In the photo screen-grab below, Barack Obama is giving his speech at the memorial for the Tucson shooting victims, and you clearly see the Jumbotron prompting the audience to applaud. Or…
The [applause] text could have been for the benefit of the deaf – not telling them to applaud, but telling them the audience was applauding. I don’t know. I believe this administration is about as crass and opportunistic as they can get away with. Perhaps the wildly cheering audience was not told to applaud, and were simply Obamophiles thronging in to hear their hero, or…the [applause] sign was actually prompting applause. A short visit around the InterTubes shows many, many came just to hear their idol speak, not to memorialize. One example:
Tucson High School juniors Kiersten Jund and Melanie Hanson, both 17, had a pizza delivered to them in line. They skipped school and had been waiting in line since 10:15 a.m. for a chance to hear Obama speak.
“We’re probably going to learn more here than in school,” Jund said.
“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Hanson said.
If you were there, and know what the Jumbotron was up to, let me know.
Andy Martin points out that Obama’s speech included coming to “kneel to pray,” but there was no kneeling and there was no praying. Martin also says not one local clergyman, not a Rabbi, not a Priest – not one was present. Assuming he does not mean, none were a part of the program – that, in fact, none were present, that is astonishing. If you know of any member of the clergy being present, simply there to be in the presence of mourners, please let me know.
About those blue ‘Together We Thrive’ t-shirts: Remember the earliest report with photo saying the blue t-shirts were for volunteers, alluding that the many, many t-shirts were there for the many, many volunteers. Not so. Volunteers wore red ‘Together We Thrive’ t-shirts. See that photo here. The blue t-shirts were for the loud, brash and disrespectful Obama minions, led by their University of Arizona president, Robert N. Shelton. The t-shirts cost $60,000 and were paid for by the university, no doubt meaning taxpayers.