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LIVE BLOG: A Memorial Service that Sounds Like a Campaign Rally

While the content of President Obama’s speech was entirely appropriate, one has to wonder about the tone of the event. The fact that his speech was interrupted several times by cheers and applause lent what was supposed to be a memorial service the air of a campaign rally. While it was a fine speech, I can’t help but question the way his audience thought it was appropriate to behave in this manner or why the president didn’t ask them to calm down and stop the demonstrations. If you tuned in without knowing the purpose of the gathering, you’d be hard pressed to guess that this was an evening of mourning.