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Posted at 1:25 PM ET, 01/12/2011

Plan B for the memorial ceremony for Arizona victims

By Jennifer Rubin

As I noted this morning the description of the memorial seemed kind of flaky. Precisely as my smart White House veteran predicted, there is a revision of the program. A University of Arizona official helpfully e-mails me:

The information you reported on the program was preliminary. Here is an updated lineup of activities this evening:

Opening music

Native American blessing

Welcome by UA President Robert N. Shelton

Playing of the National Anthem

Remarks by President Shelton

Remarks by a UA student

Remarks by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer

Remarks by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano

Remarks by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

Remarks by President Obama

Moment of silence

The expected duration of the event is about one hour.

No word yet on whether a rabbi or minister will officiate.

By Jennifer Rubin  | January 12, 2011; 1:25 PM ET
Categories:  Arizona shooting  
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What.....no Imam or Muslim voice!!

I am shocked....shocked.

Gee, why is this getting bigger billing than the service after the Fort Hood massacre?

Posted by: MartinChuzzlewit | January 12, 2011 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Shelton ... Brewer ... Napolitano ... Holder ... Obama. As an AZ resident, I can guarantee you that the best part of the ceremony will be the moment of silence.

Posted by: GeorgeinAZ | January 12, 2011 1:45 PM | Report abuse

What a slap in the face to the people in AZ. Holder who is suing the state and Big Sis who says the border has never been more secure!!! Who at the WH thought this was a good idea.

Posted by: cajunkate | January 12, 2011 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Jennifer, your criticism of a memorial service for victims that hasn't even been held yet, is exactly the kind of cheap poltical posturing that you have been pointing out for the last two days, and is beneath contempt.

Posted by: 54465446 | January 12, 2011 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Bravo, Jennifer!!!!!!!!!!

The Empty Suit leaves the White House to go out and milk pathos and political poll points from the tragedy of others.

Hey, Barry O., Saul Alinsky would be proud of your tactics.

Posted by: MartinChuzzlewit | January 12, 2011 3:02 PM | Report abuse

The Native American blessing resembled a SNL skit, and like a SNL skit it ran too long.

Posted by: eoniii | January 12, 2011 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Well, I went back to your prior posting (after seeing this evening's very effective memorial), and by God every part of that early list, which seemed understandably a bit flaky to you, was live on stage except for the unlamented "chain of messages" which I still don't even understand. Very few deletions, just many more elements not on that original list.

The poem that the university president read, by our national poet laureate who is evidently connected to the Univ of Arizona, was a very nice one about the new year in the natural desert world, looking ahead to new beginnings at a quiet winter time, and seemed pitch-perfect for a January service of this type.

As for the Native American blessing, I thought it was kind of salutory to listen at such length to a religious dedication from a faith I do not share; it made me think about all the Christian invocations Eric Cantor has had to patiently endure! And then, to end the whole service on the choral setting of the Shaker Hymn (Simple Gifts), which stems from what can only be described as an obscure long-vanished sect or cult, seemed like the perfect bookend to the opening blessing.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter1 | January 13, 2011 1:50 AM | Report abuse

I really wonder who put together the memorial. Was is the friends and families of the victims? Was it citizens of Tuscon - friends, neighbors, etc., or was it mostly political operatives? I ask because the crowd, the speakers, and the venue all really did make it seem like an Obama campaign event, as Jennifer suggested in another post. The hooting and cheering came across to me as very disrespectful toward the deceased.

Posted by: Fr0sty | January 13, 2011 1:55 AM | Report abuse

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