Tuesday, February 07, 2006
How Low Can You Go?
Hot off the press on the Drudgereport we find that several turned the memorial for Coretta Scott King, billed a celebration of her life (as any funeral/memorial would be), into a political Bush bash opportunity. Rev. Joseph Lowery gave a lovely diatribe honoring Mrs. King weaving in smart bombs in missions afar and non-existent WMD's. While I seriously doubt this guy every talked to Mrs. King about this stuff could you imagine going to a friends funeral and one of the speakers, to honor the departed's life, talks about anything negative at all? Honoring someone's life is not a political opportunity for anybody with a grain of class and decency. The fact that these inappropriate comments got a two minute standing ovation speaks to the class of those in attendance...again such a display at a memorial is truly strange to me. Then Jimmy "corn" Carter wove in a NSA eavesdrop Bush bash by mentioning the Kings were once the target of a secret wiretapping to again cheers! Carter also threw in the racist hurricane connection. Hmmm, did Mrs. King make public statements that the aftermath of Katrina was evidence that we are all not equal? Even if she did a political stump doesn't belong in a memorial service in my opinion...Unbelievable.
The full first Drudge post on this:
KING FUNERAL TURNS POLITICAL: BUSH BASHED BY FORMER PRESIDENT, REVEREND Tue Feb 07 2006 15:49:48 ETToday's memorial service for civil rights activist Coretta Scott King -- billed as a "celebration" of her life -- turned suddenly political as one former president took a swipe at the current president, who was also lashed by an outspoken black pastor!The outspoken Rev. Joseph Lowery, co-founder of Southern Christian Leadership Conference, ripped into President Bush during his short speech, ostensibly about the wife of Martin Luther King Jr."She extended Martin's message against poverty, racism and war. She deplored the terror inflicted by our smart bombs on missions way afar. We know now that there were no weapons of mass destruction over there," Lowery said. The mostly black crowd applauded, then rose to its feet and cheered in a two-minute-long standing ovation.A closed-circuit television in the mega-church outside Atlanta showed the president smiling uncomfortably."But Coretta knew, and we know," Lowery continued, "That there are weapons of misdirection right down here," he said, nodding his head toward the row of presidents past and present. "For war, billions more, but no more for the poor!" The crowd again cheered wildly.Former President Jimmy Carter later swung at Bush as well, not once but twice. As he talked about the Kings, he said: "It was difficult for them then personally with the civil liberties of both husband and wife violated as they became the target of secret government wiretaps." The crowd cheered as Bush, under fire for a secret wiretapping program he ordered after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, again smiled weakly. Later, Carter said Hurricane Katrina showed that all are not yet equal in America. Some black leaders have blamed Bush for the poor federal response, and rapper Kayne West said that Bush "hates" black people.Developing...
Michelle Malkin also posts on the "unhinged" at the Scott King funeral.