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?

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • Granny

    Here is the story about the Tee-shirts:

    Many Americans were startled to see University of Arizona students distributing t-shirts at the memorial service in Tucson yesterday. On the front of the shirts, “Together We Thrive” was printed, along with a trendy logo.

    University spokeswoman Jennifer Fitzenberger told “it was our idea to do the t-shirts.” She said distributing merchandise at a memorial was appropriate and rejected the charge that the University over-commercialized the service. “Our intention was to have something to remember after the event…something that symbolizes our community’s spirit…which would live on.” When asked if the University had worked with the White House or any partisan groups on any level regarding the t-shirts she said “no.”

    Fitzenberger insisted the University made no money from the “Together We Thrive” t-shirts and they weren’t for sale. “We took the idea to University of Arizona BookStores and they contracted it out with a vendor.” Reports put the cost of the t-shirts at $60,000. spoke to representatives at University of Arizona BookStores who revealed the vendor they used….”Youth Monument,” a Los Angeles-based company specializing in “the hottest” college brands. “I don’t feel comfortable commenting on the story,” said Nick Ventura when contacted by Ventura called himself “a partner” at Youth Monument. When asked if the University of Arizona was a regular client and if there was any contact with the White House or any political group he responded “no comment.”

    There seem to be at least a half-dozen businesses in Tucson, Arizona that produce custom Tee-shirts, at least one of which offers wholesale prices and bulk discounts. Sound fishy yet?

  • squeaky

    “Wasn’t “Mission Accomplished” planned by the carrier crew? The MSM never noted that” conveniently leaving out the point that the ship and her crew were on duty longer than the norm [extended at sea] having been called to service the rescue after the tsunami. it was an event for them. now with the tucson event, were there any earlier memorials – i heard some one comment that there had been one earlier in the day and that this event was a dem sponsored. prime time and all – hmmmmm? sort of like a wolf in sheeps clothing.

  • Militant Conservative

    Arch, military battle rifles are all I have bought over the last decade.
    I have limited myself to a few very common calibers too. Same goes for handguns and shotguns. Then there is the accumulation of ammo too. I have had a decade and I have plenty.

    While a M1 Garand would be a fun purchase I am in no worry for a new gun. Actually a propane refrigerator is high on my list of items to purchase.

    Powder is dry.

  • retire05

    So we are to believe that the university did the planning although the President of the United States would be in attendance? Yeah, like that happens. The Obama gang is nothing if not expert in event control. So pardon me, Bobby Gibbs, if I ain’t buying your propaganda.

    Laura Ingram nailed it. The POTUS could have ended the celebatory atmosphere by simply raising his hand and saying to the crowd “Please, please.” letting them know this was a “memorial”, not a campaign kick off rally.

    The shooting was on Saturday. The pep rally was on Wednesday. That’s four days, folks. Anytime I have had to order t-shirts for a printing, it took two weeks. Something is very, very fishy about this. The shirts were bought in California. They had to be shipped, as well as printed up. So even if it only took a day to ship (shipped on Tuesday and arriving Wed. morn) they had to be ordered by Sunday. (ordered Sunday, printed up overnight and Monday, shipped on Tuesday for Wednesday arrival) So those shirts had to be ordered the very next day after the shooting. On top of that, the t-shirt company would have had to design the imprint and the silk screening machines would have had to be set up.

    Cost of t-shirt (a cheap one) wholesale? Around $1.98. Cost of printing is usually double that, depending on the quantity. That comes to around 6 bucks a shirt, not $3. And that doesn’t include shipping. How do I know all this? I used to be in the retail t-shirt business (Hanes, Jersee, Fruit of the Loom, and a few other brands).

    The White House should have coordinated with the University for the memorial program. And if it wasn’t a pep rally, why were the concession stands open (as reported in the paper)?

  • cornhusker

    20,000 tee shirts, at least that many “Together We Thrive” printed programs, bus service…etc. This thing cost a heck of alot more than $60,000. In 3 days??? They must of been organizing this since Sunday. Would somebody mind telling me just what the heck they mean by minimal input from the White House? That means they did coordinate in some way, right?


  • Granny

    #24 Retire05 – of course the White House co-ordinated with the University of Arizona. It is ridiculous beyond all belief that they would try to convince us that they did not.

    Even jut the security surrounding his attendance at an event that large would have taken four days – or more. Nobody gets near POTUS without a background check. I’m curious though – anybody hear whether they set up those same scanning machines and pat down procedures at this “memorial” service that they are subjecting us to at airports? It would seem to me that even a wanna-be pretend POTUS is a pretty high value target otherwise.

  • Oldflyerg8r

    Does anyone believe that anything to do with a Presidential appearance is not controlled by the WH? If you buy that, you win the award for “Most Naive of 2011”. The prize is a “Together we thrive” tee shirt.

    Yesterday the WH spokes-shill crowed that the Prez was interrupted 53 times by applause. Wow! Sounds like a post-campaign rally press release. Oh, wait.

  • Gary W

    Could the T-shirts have been printed for another event that was cancelled and sitting in a warehouse somewhere?

  • Granny

    #28 January 14, 2011 at 8:34 am
    Gary W commented:

    Could the T-shirts have been printed for another event that was cancelled and sitting in a warehouse somewhere?

    I would feel pretty safe betting that “Together We Thrive” is the ’12 campaign slogan in the same way that “Yes we can!” was the ’08 and that it had long since been chosen. The one thing I would question about the T-shirts waiting somewhere is the fact that they say Tucson on them. Under normal circumstances, presidential appearances are booked far in advance and they show up in the presidential calendar, which is available online. Normally you would hear something like “Potus will be vacationing __________ ” followed by “due to circumstances, plans have been changed.” We didn’t hear any of that about Tucson. If the T-shirts were waiting, then that would lead credence to any theory that this was not a lone, crazed gunman but a planned assassination.

  • squeaky

    an we’re to believe the crew that planned this…..
    [Finally nominated as the first black candidate for the U.S. presidency, he moved the Democratic Party Convention from the conference hall to an 80,000-seater football stadium for his landmark address. His challenge was to turn his trademark soaring rhetoric into simple ideas to improve the lives of hard-pressed American families. But the Greek pillars of his backdrop prompted ridicule before he stood up to speak]
    Read more:

  • squeaky

    “I would feel pretty safe betting that “Together We Thrive” is the ’12 campaign slogan in the same way that “Yes we can!” was the ’08 and that it had long since been chosen. The one thing I would..” ditto from this corner.

  • retire05

    OK, boys and girls, we are being told the “university” students did this. Check this out from 2008:

    Notice the headline?

    Any questions?

  • Granny

    #30 Squeaky

    1. Those were not Greek pillars. That was clearly an artistic mock-up of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. You might remember that TheWon had conniptions because they would not allow him to speak at the Brandenburg Gate and instead made him speak at a war memorial. The Brandenburg Gate is famous in fairly recent history as the place in which Adolf Hitler held his huge rallies in Berlin. Also as the sole crossing point between Communist Eat Berlin and West Berlin and the place where John F. Kennedy famously said “Ich bin ein Berliner.”

    2. The exterior of that conference hall was surrounded by banners displaying the Red Star of the International Commintern (Communists) during the entire ’08 Democrat Convention. For nearly 100 years that red star has represented communism. It is the symbol worn on the uniforms of the Soviet military & the Chinese military along with the East Germans, etc. In the political context a red star is emblematic of communism. I was stunned that not a single commentator made even a passing reference to that. And I can’t tell you how many hours I spent hunting up a photo of the announcement of the Democrat party’s conversion to communism couldn’t be swept under the rug.

  • Miss Marple

    I am SO glad to see a discussion about this! I have been asking this question on other sites, but this is the first place I have seen a discussion of the time line.

    Ask yourself this: If those t-shirts had been replaced with a screen print of the Bush “Miss me yet?” poster would they have been allowed to be handed out? Of course not. Why not? Because the president’s staff would have nixed them after they got a look at them.

    The White House had to have approved everything on the program, including the fake shaman. They are lying.

    And the White House reporters know this, because they know how tightly controlled presidential appearances are.

  • Granny

    #32 – Retire05

    Let me just copy this for everyone so we don’t have to keep sending traffic their way – dated February 2008

    For too long Americans have been set one against the other, it is a side affect of a free market society. How can profits be maximized, how can I get the work done for the lowest possible costs. This continually sets one group against the other, especially in the blue collar sectors of America. It has become a part of the American Business model, whether it was indentured servants, slaves picking cotton, sharecroppers, the industrious people that built the railroads or todays migrant workers. As long as we remain divided, fighting for the scraps that America has to offer it will be one group against the other.

    What I see in Obama is a chance for a revolution. A chance for every group to participate and be heard; A chance to live the American dream that has been denied to so many. Together we can and will change the world and return America to the shining beacon of Hope and Prosperity that we were and that we can be again. Only when we work together do we accomplish feats that rival any ever accomplished in the history of mankind. Diversity is our strength, that is what this campaign brings us a promise of. For many this is a scary prospect and thought, getting to know someone different from myself. We all want the same basic things for example a safe place to live, health and a quality education for our kids.

    In a previous career, I was the global leader of Diversity for a global fortune 500 corporation, I have studied the affects of diverse groups working together and the results can not be denied. Together we Thrive!!!!!!!!!!!

  • USMC Thomas

    American Idol audience mentality.

  • J

    Laura Ingraham was correct, the first applause, chant, screams of “I love you Obama”, he should have put up his hand and said “please”.
    If he cannot control a room full of “grieving” college students, how can he truly lead our nation?

  • wow

    This was posted on HA… it gives us insight into the origin of the slogan… we’re back to branding and the kickoff of the election campaign.

    But this link is even better…I KNEW it sounded familiar…

    Equality 7-2521 on January 13, 2011 at 10:57 PM

    Look at the date and the fact that it’s from Organizing for America.

    This was all planned way in advance, probably during those 4 days their pals in the press spent crucifying tea partiers and Sarah Palin.

  • wow

    My apologies. I see that Retire has posted the link too.

  • Patti

    It was nothing but a Pep Rally. Exactly right and it was entirely inappropriate.

    It was tacky like all the rest of these little so-called spontanious outbursts.

    Americans are being drawn into weirder and weirder behaviour.

  • retire05

    wow, with this administration, there are no coincidences. Sometimes you just have to remove the pony to see the horsesh*t.

  • Miss Marple

    Patti, people respond to signals they are given. If you hald a “memorial service” in a basketball areana, keep the concession stands open, hand out t-shirts, allow people to bring in food (pizza and barbecue chicken were the two items I saw on an Arizona paper web site), have no dress code (shorts and flip-flops were standard attire), and open not with a priest nor a rabbi but a medicine man, have little to no religious music, and allow the arena Jumbotron camera to show “celebrities” as they enter, you are going to get a pep rally.

    The White House is expert in staging. They got what they wanted, using the university students as their Pavlovian dogs to give the president the accolades he wanted.

  • Granny

    Wish we had a Like button #41 Miss Marple. You nailed it!

  • PJ

    “The money will not come student tuition, fees or tax dollars.”

    Okay, so who paid for it? Soros? The DNC?


  • Patti

    Miss Marple, I second Granny and agree they are expert in staging bad taste and opportunism. I just thought the folks that were hooked into attending behaved in a trashy, disrespectful manner, despite the accolades,and should be ashamed.

    I have never witnessed a more surreal reaction to the deaths of innocents. Who can quess what is next on the horizon.

  • Granny

    #43 January 14, 2011 at 9:59 am
    PJ commented:

    “The money will not come student tuition, fees or tax dollars.”

    Okay, so who paid for it? Soros? The DNC?


    Every single penny owned by, paid to or donated to the University of Arizona is the property of the PEOPLE of Arizona. UA is a public university and as such they are accountable for every single dime they spend.

    If someone other than the university paid for these tee-shirts then that group or individual needs to be publicly named as the purchaser. If the university did indeed itself pay for those tees, then whoever authorized that payment should be fired immediately and investigated for misappropriation of public funds.

  • Sandy

    The families of those who were murdered just days before were in the front row–but sadly the memorial wasn’t about them. It was all about Obama and his need to be front and center. If he wanted decorum all he needed to say to the crowd was this is not the proper way to act at a somber moment like this. But this was the opening of Obama’s billion dollar reelection campaign and the crowd was with him–for him it was a very good night.

  • auntie em

    Obama makes me sick at my stomach.

  • cornhusker

    What is the school going to do with a growing demand for these shirts? People apparently want to buy them! Who gets the proceeds? It’s one thing to offer these shirts for free at the event, but to offer them for sale? Be willing to bet that the school didn’t think about that. They kind of trapped themselves on that one.

    FWIW, shirts can be “pre-printed” and then later art added to them. Would any company have tees in stock in those numbers, art ready to go, screen printers all set up, throw all their other jobs in-house aside, turn these around overnight and ship overnight? That is stretching belief to the limit IMHO.

  • inge

    All those who believed for moment that this charlatan cam to celebrate the life of the dead or otherwise, are duly stupid.
    This was nothing but the start of his re-election campaign! This was ‘Wellstone’ only measured in Obama’s time, nothing else.
    If the pundits like Krauthammer, Lowry etc fall for this, and feel that this was a good speech, God help us!

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  • I commented on this post and others with my own article at my website.

    I spent twenty years breaking down bad guys alibis by using simple steps of logic. Any reporter who wanted to could dig out the real story here without much work.

    1. Who thought of the slogan? Interview them

    2. Where did the funding come from? Interview them

    3. Get records of contacts between WH and college. See when contacts started.

    4. Who thought of using a university in the first place. Why the rally setting?

    5. Talk to Gifford’s husband, who by now should have realized he got used by Obama. Worse, his wife got used. Unless he is a flaming leftie, his conscience is hurting.

    6. Follow the money.

  • Busted! ‘Together We Thrive’ Slogan Used On T-Shirts Handed Out At Memorial Used In Obama’s 2008 Campaign

  • Gini

    t shirts are on sale on e bay $22.90 plus shipping

    This is seriously tacky!


    Lost Pep Rally Commercial

    I think the slogan is the kick off to the new campaign. I hope everyone gets a screen shot, before the scrubbing begins.

  • cornhusker

    Rush is all over this today! We were right. We’ve all been used.

  • Love it Poet.

  • Redwine

    #54 January 14, 2011 at 11:16 am
    Gini commented:

    t shirts are on sale on e bay $22.90 plus shipping


    The price is now $25.95.

    Talk about opportunism.

    The thugs in the WH really know how to recycle their campaign slogans (Organizing for America) and reassign responsibility (U of AZ). Not the last we’ve heard the lie, “Together We Thrive”.

  • John Fembup

    “White House Blames Pep Rally On University of Arizona”

    Well, that would be because the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES does not know how to govern, and instead chooses to hide from his responsibilities.


    January 21, 2013. Independence Day.

  • Henry Hawkins

    Astroturfing a memorial for political gain is about as low as it gets.

  • The obamination can add to his resume of accomplishments, super tee shirt salesman along with America’s best gun salesman. so far thats it

  • Tricky Dick

    Right. Like the secret service and the president don’t have to approve everything at any gathering that the presiident will be attending. Once again simple math proves a point.

    Obama + lips moving = liar

  • USMC Thomas

    It’s the great unwashed lemming striving to be a participant at these “staged historical events.”

  • GGMac

    To archer52… your blog is an outstanding find, and is now on our favorites. I’m really glad to have come across it.

  • Like everything else out of their lying yaps, that is a complete LIE!
    Jim, have you seen this expose from RedState! It’s a real doozie!

    Straight from their own WFA website back in 2008! Almost 3 years ago!
    They’ve been waiting for a 9/11 type tragedy to exploit this. SHAMEFUL!

  • That’s OAF, Organizing for America, barry boy’s website.

  • donabernathy

    I don’t know guys….. If Barry was in charge. I’m pretty sure there would of been cheerleaders shooting Tee shirts into the crowd at halftime. Oh wait…. never mind … Michelle went along… she would of nixed that idea


  • Ariel

    On the evening of January 12, we witnessed a watershed moment in the history of political theater, and theater it was, complete with its own Greek chorus of hooting and hollering college students. Forgetting for the moment that the solemn occasion for this get together was as a memorial service commemorating the death of six innocent people who were ruthlessly and callously slaughtered by a deranged lunatic, and forgetting that thirteen other people were also seriously wounded and are having to also recover from the emotional trauma of being witness to the carnage. Wednesday night, it was time to put on a show, and what a show it was. Indeed, like any good rock show, this performance came with its own slogan and tee-shirt. Part pep rally, part Obama campaign event, throw in a little pagan invocation and a dash of Scripture and voila! you have an officially sanctioned, government approved, non-specific, non-confrontational memorial service! It’s enough to do a secular progressive proud. And if there were a God, I’m sure He would have been proud too!

  • Lee

    Well well. “Together we thrive” comes straight from the Organizing For America website. How about that. And I distinctly remember Hot Air assuring us that the University came up with the T-shirts. The White House told everyone so!

    Yeah, right. I didn’t believe it the first time I heard it. Glad to know that I had it figured out before the professionals.

  • bg


    Together we thrive.

    not exactly a new or personal slogan for a memorial before the burial..

    please listen carefully to the ending of Obama’s speech, then listen to
    this, if you don’t hear an echo, then you too are drinking the kool-aid..

    (re: pr-burial memorial speech.. from approx the 31:00 mark)


  • bg


    re: #70

    lying piece of excrement..


  • cornhusker

    I KNEW IT!!!!

    From the Canadian Free Press article:

    University of Arizona brass did not originate the “Together We Thrive” T-shirt. They merely recycled it for Obama—and recycled it in time for what should have been a dignified Memorial for the dead.

    If you were a mourner who took home a “Together We Thrive” T-shirt have a look at the bottom of your shirt. “Rocking America and Rocking the Vote” is a common theme of the DNC, and it’s right there on your Memorial T-shirt memento.

    Don’t let them get away with this! Spread the news!

  • cornhusker
  • bg


    cornhusker #72

    please provide links, or ask if someone can fetch one for you, like me..

    here you go, but i did it for US.. 🙂

    Theme of “Together We Thrive” T-shirt came
    from Obama’s Organizing for America

    [In the controversy of the pep rally/rock concert style Memorial for those
    who lost their lives in Saturday’s Arizona tragedy, the mainstream media
    reported that the “Together We Thrive: Tucson & America” T-shirt given
    to mourners as they entered McKate Center was the idea of University of
    Arizona brass, not the Obama administration.

    Yet the “Together We Thrive” slogan dates back to a post to Obama’s own
    Organizing for America in a Feb. 11, 2008 post by self-described “globalist”
    John Berry IV.

    More than passing strange that the Obama campaign message of civility was the same on Feb. 11, 2008 as it was in his Wednesday Memorial speech, and the same one, too carried by the mainstream media in coverage of the Memorial.

    “For too long Americans have been set one against the other. It is a side affect of a free market society,” Berry IV posted. “How can profits be maximized, how can I get the work down for the lowest possible costs. This continually sets one group against the other, especially in the blue collar sectors of America. It has become part of the American Business model, whether it was indentured servants, slaves picking cotton, sharecroppers, the industrious people that built the railroads or today’s migrant workers. As long as we remain divided, fighting for the scraps that America has to offer it will be one group against the other.

    “What I see in Obama is a chance for revolution. (Italics CFP’s). A chance for every group to be heard; A chance to live the American dream that has been denied to so many…

    “In a previous career, I was the global leader of Diversity for a global fortune 500 corporation. I have studied the affects of diverse groups working together and the results can not be denied. Together we Thrive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

    University of Arizona brass did not originate the “Together We Thrive”
    T-shirt. They merely recycled it for Obama—and recycled it in time for
    what should have been a dignified Memorial for the dead.]

    thanks again..


  • bg


    LOL, this was not when i started on my post..


  • bg


    re: #75

    not when = not there when

    think i need a new keyboard.. 😉


  • Taqiyyotomist

    Every day after that sad day when this murderer killed six innocent people, I have been further vindicated in my suspicions. Every single day. This one is a doozy.

    A right-of-center Democrat who opposed Pelosi days earlier is shot, a Repub-appointed Judge who was about to strike down two key provisions in Obamacare is killed. The MSM goes into immediate Chorus-mode, all singing in unison that the Rightwingers did it, a month after a prominent Democrat advisor tells us that Obama “needs another OKC bombing, and needs to deftly pin it on the right-wing.” All this takes place right after the Chicago thug Daley is installed in the WH by the Thug-in-Chief.

    And now, this.

    This, each day, smells fishier than the Lynn, MA seashore at low tide.

    What will tomorrow bring?

  • cornhusker

    bg –

    The CFP link is even more specific. It actually found out that at the bottom of the shirt is a tag that reads “Rock the Vote” This absolutely nails the Obama/DNC campaign machine to the wall on this

  • This administration has thrown so many supporters under the bus, the wheels have lost contact with the ground.
    “Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”

  • Ex-ExZonie

    Two libs in my office were exulting Wednesday afternoon that there was a two-mile long line to see Toonces. I guess they’d already done their grieving and were just ready for a good old-fashioned hoot-and-holler campaign rally by that time. Some people recover faster than others, I guess. After all three days is a loooooong time…

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  • A Farce of a Memorial Service

    The Memorial was a pep rally, very disrespectful. I would imagine most of the audience was college children, who are being indoctrinated by libs. This is the MTV generation, the Jersey Shore Generation and obviously they have not been taught how to act at a memorial service. Most of these kids probably have been brainwashed by Obama in his mantra of Hope and Change, unfortunately, not asking what kind of change.

    Civility is code word for censorship. Since the election the Statists have been talking about compromise and getting along, which means do what we want and say. That’s not what the people voted for. The Obamamaniacs claimed it was Obama’s best speech ever. Nevertheless, President Ronald Reagan made a more sincere speech about the Challenger Tragedy.

    The Memorial/Pep Rally was staged. What was up with the tee shirts? I have never been to a Memorial service where they gave out Tee-shirts. The speech and shirts are from a 2008 Obama Blog Organizing for America.What I found peculiar is Janet Napolitano and Eric Holder reading from scripture. Was there no priest available? What was the point of them reading, especially since Holder is suing Arizona regarding border security, under the direction of Barack Hussein Obama.Obama lied about Gabby opening her eyes for the first time. I believe most of the “show” was about OPTICS.They wanted to make this Obama’s moment, instead of memorializing the dead.Rush said it best today when he said Obama put the ME in memorial.

    The Statists objective is to silence the Truth Tellers. The climate of angst and mistrust of the Government has been brought on by Barack Hussein Obama, the Statists, and their policies. Obama is a polarizing and divisive figure, who uses class envy and race-baiting to divide the people. Therefore, if anything, you may want to look at Obama’s rhetoric and policies as having something to do with this shooting. And if he wants to talk about civility, may I suggest to him LEAD BY EXAMPLE.

    Obama is not our friend and needs to be defeated in 2012

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    For a country full of people who fist pump and squeal in delight at every utterance from Oprah, Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz etc, etc, etc the behaviour of the audience at the Arizona memorial service looked very restrained and about as respectful as one would expect a gathering of of modern Americans could ever be.

    If only America could see themselves the way the rest of the world can they would see that rather than being the ‘greatest country on earth’ all they really are is a sad parody of a once rightfully proud and honourable nation.

    Can I suggest that the contributors to this discussion study some history (perhaps Greek, Roman, Mayan or Ottoman as examples) in the hope you might see the similar symptoms of once great super powers as they inexorably head towards self destruction.

    USA, you have had your day in the sun, your best is well behind you, Asia is taking over as the dominant force for the 21st century.

    The rest of the world is chuckling to to itself as it enjoys the show…….

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