Skip to comments.Just handful of officials show up at state funeral (Ford)
Posted on 12/31/2006 3:25:11 AM PST by trumandogzEdited 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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"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.
Interesting. Thanks for posting.
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.
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?
So should President Bush.
It seems to me it is more likely bad timing than anything else.
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.
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.
As should President Bush.
It is sad but President Ford was no Ronald Reagan...
Boy, that doesn't look good, does it? Washington Post at it again, or could/should G.W. have been there?
""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."
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.
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.
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.
I think you're correct. Tuesday is the funeral, the day for official Washington to show up.
It's important, cuz if you don't go to their funeral, they won't go to yours.. Sensenbrenner gets that.
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.
Do you mean for his funeral, or that he should have had better timing when he died? I know the timing is bad, but you would still think some respect could be shown. A person has to give respect if they wish to be respected too.
His true friends were there; that's what's most important.
Milbank is a bitter POS with no class
So should President Bush. There's no excuse for him not attending.
Dana Milbank is a nasty, no-class, POS. Couldn't the Washington Post do any better than this article?
I think there is more to the story- such as the fact this is not the final event in a series of ceremonies. That said, while the former President lies in the Capitol, there should have been more from Congress. It is more than a sign of agreement with policies or personalities, it is a gesture of respect for the Office of the Presidency. The one out I give is to President Bush, who I'm sure if he was asked to go, would have gone. He is a gentleman.
WpPo can't resist taking a shot. FOX News said President Bush was detained because of weather. Either FNC lied or the Washington Post made a false claim.
Bubba and Hillary will show up for the Funeral, is might be their last chance to sleep with each other until Jimmah Carter kicks off.
A Ford that was not a Lincoln and this just ain't our father's Buick, anymore.
As usual, The Washington Post never misses a chance to put a negative spin on Bush et al.
This was NOT a state funeral; that will be on Tuesday, and President Bush will be speaking. More than likely, the Clintons, Pelosi, etc., will also be there. Saturday night was set aside as a time for a few of President Ford's friends and former associates to eulogize him. In case no one noticed, the place was packed...
Who says BJ and Hitlery WANT a chance to sleep with each other?
I watched the Iowa-TX ballgame and don't feel guilty.
I think the biggest factor is timing. Who in their right mind designates New Years Eve/Day as days of mouning?
Well, the Ford family had no control as to when the former president died, but if I had been them, I would have waited until after the holiday to hold any form of services.
In my opinion, it is unreasonable to expect people to just drop whatever their plans are, when on Tuesday everyone would have been back in Washington.
Not a matter of disrespect on outsider's part at all.
All you have to read who the author of the articlee to feel like barfing, and Milbank always does that to me
Bush set January 2 to be the national day of mourning for Ford; people would exercise better judgement if they refrain from criticizing the Prez and Pelosi, etc, in how they pay their respects until after that date or until after all relevent services and ceremonies are concluded. Complaining now is a bit premature.
Check back Tues.
Why not Reed, Durbin, McConnell, Boehner, or Bush?
Damn right. Ford should have planned it better. </sarcasm>
Yes, there is. The official funeral is Tuesday, and the President will be attending, and speaking.
My friend called me last night and told me he wasn't there and at first I didn't believe her (very liberal, thought she was trying to get me going). Turns out, not so much.
Traditionally the President doesn't attend this service at the Captial, though he will pay his respects later .. just like he did at President Reagan's funeral ... then the President will give a eulogy at the National Services
I believe they will use any excuse to bash the President.
Ford was arguably the best president in the '70s. People should pay their respects. I guess they will on Tuesday. It did get a late start last night-- by design I gather.
That makes more sense.
Do not worry... the President will attend the funeral service on Tuesday. So, he will be where he is supposed to be when he is supposed to be there.
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