In a comment on another post, someone took a bit offense to the questioning of the “Together We Thrive” motto and t-shirts being questioned. I have never heard of a memorial service being “named”, or the issuance of commemorative souvenirs…. I could be wrong!
Even as Robert Gibbs was being questioned about the tone that came out of the service last night, the White House was making efforts to distance themselves from the planning of the service.
The following was posted on Organizing For America (you know, the CAMPAIGN arm of the Obama Administration):
For too long Americans have been set one against the other, it is a side affect of a free market society. How can profits be maximized, how can I get the work done for the lowest possible costs. This continually sets one group against the other, especially in the blue collar sectors of America. It has become a part of the American Business model, whether it was indentured servants, slaves picking cotton, sharecroppers, the industrious people that built the railroads or todays migrant workers. As long as we remain divided, fighting for the scraps that America has to offer it will be one group against the other.
What I see in Obama is a chance for a revolution. A chance for every group to participate and be heard; A chance to live the American dream that has been denied to so many. Together we can and will change the world and return America to the shining beacon of Hope and Prosperity that we were and that we can be again. Only when we work together do we accomplish feats that rival any ever accomplished in the history of mankind. Diversity is our strength, that is what this campaign brings us a promise of. For many this is a scary prospect and thought, getting to know someone different from myself. We all want the same basic things for example a safe place to live, health and a quality education for our kids.
In a previous career, I was the global leader of Diversity for a global fortune 500 corporation, I have studied the affects of diverse groups working together and the results can not be denied. Together we Thrive!!!!!!!!!!!
Hhhhmmm… Together We Thrive!
Interestingly enough, the post appeared in FEBRUARY 2008, and it was being “floated” as the campaign slogan for Obama’s 2008.
So it begs the questions:
Who had the idea of developing a mantra for a memorial service to honor the victims of a deranged gunman?
When it was decided that a mantra was needed, how did this mantra get chosen?
Who thought that souvenirs at a memorial event were needed?
Who paid for the souvenirs? Did the party holding the trademark for “Together We Thrive” license it for use for the memorial service?
I will be asked “What does it matter?”. It matters if David Plouffe or his minions had a hand in this, capitalizing at the expense of the victims of a tragedy. It matters if Plouffe had a hand in giving the campaign rally tone for what should have been a solemn event. Was Barack Obama himself was a party to this…. most likely not. But we know that his Administration adheres to the philosophy of never letting a crisis go to waste, even a tragedy like the shooting in Tucson.
Screenshot from 2008: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2656595/posts
UPDATE: University responds to FOXNation.com:
Many Americans were startled to see University of Arizona students distributing t-shirts at the memorial service in Tucson yesterday. On the front of the shirts, “Together We Thrive” was printed, along with a trendy logo.
University spokeswoman Jennifer Fitzenberger told FoxNation.com “it was our idea to do the t-shirts.” She said distributing merchandise at a memorial was appropriate and rejected the charge that the University over-commercialized the service. “Our intention was to have something to remember after the event…something that symbolizes our community’s spirit…which would live on.” When asked if the University had worked with the White House or any partisan groups on any level regarding the t-shirts she said “no.”
Fitzenberger insisted the University made no money from the “Together We Thrive” t-shirts and they weren’t for sale. “We took the idea to University of Arizona BookStores and they contracted it out with a vendor.” Reports put the cost of the t-shirts at $60,000.
FoxNation.com spoke to representatives at University of Arizona BookStores who revealed the vendor they used….”Youth Monument,” a Los Angeles-based company specializing in “the hottest” college brands. “I don’t feel comfortable commenting on the story,” said Nick Ventura when contacted by FoxNation.com. Ventura called himself “a partner” at Youth Monument. When asked if the University of Arizona was a regular client and if there was any contact with the White House or any political group he responded “no comment.”