Some reports have said the Obama administration was behind the t-shirts. I couldn’t find anything to indicate that, but I don’t know why we should worry about knowing anything for sure. Obama for America probably passed them out. Just makes sense. Fits my conclusions. Update: Well here we go. Straight out of Obama’s Organizing for America in 2008.
One thing for sure – there they are on the back of each and every chair. I absolutely cannot believe that this event was not orchestrated by the Obama administration. There is no way they were not in contact with this university president on every detail.
I can’t wait for the continuing conversation about civility. I just hope those who have been so uncivil, i. e. the liberals and the liberal media, pay close attention. Since all these accusations against Sarah started, death threats have increased to a record proportion. I hope nothing happens to her. Where is the FBI to investigate these threats?
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The music was a strange choice for what should have been a somber occasion. The music is one thing that makes me think the Obama people or maybe even Obama himself were managing the plans. I do know it was deemed very important for him and his administration, and he was hoping it would be his Oklahoma City Moment. But that music was as Obama as it gets. That particular song, Fanfare to the Common Man, was played at his inauguration, and something that sounded much like that was used after his acceptance speech. See: https://bellalu0.wordpress.com/2008/11/06/what-was-that-music-at-the-end-of-obamas-acceptance-speech/
I think it’s a weird choice for a memorial service, but in reality this was not a memorial service in the classic sense. The deceased were almost in the background, and maybe that’s the way they wanted it.
A bizarre moment was when Obama mentioned Ms. Giffords seeing for the first time. It seemed as though he was practically saying: I walked in the room and restored her sight. And he liked the reaction he got so much (thunderous applause) at that point that he went back over it four times. That may or may not mean anything but it kind of fits into his messiah self-image.
Now for some tidbits on the composer, Aaron Copland.
Deciding not to follow the example of his father, a solid Democrat, Copland never enrolled as a member of any political party, but he espoused a general progressive view and had strong ties with numerous colleagues and friends in the Popular Front, including Odets. Copland supported the Communist Party USA ticket during the 1936 presidential election,In keeping with these attitudes, Copland was a strong supporter of the Presidential candidacy of Henry A. Wallace on the Progressive Party ticket. As a result, he was later investigated by the FBI during the Red scare of the 1950s and found himself blacklisted. Copland was included on an FBI list of 151 artists thought to have Communist associations.
He began to vote Democratic, first for Stevenson and then for Kennedy. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron_Copland
Regardless of the composer’s political leanings, I just think it was an unusual choice of songs. It was, all told, the strangest memorial service I have seen. No prayer. No minister of the gospel. No rabbi. I don’t know what the religion of the dead were. I do know Ms. Giffords was Jewish. And it appears nine-year-old Christina Green was Catholic as was Judge John Roll, so where was the priest? Phyllis Schneck was Presbyterian and Dorwan Stoddard, Calvery Chapel (described as a Bible based church), There was this atmosphere of a political rally. T-shirts passed out.
So, yes, I think the white house planned the ceremony top to bottom. It was a partisan affair. And even though Governor Brewer was there, I think she was booed. Wonder how she felt there with Barack Obama and Eric Holder who are now SUING her. Never mind that Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords urged them publicly not to do that.
Think about it. You had Barack Obama, Janet Napolitano, and Eric Holder running the show. That is not very comforting.
Posted: 01.13.11 Updated: 01.14.11 @ 12:22 p.m.