Bush Squirms


Bush Squirms George Bush had an unpleasant dose of reality the other day at the funeral of Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King's wife, as ex-president Carter and Civil Rights Leader, Reverend Joseph Lowery, a long-time friend of the King family, eulogized her and attacked the policies of the current Administration. They both commented on current administration policies such as illegal wire-tapping as well as the apalling reponse of the crony-burdened FEMA to the Katrina Hurricane:


"We know now there were no weapons of mass destruction over there. But Coretta knew and we knew that there are weapons of misdirection right down here. Millions without health insurance. Poverty abounds. For war, billions more, but no more for the poor."


"The struggle for equal rights is not over. We only have to recall the color of the faces of those in Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi, those who are most devastated by Katrina to know that there are not yet equal opportunities for all Americans."

Of course, the American Wingut press-corps are aghast that anyone could dare to speak the truth to King George:

From MSNBC's "The Situation", hosted by Tucker Carlson:

So why, when you can at any time, from your pulpit or any other place, attack the president‘s policies, why would you use a funeral to needle the president about weapons of mass destruction? Why there today?

Tucker Carlson: Interview with Rev. Lowery

This shameful wingnut gibbering from the New York Post:

Jimmy Carter may or may not have been the worst president of the 20th century - history will have the final word on that - but his disgraceful performance yesterday at Coretta Scott King's funeral marks him as the most shameless.

Maybe of all time.

New York Post: Carter: Still No Clue

And it's not just the Americans: The Brisbane Courier-Mail (a Murdoch right-wing rag):

US President George W. Bush turned up to Coretta Scott King's funeral yesterday only to be targeted by speakers mourning the loss of the first lady of America's civil rights movement.

Political Posturing at King Funeral

Thankfully, not all of the Fourth Estate are craven Bush apologists:

President Bush almost never hears criticism to his face. Certainly not in public.

But yesterday, at the widely-watched funeral of civil rights icon Coretta Scott King, a fidgety president had no choice but to sit quietly and listen as several speakers reproached him for not having learned the lessons that King and her martyred husband, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., spent their lives teaching

Washington Post: The Captive President

This Modern World:

Face it conservatives, Coretta Scott King was a liberal. While civil rights heroes like the Kings were leading a non-violent struggle for equality, your political heroes were finding new ways to court southern racists away from the Democratic party. The Republican journey to victory was fueled by the votes of bigots, so it’s a little late in the game to start acting like you have the right to speak for the leaders of a movement you fought against.

This Modern World: Stealing Coretta

From the New York Daily News:

LITHONIA, Ga. - President Bush changed his schedule at the last minute to attend Coretta Scott King's funeral. It might have been a mistake.

Not only was he overshadowed by the Bill and Hillary show, but several speakers, including former President Jimmy Carter, aimed sharply pointed darts at the commander in chief as he sat squirming on the dais.

NY Daily News: Funeral speakers hammer W

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