I watched Obama’s speech at the memorial service in Tucson. It was reminiscent of the Paul Wellstone memorial service with loud applause, cheering and whistling. It was more rally than memorial service.
What was supposed to be a tribute to fallen innocents became a campaign speech. There was all this rhetoric by the media how Obama would begin to heal America in this speech. Huh? Why should this tragedy be any different than the killings at Fort Hood or the shootings at schools in the past few months? The reason: not the right opportunity!
This, however, is the opportunity that Democratic pundits said he needed to jumpstart his campaign and connect with the American people. He’s using this tragedy like Bill Clinton used the Oklahoma bombing.
Does he really think that one good speech will bring him back to the embrace of the American people? Are we just going to forgive and forget with one flowery speech?
Maybe the people there are so overcome with grief that they are reaching out for any comfort they can get. But knowing the way the Dems operate, they probably stacked the audience with Democrats and Obama supporters. I wouldn’t put it past them.
As Rahm Emmanual said:” Never let a good crisis go to waste.” Well, they got their crisis. And, true to form, they aren’t wasting a minute of it.