FUNERAL OF CORETTA SCOTT KING MIMICS REAL CRITICISM OF BUSH
Eulogists at Coretta Scott King's funeral today gave President Bush an earful. Guess what, George? This is how the whole country talks about you.
That the leader of our country could be so pointedly and brutally criticized from literally ten feet away to national audience shows that our free speech has not yet been demolished.
The unease in the President's demeanor was clearly evident as he withstood biting jabs from Rev. Joe Lowery, Maya Angelou, President Jimmy Carter and Sen. Edward Kennedy. You almost felt sorry for the guy.
The mob smelled blood as President Clinton and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton stepped to lectern. The crowd saved their loudest applause for the former president. As the president thanked President Bush and the other ex-president someone in attendance yelled, "You're a real president!" which furthered evident vitriol towards Bush.
Sadly, Bush never hears this contrarian view when his public appearances are meticulously cleansed of any opposition. Last week, war protester, Patty Sheehan, was arrested for attempting to wear an anti-war t-shirt to the State of the Union.
Was Bush surprised? Frankly, he had no business being at the civil rights' leaders funeral other than being the leader of this country. He embodied none of Martin Luther King's philosophy and has been contemptuous toward the entire Civil Rights movement.
It was the soft-spoken former president from Georgia--President Carter--who said it best today when he related the Bush administration's predilection towards spying to the surveillance by the FBI of MLK in the 1960s.
"It was difficult for them personally with the civil liberties of both husband and wife violated, and they became the targets of secret government wiretapping and other surveillance."
The work of Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King has yet to be finished.