Obama Tuscon Speech: A Memorial or a Pep Rally?


Obama’s speech last night for the Tuscon Memorial was certainly inspiring. It was full of hope, strength, and unity. If you missed it, you can read the full text of his speech here.

But, was it appropriate for a memorial?

All I could do when I heard the thunderous applause for President Obama and the wild cheers especially was to put myself in the shoes of a parent who lost a child. If that was a memorial service for my child, I can’t imagine feeling like the “woo”s from the audience were appropriate.

It left a bad taste in my mouth.

Perhaps there should have been two different events: one, a memorial, focusing just on the victims, and two, a press conference, where we could hear the message of hope and have all the cheering.

What did you think about the speech and the crowd’s reaction to it?