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Applause.

I love Obama. I really do. I love him so much I kinda wanna make out with him. But watching the Tucson Memorial Service on TV is really rubbing me the wrong way. Specifically, it's the applause. I don't care if Shakespeare himself wrote the speeches, it's really stressing me out to see people applauding anyone at a goddamn motherfucking memorial service. When Obama made the comment about changing the violent nature of public discourse and got a fucking standing ovation, I left the room. Dude, I know you're an awesome speechifier, but that's just wrong.

Not that I blame Obama alone. I mean, I'm not there, but I kind of doubt he's rocking an "Applause" sign. But his speech is a political speech, full of built-in pauses and sure-fire response-getters. And I do feel like he could have told his writers "this is a memorial service -- it shouldn't be about politics. It shouldn't be about me."

Maybe it's because I was a part of a public tragedy, albeit one of a very different nature. Maybe that's why this feels triggering for me. All I know is if I were sitting in that audience because of the death or injury of a loved one, I would be horrified to have the house erupt into a standing ovation, for any reason.

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petercampbell
Jan. 14th, 2011 07:39 pm (UTC)
I didn't see the whole service, just a few clips on our news programmes, but the speech struck me as being more than a little mawkish, and certainly out of place in the context of a memorial ceremony.

Also, hasn't Obama lost his hair colour in an incredibly short space of time? Is the stress of the job getting to him?
Jill Jackson
Feb. 25th, 2012 12:13 am (UTC)
It's not uncommon. There was a documentary about Lincoln (shortly after Obama's election) that showed how drastically he had changed in his first term.

It's a stressful job.
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