Obama's speech was frequently punctuated by applause and cheers from the crowd.
It was an odd and inappropriate event over people killed and maimed,
a woman with permanent brain injuries, all at the hands ofa mad man.
It is about Democratic politicians and their sycophants in the media.
Democratic Politicians were all over it.
"We will remember how to smile again," Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said. "We will go forward together."
Secretary of Homeland Security and former Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, Brewer's predecessor as governor, read from the book of Isaiah, while Attorney General Eric Holder reads from the Second Letter of Paul to the Corinthians.
The crowd was dotted with other prominent Arizonans, including Sen. John McCain and retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida, and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, said they were with the congresswoman when she opened her eyes for the first time since the shooting. This is an outright lie. Look at the date of this post at the Tucson Sentinel:
GABBY OPENED HER EYES THREE DAYS BEFORE OBAMA"S SPEECH
...Posted Jan 9, 2011, 12:40 pm
The bullet that plowed through the left side of US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' skull from back to front Saturday morning left the congresswoman responsive but still in critical condition Sunday.
The surgeon who operated on Giffords for two hours Saturday, UMC neurosurgery chief G. Michael Lemole, Jr., MD, called the gunshot wound "very devastating" and warned that there is no way to predict how fully Giffords will recover. But he remains optimistic.
"We're all very happy at this stage," he said during a 10 a.m. news conference Sunday.
Giffords was able to respond to simple commands when she came to the emergency room shortly after 10:30 a.m. but couldn't speak and remains unable to.
"She did not say any words," said University Medical Center trauma chief Peter Rhee, MD
Giffords is in a drug-induced coma in intensive care. Doctors frequently awaken her to check her responsiveness, and she could open her eyes and respond to simple commands Sunday - an encouraging sign, said Rhee said.
Despite Giffords' ability to follow commands, "We know that brain swelling can take a turn, so we remain cautiously optimistic,” said Lemole.
He described simple commands as: "can you open your eyes," or "can you raise two fingers." Such simple tasks can tell doctors much about her condition, he said.
Giffords cannot speak because she is on a ventilator, and cannot see because of the area of her injury and the surgery requires her eyes be kept closed, the doctors said.
Napolitano and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi traveled with the Obamas.