Because every memorial service has slogan T-shirts, right?

CAJ note: Appropriate for an SEIU rally, but amazingly tacky at a memorial service. Campaign 2012 is not letting this crisis go to waste. Just ask Sen. Sanders

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Unfair: Actually, I don’t have any evidence the t-shirts were put out by Obama’s people. I suspect they were, but it could have been Brewer’s people. It could also have been Giffords’ family or supporters.

For all I know Obama is just going along with this and might even have objected himself by saying, “T-shirts? Really?”

But while I have no evidence it’s Obama’s fault I’m sure he is just the same.

I learned that from the MFM…

Read the whole thing.

At GatewayPundit: Tucson Memorial Service–“Together We Thrive, Tucson and America” and Obama Refutes His Base and Media: “None of Us Can Know Exactly What Triggered This Vicious Attack…And We Don’t”

Update: The Non-Accusatory Case for Civility

The pep-rally atmosphere was inappropriate and disconcerting, but President Obama turned in a magnificent performance. This was a non-accusatory, genuinely civil, case for civility, in stark contrast to what we’ve read and heard over the last few days. He subtly rebuked the Left’s finger-pointing, and rose above the rancor of both sides, exactly as a president should. Tonight, he re-captured some of the tone of his famous 2004 convention speech. Well done.

Update 2: Others around the web seem to feel the same way we do. That would have been an even better speech, say, four days ago.

From Ace of Spades:

…If, like me, you were just thinking, “Hey, he’s keeping the focus on the victims, that’s good” (and by good I mean awful, because they were real living people, once), brace yourself, he’s about to turn bad.

He doesn’t so much make accusations as continue to pander to deranged leftists who insist that Sarah Palin is an accomplice to murder. But who knows — given that the left is now determined to avenge the shootings via some eliminationist rhetoric and possibly actions of their own, maybe it’s helpful and will save lives.

If he wants to make the left understand I mean you too he has to say so though, because of course otherwise they assume they can do no wrong.

“We cannot use this occasion as one more reason to turn on each other.” Nice thought, but I sure hope that at some point the word goes out I mean the left too.

No… I tried to give him a break, but it’s the heavy implication this was a political attack (why else all the emphasis on disagreeing without being disagreeable?).

Yup, trying to run the Bill Clinton 1995 playbook.

Question: Why did he stage this yet again at a college? I know that’s where he prefers to campaign, but, um, this wasn’t supposed to be a campaign event.

Why was the audience filled with people entirely unconnected to the victims? Was it an accident these people were college students? I.e., Obama fans?

All the audience cheering? What?

Weasel Zippers:

Is This a Memorial Service for Six People Senselessly Gunned Down or a Rock Concert?

I don’t get it, why are people hooting and hollering at a memorial service?

And this went on for the entire event.

Video here.

Update 3: Michelle Malkin:

President Obama used to preach that there was no “Red America” and no “Blue America,” just one America.

But tonight at the memorial for the Tucson massacre victims, it will be a sea of blue as the White House unveils the “Together We Thrive” logo and slogan.

Yes, the Tucson massacre is being branded…

Also on Malkin’s blog, Video flashback: Yes, some college students do know how to act at a massacre memorial. No WOOTS!

At JammieWearingFool, at must-read: Age of Healing Begins: ‘Begging for Civility Out of Teabaggers is Like Trying to Convince a Treeful of Chimpanzees to Stop Masturbating’. We wholeheartedly agree with the commenter there who wrote, “…Barry’s gonna have to rein in his side if he’s serious about ‘civility.’ ”

Because civility, like free speech, is not a one-way street.

Update 4: Weasel Zippers:
Baghdad Bob Defends Dems Turning Memorial For Murder Victims Into a Pep Rally…Via CBS News’ Mark Knoller:

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Which is why Governor Brewer was booed, I guess.

Sorry. Not buying it. If one of our parents had been killed on Saturday, we would have found most of this event disrespectful and undignified.

Update 5: Clarice’s Pieces: Another Memo from Leni Riefenstahl

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