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Just handful of officials show up at state funeral (Ford)
Washington Post via Houston Chronicle ^ | 12/30/06 | DANA MILBANK

Posted on 12/31/2006 3:25:11 AM PST by trumandogz

Edited on 12/31/2006 4:23:27 AM PST by Sidebar Moderator. [history]

WASHINGTON The military band drilled. Wreaths with white roses hung outside the House and Senate chambers. In the Capitol Rotunda rested the black velvet catafalque that once bore the remains of Abraham Lincoln.

Everything was in place for former President Gerald Ford's state funeral Saturday night everything, that is, but the statesmen.


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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ford; pelosi; reid
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There is something very sad about the piece.

"Incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took a pass, too — as did about 500 of the 535 members of Congress."

Pelosi should be ashamed of herself for not attending the service.

1 posted on 12/31/2006 3:25:13 AM PST by trumandogz
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To: trumandogz

Interesting. Thanks for posting.


2 posted on 12/31/2006 3:27:58 AM PST by PGalt
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To: trumandogz

this is the non event of the century. Before he died nobody cared about him one way or the other. No reason everyone should pretend to care now.


3 posted on 12/31/2006 3:28:32 AM PST by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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While I am not a big Ford Fan, I do think that the nation's leaders should show up at his funeral.

Where was Pelosi?

Where were the Clintons?


4 posted on 12/31/2006 3:31:22 AM PST by trumandogz (Rudy G 2008: The "G" Stands For Gun Grabbing & Gay Lovin.)
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Pelosi should be ashamed of herself for not attending the service.

So should President Bush.

5 posted on 12/31/2006 3:38:06 AM PST by NoCurrentFreeperByThatName (You lie, cheat and steal.)
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To: trumandogz

It seems to me it is more likely bad timing than anything else.


6 posted on 12/31/2006 3:47:16 AM PST by DB
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To: trumandogz

I actually thought "the main event" (pardon the analogy) was on Tuesday at the National Cathedral.

When Reagan's body was in the Rotunda, I remember people coming and paying their respects, but I don't remember seeing a lot of dignitaries at the ceremony that was similar to the one last night.

I thought the attendance at that ceremony was limited due to the size of the Rotunda. I may be wrong on this one, but even though it was termed his funeral, the ceremony at the National Cathedral is when all the out of country dignitaries and political figures will show up.


7 posted on 12/31/2006 3:49:49 AM PST by dawn53
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You know in my house we were taught to attend funerals out of respect for those who we have known. That has always stuck with me.

Last summer our staff at our K-12 district lost a student to a car accident. (She was going to be a junior in high school.) I was very surprised at how few teachers from my district were there.

8 posted on 12/31/2006 3:49:53 AM PST by Northern Yankee ( Stay The Course!)
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To: trumandogz
Pelosi should be ashamed of herself for not attending the service.

As should President Bush.

9 posted on 12/31/2006 3:50:06 AM PST by Amelia (If we hire them, they will come...)
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To: trumandogz

It is sad but President Ford was no Ronald Reagan...


10 posted on 12/31/2006 3:50:24 AM PST by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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"President Bush sent his regrets; he was cutting cedar and riding his bike on his ranch in Texas"

Boy, that doesn't look good, does it? Washington Post at it again, or could/should G.W. have been there?

Just wondering.

11 posted on 12/31/2006 3:53:16 AM PST by beyond the sea ( All lies and jest, still the man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.)
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Rep. James Sensenbrenner did the right thing.

""Everybody's got to deal with their own schedule," Sensenbrenner, who brought his wife and son to the funeral, said of his absent colleagues. In his minority view, funerals "are important," he said. "When you're in an official position, it's one of the things that's the right thing to do."

12 posted on 12/31/2006 3:55:06 AM PST by beyond the sea ( All lies and jest, still the man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.)
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Why didn't W Bush show up? It's former president state funeral... only very few former presidents were still alive before Ford died: Ford, a lunatic peanut farmer, a BJ-president, and his own father.


13 posted on 12/31/2006 3:56:14 AM PST by paudio (WoT is more important than War on Gay Marriage!)
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Actually, all of them are shameful, including Bush. This man was our President for awhile. Makes me even think less of our Congress than before, if that is possible.


14 posted on 12/31/2006 3:56:15 AM PST by dforest (Liberals love crisis, create crisis and then dwell on them.)
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To: trumandogz

Everyone will be at the service on Tuesday.

This is a holiday weekend, and if I had been the family, I would have waited until Tuesday to start the whole affair.


15 posted on 12/31/2006 4:00:24 AM PST by Coldwater Creek (The TERRORIST are the ones who won the midterm elections!)
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To: dawn53

I think you're correct. Tuesday is the funeral, the day for official Washington to show up.


16 posted on 12/31/2006 4:00:34 AM PST by ken5050
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To: beyond the sea

It's important, cuz if you don't go to their funeral, they won't go to yours.. Sensenbrenner gets that.


17 posted on 12/31/2006 4:00:46 AM PST by Freedom4US (u)
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To: Lil'freeper

sad ping


18 posted on 12/31/2006 4:01:29 AM PST by big'ol_freeper (It looks like one of those days when one nuke is just not enough-- Lt. Col. Mitchell, SG-1)
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The Ford family should have used better timing judgment IMHO.
19 posted on 12/31/2006 4:02:47 AM PST by Coldwater Creek (The TERRORIST are the ones who won the midterm elections!)
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To: trumandogz
While I am not a big Ford Fan, I do think that the nation's leaders should show up at his funeral.

I don't care. To me showing up at a funeral for someone you don't care about and pretending to care is worse than not going.

20 posted on 12/31/2006 4:04:12 AM PST by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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