Presidentism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on January 13, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Yes, I know I usually start weekdays with an amateurish stumble du jour from our nation’s Chief Executive, but in light of his speech last night, President Barack Obama deserves credit for not just avoiding the train wreck over the last few days in partisan sniping, but addressing it head on at the memorial service for the murdered in Tucson.  Instead, Obama gave a moving speech that transcended (and quelled) the strange pep-rally vibe that had permeated the event prior to his taking the stage, one that genuinely connected us to each of the lives snuffed out by a senseless murder spree, especially perhaps Christina Green, the youngest of the dead at age 9.  And in his own way, with a three-word ad-lib, Obama rebuked the nonsensical blamethrowing that had begun within minutes of the tragedy.

Allahpundit quoted the key part of the speech last night, but I’ll do it again here:

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.

After all, that’s what most of us do when we lose someone in our family – especially if the loss is unexpected. We’re shaken from our routines, and forced to look inward. We reflect on the past. Did we spend enough time with an aging parent, we wonder. Did we express our gratitude for all the sacrifices they made for us? Did we tell a spouse just how desperately we loved them, not just once in awhile but every single day?

So sudden loss causes us to look backward – but it also forces us to look forward, to reflect on the present and the future, on the manner in which we live our lives and nurture our relationships with those who are still with us. We may ask ourselves if we’ve shown enough kindness and generosity and compassion to the people in our lives. Perhaps we question whether we are doing right by our children, or our community, and whether our priorities are in order. We recognize our own mortality, and are reminded that in the fleeting time we have on this earth, what matters is not wealth, or status, or power, or fame – but rather, how well we have loved, and what small part we have played in bettering the lives of others.

That process of reflection, of making sure we align our values with our actions – that, I believe, is what a tragedy like this requires. For those who were harmed, those who were killed – they are part of our family, an American family 300 million strong. We may not have known them personally, but we surely see ourselves in them. In George and Dot, in Dorwan and Mavy, we sense the abiding love we have for our own husbands, our own wives, our own life partners. Phyllis – she’s our mom or grandma; Gabe our brother or son. In Judge Roll, we recognize not only a man who prized his family and doing his job well, but also a man who embodied America’s fidelity to the law. In Gabby, we see a reflection of our public spiritedness, that desire to participate in that sometimes frustrating, sometimes contentious, but always necessary and never-ending process to form a more perfect union.

And in Christina…in Christina we see all of our children. So curious, so trusting, so energetic and full of magic.

So deserving of our love.

And so deserving of our good example. If this tragedy prompts reflection and debate, as it should, let’s make sure it’s worthy of those we have lost. Let’s make sure it’s not on the usual plane of politics and point scoring and pettiness that drifts away with the next news cycle.

But it was the next section that delivered the message, with an ad-lib I’ll note in bold:

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.

Frankly, the tenor of politics since Saturday hit such an irrational pitch that I wondered whether Obama would be able to make this point at all.  Clearly, Obama took this moment seriously enough to lead rather than to pursue partisan cheap shots, using the dishonest “some have said” device to which the media has clung over the last couple of days after the evidence became overwhelming that the murderer was a psychopath of no particular rational ideology.  He told the nation in no unclear terms that the argument that a lack of civility led to these deaths is simply flat-out wrong.

Some of my friends may criticize Obama for not defending Palin specifically, or for waiting until the memorial to have rebuked those attempting to exploit the deaths for political gain.  On the first point, though, this was a memorial service and it wouldn’t have been appropriate to name other names than the dead, the wounded, and the heros who helped save lives.  The second point may be germane criticism of the previous couple of days, but even if it came late, Obama stepped up and led last night.

So kudos to President Obama for what may be the finest moment of his presidency.  I disagree with his policies and many of his tactics, and I will have no problem getting back to work in opposing them after this post publishes.  But he deserves credit and gratitude for his leadership at a point in time where the nation needed it, and I’m happy to give him both.


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The speech was a good one, particularly those parts which focused on the fallen- but it was too light on calling out the slanderous bile being spewed by the Left at Sarah Palin and the Right in general: libel which has resulted in death threats being made against Palin. And while, yes, he did point out that a lack of civility didn’t cause Loughner’s rampage, he immediately segued into demanding more civil discourse. Almost as if it had something to do with events in Tucson…

All this coming from a man who talked about punishing his enemies.

As many have said here, these words seem like too little too late. Personally, I didn’t expect a big speech to happen until after Rep Giffords was out of immediate danger but given that Obama immediately sprang into “don’t jump to conclusions” mode right after the Ft Hood massacre, it is only reasonable to question why he didn’t do the same now.

Obama made some good points in the speech but they sound hollow and false in the light of day- if he and his fellow Democrats tone down their rhetoric in the weeks and months to follow we can praise him then.

Until that happens, however, it’s just words. Obama says a lot of things he plainly doesn’t mean and too much water has passed under the bridge to take him at face value now.

Jay Mac on January 13, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Particularly disturbing was an attempt to associate a visit by the president with the miracle of Rep. Giffords’ eyes opening. The media would not have allowed such a callow politicization to go unnoticed if the speech were delivered by a president of the other party.

publiuspen on January 13, 2011 at 10:00 AM

I too found this contradiction amazing. I’d really like to know what the truth is, this passage from an article I saw over the weekend:

Giffords is in a drug-induced coma in intensive care. Doctors frequently awaken her to check her responsiveness, and she could open her eyes and respond to simple commands Sunday – an encouraging sign, said Rhee said.

Or the road to Tucson heart-string-pulling anecdote Obama recounted last night…

I mean, the “Boooooosh LIED!, People DIED!” cadre would be foaming at the mouth, rending garments, and weeping and gnashing of teeth this morning if a Rethug! President had uttered such a contraditction. Where are they today?

RocketmanBob on January 13, 2011 at 10:23 AM

The University of AZ organized the event and invited Obama. I don’t think he or his administration had much, if any, input into the logistics of staging the event — including the t-shirts that were passed out.

Tom_Shipley on January 13, 2011 at 9:28 AM

Got a link citing that UA and UA alone organized this?

And if you think the White House had little if any input into this you’re just as naive as the rest of your fellow travelers who voted for this guy.

And as I asked last night, why didn’t they hold the event in the Tucson Convention Center? It has been sitting unused all this week.

Del Dolemonte on January 13, 2011 at 10:23 AM

There was nothing Presidential about last night’s pep rally.

People can try to blame “the organizers” (UA) if they like, but the fact of the matter is that Obama’s team knows full-well how to manage events and control crowds. Those t-shirts were only there because Obama’s team allowed it and the hoots and hollers (as well as the boos of Gov. Brewer, as reported by Michelle Malkin and the NYT) only occurred because of the tone set by the POTUS.

Anyone not fully integrated into the Obama cult who has had to bury a child, after being shown the pictures of the chairs draped with campaign slogan t-shirts, will never vote for this guy again.

This Administration and its leader with his Messianic delusions is an embarrassment to anyone with a sense of dignity and gravitas.

Y-not on January 13, 2011 at 10:24 AM

So kudos to President Obama for what may be the finest moment of his presidency. I disagree with his policies and many of his tactics, and I will have no problem getting back to work in opposing them after this post publishes. But he deserves credit and gratitude for his leadership at a point in time where the nation needed it, and I’m happy to give him both.

Slurping noise.

Extrafishy on January 13, 2011 at 10:24 AM

Pure political theatre staged by the Obama administration.
Actions have more meaning than words.
The words were fine, the actions were disgusting.

Rick9911 on January 13, 2011 at 10:25 AM

It’s standard Presidential boilerplate from this President when he speaks at Memorial services (see Fort Hood). Obama’s remarks were comforting to the victims and that’s a good thing. But his speech will do nothing to change the tone and tenor of American politics. As he well knows.
Randy

williars on January 13, 2011 at 10:26 AM

Got a link citing that UA and UA alone organized this?

No, you just don’t get it, Del. You see, the Secret Service is well known for its habit of completely abdicating control of venues in which the president speaks. They had no say was to what was in the gymnasium.
/s

This is a president who ran on his main qualification: that he knew how to run a campaign. But now that he is POTUS, his staff has absolutely no input in how an event comes off.

Right.

Y-not on January 13, 2011 at 10:28 AM

We were speculating last night on how Obama can improve on his next opportunity to score political points off of dead bodies.

A few ideas.
1. Have the Wildcat cheerleaders come out between acts to lead the crowd in cheers
2. Hand out pom-poms and vulvuzelas in addition to t-shirts so the crowd can really show their appreciation
3. Bury the victims in the t-shirts (although, of course, this has been done before)

Really, it’s a shame Jared didn’t manage to carry out his attack a few weeks earlier (guess his lines of communication to Grand Mistress Palin and Dark Lord Limbaugh must have been temporarily down). If he’d pulled their bidding off in December, they might have had time to make a float for the Rose Parade.
/s

Y-not on January 13, 2011 at 10:32 AM

He wasn’t saying he wanted healing, as in the salving of injury…he wanted heeling, as in keeping a dog firmly leashed and obedient.

fusionaddict on January 13, 2011 at 10:34 AM

This is a president who ran on his main qualification: that he knew how to run a campaign. But now that he is POTUS, his staff has absolutely no input in how an event comes off.

Right.

Y-not on January 13, 2011 at 10:28 AM

Back when Pappy Bush was President, we got a visit here in central NH from his Vice President, who was the Sarah Palin of his day among the Left. He was to speak at some function about 15 miles up the Interstate from my office at the time.

Potatoe-Boy’s advance people visited our office 2 weeks before the event, as they wanted to use our location as a secure communications relay location. They were all business.

A few days after the event, we all received a Commendation of Appreciation from the Secret Service, praising us for our “exceptional professionalism”.

We hadn’t done anything except let them install some radios in an unused room. But it was nice to be noticed!

Del Dolemonte on January 13, 2011 at 10:36 AM

http://reason.com/blog/2011/01/12/palins-not-complicit-in-loughn

NICK GILLESPIE: Palin’s Not Complicit in Loughner Shooting, but She Sure Ain’t Presidential, Either. Has any other public figure ever had to try to act “Presidential,” though, while being accused of complicity in mass murder?

On the other hand, if (as isn’t clear to me) she actually wants to be President, she’ll have to learn to be Presidential. Barack Obama has had his problems in that department, too, and unlike Palin, he’s had the benefit of a desperately supportive and eager-to-please mainstream media.

Palin, on the other hand, has been royally screwed-over by that same media, and has managed to come back and beat them out again and again, from “death panels” to “blood libel.” And that engenders considerable sympathy. A musician friend of mine who’s not especially political emailed me the other day: “I don’t particularly care for Palin, but every time they do this to her, I find myself hoping she becomes President, out of pure spite.”

I understand the sentiment, but being screwed over by the media, while it may breed sympathy, isn’t a qualification for being President. Richard Jewell was royally screwed over by the media, too, but he didn’t belong in the White House because of it. if Palin is to be elected President, it’s not going to be on a sympathy vote.

But here’s what’s going on in the dance between Palin and what she calls the “lamestream” media: Every time they attack her, they wind up doing something that hurts them worse than it hurts her. She may not become President, and she may not even want to be President — though, regardless, it’s in her interest to keep everyone guessing as long as possible — but with little more than an Internet connection and Facebook she’s done more lasting harm to their position than anybody else. Last night Barack Obama threw them under the bus over the whole “rhetoric” question, just hours after she had managed to work them into a snarling frenzy with an Internet video. Even though it’s hurting them, they can’t — and I mean, literally, psychologically can’t — leave her alone. And she’s getting rich the whole time.

So I don’t know about “Presidential,” but who’s dumb, here?

(instapundit.com)

Looks like our potus isn’t stopping his press from doing what he claimed needed doing last night…

Keemo on January 13, 2011 at 10:37 AM

The University of AZ organized the event and invited Obama. I don’t think he or his administration had much, if any, input into the logistics of staging the event — including the t-shirts that were passed out.

Tom_Shipley on January 13, 2011 at 9:28 AM

He had the microphone in front of him. He could have asked that those gathered please refrain from cheering and clapping during the solumn gathering that they were all at. It was a decent speech without the Mussolini-esque posing everytime applause erupted and the planned pauses for such.
How do I know these were planned? I’ve seen him speak and I can recognize patterns.

darwin-t on January 13, 2011 at 10:44 AM

I would normally agree with you, Ed, but all those blue T-Shirts on the seats and logos all over the place, not to mention the woots and applause towards the “favored” and the hoots and even boos towards people like Gov. Jan Brewer, this did not look like what I would consider to be a typical “memorial” service.

In fact, if it had gotten any louder, we would have had a replay of the Paul Wellstone “Memorial” from a few years back that turned into a full-blown rah-rah Democratic political rally.

Maybe some of the folks out there needed to be reminded that one of the victims being remembered was only nine years old. Maybe that would have been enough to fold up the T-shirts and have them placed them back on the seats, not to mention tone down the woots and the hoots.

pilamaye on January 13, 2011 at 10:45 AM

She said blood libel.

He grabbed a bible.

The crowd went tribal

Yoop on January 13, 2011 at 10:46 AM

I agree it was a good speech–now he has to walk his talk, though. I don’t want to see him–or his allies–bring back the ugly rhetoric any time soon.

PattyJ on January 13, 2011 at 10:49 AM

Yes, kudos. I had hoped he would’ve taken the left out to the woodshed (I know, I was dreaming), but I think he threaded the needle on this one.

sleepy-beans on January 13, 2011 at 10:52 AM

PattyJ on January 13, 2011 at 10:49 AM

It’s already happening all over the country… These creatures can’t help themselves; they have but one playbook. Simple minded and very badly behaved people.

Keemo on January 13, 2011 at 10:54 AM

Triangulation. That’s all it was, and too many conservative commentators are falling for it. Why should a man who let the unconscionable Palin-is-an-accessory-to-murder meme play out for five days, get any kudos when he tiptoes up to the point that, well, there is no connection. Where was the fervent CONDEMNATION for what happened after the shooting. It wasn’t there. His minions will continue to spew the hate-speech-caused-it line while he basks in the glow of conservatives congratulations by the likes of K’hammer, Hayes and Erickson, just to name a few.

rivlax on January 13, 2011 at 10:55 AM

Where was the fervent CONDEMNATION for what happened after the shooting

I think you kind of missed the point of the speech.

Tom_Shipley on January 13, 2011 at 11:01 AM

So kudos to President Obama for what may be the finest moment of his presidency. I disagree with his policies and many of his tactics, and I will have no problem getting back to work in opposing them after this post publishes. But he deserves credit and gratitude for his leadership at a point in time where the nation needed it, and I’m happy to give him both.

How many soldiers died last month and did not get a nationally broadcast Presidential memorial service?

BTW, as Commander in Chief, those soldiers died at his order.

Don’t be fooled by this kinder, gentler administration speech. History shows us both political parties don’t do anything that doesn’t have some sort of “angle” attached to it, with said angle being of calculated political benefit.

Ft. Hood victims got a “don’t rush to conclusions” sound bite.

Bite me, Mr. President.

BobMbx on January 13, 2011 at 11:05 AM

Have to disagree; it was first campaign speech for 2012.

Logo should have been: “They may be dead, but they can still vote!”

Sorry for the tastelessness, but that’s the way it was.

truth2power on January 13, 2011 at 11:05 AM

It was a good speech, and most of what Obama said was appropriate for such a situation, where six people were killed, a Congresswoman and several others were badly injured by an attack from a crazed gunman whose motives were known only by himself.

There was one place in Obama’s speech which deserves criticism–when he said, “Rather than pointing fingers or assigning blame,”, Obama pointed first with his left index finger, then with his right, at the crowd. That might have gone over the heads of the rowdy college students in the audience, but what about cooler heads watching on TV?

They should have chosen another venue, perhaps a church or a town-hall auditorium, not a college. Most college students have little experience dealing with tragedy and mourning, and don’t know how to behave appropriately, and THEY (not the President) turned this “memorial service” into a pep rally. If this had been held in a church or town hall, with a wider range of ages in the audience, the vast majority of middle-aged people (who have probably endured the death of a parent or sibling) probably would have stared down anyone who acted inappropriately, but there weren’t enough adults in this room.

Think what would have happened had last Saturday’s terrible event occurred a week before last November 2nd. The course of this Nation would have been changed for the worst for a very long time, if not forever.

It could have backfired totally on the Democrats. After the painfully political pep rally after Sen. Wellstone’s death in 2002, there was a backlash that propelled Norm Coleman to the Senate. After Mel Carnahan’s accidental death in 2000, a much more dignified memorial service allowed his wife to be elected to the Senate in Missouri.

Our thoughts and prayers need to be with the victims (both the deceased and the wounded, including Rep. Giffords) and their families, without trying to make political gain out of this tragedy. Rep. Giffords was not the victim of the political right or left, but of mental madness.

President Obama made an inspirational speech, and such tragedies can inspire sincere reflection by all, regardless of our political views. But we are a diverse nation of 309 million people who don’t always agree on everything, which has problems that need to be resolved, and issues will be debated in Congress, the media, and the blogosphere.

There will be elections and campaigns and candidates will talk about “targeted” incumbents who need to be “fired”. But losing an election isn’t REALLY death–all the candidates who LOST elections in November 2010 are still alive, but now out of power.

We should be thankful that American political debates are “wars of WORDS” only, not actual violence, fights, or coups d’etat. As free people, we can praise the President when he does well, and we can still criticize him next week or next month if he tries to impose something we don’t want.

Steve Z on January 13, 2011 at 11:11 AM

From the tone of the speech you would have thought he was the POTUS or something…shame the rest of his Progs spent four days accusing half the country of accessory to murder.

d1carter on January 13, 2011 at 11:15 AM

I saw as much of that mess last night as I could stand. I almost burst into tears. This was the kind of compassion and honor that the Obama administration brings to the families of victims and the victims, themselves, of a horrific mass murder?

The speech, written by someone else, of course, and delivered by our President, was all right. The party/pep-rally atmosphere was downright disgusting. He could have shut that mass of idiots up with one sentence, and he didn’t.

People screamed “We love you, Obama!” They whistled and catcalled, they whooped and hollered and broke into frantic applause.

That wasn’t a memorial service. It was an ego fest/ frat party/pep rally for Obama.

I nearly threw up. If Obama handles the rest of this horrible mess with such consummate skill, I can barely wait to see the disaster that results.

hachiban on January 13, 2011 at 11:16 AM

MaxMBJ on January 13, 2011 at 8:42 AM

Your observations are quite insightful.

I wonder, too, how much Ailes influenced the Fox staff in order to accomodate the president. Didn’t we recently learn that he was urging them to tone in down?

Reading that speech and hearing it, especially in that inappropriate venue, were two different things. The event was the opening salvo of the ObaMao perpetual campaign for 2012.

onlineanalyst on January 13, 2011 at 11:16 AM

You’re incapable of concern for anything besides yourself and your sick, twisted ideology … so get bent.

darwin on January 13, 2011 at 10:11 AM

This. For cornfed AND Obama

Shambhala on January 13, 2011 at 11:16 AM

I can’t argue that it wasn’t a lovely speech. It was. However, our history with this man, well…..I can’t get past it.

He did do well in delivering, but I have to be honest. Remember when he went to France, and delivered a speech? He made reference to an Uncle that fought there during WWII. He said…this uncle used to sit him down, and tell him stories, and share with him, his days in the war. The uncle called him out on this, and said..he never spoke with Obama about any of it.

Obama if nothing else, is a consistent liar. As some have said here. Now he needs to walk the talk. I agree with that. Actions do speak louder than words.

In the past, we’ve seen a president use a finger scratching, that we’re all pretty sure wasn’t actually scratching an itch. We’ve seen him say one thing, then tell Republicans to get in the back seat. We’ve heard him say bring a gun, when they bring a knife. We’ve heard him treat Republicans with disdain, when he calls a meeting. Saying he’s willing to listen to their ideas. When they give them, he rebukes them.

We’ve heard him say all those things, and more, and walk that talk. His rhetoric has been just as “dangerous”, as they claim Palins is…yet she’s the only one being punished? It’s absurdity.

Yes…he came out, and gave a good speech…but until he leads by example, and lives to those words….they are….just words.

capejasmine on January 13, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Thank you, Ed. Kudos to you. And to anyone who is able to give credit where its due.

This is one of the fundamental reasons why I side with conservatives: conservatives (tend to) acknowledge reality.

Obama did well, certainly as well as could be expected. If Bush had performed similarly in similar circumstances, I suggest that it would be nearly impossible to find liberals praising or acknowledging his act.

The President did indeed thread the needle. He found the right tone and may have actually helped.

Professor Blather on January 13, 2011 at 11:23 AM

They should have chosen another venue, perhaps a church or a town-hall auditorium, not a college.

This article gives me the impression this was the UofA’s memorial service to which the university’s president invited Obama. If this is in fact the case, it makes sense they would want to have it in the school’s auditorium. I’m not sure where else they could have had it.

I don’t know what kind of input the administration had in the service’s planning in addition to the secret service scouring the place to make sure it was completely secure.

I know t-shirts were handed out emblazoned with a logo and slogan. Shockingly tacky. But I’d be channeling Paul Krugman if I immediately assumed the Obama administration had them produced and distributed without any proof that was the case.

Kim Priestap on January 13, 2011 at 11:25 AM

Obama’s speech made him appear Presidential; he smartly avoided giving off the smarmy, partisan hack vibe he usually does. The end result: his performance made him rise above the political fray. Well played.

Outlander on January 13, 2011 at 11:28 AM

Nice… so Obama was successful in resurrecting his Presidency over the dead bodies of those slain in Tucson by a crazed gunman. Nice, don’t let a massacre go to waste.

WordsMatter on January 13, 2011 at 11:28 AM

Um no… After Palin’s presidential response earlier in the day Obama was forced to deliver THIS speech or come off really bad. He didn’t believe a word of it or he would not have called the first instigator of the Blood Libel against Palin and thanked him. Remember with Obama you have to watch was he does not what he says.

CCRWM on January 13, 2011 at 11:29 AM

The text of Obama’s speech may have been ok (although taking credit for Giffords opening her eyes is beyond the pale) as a press release on the day after the shooting, but the speech itself – which includes the optics of t-shirts, the joviality of the crowd, and the rest – was terrible.

A speech is a performance, not just text. Obama’s team is expert at using events for messaging. What we saw last night was exactly what they wanted us to see — a pep rally for the launch of his re-election campaign.

Y-not on January 13, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Sorry, not buying it. He waited too long to say something. Pres Bush would have been on it immediately. He would have been trying to tone down the attacks. Obama is too late to the party, and boy did it seem like a party. Seriously? T-shirts? Having Dr Rhee there to take applause? Really, how is he any more responsible than others for Gifford’s recovery? And a slogan for the “rally”. Are you kidding me? It has all the smell of a campaign stop, not a memorial.

I do pray for recovery for all the victims and for the families who lost their loved ones. But this memorial was not the way to honor them. A memorial is for those who were/are affected by the passing of a loved one. Not an event held in an arena with people setting up camp to be first in line to get tickets. That’s a rally circus, not a memorial service.

chrisknits on January 13, 2011 at 11:31 AM

I’m not sure where else they could have had it.

Kim Priestap on January 13, 2011 at 11:25 AM

The Tucson Convention Center was empty. It had absolutely no events scheduled between Monday of this week and Friday.

Or perhaps there was a facility at the nearby Davis-Monthan Air Force Base? We all know how O’bama loves to use military bases for photo-ops.

Del Dolemonte on January 13, 2011 at 11:32 AM

This article gives me the impression this was the UofA’s memorial service to which the university’s president invited Obama. If this is in fact the case, it makes sense they would want to have it in the school’s auditorium. I’m not sure where else they could have had it.

So Obama doesn’t drive the agenda, he just goes where he’s invited? That’s ridiculous.

Governor Brewer bears some responsibility for this. The appropriate venue would have been the statehouse or other public setting (this is Arizona, it could have been outside even) associated with the state of Arizona. The Governor’s office should have hosted this event.

I can tell you that my governor (Gov. Herbert) would never had dropped the ball like this.

Fortunately, the U of A is a state school so an audit should quickly reveal who paid for the t-shirts and who was involved in the planning.

Y-not on January 13, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Oh and I’ll bet anyone here a $100 dollars that the theme for Obamas re-election campaign is going to be “Together We Thrive”.

CCRWM on January 13, 2011 at 11:37 AM

It’s obvious you’ll do whatever it takes to sabotage his success even if it takes the rest of the country down with you.

cornfedbubba on January 13, 2011 at 9:58 AM

Woo-dawg, bubba! Awful lot of assumptions, there, big boy!

Number one: I DIDN’T watch it. This tragedy’s aftermath was spiralling out of control and allowing it to escalate to death threats does not engender either calmer heads NOR confidence in HIS judgement. He needed to be running his yap ~ which, strangely enough, he ALWAYS seems to find time to do 8 or 10 times a day NORMALLY(?!?!?!) ~ by Monday, latest.

And no. I would NOT have criticized him in the LEAST, had he done so in this manner then. I would have applauded wholeheartedly, as I have been PRAYING for him to display some SENSE of responsibility to the AMERICAN PEOPLE, vice his self interest and agenda, since his election.

He CONTINUALLY sabotages his own success by watching from the sidelines…waiting…waiting…and then TAKES the REST OF US DOWN WITH HIM (I sense a theme!) while he gives a speech that may (or may not) hit the right notes, but there’s ALWAYS something a little discordant about it somewhere ~ have you noticed that?

The man is a calculated/calculating/very-often-miscalculates FRAUD.

tree hugging sister on January 13, 2011 at 11:41 AM

This says it quite well for me.

Buy Danish on January 13, 2011 at 11:42 AM

I urge any Wildcats alumni out there who were as disgusted by last night’s display as most of us (non-pundit class) are to contact someone on the Board of Trustees and demand an explanation. The best strategy is to find a Trustee with whom you have some affinity – for example, someone who graduated from around your class year or with whom you have a business or social connection. Here is the link to the Board of Trustees for the U of A Foundation. They are usually the ones with the deep pockets.

Second choice would be to contact the Vice President for University Advancement (or Development) and let him/her know that you are an upset alumnus. (Neuhaus, SVP for Development and University Campaigns might be a good choice. I can’t find their VP for Advancement.) Obviously, if you are donor and/or if you are of the age to being making will provisions, that carries even more weight. (If you are of the latter variety, contacting the Planned Giving office can be really effective as those particularly fundraisers tend to be much more donor-centered and responsive than alumni relations and annual fund fundraisers).

Finally, it is also really helpful to contact the Office of Admissions and let them know that you will not be sending your kids or grand kids there – and that you will not be recommending prospective students attend the U of A. Tell them you’ll be sending them to ASU.

It is heartening to see that although the talking heads have decided to annoint Obama as Messiah, yet again, most of the commenters are not buying it.

Y-not on January 13, 2011 at 11:47 AM

RE: all who refuse to blame Obama for the crowds behavior last night.

The Tea Party got blamed when LaRouchies with Obama/Hitler mustache posters showed up at rallies. Unlike Obama, the TP organizers weren’t able to decide who could be there and who couldn’t. One thing is clear, he doesn’t have anyone who knows the word “decorum” on his staff. It isn’t leadership to let your minions get totally out of control so that you can ride in to save the day. It’s called opportunism and it’s something Obama seems to be all too good at. I feel sorry for the families who lost loved ones. This was a national disgrace.

txhsmom on January 13, 2011 at 9:02 AM

Bingo; and the TEA party doesn’t have an army of advance staff to set things up like the White House does. Without the jackasses in the audience, Bammie’s speech would have come across a little better.

slickwillie2001 on January 13, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Random thoughts:

President Obama is indeed back in the sense that he has once again managed to place himself in a position where two sides diametrically opposed to each other hear what they want to hear. He framed his speech in such a way that the left somehow heard validation about the “tone of civility” giving them fuel to use that to quash dissent. The right heard repudiation of those who were so quick and so repugnant to lay blame on the right for the shooting. If you listen to this speech and divorce it from the context of what led up to it you might say this was a good speech. But when you place it within the context of the last four years; the campaign and two years of governing, it is hard not to be cynical.

As for the venue and the tone of the event-it was horrible and off-putting.

For the record scripture does not teach, “that there is evil in the world, and that terrible things happen for reasons that defy human understanding.” It teaches that God is Holy, man is sinful and the evil in the world is a result of man’s broken estate. Sin exists because man is sinful.

And finally, can someone please explain to me what it means to “expand our moral imagination?”

PrincipleStand on January 13, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Buy Danish

An associated “ugly” part of that got us an Instalanche last night

These people are pathetic.

tree hugging sister on January 13, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Sorry Ed and AP, but I respectfully disagree with you on this one. I’ve said this on other threads already and I’ll repeat it here. IMO, you are looking at this event out of its proper context. The time for Obama to make the legitimate points he made last night was last Saturday or Sunday, not 4 days later, after his political allies have been doing all the dirty work in effect on his behalf. Last night’s event was crass, exploitative and ultimately insincere, IMO. The political pep rally aspects by far overshadowed the memorial service aspects. In total the event struck me as Stalinist agitprop. A “Potempkin” memorial, as it were.

JimP on January 13, 2011 at 11:50 AM

I am trying to post links to the correct officials at the U of A for alumni who are angry about this to contact, but my comment keeps getting eaten.

Does HotAir require tinyurls now?

Y-not on January 13, 2011 at 11:50 AM

cornfedbubba on January 13, 2011 at 9:58 AM

Typical liberal idiocy $hitfedbubba. We are conservatives….conservatives believe in traditional values such as respect, tact, class, and manners. Obama showed none of that with the venue of this event. His words for the most part were spot on, but no one believes these are his words, but rather are the words of a speech writing staff who see an opportunity to exploit a tragedy. His rhetoric over the last few years has been divisive from the day he said to the reps “I Won!”.

And one speech given during a time when no politician or pundit can criticize his political chicanery will change that. Lets see him specifically call out Krugman, Brady, and the rest of his sycophants and he might persuade me to consider changing my mind.

csdeven on January 13, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Reading parts of the speech above, I will admit it was a good speech. However, I think the setting was totally inappropriate, because the speech, for me, got lost in the screaming atmosphere of a college auditorium and made it feel more like a pep rally. If he had given this speech sitting as his desk in the oval office with no distractions, it would have been so much more powerful and moving. I wonder who his speech writer was. The words were great – the setting was not.

silvernana on January 13, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Duh, when did we forget that this man is very compelling playing the part of the man who would be President?

Yes, he gives a good speech. That’s what started this whole disaster known as Obama’s Reign Part I (speech to the D Convention in ’04 and you know the rest of the story)

But, FAR more telling to me was the fact that he could NOT help himself. Good is never good enough. He has to reach for that little something extra, and he did it again.

He LIED about the lady opening her eyes, to enhance himself.

She did NOT open her eyes for the first time in his immaculate presence. She had opened her eyes and responded to commands as far back as SUNDAY!

It was another of those moments.

Like so many other times he’s twisted the truth to make himself (supposedly) look magnificent.

The inspiration for his birth, an event (Selma) that happened after he was born. When and how his father came to the country. Speeches he lifted verbatim from Deval Patrick, another Axelrod client who used them in an earlier campaign (believe in your own audacity, for example). On and on.

And last night, he does it again.

Disgusting.

Yes, the words that he spoke (he can speak words, who is surprised at that) were just lovely. But, underneath it all, from the staging of the event to the failure to say one word to control the crowd (that admonition was not on the teleprompter — in case we’re wondering why he didn’t do that), the T-Shirts, the timing and location (why not go to Tucson to visit and go home). Even the fact that he felt that it was up to him to come in and provide the healing salve. Another “notable” event. Another grand stage for the great orator.

Her eyes open and his mouth shut.

That’s a universe I’d like to live in.

IndieDogg on January 13, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Tee-shirts. Sorry, I can’t get past that.

redwhiteblue on January 13, 2011 at 11:56 AM

let us use this occasion to expand our moral imaginations,

My moral imagination is fine just as it is!

huckleberryfriend on January 13, 2011 at 11:58 AM

After the vitriol that has been simmering and boiling all this week, we were treated to a circus of a memorial service complete with cheers and clapping by a crowd that acted like they had a keg and hotdogs out in the parking lot. Oh wait, there was a concession stand for that…wonder if beer was being sold?

Somehow I didn’t feel anybetter, and then I come here to HA, and find Ed and Allah falling all over themselves praising Obaka for his “measured” sobriety…I have felt violated all week, and then first FOX, and now HA are making me feel the same thing all over again.

I am truly disgusted, and sickened…

lovingmyUSA on January 13, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Oh and I’ll bet anyone here a $100 dollars that the theme for Obamas re-election campaign is going to be “Together We Thrive”.

CCRWM on January 13, 2011 at 11:37 AM

My thoughts exactly! And, all this blather about “Obama not being responsible for the spectacle” will disappear faster than lefties screams of “What rights have you lost under Obama?” right after Obamacare was passed.

txhsmom on January 13, 2011 at 12:00 PM

let’s remember that it is not because a simple lack of civility caused this tragedy – it did not

That’s what the libs hear. Don’t believe me? Well, then provide examples of them taking the Together We Thrive message to heart after Barry’s campaign speech and working with the other side to thrive.

Christien on January 13, 2011 at 12:01 PM

Anyone congratulating Obama on a nice speech is a chump.

Ever heard of a trial ballon?

Obama waited in the weeds while his assassins* dished out 4 days of despicable blood libel*. It wasn’t until it was clear that the slander was not gaining traction and that the liberals were beclowning themselves that Obama emerged to rise above the fray and be the messianic redeemer.

Would the speech had been the same if that sick pup had been a charter member of the Tea Party, had donated to Palin and had been an unpaid volunteer for the NRA? Would the speech had been the same if the blood libel* had not been strenuously refudiated by the Right and rejected by the populous generally? The speech was the right thing to say by a shrewd reptilian politician given the facts on the ground. So, I’ll congratulate Obama for being a shrewd reptilian politician. No more.

*metaphorically speaking, of course.

tommylotto on January 13, 2011 at 12:02 PM

This says it quite well for me.

Buy Danish on January 13, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Unbelievable. The ugly part was pure agenda driven politics with a little alternative religiosity thrown in. That is a slap at the faith of the deceased. sickening

Geochelone on January 13, 2011 at 12:02 PM

It may very well have been his finest moment – maybe this is the “OKC moment” the MSM was so desperately waiting for – but compare this moment to Bush’s speech at VT or 9/11…..or compare the atmosphere between this and Bush’s visit to Ft. Hood.

That’s it in a nutshell to me – Obama’s finest moment still leaves a bitter taste in many Americans mouths. Concessions….Tshirts……whoopin and hollerin…We Love You Obama!….THIS is HIS finest moment.

How anyone can defend this display is beyond me. It’s simply pathetic.

quiz1 on January 13, 2011 at 12:04 PM

The best thing about the evening, even better than Obama’s speech, was the news he delivered that Rep. Giffords today opened her eyes on her own for the first time since she was shot.

The best part of the evening was the telling of a lie, by the president, to the nation.

May heaven help us.

Inanemergencydial on January 13, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Just give Barry a golf clap and be done with it. It’s really not worth more than the obligatory “good job” that athletes exchange after a game.

Christien on January 13, 2011 at 12:07 PM

It is posts like this why we never win. Yeah, let’s throw the praise on Obama. Wonderful speech. Super. Awesome. Lincolnesque. I’m sold, OBAMA IN 2012!! Can I order my bumper sticker directly from HotAir?

angryed on January 13, 2011 at 12:08 PM

And finally, can someone please explain to me what it means to “expand our moral imagination?”

PrincipleStand on January 13, 2011 at 11:47 AM

It means to “think better of Obama”.

Apparently it worked with Ed and Allahpundit.

Suckered by the master tapdancer-in-chief himself.

Playing Good Cop to the Dem’s media machine Bad Cop.

profitsbeard on January 13, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Oh and I’ll bet anyone here a $100 dollars that the theme for Obamas re-election campaign is going to be “Together We Thrive”.

CCRWM on January 13, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Yes, this is but another call for the collective.

onlineanalyst on January 13, 2011 at 12:09 PM

After the vitriol that has been simmering and boiling all this week, we were treated to a circus of a memorial service complete with cheers and clapping by a crowd that acted like they had a keg and hotdogs out in the parking lot. Oh wait, there was a concession stand for that…wonder if beer was being sold?

Somehow I didn’t feel anybetter, and then I come here to HA, and find Ed and Allah falling all over themselves praising Obaka for his “measured” sobriety…I have felt violated all week, and then first FOX, and now HA are making me feel the same thing all over again.

I am truly disgusted, and sickened…

lovingmyUSA on January 13, 2011 at 12:00 PM

I know what you mean. FUBAR’d and bassackwards.

It must be opposite day.

Geochelone on January 13, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Oh and I’ll bet anyone here a $100 dollars that the theme for Obamas re-election campaign is going to be “Together We Thrive”.

CCRWM on January 13, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Absolutely. And it will be built around an instant communication system called TWeeT.

Yoop on January 13, 2011 at 12:11 PM

These people are pathetic.
tree hugging sister on January 13, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Thanks. Here’s another good piece which helps explain why these people behave like they do, how deeply cultural the divide is, how convinced they are that we are dark forces.

If I have time today I’m going to write something for my defunct blog about how some religious leaders reacted, blaming the immigration debate. It’s quite atrocious.

Buy Danish on January 13, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Limbaugh is on a roll already…”Holder and Big Sis reading from the Bible”…

Del Dolemonte on January 13, 2011 at 12:11 PM

And finally, can someone please explain to me what it means to “expand our moral imagination?”

PrincipleStand on January 13, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Its like conscious dreaming.

Geochelone on January 13, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Oopsie.Looks not evryone is buying the spin.
http://radioequalizer.blogspot.com/2011/01/caller-confronts-sharpton-show-over.html

katy the mean old lady on January 13, 2011 at 12:13 PM

And finally, can someone please explain to me what it means to “expand our moral imagination?”

PrincipleStand on January 13, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Don’t stand for anything.

Inanemergencydial on January 13, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Its like conscious dreaming.

Geochelone on January 13, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Exactly what I was thinking! Obama pandering to the insane! lol

csdeven on January 13, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Unbelievable. The ugly part was pure agenda driven politics with a little alternative religiosity thrown in. That is a slap at the faith of the deceased. sickening
Geochelone on January 13, 2011 at 12:02 PM

Sorry – meant to include you in my response to T.H.S…

Buy Danish on January 13, 2011 at 12:15 PM

I too think that the water at HA headquarters needs to be tested for evidence of estrogen poisoning.

Jackass-ism of the day works for me.

slickwillie2001 on January 13, 2011 at 12:16 PM

Gotta give Ed props, however, for the backhanded “presidentism”–nicely shows this is a very rare occurrence for this president.

Christien on January 13, 2011 at 12:17 PM

The problem is, I’ve grown so sick of hearing him speak that I no longer bother listening to him…and any event such as this will go without the chance to sway me.

James on January 13, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Gotta agree with El Rushbo here: The poll results dictated what Øbama said. Polls showed that politicizing the shootings was not selling with the public and they were losing that battle. So Øbama had to take the other route as ‘the healer’.

petefrt on January 13, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Gotta give Ed props, however, for the backhanded “presidentism”–nicely shows this is a very rare occurrence for this president.

Christien on January 13, 2011 at 12:17 PM

So, after 4 days of the MSM/Dem “destroy the opposition and demonize Palin” machine at work, Obama says three words ‘against’ it in a boilerplate speech at a pep rally for his 2012 cmapaign, and gets HA hosannas?

Loopy.

profitsbeard on January 13, 2011 at 12:20 PM

petefrt on January 13, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Where did you get that picture of Beelzebub?

Inanemergencydial on January 13, 2011 at 12:22 PM

And finally, can someone please explain to me what it means to “expand our moral imagination?”

PrincipleStand on January 13, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Conservatives accepting abortion?

John Kerry not paying sales tax on a multi-million dollar yacht is ok? After all, he is a Senator, a billioniare, and a Democrat.

Chavez is correct about connecting Bush and sulphur?

Or that we’re all to blame for Loughner? Hell, he’s a hero for forcing us to confront our wicked ways.

BobMbx on January 13, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Limbaugh is on a roll already…”Holder and Big Sis reading from the Bible”…

Del Dolemonte on January 13, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Yes, best review of last night’s “memorial” so far. By far.

petefrt on January 13, 2011 at 12:24 PM

profitsbeard on January 13, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Who knows? Maybe posting something like this is win-win: a gracious gesture over a memorial speech, plus get your readers all riled up and posting. Again, who knows…

Christien on January 13, 2011 at 12:25 PM

let us use this occasion to expand our moral imaginations,
My moral imagination is fine just as it is!

huckleberryfriend on January 13, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Exactly! Do I believe in killing babies in the womb? Nope!

Do I believe we should rob from those who work to give to those who won’t? Nope!

Do I believe in rabid spending, and passing off the debt burden to others? Nope!

Do I believe in blaming others, for the actions of one? Nope!

Practice what you preach, Obama!

capejasmine on January 13, 2011 at 12:25 PM

I must be a right wing wacko. I agree with Rush on this speech thing.

Rush is talking about the Medicine Man warm up band at the Pep Rally Memorial. The speech was interrupted by applause (53 times?) at a memorial for the deceased. Clear Political overtones.

Thats why Rush gets the big bucks. He sees thru the mist that obscures RINO vision.

Geochelone on January 13, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Sorry, Allah,

The first discrepancies start to emerge.

Obama lied about Gabrielle Giffords opening her eyes. Check out Gateway Pundit.

Pure politics,

The so-called memorial was an absolute disgrace.

hachiban on January 13, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Just got into the radiation suit and went over to see what the Kos Kids had to say.

First thing I noticed was that there were 26,000 people at the “memorial service”. Has there ever been a memorial service with that many in attendance?

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/1/12/935900/-President-Obama-at-Tucson-memorial-service

I haven’t waded thru all of the comments, but they are predictable.

Some took issue with the “Pep Rally” atmosphere, but were immediately shouted down. One even tried to justify it by comparing it to Mary Richards at the funeral for Chuckles the Clown.

Del Dolemonte on January 13, 2011 at 12:28 PM

let us use this occasion to expand our moral imaginations,
My moral imagination is fine just as it is!

huckleberryfriend on January 13, 2011 at 11:58 AM

______________________________________________________

Practice what you preach, Obama!

capejasmine on January 13, 2011 at 12:25 PM

He’s too busy expanding his vacation schedule.

profitsbeard on January 13, 2011 at 12:28 PM

It could have been the highest point, had his advance team not turned it into a campaign event. Who sells t-shirts for a memorial service? Did they have an applause sign? It sure sounded like it was all about the president, not the people he was there to pay respects to.

I didn’t see it live, but I caught the wrap up on Fox News and tuned in for the rebroadcast. But hearing the crowd go wild when the big O entered, I couldn’t watch. They should have had six coffins in front of the podium to make people remember what this was all about. The way the event was staged, showed true Obamateurism, as least on the part of his staff.

flataffect on January 13, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Del Dolemonte on January 13, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Agree also that The Medicine Man set the campaign rally tone, along with the T-shirts and bumper stickers. It was structured as a rally, not a memorial, and Øbama‘s speech just didn’t fit in.

Maybe there were some last minute changes in his speech? Maybe it was changed after the polls showed that 3-4 days of Palin bashing wasn’t selling well?

petefrt on January 13, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Where has everybody been since 2007? Do you think one decent speech means Chief Walking Eagle has suddenly changed to match your hopes? Puh-leeze.

After he and his administration behave with integrity, civility, decorum, tact, or even basic decency for longer than a couple of days in a row, get back to me. So far he’s led nobody but a bunch of lemmings, and that’s been swiftly toward the cliff.

Dude. Is. A. Snake.

OhioCoastie on January 13, 2011 at 12:32 PM

How anyone can defend this display is beyond me. It’s simply pathetic.

quiz1 on January 13, 2011 at 12:04 PM

Clearly Morrissey and AP (no surprise) defend it. They don’t mind that it was a sickening circus as long as the right words were spoken.

Extrafishy on January 13, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Pure political theatre staged by the Obama administration.
Actions have more meaning than words.
The words were fine, the actions were disgusting.

Rick9911 on January 13, 2011 at 10:25 AM

That sums it up.

INC on January 13, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Ya know just bc a broken clock is right twice a day isn’t a reason to pat it on the back. Obama is reaping the benefits of having his hitmen (violent imagery alert) do his dirty work for him.

Poor Ed is just lapping it up like a hungry stray dog.

phadedjaded on January 13, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Where did you get that picture of Beelzebub?

Inanemergencydial on January 13, 2011 at 12:22 PM

It appeared one morning on my breakfast toast.

petefrt on January 13, 2011 at 12:36 PM

And finally, can someone please explain to me what it means to “expand our moral imagination?”

PrincipleStand on January 13, 2011 at 11:47 AM

These old-fashiond morals aren’t working for us. We need new ones more in accordance with our own preferences.

And we’ll be sure to let you know what they are when we think them up, so you can toe the line.

/Obama gang

Missy on January 13, 2011 at 12:36 PM

“Brown Relief”: NPR Latino Glad Assassin Was A “Gringo”

Whew!! Sure glad is wasn’t an illegal alien that shot all those people. ” I couldn’t even watch the rest of the news report, until I found out it was a Gringo.”

Nearly Nobody on January 13, 2011 at 12:36 PM

Maybe there were some last minute changes in his speech? Maybe it was changed after the polls showed that 3-4 days of Palin bashing wasn’t selling well?

petefrt on January 13, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Duh Won turned his pit yorkies loose for a few days, then puts a leash on them and plays savior. How sad that those who should well know better fall for that crap.

Extrafishy on January 13, 2011 at 12:37 PM

Last night I looked up the Fort Hood shooting. It took place on a Thursday.

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.

This time, however, he let the Left and the pundits howl for days and accuse Sarah Palin, etc., who had absolutely nothing to do with the AZ shootings.

INC on January 13, 2011 at 12:37 PM

Clearly Morrissey and AP (no surprise) defend it. They don’t mind that it was a sickening circus as long as the right words were spoken.

Extrafishy on January 13, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Others upthread have already said this more eloquently, but the speech as written and the speech as delivered are two different things.

Don’t just go by the text. Everyone should be sure to watch the speech as delivered and note the applause lines, the pausing for said applause lines, the chin in the air, and above all the rabid cheering, which Obama did not lift a finger to quell though he could have done so at any time.

An embarrassing disgrace regardless of what was scrolling by on the teleprompter.

Missy on January 13, 2011 at 12:38 PM

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