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.
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.)
UPDATE: More here and here.
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UPDATE: Conservative Guy Benson gives the White House some slack and exonerates them from the accusations.
UPDATE: Critics say applause was closed captioning, not a prompt for the audience to react. Though, it is clear the applause picked up after “applause” appeared on the screen.