Hooray: President's pep rally memorial speech for AZ victims a hit

Leave it to Obama and his operatives to turn a tragedy into a campaign stop. Mr. President, I applaud you. Photo: Associated Press

Out of respect for the Arizona victims and their families, I felt it was necessary to wait a few days before putting my thoughts to paper on President Obama’s speech and the pep rally atmosphere that surrounded it.

In my opinion, the President, his advisors, and the cheering fans, who attended what was supposed to have been a solemn memorial to the Arizona shooting victims, viewed the ceremony in political terms. Commentators from the left and the right viewed the ceremony in political terms. They wondered: Would this, could this be President Obama’s defining presidential moment?

It wasn’t President Obama’s defining moment. However it was “a” defining moment. It illustrated, once again, the insincerity and hypocrisy of this Administration and those on the left.

As it turned out, the pep rally memorial wasn’t just about nine year-old Christina Green or Judge John Roll.  It wasn’t just about Gabe Zimmerman. It wasn’t just about Dorwin Stoddard, the 76 year-old hero who gave cover to his wife, Mavenell. It wasn’t just about Dorothy Morris or Phyllis Schneck.

It was also about Obama’s 14,000 cheering fans. And the built-in applause lines and the teleprompter (couldn’t he for once go off script?)

And the free Obama t-shirts on the seats with his new campaign logo, “Together We Thrive” handed out by White House operatives. And the words, “Together We Thrive,” taped to each chair. And the volunteers in their “Together We Thrive” t-shirts.

And it was about President Obama and 2012.

With the monolith of hooting fans, it wouldn’t surprise me that Obama supporters were actually bussed in for the memorial. Were they union employees or members of ACORN used to pepper the crowd to ensure conformity? Would a true mourner looking for healing be happy or appalled to receive the Obama swag at a memorial service?

(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Is this President Obama’s idea of “An Era of New Civility?” Using this memorial as an excuse for a campaign stop? 

I said before that the President’s speech wasn’t the defining moment of his Presidency. In my opinion, President Obama’s defining moment actually came right after the Arizona shooting took place when he did nothing to halt the irresponsible statements of the New York Times’ Paul Krugman, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, the Daily Kos, and other members of the mainstream media who desperately and immediately tried to link Sarah Palin, Fox News, and conservatives in general to a climate of hate responsible for Jared Loughner’s insane acts. The mainstream media’s desire to exploit the tragedy - without facts - was the ultimate act of incivility. 

Just a day after the shooting, it was quickly determined that Loughner was a nutcase with a history of bizarre behavior and run-ins with the police. In fact, Loughner had a history of public death threats that were ignored by Pima County Sheriff Dupnik who, right after the shooting, pointed his bony official finger at the rhetoric of conservatives, giving liberal media outlets all the ammo they needed. 

Now Dupnik needs to take a good hard look at himself if he ever wants to shift blame ever again. However, you wouldn’t know it from the media. Dupnik has since been recommended for sainthood by the left (or something other than sainthood since few on the left believe in them.)

Yet, after the shooting, the President was mute when Keith Olbermann and the Daily Kos committed their acts of blood libel against Sarah Palin – attacks that have led to increased security and death threats against her.

The President was silent when Sheriff Dupnik called out conservatives like Rush Limbaugh as directly responsible for the massacre.

The President was mum when U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) directly linked Sarah Palin and the Tea Party movement to Loughner’s rampage.

The President was hypocritical about all the past instances of G-20 violence, riots at the Republican National Convention by liberal demonstrators, Sarah Palin and Bush burning effigies, actions of the New Black Panther Party, and the left’s history of violence since the 1960s.

The President was and is negligent now as the mainstream media continues to march in the direction of hate and censorship against Fox News, tea party supporters and conservatives in general. In the words of Rahm Emanuel, they have not let this “good crisis go to waste.”

These are all of the President’s defining moments.

In his speech, the President called for civility and said, “For the truth is none of us can know exactly what triggered this vicious attack.” It was untruthful for him to suggest that both right and left were equally to blame like squabbling children and that he was merely standing above it. The campaign of hate and lies was initiated by the left this week and by them alone. Moreover, in his speech’s ambiguity, President Obama left the door open for the media to advance a political end-game that targets his enemies. He should have shut that door. 

And, yes, I just used the word “target.” 

I’m not going to have my words, idioms, or expressions censored by the left because they see, in this crisis, a political opportunity to advance their agenda. That is their shame, not mine.

Will the campaign to use this tragedy to censor speech continue? Yes. Will the campaign to use this massacre be used to undermine conservative voices? Yes. Will it be used to try to undermine the Second Amendment? Yes.

The President’s operatives can cue the applause now. What, no t-shirt?

Conservative satirist and commentator William J. Kelly is also a contributor to Breitbart.com and edits the Tea Party Reports for the Washington Times Communities. He is a native from Chicago’s Southside.

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Conservative commentator, satirist, and radio talk show host William J. Kelly pens the “Kelly Truth Squad” and “The Tea Party Report” for the Washington Times Communities and is a contributor to the American Spectator and Breitbart.com. Kelly is also a producer of Emmy award-winning TV and received an Emmy nomination himself for outstanding achievement on-camera. He was previously the Executive Director of the National Taxpayers United of Illinois, a taxpayer watchdog group. He is a native of Chicago’s South side. For more information, visit www.kellytruthsquad.com.

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