Figures. White House Blames Pep Rally On University of Arizona

The White House wants you to believe that they had nothing to do with the planning of the Tucson pep rally this week even though the president, the First Lady and several top members of Congress attended the event.
Of course, that’s utter nonsense.

Every shooting memorial needs a special T-shirt.

Workers place shirts on chairs before a memorial service for the victims of Saturday’s shootings at McKale Memorial Center on the University of Arizona campus Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011. (AP)

The AP reported:

Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said Thursday he and other aides didn’t expect the president’s remarks at the school’s basketball arena to receive as much rousing applause as it did. Gibbs said the crowd’s response, at times cheering and shouting, was understandable.

“I think part of the grieving process is celebrating the lives of those that were lost, and celebrating the miracles of those that survived,” he said.

The university said it did the planning with minimal input from the White House. The school paid for the event, including $60,000 for 20,000 T-shirts bearing the words “Together We Thrive,” which were handed out for free. The money will not come student tuition, fees or tax dollars.

Well before Obama arrived, the atmosphere had become celebratory. People lined up for hours, and when the doors finally opened about two hours before the start, a huge cheer went up and the crowd surged into the arena.

Together we thrive.

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  • Carolina

    What’s with the red shirts aand where did the money come from?

  • Carolina

    What’s with the red shirts and where did the money come from?

  • Charlie

    What’s the lead time for 20,000 T-shirts anyway?

  • donh

    T shirt bill was around $30 each. Very expensive for one color screen print wholesale price . No doubt a loyal democrat print shop that gets no bid orders from public schools with owners uncle on school board budget committee, and lots of slave labor illegal aliens running the shop floor. The $50,000 profit should go to the victims.

  • PaleRyder

    It’s a little hard to believe when you have democrats offering their constituents the opportunity to STILL get one of those flashy tees. That was a political rally to try to attempt to give Obama some or any relevancy. He is about as insignificant as as someone could become. He is merely filling out his last two years of term. This America hating piece of debris is over. He should resign for encouraging people to “bring a gun” to events and should top ashamed to show his pathetic face in public.

  • Maria A

    “I think part of the grieving process is celebrating the lives of those that were lost, and celebrating the miracles of those that survived,” he said.

    Not even Gibbs can be so stupid to believe that! I would bet anything that most of the people in that arena would have stayed home (or at the bar drinking beer) if Obama had not been scheduled to speak. Obama could have stopped the hollering just by saying “Please, this is not the time and place for this”. Many things might have changed but normal Memorials are not conducted this way.

  • Carbon Pootprint

    The “Together We Thrive” came right out of Obama’s OFA (Out to F@#K America) in 2008. Someone posted the link to the 2008 page in a hotair thread yesterday.

  • Karinee

    I thought the pep rally was interesting. Who won the game? Oh it was a memorial? You
    could have fooled me. It seemed to me that the president of the universitiy couldn’t bow
    offen enough to the invited guest.

    Where did the shirts come from, and who paid for them??? We need a full explanation on that

    Wish there had been a real adult present, to remind the planners that this was supposed to be
    a memorial not a campaign event.

  • David_V.

    #3 Charlie nails it. print t-shirts and that many of them that quick. Is it looking like a set-up yet?

  • The All Real Numbers Symbol

    It’s not the fault og the U of AZ students.

    No, no, methinks this be the fault of the elite. PaleRyder has already pointed out Odummer’s ‘bring a gun’ statement.

    HOw much more of this garbage will we be forced to deal with?

  • raybojabo

    “I think part of the grieving process is celebrating the lives of those that were lost, and celebrating the miracles of those that survived,” he said

    BOOO BOO Governor Brewer BOO

  • the struggler

    Wasn’t “Mission Accomplished” planned by the carrier crew? The MSM never noted that.

  • patman

    Did anyone check Ebay to see what they’re asking for these $3.00 shirts?

  • Granny

    Somewhere yesterday I read that UA contracted out the T-shirts & that they cost $60,000. Three days or so, party over a weekend, sound like VERY short lead time to get even an emergency contract through a state university system. Particularly one for a not insignificant chunk of change, for something that is to be given away. Not to mention the whole question of “political donation” from state funds.

  • PhilipJames

    The only thing is that Obama and friends are liars…. guess who had Together We Thrive in 2008??? oops…. Organizing for America…

  • The All Real Numbers Symbol

    patman #13 – LOL! I went o eBay and took a look, but the site couldn’t find any results for ‘together we thrive.’ Maybe in a couple ‘a weeks?

  • Bobbi

    Loughner attended Hugh school whose curriculum was designed by “educator” Michael Klonsky, president if Mai Party if US. His “Small School Workshops” was funded by Ibama/ayers Chicago Annenberg Challenge to the tune of 2 million.
    This us being reported by Aaron Klein World Net Daily.
    I think nuts like Loughner are the tip of a bunch if violent “sleeper cells” designed to derail and distract the country.
    Watch to see more if this to derail the Eepublican Congressional agenda.

  • donh

    Who would want to pocket blood money like that charging $30 for a $3 shirt? Who would want to wear such a blood shirt? It would be like giving your wife a wedding ring set with an african blood diamond.

  • Doober

    Any event where the President of the US will attend is carefully scripted
    and organized with the approval of his people for their purposes as well
    as for security for the President. As usual Obama’s people are lying when they put the blame on the school. Obama’s people could have put a stop to the branding of the memorial with the free T shirts on the seats because it was inappropriate. By saying nothing, Obama’s people are complicit in the campaign rally atmosphere. Obama could have steered the immature college students cheering and hollering into an appropriately somber and respectful mood with a few discreet words and a more appropriate reverent tone.
    Instead he chose to deliver his speech in campaign mode.

    It looks like the Democrat strategy of blaming this tragedy on everything conservative
    has back fired on them. The public isn’t buying it. The Democrats, Obama included have no credibility because they have long practiced the “incivility” they now condemn.
    Americans recognize this con game is all about destroying free speech, political dissent.

    After 3 days I think the Dems recognized the ploy hadn’t worked. Otherwise Obama would not have acknowledged that the deranged killer was responsible for what he did, not Sarah Palin and a host of conservatives that Democrats blamed.

    Even so, they still think they can get some traction with the “civility” thing in order to silence political dissent. Thank God the Republicans have the majority in the house. Other wise the Dems would get away with more legislation aimed at destroying the First and Second Amendment.

  • tarpon

    Isn’t this a problem with the president as continuous campaigner? Our reader isn’t a leader.