Put a fork in her…

it all started here...but it looks like…she’s done. The Mayor turned on her yesterday with this.

“Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper is changing his tune. Initially, Hickenlooper soft-pedaled the surprise performance of the “Black National Anthem” by a popular jazz singer who had been tapped to sing the Star-Spangled Banner at his annual State of the City address Tuesday. But by Wednesday, the mayor belted out some harsh words for the chanteuse.

“The city asked Rene Marie to sing the national anthem at (Tuesday’s) State of the City event. She agreed to do so. We expected her to sing the national anthem, and she deceived us,” the mayor told reporters at a news conference in front of the City and County Building.

“Her actions show a certain lack of understanding for how strongly our community feels about patriotic symbols and traditions, and certainly overshadowed a day of great importance to our city,” Hickenlooper said.”

And he managed to find his courage…how quaint. Mayor, you have a lotta work to do if you think this is going to change the knee-knockin’ impression you’ve seared on my brain…you are sorely mistaken.

“But in a tradition-laden civic ceremony that included a law enforcement color guard presenting our flags and the Pledge of Allegiance — making a personal substitution for the national anthem was not an option. We asked for the Star-Spangled Banner and that’s what we expected,” he said.

“We will do whatever it takes to ensure that a situation like this never occurs again, even if I have to sing the national anthem myself,” Hickenlooper added.

The mayor said it would be “close to impossible” that Marie would be invited to sing at another city function again.

Even Ritter (who I still am fussed with over the union move) expressed his dismay. When you’ve lost Ritter…you’ve lost your standing. And of course…Tancredo lets loose.

Other elected officials took aim at Marie on Wednesday, too. On talk radio, Gov. Bill Ritter called her actions “disrespectful.” “I think the problem here is that she was invited to do one thing and she chose to do another, and that’s unfortunate for a variety of reasons,” Ritter said on the Mike Rosen Show.

“I think it’s a fair interpretation to say it’s disrespectful,” he said. U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Littleton, “condemned” Marie — as well as the mayor — “for the national anthem debacle that took place during the State of the City address,” according to a press release from Tancredo’s office.

And now Obama has brought down the hammah’ on her.

Sen. Barack Obama said today a jazz singer’s decision to sing the ‘Black National Anthem’ at Denver’s State of the City speech this week was wrong.

“Well, ‘Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing’ is a beautiful song that has been sung in African-American churches and other events for a very long time,” Obama told the Rocky in phone interview. “We only have one National Anthem. And so, if she was asked to sing the National Anthem, she should have sung that. ‘Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing’ is a beautiful song, but we only have one National Anthem.”

I don’t think anyone is really about to defend this woman for the lack of logic she exhibited. In fact, with Obama wagging his proverbial finger at her…she’s lost the whatever high ground she thought she had. The Rocky took her to task with a editorial. She’s either going to come clean…or just be all Ward Churchill on us and say, “Nope, I’m right and y’all are wrong…so there…pbbbbbbt!”. I wouldn’t suggest the latter. Tends to put you in a small little corner with a few energetic supporters. But still few.

What do you think? Here’s a handy dandy non-scientific-easy to skew poll to decide.  Because I care.  Or something.  :)


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