9 thoughts on “What the President was thinking at the Coretta King funeral

  1. Gary,Republicans should be thankful that American presidents don’t face members of Congress the way the British PM does on a regular basis to answer questions from the opposition.It occurred to me that Mrs. King’s funeral was the first time since President Bush took office that anyone has had the real opportunity to say anything critical to his face, even though he couldn’t answer.President Bush is nortorious for his thin skin. He doens’t take criticism well. Proof of this fact exists every time he has one of his so-called Ask President Bush gatherings. Only pre-screened members of the Rep. party are ever allowed in, and then they ask soft-ball questions.This is the most isolated, protected President in modern history. He would serve himself better, and the country as well, if he would allow more citizens the chance to ask him the really tough questions in an open setting. We’d all learn what kind of leader he truly is by watching him perform under those circumstances.Howard

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  2. Oh PLEASE, Howard.“Boxers or briefs?” You don’t think little lord BJ didn’t have a hand picked audience.“President Bush is nortorious for his thin skin. He doens’t take criticism well.”Only to the gutless liberals.

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  3. Come out, come out Mr. Gay Conservative,Why are you hiding?My, my, such a profound retort. “Only to gutless liberals.” Is that the best you can do?This administration has done more to close itself off from scrutiny than any in recent memory. This is not just my opinion.Why, for example, would the Bush people willingly allow a simple incident such as VP Cheney’s shooting accident to become a major to-do?As someone in the WSJ said yesterday, they’re willing to seem inept just to keep secrets.The problem is, this administration proves time and time again just how inept it is, whether they try to keep it a secret or not.“Gutless liberals.” Wow. That’s a great contribution to any dialog.Come out, come out Mr. Gay Conservative.Howard

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  4. Perhaps he should have said “liberals who have no class”Not even you could argue with that.Who else would choose a funeral of someone they supposedly loved to insult someone else?

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  5. Ms Stitches77,It never fails to amaze me how you right-wingers see anyone who isn’t convervative as a liberal. That’s the problem I have with extremists of any stripe. You see the world through extremist lenses.How anyone could call Jimmy Carter a liberal is just idiotic, but that really proves my point.As for who has or hasn’t class, I’ll grant you that there’s plenty of classlessness on both sides of the aisle. But let’s at least acknowledge that Mrs. King’s service was far more than a mere funeral. It was a political event, and given that this president isolates himself from the public, I have said in other posts on this blog that I gave and give him credit for just showing up. As I’ve also said in other posts on this blog, I love this country because our democracy is messy, it’s not perfect, but it’s better than anything else every tried. And if that means that we dress down our president at a funeral, classsless though it may be, that’s the beauty of American democracy. I wouldn’t want it any other way.Until a president makes himself available to open questioning by both the press and citizens, Americans will take their shots wherever they can. From street corners in loud voices as a motorcade speeds by, in letters to the editor, in blogs, even at funerals.HowardBy the way, are you now Mr. Gay Conservative’s spokeswoman? I notice you both like to hide your identities.

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  6. Howard,Anyone who thinks it’s acceptable to use a <>funeral<> as a public sounding board should not be commenting on class & decency. This funeral was only a <>political event<> because that’s what the liberals turned it into-otherwise I’m sure it would’ve been a respectful tribute.

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  7. Ms Stitches,I neither need nor want your identity. Just making an observation. Nice job of changing the subject, though.Ms. Daydreamer, I saw the entire service on CSPAN, and thought it was a very moving tribute.Since you want to harp about politicizing funerals, let’s talk about your wacko fellow traveller, Rev. Dobson, who routinely shows up at the funerals of people who have died of HIV/AIDS related illnesses with his minions holding signs that say the deceased is going to hell. Too bad those funerals aren’t televised, too. The good reverand might be run out of town for his unChristian sentiments.Liberals have no monopoly on classless behavior.Howard

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