters to task for their behavior and called them out for the scapegoating.

It’s easy to oppose those on the other side. Takes no extra work or thought – just an automatic reaction. It’s harder to admit that sometimes it’s okay to recognize when they do something right and admirable. Tonight was one of those moments.

MikeknaJ on January 12, 2011 at 10:12 PM

They were NOT campaign t-shirts.

YYZ on January 12, 2011 at 10:10 PM

You don’t come up with slogans for memorials nor do you hand out T-shirts

Slogan and T-shirts and politicians = campaign event.

INC on January 12, 2011 at 10:12 PM

They were NOT campaign t-shirts.

YYZ on January 12, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Sure they weren’t.

Missy on January 12, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Why am I reminded of an old ‘Cheech & Chong’ skit whose punchline is:

“Look!”…. “Looks like Bull S*it!”

“Feel!”…..”Feels like Bull S*it!”

“Taste!”….”Tastes like Bull S*it!”

“Good thing we no step in it!”

What we had with the Obama speech was an orchestrated ‘Wellstone II’ presented with the aid a hand picked audience to hand picked, like minded media hacks.

I’ve no doubt that whatever momentum or ‘bounce’ Obama hoped to gain will evaporate before noon tomorrow.

Just my 2 cents.

Jack Deth on January 12, 2011 at 10:13 PM

They were NOT campaign t-shirts.

YYZ on January 12, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Welllll, that makes it all better then, doesn’t it? Yeah, buddy. I think I have one at mine that says: I went to KJ’s funeral and all I got was this lousy t-shirt.Here’s a clue: Decorum is not what an Interior Designer does to a room.

kingsjester on January 12, 2011 at 10:13 PM

He dismissed the lefty narrative as best he could within the constraints imposed upon him by having to retain his base.

Which speaks volumes about him, given this is the kind of base he feels the need to retain.

CurtZHP on January 12, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Regardless of the content of the speech or how it was delivered, I found the tone and pep rally atmosphere revolting…

crazywater on January 12, 2011 at 10:13 PM

While the media elites — including those on Fox News — praise the rhetorical flourishes of Obama’s speech, I really think they are missing the overall optics of the event which are likely not to sit well with many. The venue was wrong. The audience was a bunch of college student Obamabots with no connection to the families of the dead. The tone was like a political rally. Sure, you can post a link to the speech for everyone to read, and perhaps it had a good line or two, but that isn’t what people saw. They saw a grotesque, disrespectful display of political opportunism. Not good. Not presidential.

Rational Thought on January 12, 2011 at 10:13 PM

And the next time his minions launch a smear campaign?

Surely no thinking person can possibly believe he changed anything with hope of a more civil kind of Democrat.

Its a bit like trying to get back with your ex, the reasons you split are still there.

For libs hate is a mandate.

Speakup on January 12, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Stage 1: Vitriol, abuse, false accusations from one side.
Stage 2: Call for civility from both sides, claim center, from same side.
Stage 3: Assume “new normal” position, treat accusations as if true, refuse to discuss it.

2000 elections, “No WMDs,” “Bush lied,” “Bush deficits…”

Obama didn’t rebuke his own side, he just moved the ratchet handle for another pull.

Did he *add* any offenses? No, of course not. Sure, it was a “good speech” that didn’t do anything to correct or address the (political) wrongs of the last five days, and allowed his allies to claim center ground.

THEY ALWAYS DO THIS, and idiot Republicans always accept it and “move on” to the next ratchet pull.

And because there are no penalties for the lies, they get nastier each time. I wonder what the next one will be?

Merovign on January 12, 2011 at 10:13 PM

They were NOT campaign t-shirts.
YYZ on January 12, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Irrelevant.

Bishop on January 12, 2011 at 10:13 PM

The administration had NOTHING to do with those t-shirts.

SnarkVader on January 12, 2011 at 10:11 PM

Source, please.

Also – tell me you believe that his advance team wouldn’t have “86′d” the shirts if they didn’t want them there. They could’ve had those things yanked from the building in about 2 minutes flat.

Midas on January 12, 2011 at 10:14 PM

we must guard against simple explanations in the aftermath.

Wait…you mean this wasn’t just a simple case of an angry young man who walked into a crowd and started shooting? There is something more than that here?

Skandia Recluse on January 12, 2011 at 10:14 PM

They were NOT campaign t-shirts.

Then why were they there at all? “Campaign t-shirts” would fit the bill. This is the kind of thing one gets a union rally.

Sharr on January 12, 2011 at 10:14 PM

They were NOT campaign t-shirts.

YYZ on January 12, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Why would T-Shirts with a branded slogan be handed out at a memorial?

Good Lt on January 12, 2011 at 10:14 PM

No, Allah, I’m sorry. Sure, he did some mild – EXTREMELY mild – finger-wagging or repudiation of the left, but the whole “we need to tone down the rhetoric” argument is a completely disingenous one to begin with. Not coincidentally, the majority of the “heated” or “inflammatory” rhetoric (and what constitutes “inflammatory” tends to differ – wildly – depending upon one’s own political leanings) has been against Obama and the Democrat-controlled Congress, and the Tea Party isn’t likely to dial it down, considering that 2012 is an election year and they’ll be gunning (oops, did I say “gunning”? Damn me, and my conservative leanings, just can’t help but use violent imagery!) to vote him out of office. So when he, or ANYONE else in politics or the media who leans left, says “we need to dial down the rhetoric”, 99% of the time it’s them trying to use this situation to pre-emptively censor criticism of Obama or Democrats.

We’ve spent the past week being called murderers and psychopaths, with blood on our hands for “causing” this. I don’t need to be lectured to be “civil”.

Vyce on January 12, 2011 at 10:14 PM

The administration had NOTHING to do with those t-shirts.

SnarkVader on January 12, 2011 at 10:11 PM

Does it hurt to be so naive?

angryed on January 12, 2011 at 10:14 PM

Palin was silent, too. Both of them were wise to keep out of the slime fest for as long as possible.

Seixon on January 12, 2011 at 10:05 PM

Palin’s silence was heroic, considering that she was being accused 24/7 (and still is) in the MSM and lefty blogosphere of being an accomplice to murder. Blowbama had absolutely nothing to lose by wading in and calling for the Left to back away from its unsubstantiated accusations. Please.
Exactly as others have noted, he waited until the polls turned up showing that the public wasn’t buying into it before committing himself to a position. Had the tide broken the other way, I can easily imagine the speech he would have been making.

cynccook on January 12, 2011 at 10:14 PM

Whose idea was the tee shirts and logo?

d1carter on January 12, 2011 at 10:15 PM

They were NOT campaign t-shirts.

YYZ on January 12, 2011 at 10:10 PM

POLITICAL SLOGAN = CAMPAIGN EVENT.

tetriskid on January 12, 2011 at 10:15 PM

Classy Obama.

I like it when classy Obama is the one speaking.

I remember when Bristol Palin’s pregnancy became news, and Obama came out and pointed out that his mother was pregnant with him before marriage. That was a classy move. He didn’t have to do that.

He was similarly classy tonight. Might I even say: Presidential.

Thank you Mr. President.

I still disagree with you on most politics, but I’m glad you gave this speech, and I appreciate it.

Sackett on January 12, 2011 at 10:15 PM

Scripture tells us that there is evil in the world, and that terrible things happen for reasons that defy human understanding. In the words of Job, “when I looked for light, then came darkness.” Bad things happen, and we must guard against simple explanations in the aftermath.

Nonsense.

Simple explanations would be preferable. Try this: Loughner committed homicide. It begins and ends with him.

pugwriter on January 12, 2011 at 10:15 PM

Then PBHO waved on the way out, nice big smile on his face. Ahhh, another successful speech that’s sure to improve his numbers.

Don’t tell me, did PBHO give a shout out and raised fist to the families of the deceased?

Bishop on January 12, 2011 at 10:15 PM

Did anyone else notice that in the middle of talking about the guys who tackled the killer he praised them for preventing his ability “to reload”? I havn’t read the thread, so sorry if somone pointed it out.

Mord on January 12, 2011 at 10:15 PM

Wow, and look at all of the folks crawling out of the woodwork with the same pro-Obama spin-control talking points all at the same time. Interesting.

Midas on January 12, 2011 at 10:16 PM

Second look at Allahpundit?

Emperor Norton on January 12, 2011 at 10:16 PM

MikeknaJ on January 12, 2011 at 10:12 PM

No. If he’d really wanted to help he should have said something days earlier as others have said. He let his minions smear Palin, Rush, etc.

He only did this because he or a handler realized he had to handle it this way (probably saw the CBS poll).

I have yet to see him act with true generosity to those who disagree with him.

INC on January 12, 2011 at 10:16 PM

It’s easy to oppose those on the other side. Takes no extra work or thought – just an automatic reaction. It’s harder to admit that sometimes it’s okay to recognize when they do something right and admirable. Tonight was one of those moments.

MikeknaJ on January 12, 2011 at 10:12 PM

He’s the leader of the nation , don’t you think he could start a little earlier with telling people not to jump to conclusions, as is common practice when muslim terrorist strikes .
Like the supercop telling everyone that the killing was related to talk radio? He called an thanked him.

the_nile on January 12, 2011 at 10:16 PM

President Reagan, January 1986: “slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God”

President Obama, January 2011: “rain puddles in heaven”

You can judge a person’s faith by the words they employ to describe God, the afterlife, etc.

Terrie on January 12, 2011 at 10:16 PM

Stage 1: Vitriol, abuse, false accusations from one side.
Stage 2: Call for civility from both sides, claim center, from same side.
Stage 3: Assume “new normal” position, treat accusations as if true, refuse to discuss it.

2000 elections, “No WMDs,” “Bush lied,” “Bush deficits…”

Obama didn’t rebuke his own side, he just moved the ratchet handle for another pull.

Did he *add* any offenses? No, of course not. Sure, it was a “good speech” that didn’t do anything to correct or address the (political) wrongs of the last five days, and allowed his allies to claim center ground.

THEY ALWAYS DO THIS, and idiot Republicans always accept it and “move on” to the next ratchet pull.

And because there are no penalties for the lies, they get nastier each time. I wonder what the next one will be?

Merovign on January 12, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Very good analysis! And so succinct!

But what do I know? I’ve only been commenting here for a shorter period than AprilOrit who demanded me to submit…or something.

Inanemergencydial on January 12, 2011 at 10:17 PM

“We’ll never know exactly……” is nothing more than cover for the shit that has been spewing forth from the mouths of his base.

Al he did here was provide cover, AP, whether you want to believe it or not.

Talon on January 12, 2011 at 10:17 PM

The administration had NOTHING to do with those t-shirts.

SnarkVader on January 12, 2011 at 10:11 PM

If that’s the case it is unfortunate that the idea wasn’t run by him before they were handed out. I’m pretty sure the tone of the service was not what he expected.

Cindy Munford on January 12, 2011 at 10:17 PM

Don’t tell me, did PBHO give a shout out and raised fist to the families of the deceased?

Bishop on January 12, 2011 at 10:15 PM

Pretty sure a cheeky fist bump with the grave diggers was in order.

cynccook on January 12, 2011 at 10:17 PM

Wow, and look at all of the folks crawling out of the woodwork with the same pro-Obama spin-control talking points all at the same time. Interesting.

Midas on January 12, 2011 at 10:16 PM

Funny isn’t it.

I don’t remember Bush passing out political t-shirts at many memorial services.

tetriskid on January 12, 2011 at 10:17 PM

They were NOT campaign t-shirts.

YYZ on January 12, 2011 at 10:10 PM

What were they then? Seriously, I’m interested in what they said (couldn’t make out everything written on them) and who passed them out?

dugan on January 12, 2011 at 10:17 PM

The administration had NOTHING to do with those t-shirts.

SnarkVader on January 12, 2011 at 10:11 PM

Does it matter?? Does it? When is the last time that you’ve gone to a funeral, then went home with a free t-shirt? Not to mention, it’s an absolute guarantee that those shirts will turn up at BHO rallies in AZ. Pathetic.

Moreover, we’re going to use the same flawed logic the left has used by linking Palin to the shootings. BHO was at the memorial service pep rally, therefore, he’s responsible for handing out the t-shirts.

madmonkphotog on January 12, 2011 at 10:18 PM

I remember when Bristol Palin’s pregnancy became news, and Obama came out and pointed out that his mother was pregnant with him before marriage. That was a classy move. He didn’t have to do that.

Sackett on January 12, 2011 at 10:15 PM

Come on you can’t be serious. The fact he said anything about it added more fuel to the fire. This man is evil, plain and simple.

angryed on January 12, 2011 at 10:18 PM

Update: KP, of all people, is criticizing Obama on Twitter for tacitly validating the left’s “rhetoric” narrative by addressing it in the first place. He had to say something, though. If he avoided the subject, he would have come off as a coward — voting “present” on four days of demagoguery.

He couldn’t ignore it. He’s guilty of participation in a lot of it, prior to the tragedy in Tucson. He had to put out that fire without appearing even more hypocritical

a capella on January 12, 2011 at 10:18 PM

The administration had NOTHING to do with those t-shirts.
SnarkVader on January 12, 2011 at 10:11 PM

So not one of PBHO’s team walked in and said “Hey, that’s not appropriate here, remove them now”? What does that make them, fools or hacks?

Bishop on January 12, 2011 at 10:18 PM

They were NOT campaign t-shirts.

YYZ on January 12, 2011 at 10:10 PM

OK,I’ll bte.What were they?

katy the mean old lady on January 12, 2011 at 10:18 PM

Wow, and look at all of the folks crawling out of the woodwork with the same pro-Obama spin-control talking points all at the same time. Interesting.

Midas on January 12, 2011 at 10:16 PM

somebody has to look like the most reasonable guy in the room.

ted c on January 12, 2011 at 10:19 PM

Classy Obama.

I like it when classy Obama is the one speaking.

I remember when Bristol Palin’s pregnancy became news, and Obama came out and pointed out that his mother was pregnant with him before marriage. That was a classy move. He didn’t have to do that.

He was similarly classy tonight. Might I even say: Presidential.

Thank you Mr. President.

I still disagree with you on most politics, but I’m glad you gave this speech, and I appreciate it.

Sackett on January 12, 2011 at 10:15 PM

But still his minions kept up the attacks.

Transparant.

the_nile on January 12, 2011 at 10:19 PM

Merovign on January 12, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Right on. I’m surprised more people aren’t getting this.

rrpjr on January 12, 2011 at 10:19 PM

The administration had NOTHING to do with those t-shirts.

SnarkVader on January 12, 2011 at 10:11 PM

Source, please.

Also – tell me you believe that his advance team wouldn’t have “86′d” the shirts if they didn’t want them there. They could’ve had those things yanked from the building in about 2 minutes flat.

Midas on January 12, 2011 at 10:14 PM

Thank you for pointing this out.

INC on January 12, 2011 at 10:19 PM

Remember when Bush spoke after 9/11 and we all had ‘never forget’ shirts handed out to us?

Yeah, those were the days….

Inanemergencydial on January 12, 2011 at 10:19 PM

All I know is I was appalled. Furthermore, I was even more appalled when I heard Hume and Krauthammer fauning over the speech. I’m wondering, what I hear that they didn’t, what did they hear that I didn’t…a complete disconnect here. I was, again, appalled!

Chewy the Lab on January 12, 2011 at 10:19 PM

I’m pretty sure the tone of the service was not what he expected.

Cindy Munford on January 12, 2011 at 10:17 PM

It’s exactly what he expected. It’s the only thing he knows how to do. Get thousands of people fired up to “punish the enemies”. Doesn’t matter if it’s a funeral or a union rally.

angryed on January 12, 2011 at 10:19 PM

OK, anyone know how soon Obama was on the air calling for restraint after the Fort Hood shooting?

INC on January 12, 2011 at 10:20 PM

Seriously, AP, take the time to go through this speech. It’s Thomas Sowell’s Vision of the Annointed. You should read A conflict of Visions. It will help you recognize the progressive (unconstrained vision) in what you see and hear.

pugwriter on January 12, 2011 at 10:20 PM

You can judge a person’s faith by the words they employ to describe God, the afterlife, etc.

You can judge a person’s intellect by their simple-minded extrapolation of sound-bite juxtapositions

Grow Fins on January 12, 2011 at 10:20 PM

What were they then? Seriously, I’m interested in what they said (couldn’t make out everything written on them) and who passed them out?
dugan on January 12, 2011 at 10:17 PM

Together We Thrive
Action for America

Bishop on January 12, 2011 at 10:20 PM

dear leader will begin his smear campaign as soon as axlerod and gibbsy hook up in chicago…

SSDD

cmsinaz on January 12, 2011 at 10:20 PM

Does it hurt to be so naive?

angryed on January 12, 2011 at 10:14 PM

Does it hurt to be so stupid? The shirts were printed by the University of AZ and placed on chairs the night before. There is nothing that links Obama to those t-shirts. If you’ve got something, let’s see it.

SnarkVader on January 12, 2011 at 10:21 PM

I agree with KP. As I wrote upthread, I think Obama tried to have it both ways. He got to take credit for being presidential and above politics while explicitly making the memorial and the legacy of the Tucson shooting about political civility. How do you define political civility? According to many of his supporters, political civility means they are right and we are evil to disagree with them.

Terrie on January 12, 2011 at 10:21 PM

Palin was silent, too. Both of them were wise to keep out of the slime fest for as long as possible.

Seixon on January 12, 2011 at 10:05 PM

You’re kidding, right? This whole Palin slimefest was started by the New York Times. Those a-holes don’t go to the bathroom without direct orders from the White House. Krugman pretty much has a red phone directly wired to Axelrod’s office. That’s what makes Obama’s nice words ring so hollow. I’m with amerpundit – it’s obvious the strategy of pin-the-tail-on-Palin blew up in his face, and this was his last ditch attempt to change the subject.

rockmom on January 12, 2011 at 10:21 PM

It’s Inside Baseball.
This will all be forgotten
In a couple weeks.

Haiku Guy on January 12, 2011 at 10:21 PM

Maybe now Obama and his morons in the DoJ can drop their lawsuit against Arizona. You know, as a sign of UNITY.

LOL

Yeah, right.

Good Lt on January 12, 2011 at 10:21 PM

Takes no extra work or thought – just an automatic reaction. It’s harder to admit that sometimes it’s okay to recognize when they do something right and admirable. Tonight was one of those moments.

MikeknaJ on January 12, 2011 at 10:12 PM

Actually no it wasn’t. The speech was okay, I didn’t hink it was great but it was appropriate. The problem was the venue. What possible reason did they have for turning a memorial into essentially a pep rally? And please, no excuses, a President never goes anywhere without extensive preparations.

Deanna on January 12, 2011 at 10:21 PM

We’ll never know exactly……” is nothing more than cover for the shit that has been spewing forth from the mouths of his base.

Al he did here was provide cover, AP, whether you want to believe it or not.

Talon on January 12, 2011 at 10:17 PM

Yes.

the_nile on January 12, 2011 at 10:22 PM

OK,I’ll bte.What were they?

katy the mean old lady on January 12, 2011 at 10:18 PM

Memorial Mourning shirts…

Caper29 on January 12, 2011 at 10:22 PM

I don’t care how well it plays with the Righties on Twitter, the whole thing sucked, and you suck as well.

WaltzingMtilda on January 12, 2011 at 10:23 PM

The insincerity and political haymaking of this whole event is nauseating. This whole event is so clearly an effort by Obama and his handlers to co-opt some of the swell of goodwill this horror has generated towards the victims. His comments vis a vis the laying of blame came only to serve the purpose of making him appear high-minded and above the fray. I for one, am not fooled for a moment by anything this soulless, hollow shell of a man says or does. It is all for show. My God, I never thought I’d live to see a President who makes Bill Clinton seem sincere. Blech.

cynccook on January 12, 2011 at 10:23 PM

You’re kidding, right? This whole Palin slimefest was started by the New York Times. Those a-holes don’t go to the bathroom without direct orders from the White House. Krugman pretty much has a red phone directly wired to Axelrod’s office. That’s what makes Obama’s nice words ring so hollow. I’m with amerpundit – it’s obvious the strategy of pin-the-tail-on-Palin blew up in his face, and this was his last ditch attempt to change the subject.

rockmom on January 12, 2011 at 10:21 PM

All true.

the_nile on January 12, 2011 at 10:23 PM

Folks, Barack Obama is the President of the USA. Don’t you think it would be in keeping with his role as the leader of the country to set an example and to tell those in attendance “to cool it” and to behave themselves. Imho, he missed a golden opportunity to show he is a true leader and understands decorum.

Instead he takes the time to utter a speech rich in demagoguery and uses the life and death of 9 year old child for political gain and to boost his poll numbers. How sickening and disgusting!

technopeasant on January 12, 2011 at 10:23 PM

He threw the libs and the media under the bus on this one. Credit is due.

MadisonConservative on January 12, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Please tell me where?

Knucklehead on January 12, 2011 at 10:23 PM

Does it hurt to be so stupid? The shirts were printed by the University of AZ and placed on chairs the night before. There is nothing that links Obama to those t-shirts.

SnarkVader on January 12, 2011 at 10:21 PM

You’ve bought a lot of beachfront condos in Nebraska in your life haven’t you?

NOTHING links him? Nothing? How about the fact he gave the god damned speech to the people wearing the shirts? You don’t think that had ANYTHING to do with it?

Every second of every day of a president is orchestrated by his handlers. The president doesn’t take a shit without someone polling the issue first. If you think it was 100% outside of his control you’re a complete moron.

angryed on January 12, 2011 at 10:24 PM

Does it hurt to be so stupid? The shirts were printed by the University of AZ and placed on chairs the night before. There is nothing that links Obama to those t-shirts. If you’ve got something, let’s see it.

SnarkVader on January 12, 2011 at 10:21 PM

If he had an R behind his name the left would have a cow over that.

Terrye on January 12, 2011 at 10:24 PM

just forget all those things I said about getting in people’s faces if they don’t agree with me, and about hitting back twice as hard, and about how we’ll bring a gun to a knife fight.

Skandia Recluse on January 12, 2011 at 9:58 PM

Yeah, this is what really annoys me about Obama. He calls for civility without ever acknowledging his own role in creating a toxic political climate.

When you call fellow Americans “enemies”, you are being divisive.
When you call fellow Americans “hostage-takers”, you are not bringing people together.
When you compare fellow Americans to suicide bombers, you are not “elevating the debate”.

There are many more examples, but the point is that he is just allowed to act like it never happened, and then stand above it all and call for civility. And, of course, the lap-dog media never challenges him on his own tone and his own divisive rhetoric. It makes it hard to stomach him playing the “uniter” now.

JohnInCA on January 12, 2011 at 10:24 PM

angryed on January 12, 2011 at 10:19 PM

The whole tenure of the memorial service was just odd. Several people(not fans) seemed to think he was caught off guard and that was what Britt Hume indicated also. Regardless of whether he expected it or not, I think it detracted from his speech. It really didn’t have that bring everyone together vibe.

Cindy Munford on January 12, 2011 at 10:25 PM

If Obama had given this speech on Saturday or Sunday, I may have been impressed. But he waited until the frenzy had pretty much run its course and have its intended effect before saying anything. Sorry, but I’m not impressed.

mydh12 on January 12, 2011 at 10:26 PM

The screaming of “Obama” was a little creepy…the speech was okay.

d1carter on January 12, 2011 at 10:26 PM

Does it hurt to be so stupid? The shirts were printed by the University of AZ and placed on chairs the night before. There is nothing that links Obama to those t-shirts.

SnarkVader on January 12, 2011 at 10:21 PM

You are so stupid I can’t even begin to describe it.

tetriskid on January 12, 2011 at 10:26 PM

The minimum price for a logoed T-shirt is about $4.00 + the costs of shipping them to Tucson plus overtime to get it done and you’re looking at a minimum of $5.00 per shirt.

That’s $70,000+ that someone paid for.

bw222 on January 12, 2011 at 10:27 PM

If he had an R behind his name the left would have a cow over that.

Terrye on January 12, 2011 at 10:24 PM

exactamundo…they wouldn’t have cared if the administration did not have a hand in the setup…

cmsinaz on January 12, 2011 at 10:27 PM

All I know is I was appalled. Furthermore, I was even more appalled when I heard Hume and Krauthammer fauning over the speech. I’m wondering, what I hear that they didn’t, what did they hear that I didn’t…a complete disconnect here. I was, again, appalled!

Chewy the Lab on January 12, 2011 at 10:19 PM

Fox has to protect the Obama interview with BOR coming up pre-Super Bowl. He could cancel and they would have major egg on their face. They’ll walk softly till then. Follow the money(or ratings).

a capella on January 12, 2011 at 10:27 PM

OK I found some dates:

Fort Hood shooting on Thursday, Nov. 5.

The very next day:

In a Rose Garden appearance on Friday, Mr. Obama urged Americans not to “jump to conclusions” about the motives behind the shooting, a theme he echoed on Saturday.

INC on January 12, 2011 at 10:28 PM

He’s quiet for four days through this bull, polls find it’s not working, and oh — look — here’s Obama to call for civility.

That’s Obama’s idea of ‘leadership’.

I didn’t watch it, so somebody tell me: Did he say anything he couldn’t have said from the White House on Sunday?

Socratease on January 12, 2011 at 10:28 PM

WAPO: President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will be in Tucson Wednesday to attend the “Together We Thrive: Tucson and America” event at the McKale Memorial Center on the University of Arizona campus.

No, those shirts weren’t political and nobody on the Obama team had any idea they would be there, why would they when a supposed memorial service was billed as an “event”? Sure, completely clueless they were.

Bishop on January 12, 2011 at 10:28 PM

So Barack Obama let the media run wild for five days straight without a peep, but he gets a cookie because he did the absolute minimum during this campaign speech? What is he, a two year old? Is he being graded on a curve?

JavelinaBomb on January 12, 2011 at 10:28 PM

There is nothing that links Obama to those t-shirts. If you’ve got something, let’s see it.

SnarkVader on January 12, 2011 at 10:21 PM

The university invited the President. Presidents never go anywhere without extensive preparations. Now it is a slight possibility that the university negelcted to tell the President’s staff about the shirts. That said, the President knew the theme of the event ahead of time, it was well-publicized. He knew it was at a college stadium. If his staff and the university screwed this up, and I believe they did, he should not be too happy about it. Note, I said he “should not.”

Deanna on January 12, 2011 at 10:29 PM

HA HA I love Drudge’s lead line now. That little dude is a genius.

cynccook on January 12, 2011 at 10:29 PM

The whole tenure of the memorial service was just odd. Several people(not fans) seemed to think he was caught off guard and that was what Britt Hume indicated also. Regardless of whether he expected it or not, I think it detracted from his speech. It really didn’t have that bring everyone together vibe.

Cindy Munford on January 12, 2011 at 10:25 PM

I just don’t buy this aw shucks, the president was surprised by what he saw shtick. And this includes the t-shirts. You don’t go to an event like this which will be watched by everyone and don’t make sure everything is under your control.

And what did he expect would happen when 15K college students would show up for the speech? Common sense – regardless of politics – would have said it would turn into a pep rally. If Obama wanted to be presidential and somber he could have chosen a smaller venue. The fact he didn’t means he wanted just what he got.

angryed on January 12, 2011 at 10:29 PM

The administration had NOTHING to do with those t-shirts.
SnarkVader on January 12, 2011 at 10:11 PM

Finally able to read them, “Together We Thrive” and below that “Organizing for America.”

Organizing for America, AKA, BarackObama.com.

dugan on January 12, 2011 at 10:29 PM

let us use this occasion to expand our moral imaginations, to listen to each other more carefully, to sharpen our instincts for empathy, and remind ourselves of all the ways our hopes and dreams are bound together…

Errr…, okay, this part went waaaay over my head. What the %^## is a “moral imagination”? And how exactly are are our dreams all bound together? I hope that doesn’t have anything to do with ‘lucid dreaming’, because that didn’t work out so well for that other guy.

bitsy on January 12, 2011 at 10:29 PM

I look at it this way its the best the guy could do.

Greed on January 12, 2011 at 10:29 PM

If Obama had given this speech on Saturday or Sunday, I may have been impressed. But he waited until the frenzy had pretty much run its course and have its intended effect before saying anything. Sorry, but I’m not impressed.

mydh12 on January 12, 2011 at 10:26 PM

That’s why I looked up the Fort Hood dates. Obama said don’t jump to conclusions the very next day.

INC on January 12, 2011 at 10:30 PM

He threw the libs and the media under the bus on this one. Credit is due.

MadisonConservative on January 12, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Yeah, it sounds like a good speech. He deserves credit. I’m wondering how Sheriff Dipstick feels? maybe a little betrayed after Obama thanked him? Who knows.

Good, lets move on and repeal ObamaCare, investigate the corruption of this regime and defund the FCC.

Oh, and I’ve reconsidered how I feel about the Pubs renaming the Repeal the Job Killing ObamaCare bill thing. I think they should rename it to something like the Happy Sunshine Face Health Insurance Unity Act.

I’m fine with the Pubs putting on a warm happy face now, extending the hand of friendship with Democrats while they continue to repeal repeal repeal! All the Pubs can take to the floor of the House and say all kinds of nice warm fuzzy wonderful things about the Democrats and unity while they vote to repeal repeal and repeal!

JellyToast on January 12, 2011 at 10:30 PM

Cindy Munford on January 12, 2011 at 10:25 PM

I mean tenor, not tenure. Opps.

Cindy Munford on January 12, 2011 at 10:30 PM

tetriskid on January 12, 2011 at 10:26 PM

SnarkVader is unbelievably stupid, isn’t he/she/it.

bw222 on January 12, 2011 at 10:30 PM

Does it hurt to be so stupid? The shirts were printed by the University of AZ and placed on chairs the night before. There is nothing that links Obama to those t-shirts.

SnarkVader on January 12, 2011 at 10:21 PM

Hmmm, I don’t remember the left being as charitable when the officers of the USS Abraham Lincoln hung a Mission Accomplished banner in order to honor the crew. Nope, that was all orchestrated by Bush. But Obama, you see, had no control over T-shirts handed out at a memorial service. None at all.

JohnInCA on January 12, 2011 at 10:30 PM

Okay. I’ll go “tacky” too and tell Obama outright that it’s FAMILY REUNIONS, not memorials where you wear the matching tees.

Dumba$$.

tickleddragon on January 12, 2011 at 10:30 PM

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