I don’t know if I’m being picky and a biased bitch but shouldn’t a Memorial Service be more along the lines of the readings of the Old and the New Testament like two of the politicians Eric Holder & Janet Napolitano did rather than running political speeches kind of like President Obama did? He did round it off and bring it more back in line like a memorial by the end, citing a beautiful quote of Christina Greene’s of jumping in rain puddles and hoping she is jumping in them in Heaven that was very touching, but I could have done without the clapping and standing ovations that Obama couldn’t help. I think people forgot that he being the President should NOT preclude the solemnness of the whole thing being a memorial service and maybe no clapping and interrupting the speech itself would be more acceptable!
Perhaps if the President himself had interrupted his speech for a minute, and reminded the people where they were and what they were doing in Tucson, they would have realized the inappropriateness of the applause and stopped, but I don’t know what the President was thinking, perhaps he thought the public needed the outlet and the release of their emotions, or maybe he didn’t even think it out that deeply. I don’t know. I just thought it was tacky, and I don’t know if family members of the dead and injured appreciated the almost carnival atmosphere of the gathering. Just saying. What do you think?
(C) Written by Evie Garone 1/2011