Passing out t-shirts and displaying banners emblazoned with the words "Together We Thrive", what was billed as a memorial for the Tucson massacre victims took on the look and feel of a campaign event for Barack Obama. Michelle Malkin calls it a "bizarre pep rally" a "branding of the Tucson massacre" a "sea of white and blue [no red]".
President Obama used to preach that there was no “Red America” and no “Blue America,” just one America.
But tonight at the memorial for the Tucson massacre victims, it will be was a sea of blue as the White House unveils the “Together We Thrive” logo and slogan.
The tone for the evening was set prior to anyone stepping foot on the stage or at the podium. The Democrat political stage managers, as Malkin calls them, set the mood as they approached attendees, passing out t-shirts. T-shirts! Who ever heard of t-shirts being passed out at a memorial service?
Listening to Obama use, and I do mean use, little 9 year-old Christina-Taylor Green's death in the manner he did was simply repulsive. See and watch the speech here.
As to some in the crowd, the shouting and whistling, it sounded like a "hope and change" rally from early 2008, not a time or mourning and remembering those whose lives were cut short or changed forever.
There were 'cheers and whoops' all night, similar to a rock band playing and the drunk crowd whistling and cheering them. Or maybe it was more like a sporting event. I have seen funerals and memorials that were celebrations of life, but this was very strange.
The New York Times offers this: Obama Calls for New Era of Civility in U.S. Politics. Isn't that what he preached during his 2008 campaign? Seems to me civility has gone downhill fast under Obama and his media.
The use of references to God, and Heaven, and the many scriptures quoted from the Holy Bible, coming from so many Democrats, was out of character.
It was all rather odd. Very odd. But the mood set by the Obama front men and organizers seems clear: "Let the campaigning begin!"
Update: Ace of Spades seems to agree with me:
Question: Why did he stage this yet again at a college? I know that's where he prefers to campaign, but, um, this wasn't supposed to be a campaign event.
Why was the audience filled with people entirely unconnected to the victims? Was it an accident these people were college students? I.e., Obama fans?