Tucson event more political rally than memorial service

Joe Newby|The Examiner

Although President Obama said what needed to be said Wednesday night, the memorial service in Tucson had the look and feel of a political campaign event, complete with T-shirts and a special logo.

The memorial for those lost in the Tucson massacre was branded with a special name: Together we Thrive.

Fox News reported the event was attended by nearly 30,000 people.

Those who attended the memorial rally were handed blue and white t-shirts with the “Together we Thrive” logo.  One person tweeted, “is it required wearing to get in?”

The event opened with Copeland’s Fanfare for the Common Man followed by a blessing from Carlos Gonzales, a Native American who rambled about a number of things including his own heritage, connections to various animals and feminine energy coming from the planet.

"Let us use this occasion to expand our moral imaginations," the president said. So what does that mean? Go beyond our inate beliefs. It is an interesting insert to his speech.

The crowd ate it up with wild shouts of joy, and the crowd screamed “we love you” when the President was introduced.

Several politicians spoke at the rally, including Janet Napolitano.  Napolitano was Governor of Arizona prior to being named Secretary of Homeland Security.

The New York Times reported that the crowd booed when Governor Jan Brewer, a Republican, spoke.  So much for the President’s message of unity.

But Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik drew howls of approval from the audience when he was shown on the large screen.

While the President adopted a somber tone with his message, the rally was anything but.

Those expecting to see an solemn event showing respect for the fallen were in for a surprise.

The only thing missing was balloons falling from the ceiling with ticker tape.

The President’s message was good, but the rally itself was too reminiscent of the infamous Paul Wellstone memorial that turned into a Democratic Party campaign rally.

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Editor’s Note, MWFH’s : Speeches giving by presidents are carefully written by their handlers, every word, or phrase is scrutinized, picked apart by many others before it lands on a teleprompter, or a notebook. According to reports, the White House worked on this speech for days, and that part of the speech made me curious. In trying to figure out just what “expanding moral imaginations” means, digging around the net I came across this interesting association: “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” Genesis 6:5 .