Obama Delights a Raucous Audience with Tonight’s “Memorial” Speech in Tucson

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I tried so hard not to watch Obama’s speech in Arizona tonight, but, as usual, it found me, and I have no choice but to be watching it now. What I am seeing is a presidential campaign speech, a rock concert…anything but a memorial honoring Americans who were savagely murdered by a madman last Saturday.

I won’t call it a memorial address, because from the very moment Obama was introduced, it became a rowdy, raucous campaign event, complete with repeated standing ovations for the pres, Obama’s customary pauses following the perfectly choreographed “applause” and “laugh” lines that pepper his speech, and an audience’s abject disregard for the tragic events that led to this moment. While the audience’s embarrassing behavior is not Obama’s fault, a man of true compassion and emotion would have taken the stage in the midst of the applause and cat calls and whistles and hollers and shouted them down.  I envision such a man thrusting his arms into the air and shouting, “No! That’s not why we’re here! Show some respect! This isn’t about me!” But as we know, it’s always about him.

There is much evocation of “God,” heroism and civility in tonight’s speech, but those applause lines, so fast and furious, whisk us back to that ridiculous State of the Union Address, where the Congress punctuated Obama’s every sentence with this same applause, this same idolatrous slobbering. Obama is now offering synopses of each of the victims whose lives were destroyed last Saturday — apparently, as Obama’s lapdogs in the media and in the government would have us believe, because of those on the right who oppose this president and his policies.

In keeping with that theme, Obama speaks now about keeping the discourse civil. Missing from his current treatise on civility, however, is mention of his own past instructions to his followers: Bring a gun to a knife fight, “get in the faces” of those who oppose us, and “punish” our “enemies.” No, tonight we delight in an Obama speech, where a few touching moments are nestled within strings of generic inspirational phrases, capped by the repeated message that we must “be better” (translated as “agree with me and carry out all that I ask because I know what’s good for you”).

And now the speech, as well as the so-called “memorial,” comes to an end. Obama’s lapdogs will no doubt herald it as the most incredible speech ever given anywhere by anyone at any time in all of human history. He would have impressed me if he had, with details not platitudes, scolded those who have used this tragedy, this atrocity, for their own political purposes: a congressman who has already used the events to raise money for his 2012 reelection campaign, left-wing journalists and elected officials who instantly blamed the right for the deranged shooter’s actions, a sheriff who immediately blamed high-profile individuals on the right rather than acknowledge that he himself failed to take seriously the known threat presented by the alleged perpetrator, left-wing congresspeople who have used the attack to further their own political agendas that include gun control and the silencing of anyone who opposes the left…the list goes on and on. And on.

The pundits are now praising the president’s speech, obviously far more impressed by it than I was. Go ahead and chastise me for my lack of civility, but the time comes when you know too much about a person and the damage he or she has done to your country to trust anything that individual says, even in times of tragedy. My daughter just asked what I would have done if I had been in that audience tonight as a relative of one of the victims. I told her I would have done what I wish the president had done. I would have stood up and shouted down the idiotic applause and shoutouts and whistles and scolded an audience that apparently mistook a memorial for victims of a mass murderer for a Springsteen concert. The president should have taken control of that audience and straightened them out. He didn’t. I wish someone had.

7 Comments

  1. Cate
    Posted January 13, 2011 at 1:09 am | Permalink

    I have been Googling to try and find out what some one yelled out to Obama after everyone sat down after he was giving a standing ovation. What ever it was, it made made Michelle laugh on camera….. very inappropriate for a for a First Lady at a memorial service! The whole thing seemed like a circus!


  2. Catherine Barroll
    Posted January 13, 2011 at 1:51 am | Permalink

    I don’t have a clue who you are other than a wannabe Palin “lite” derivative, but your evaluation of the President’s speech is an embarrassment.His speech was the only demonstration of class that I have seen in this whole sorry mess.His celebration of each of the victims was generous and personal. And yes, I do chastise you for your lack of civility, your snideness, and your ill-disguised bigotry. You are an embarrassment to your country, your sex, and your species. Sad little woman.


  3. ladiesofthehouse
    Posted January 13, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    An embarrassment to your species? A tad dramatic, don’t you think. Oh my word. LOL


  4. DY
    Posted January 13, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    Catherine you are nothing but a race card player. Just because someone opposes the President, does not make them a biggot. While I disagree with her overall perception of the speech, she is entitled to it and for you to call her a biggot just goes to show your lack of class and ability to put race aside to see real issues. Obviously, for you, this President could do no wrong because there is a tint in his skin color. Who is the biggot?


  5. Tom F
    Posted January 13, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    I’m no Obama fan by a long shot, but Catherine nailed it!


  6. David R. Graham
    Posted January 14, 2011 at 3:34 am | Permalink

    Catherine “nailed” what? A human being? A lady? A heart? A mother? Compassion? Love? A feeling, fully accurate, of being violated by a vile personality?

    Betsy expresses my feelings on this occasion better than I could.

    A smug, racist, disease-ridden, anti-American, murderous (abortionist), self-righteous thief and his minders (Michelle and Valerie) stealing a solemn memorial service for a political rally of self-aggrandizement? And this blog owner shall not call it what it is? I am grateful she has!


  7. bloodbrother
    Posted January 19, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

    Catherine Barroll – you started your comment quite appropriately with “I don’t have a clue”. That is correct – you don’t. Read this blog and then come back and with a straight face try to defend your ridiculous “bigotry” accusations. A blogger’s criticism of an administration’s policy has nothing to do with race. Grow up. Not everyone is so clueless to be mesmerized by an occasional dynamic teleprompter speech