OBAMA TURNS TUSCON MEMORIAL SERVICE INTO A CAMPAIGN RALLY
Call me insensitive or whatever you wish but a Memorial Service is a time for somber reflection on the lives of those who are being memorialized and a time for families of those lost to find closure and share their grief with others in their community and our Nation who are also grieving at a time of National tragedy. The, "service," at the University of Arizona was not even close.
Before the service even began White House operatives created a political rally air as T Shirts with Obama's new campaign slogan, "Together We Thrive," were placed on the backs of every chair in the arena as seen here:
As the service began the crowd cheered as if in the midst of a campaign rally when Obama and Michelle entered the arena which in itself seemed quite odd to me but I had not envisioned this supposed Memorial Service turning into an actual campaign style rally complete with whoops and cat calls and Obama leading a cheer rally during his speech at several intervals.
The only person who used the proper memorial tone and sought a somber feel to their speech was Arizona Governor Jan Brewer who remembered each victim and consoled the families of both those who died and those whose family members were wounded during the murderous rampage.
The ONLY time I thought a moment of applause was appropriate was when Obama mentioned in his speech that Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords opened her eyes for the first time since her brain surgery which is a cause for celebration. But otherwise the somber tone which should accompany such an event for the sake of the families and others that are grieving, especially only a few days removed from the shooting was never expressed during Obama's speech or his constant moves to lead the crowd in cheers.
I took a moment later in the evening to view CNN coverage of the event on Anderson Cooper's show, which I view once in awhile momentarily to get the lefts perspective of any news worthy story. Anderson was interviewing a family who was at the rally and whose mother/wife was shot twice by Loughner. Cooper asked the mother what she thought of Obama's speech and she hesitated as if not knowing how to answer and then stated she was too overwhelmed by the presence of the lady who took the magazine which prevented the shooter from reloading. She obviously was put on the spot by Cooper and sought a gracious way out of telling how she really felt.
Later in his show Cooper interviewed Nancy Pelosi by phone who claimed to be in the room with Giffords when she opened her eyes. Pelosi actually stated that the visit of the Obama's, who had just moments before left her hospital room, attributed to inspiring Giffords to opening her eyes. Gove me a break! Inspired Gifords to open her eyes?!?!? During the memorial service cameras several times especially when Obama mentioned Giffords opening her eyes, captured Giffords husband who was sitting next to Michelle Obama. He had the look on his face of a man confused and holding back irritation over the rally style which had taken over what should have been a somber occasion.
I was reminded of another Memorial service during a time of National tragedy and offer to each of you the following video of President Reagan who understood, unlike Obama, that memorializing victims of a tragedy is not a time to be a cheer leader. After the tragic loss of the Space Shuttle Challenger President Reagan spoke at the National Memorial service, here is an excerpt:
A real President who understood that his duty was to unite Americans in a time of grief and not lead them in cheers for the fallen. Even the new Speaker of the House John Boehner understood that when memorializing during a National tragedy it is a time of somber reflection and not a time to be a cheer leader as the House took time to remember the fallen and reflect on their colleague.
As President it was Obama's responsibility to lead a service of healing with a somber mood and an opportunity to not only reflect on those lost but to offer the families and the Nation a collective time to mourn and grieve to begin the long process of healing after such a tragedy. Obama failed on all counts in doing this most sacred duty of a President. His campaign style speech and cheer leading were uncalled for and in extremely poor taste during a Memorial for innocent Americans murdered by a crazed killer.