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    Obama’s Tucson Speech, In Other Words

    Obama’s Tucson Speech, In Other Words

    I thought Obama’s speech at the memorial for the Tucson shooting victims was a good speech, better in writing than in delivery, which is unusual for him.

    The pep rally atmosphere was strange, but I learned long ago that people grieve in their own ways.  And one cannot blame Obama for unsolicited cheers and shouts from the audience.

    Some key passages seemed to be a rebuke to the fingerpointing and accusations that right-wing political speech — and Sarah Palin — caused the shooting.

    A key passage in the speech was as follows (emphasis mine):

    “The loss of these wonderful people should make every one of us strive to be better in our private lives – to be better friends and neighbors, co-workers and parents. And if, as has been discussed in recent days, their deaths help usher in more civility in our public discourse, let’s remember that it is not because a simple lack of civility caused this tragedy, but rather because only a more civil and honest public discourse can help us face up to our challenges as a nation, in a way that would make them proud.”

    In other (my) words:

    “Matthew Yglesias, Markos Moulitsas and Paul Krugman should be ashamed of themselves.”

    Obama kept the focus on the dead and injured, as I wish everyone had in the hours and days after the shooting.  Good for him on this.

    Update:  I probably should have included Sheriff Dupnik in the quote.  That’s what happens when you rush a post.

    A lot of people on Twitter are saying it was cynical for Obama to wait several days to make this point about the fingerpointing, since by now a lot of the damage has been done.  That’s a fair point; my review is of the speech, not the overall political situation.

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    Unfortunately nothing has changed and the left will continue on with their "game". This is only their temporary pacification and Obama's words were their "treats". Expect the left to get worse in the days and weeks to come.

    I guess it was the purpose-designed logo at the funeral (complete with giveaway Tshirts) supplied by the White House that took some of bloom off the rose for me.

    The coordination with Pelosi as described on her web page was a nice touch though.

    “Tonight the University of Arizona community joins with Tucson, the state of Arizona, and indeed the entire nation to acknowledge together Saturday’s tragedy. Appropriately, this remembrance is called ‘Together we thrive: Tucson and America.’ ‘Together we thrive: Tucson and America’ will be an opportunity to grieve, and it will be a demonstration of our strength, a strength in community—a strength in community that was demonstrated last Saturday, a strength in community there that is ongoing."

    One of the things that I really like seeing was the real emotion from Michelle Obama. There was real joy in her face when he mentioned the congresswoman opened her eyes.

    I thought the pep rally feel to it was odd, but as you said that cannot be blamed on him. I too picked up on it seemed to make him a tad uncomfortable. I am not going to tell someone else how to grieve, it isn't my place.

    I am not surprised by him giving a good speech, it is one of the things that he excels at, especially in front of a college crowd. The people there seemed to find to be a good evening, that is really all that matters.

    But the chances of this being the end of the Palin bashing, I am not waging any money on that.

    Agree. Good speech. Unusual delivery. Essentially, the same message as Palin.

    Wondering which will be remembered?

    Only when he saw that the "wind is blowing with Vichy" did he announce "I will go" to Tucson. Why did he go there? What business does the President have there? He went only to put his back to the wind he suddenly noticed was blowing in his face. Did he lead the nation in mourning as Lincoln or Golda Meir did? Full disclosure, I did not listen to him speak, but did watch with the sound muted, and saw, once again, (surprise, surprise) the pantomime showman with the bobble head and raised chin, P.T. Bama. Maybe at his Curly Howard-Duce chin raise, the teleprompter reads, "Look empathic", and he's looking out over the audience looking for M. Pathic. But the initiative is elsewhere, and whether aware of it or not, he does not have it, and will not regain it, even if he drives over the synecdoche of Krugman several more times.

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