Jan 14, 2011 125 Comments ›› Pat Dollard
FRIDAY UPDATE: I was the first to break this story in Conservative media, on Tuesday, this posts original publication date. Rush has now caught up to me, offering the final proof:
UPDATE, January 13 13:33 Tucson AZ: This post originally went up in the early evening of January 11. In it, in the healdline above, and the commentary below, I revealed that this alleged memorial service was a total sham, a political rally disguised as memorial service. I debuted what was to be the slogan and logo, as you can see. What’s worse, and what I will be writing about in a forthcoming post, is that Obama’s speech was a declaration of war on America, Conservatives in particular, promising a broad push on gun rights, free speech and even an expansion of government health care. The rest was obligatory, phony “mourning”. Because the Conservative intelligentsia don’t how to de-code Obama’s speeches (it’s very basic, really), and because they continuously make the fatal mistake of thinking that he’s ever sincere when saying anything conciliatory, they continuously are sucker-punched by this guy, and find themselves on the defense, and catching up.
Here’s the link to Matt Drudge’s two-days-later catch-up to me. Top left, front page.
Here are a couple of the Drudge Report’s photos from their front page story:
My Original Postings from the 11th and 12th:
Obama’s “Tuscon Tragedy Campaign 2011″ Logo & Slogan:
Step right up, ladies and gentleman, the tragedy campaign tour starts right here…Indians, poetry readings, visual aid gimmick made out of public letters, he’s managed to turn a memorial service into a three-ring circus…a logo and slogan for a memorial service? Really? And “Together We Thrive”? Just another coded political slogan for his upcoming political “tragedy agenda”, having nothing to do with mourning or a tribute to the victims, and worse, clearly, he’s debuting his replacement slogan for “Yes We Can”. Jonathan Alter recently advised Obama to treat this shooting like any other crisis that can be capitalized on for political gain. “Never let a good crisis go to waste”, reminded Alter. Well, I guess Obama took his advice.
What’s up with the Indians? Especially an Indian prayer. There were no American Indians involved in this massacre, and Giffords was Jewish. Oh, wait, 1. Leftists like to think they’re cool by “sympathizing” with Indians and love them as trendy symbols (kinda like Santa Fe-style house decorations) and 2. We owe Indians reparations, according to Obama! Why lose a good chance to trot them out as part of his ongoing “reparations” to everyone who he feels should get them campaign.
“Together We Thrive”. Collectivist economic rhetoric, anyone? Hmmm….collectivist economic rhetoric as a theme for a memorial service. Really?
UPDATE 21:18, Tucson Time:
Here ya go, the “Tragedy Campaign” T-Shirts. Remember the slogan and logo, you will be hearing and seeing them in the months ahead:
“President Obama will speak at a memorial event at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12 to support and remember victims of the mass shooting in Tucson, and to lift the spirits of those who have been personally affected by this tragedy.”
The event, “Together We Thrive: Tucson and America” starts at 6 p.m. at McKale Center (just west of Campbell Avenue, north of E. 6th Street) and is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 4 p.m.
“University of Arizona President Robert Shelton, state and federal officials will also speak at the event. The event will include a Native American blessing, a moment of silence, a poetry reading, and a presentation of a chain featuring messages from the public.”
Attendees should arrive early because a capacity crowd is expected, and there will be increased security due to the President’s presence.
The Washington Post, Obama is seeking right time, tone for speech, By Anne E. Kornblut and Scott Wilson, Washington Post Staff Writers
Tuesday, January 11, 2011; A09
…Obama will travel to Tucson on Wednesday to attend and address a memorial service for the victims of Saturday’s shootings.
The service is set for 8 p.m. Eastern time at the University of Arizona’s basketball arena, the school said. It will include a Native American blessing, a moment of silence, a poetry reading and the presentation of a chain featuring messages from members of the public, the school announced.
Obama is likely to deliver a speech about tolerance, a theme that could also be featured in his State of the Union address on Jan. 25….
It is not clear whether ideology motivated the alleged shooter, Jared Loughner, and Obama’s advisers may conclude it unwise for the president to lecture the nation on mutual respect – which could leave him open to criticism that he is using the tragedy for political gain.
Obama canceled plans to travel to Schenectady, N.Y., on Tuesday to give an economic speech. Few events were on his calendar this week: He met with French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the White House on Monday, and he is set to attend the funeral of U.S. ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke in Washington on Friday.
The president will settle in this week with part of his newly formed West Wing team, as Chief of Staff William Daley and senior adviser David Plouffe take on their new roles.
Daley happened to be at the White House on Saturday when news of the shootings broke. He was whisked into his first Situation Room meeting with the president before his official duties had even begun. His next task may be helping shape the president’s Arizona message.…
Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg School for Communication…
“The challenge for a president is trying to make meaning out of something that’s not easy to understand – something that looks to be a hugely disrupting act,” Jamieson said. “A president is trying to provide a framework for how we are going to understand it.”RI