Campaign stop, pep rally, game show, or memorial service for murder victims? Update: photo removed from Flickr

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If White House Was Surprised by Applause at Tucson Pep Rally… Why Did They Ask For It On Jumbotron?

Jim Hoft

On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that they were surprised by the applause at the memorial pep rally on Wednesday for the victims of the Tucson shootings.

I will say that I read the speech several times and thought that there wouldn’t be a lot of applause if any. I think many of us thought that. But I think there was a celebration, again, of the lives of those who had been impacted. Not just at that grocery store but throughout the country. And I think that, if that is part of the healing process, then that’s a good thing.

Oh really?
Then why was it printed on the Jumbotron?

Hat Tip Chad

click on the photo for full-sized image.

H/T @beesnguns

CAJ’s post about the event is here, including Gibbs’s remarks as noted by Mark Knoller of CBS.

Update: Althouse notes the difference between the Tuscon speech and the President’s weekly address this morning, including his cosmetic changes.

“Before We are Democrats or Republicans, We are Americans,” said Obama in his weekly address this morning.

And what’s the first thing you notice — the difference between today and the speech he gave at the memorial? Right. Different color hair. Gray for the memorial, signifying the wise elder, the father figure. Back to dark hair to signify the vigorous young man, ready to forge ahead, solving problems, and restoring his party’s electoral fortunes.

Restoring his party’s electoral fortunes?!! Are you aghast that I would say such a thing when the literal message is “Before We are Democrats or Republicans, We are Americans”? But it’s clear to me that the GOP is on the political upswing, and it’s in the Democratic Party’s interest to proclaim a period of low-key nonpartisanship and take away its opponents’ momentum.

Update 2: Before/after photos of the President at GatewayPundit.

Update 3: Clarice’s Pieces: Another Memo from Leni Riefenstahl

Update 4: Well, the photo has been removed from Flickr, according to Jim Hoft at GatewayPundit. If we receive a similar email, of course we will have to comply. But Hoft has a screenshot of the photo on Flickr. Here’s one of our favorite comments on GatewayPundit so far:

#4 January 16, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Oxycon commented:

Let me guess. She’s probably a big fan of freedom of information, as in the Wikileaks attacks on America and all that “open government on C-SPAN” Obama used to talk about.

But shine a little of that “sunshine” on Obama and it’s time to scrub your website and threaten legal action.

Why does this remind me of that YouTube vid full of death threats on Sarah Palin from Twitter users that was taken down because an Obama follower didn’t like anyone knowing she likes to make death threats?

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