Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Have They No Shame?

Is this a memorial service, a rock concert or a campaign stop? You tell me.

This is the answer posted to a question about etiquette for behavior during a memorial service: "Your presence, and respectful attention, as well as kind words for him to his family are all that are necessary.

The only other thing, if you feel inclined, would be to also send them a condolence letter, expressing your sympathy, your regard for him, and a story or two of your experience with him -- an act of kindness on his part; something funny he did or said (think whimsy or gentle humor, not gross or raucous).

When you arrive, greet them briefly, expressing sorrow for their loss.

Yes, respectful, serious clothes are essential. It used to be everyone wore black, but I gather that rule has been loosened. The thing is to not appear cheery and festive, so gray works. You don't want to jar their feelings by looking like you came to party."

Where was this etiquette in Arizona today? Apparently nowhere to be found in the memorial service where Mr. Obama was speaking.

Mr. Obama, his speechwriters and staff apparently felt it was appropriate to make T-shirts for the occasion. T-shirts for the memorial service for the victims of Saturday's shooting. This, in addition to the applause, cheering and standing ovation makes me wonder what kind of people did they ship in to attend this event? What kind of people would do such a thing?

I cannot imagine being the parent of little Miss Green or a relative or spouse of any of the others who were killed and walking into this travesty. Where is the sense of decorum? The sense of solemn remembrance? The consolation and sympathy for the families of the dead?

"Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt. "~ Samuel Adams

And those on the left can look at this, this ... campaign rock concert of a memorial service, held less than a week after the tragic deaths of those to be memorialized and praise the speaker/organizers? Not just the left either. Even Fox news has praised the speech as it was being given.

Our nation has surely gone mad, or else I must be.

" When Mordecai perceived all that was done, Mordecai rent his clothes, and put on sackcloth with ashes, and went out into the midst of the city, and cried with a loud and a bitter cry;"~ Esther 4:1


SR said...

This is what happens when an empty vessel is elected to the presidency. Obama should have quietly attended this service as an onlooker only; it was in appropriate for him to draw attention to himself.

Call Me Mom said...

Even those who are willing to excuse the profligate spending, those who are deceived by that monstrous health "care" law and those who see nothing wrong with him bowing to the leaders of other nations cannot defend the T-shirts or the standing ovation he accepted.