If White House Was Surprised by Applause at Tucson Pep Rally… Why Did They Ask For It On Jumbotron?

On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that they were surprised by the applause at the memorial pep rally on Wednesday for the victims of the Tucson shootings.

I will say that I read the speech several times and thought that there wouldn’t be a lot of applause if any. I think many of us thought that. But I think there was a celebration, again, of the lives of those who had been impacted. Not just at that grocery store but throughout the country. And I think that, if that is part of the healing process, then that’s a good thing.

Oh really?
Then why was it printed on the Jumbotron?

Hat Tip Chad
The Jumbotron at the arena on Wednesday included applause lines.
(This photo replaces an earlier image after a request by the photographer.)

More here and here.

UPDATE: Conservative Guy Benson gives the White House some slack and exonerates them from the accusations.

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  • Dave in Houston

    Is it me, or is our Prez looking a bit old and gray these days?

  • Granny

    #1 Dave in Houston

    TheWon dyes his hair gray to look more “presidential”, give him more “gravitas.” If you follow the pics of him you can actually see when he has had a fresh dye job.

  • Carbon Pootprint

    Never let a crisis go to waste. Let’s get the Cloward and Piven hearings going.

  • http://iopian.blogspot.com IOpian

    For the deaf ?

  • VBHokie

    A friend of mine pointed this out, and I think he is right, that looks like the text from closed captioning.

  • succotash

    Imho the whole event was staged from the get-go. There was nothing reverend about it(the cheering,the t-shirts) just another sham by this Scamelot admin.

  • valerie

    Does closed captioning often include audience reaction?

  • bear

    If that message on the screen is not a prank, then we can never trust the sincerity or honesty of this fool in our WH. If that screen shot (whoops….figurative) is accurate, the obamster takes self-serving to a new low. If that photo is real, his contempt for our people is monumental.

  • Rightdawg

    This is disgusting. More lies from the Obama Regime. Obama’s new book should be entitled:

    “The Audacity Of Starting My 2012 Re-Election Campaign On The Graves Of Six People”

    Hoft, this picture needs to go viral.

    Members of this community, please send the link to this picture to everyone you know!

  • http://none tommy mc donnell

    the hypocricy of this administration is unbelievable. they only claimed the applause was spontaneous because it was being criticized. now they have been caught again. normal people would be embarrassed at being caught in a lie, not this crowd.

  • http://itsaboutfreedom.proboards.com IronDioPriest

    Is there any confirmation that this is not photoshopped? Because if it is not, and this is legitimate, then there is a whole other level of outrage that needs to be released on this President and his party.

  • Sandy

    It doesn’t matter to Obama that we figured out he used an applause meter. He managed to fool Krauthammer and the Fox crowd and that was the whole idea.

    I heard on Hannity last night that Obama wants the members of Congress to sit together instead being seated on the left or right depending on their Party. This is another game he’s playing to make it look like he is the boss and everyone else agrees with him. Meanwhile, 14 Trillion in debt, oil to hit $100.00 a barrel and the economy continues its nose dive. AND THE BEAT GOES ON….

  • trailortrash

    unfreakinbelievable, definitely needs to go viral.

  • Tom

    That is the last word of a sentence and the applause comes after the closed captioning. Give me a break guys…move on.


    Remember when America had a REAL President?

  • olm

    It looks like closed captioning to me, but it really doesn’t matter. That was a tasteless 2012 campaign kickoff.

  • http://theundergroundconservative.wordpress.com The Underground Conservative

    Continuing to cement his deserving reputation as The. Worst. President. Ever. on a daily basis.

  • notagain


    You can see the whole day of event if you scroll through.
    The “closed caption” excuse, all you have to do is look around and you could see people clapping or not, unless your blind. But then, why the closed caption.

  • cal rifkin

    lying mofos

  • Simon

    If the only choice you had was Obama, would you go all Obama on his ass?