Even before the first words were spoken at this evening's memorial service for the victims of Saturday's massacre in Tucson, the atmosphere turned overtly political.
White House operatives passed out t-shirts to the crowd with Obama's new campaign logo, 'Together We Thrive.' The words were also taped to the seats in which mourners would sit during the service.
WireUpdate reported the following:
During Wednesday night’s memorial service of the fallen and wounded in the Arizona shooting tragedy attendees received a free t-shirt with a “Together We Thrive” logo emblazon on the front. Many conservatives were outraged that the President and university organizers politicized the event.
Conservative writer Michelle Malkin wrote, “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 a sea of blue as the White House unveils the “Together We Thrive” logo and slogan. Yes, the Tucson massacre is being branded.”
Televised records of the event depict a cheering crowd, not mournful spectators paying homage to the dead. An Indian invocation was offered at the beginning of the event, followed by cheers from a crowd that reacted more like the audience at a rock concert than a memorial service.
There were no Christian clergy present on the platform.
(Alan note: Perhaps because she is Jewish? But were there NO Christians among THOSE KILLED? Obama's pro-Islamic, anti-Christian bias showing?).
In conservative columnist Michelle Malkin's live-blog of the event, she refers to the gathering as a 'pep rally.'
Malkin also reports that buses from the University of Arizona at Tuscon flashed the Obama campaign theme prior to the event.
When Obama entered the arena, the crowd wildly cheered and applauded as if they were doped pot heads at a Doobie Brothers concert.
Hoots and shouts and cheers were heard each time a Leftwing speaker took the podium, such as Janet Napolitano and Eric Holder.
Obama enters stadium to wild applause. Opening music: Copeland’s Fanfare for the Common Man.
Native American gives rambling speech while holding a feather. His remarks are frequently interrupted by whoops and cheers. He gives a shout-out to his son serving in Afghanistan. Brags about his ethnic Mexican background. Babbles about two-legged and four-legged creatures and the feminine energy that comes from Mother Earth.
More whoops and hollers for the National Anthem singer.
More whoops and hollers for the University of Arizona president.
8:28pm Eastern: Intern Daniel Hernandez, who was by Rep. Giffords’ side on Saturday and acted courageously to stanch the bleeding from her head wound, gives an excellent speech paying tribute to the heroes.
Gov. Brewer takes the stage to polite applause and pays tribute to the victims. The shooting “pierced our sense of well-being.” Arizona’s hope “will not be shredded by one madman’s act of darkness.”
Brewer brings reverence and sobriety to the event, God bless her: We will go forward “in prayer, unbending and unbowed.”
And immediately, the sobriety is broken by massive whoops and hollers for Janet Napolitano.
Disgusting. This was no memorial event but a politicized pep rally similar to that of Paul Wellstone's infamous memorial in Minnesota during which Democrat operatives turned the event into a partisan political propaganda opportunity.
Families of the victims should be thoroughly disgusted.
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