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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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To: Rodney King

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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To: trumandogz
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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To: NoCurrentFreeperByThatName
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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To: trumandogz
"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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To: trumandogz
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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To: trumandogz

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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To: trumandogz

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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To: indylindy
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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To: mariabush

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.


21 posted on 12/31/2006 4:12:56 AM PST by dforest (Liberals love crisis, create crisis and then dwell on them.)
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To: trumandogz

His true friends were there; that's what's most important.


22 posted on 12/31/2006 4:13:56 AM PST by Finalapproach29er (Dems will impeach Bush if given a chance.)
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To: trumandogz; Howlin; onyx

Milbank is a bitter POS with no class


23 posted on 12/31/2006 4:14:00 AM PST by Mo1
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To: trumandogz
Pelosi should be ashamed of herself for not attending the service.

So should President Bush. There's no excuse for him not attending.

24 posted on 12/31/2006 4:18:24 AM PST by BlessedBeGod (Benedict XVI = Terminator IV)
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To: trumandogz

Dana Milbank is a nasty, no-class, POS. Couldn't the Washington Post do any better than this article?


25 posted on 12/31/2006 4:18:30 AM PST by tgslTakoma
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To: trumandogz

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.


26 posted on 12/31/2006 4:20:03 AM PST by PghBaldy (Reporter: Are you surprised? Nancy Pelosi: No. My eyes always look like this.)
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To: trumandogz
Pelosi is attending to her parties
and the Clintons are on vacation
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1760419/posts?page=1102#1102


The fact that the Congressional Leaders of the Democrat Party could not show up for a former President just shows what classless trash they really are
27 posted on 12/31/2006 4:22:04 AM PST by Mo1
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To: trumandogz

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.


28 posted on 12/31/2006 4:22:08 AM PST by Morgan in Denver
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To: tgslTakoma

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.


29 posted on 12/31/2006 4:24:08 AM PST by sgtbono2002 (The fourth estate is a fifth column.)
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To: beyond the sea
Nothing is as it once was.
and to add to the pun,

A Ford that was not a Lincoln and this just ain't our father's Buick, anymore.

30 posted on 12/31/2006 4:26:24 AM PST by knarf (Islamists kill each other ... News wall-to-wall, 24/7 .. don't touch that dial.)
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To: trumandogz

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...


31 posted on 12/31/2006 4:26:57 AM PST by Maria S
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To: trumandogz
Washington Post material must be excerpted, regardless of source. For a list of other publications that must be excerpted, click here.
32 posted on 12/31/2006 4:27:20 AM PST by Sidebar Moderator
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To: sgtbono2002

Who says BJ and Hitlery WANT a chance to sleep with each other?


33 posted on 12/31/2006 4:28:12 AM PST by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: trumandogz
That wasn't a funeral IMO. If it was a funeral, why is Tuesday a holiday?

I watched the Iowa-TX ballgame and don't feel guilty.

34 posted on 12/31/2006 4:28:38 AM PST by lonestar (Me, too--Weinie)
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To: trumandogz

I think the biggest factor is timing. Who in their right mind designates New Years Eve/Day as days of mouning?


35 posted on 12/31/2006 4:29:06 AM PST by TennesseeProfessor
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To: indylindy

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.


36 posted on 12/31/2006 4:30:15 AM PST by Coldwater Creek (The TERRORIST are the ones who won the midterm elections!)
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To: NoCurrentFreeperByThatName
The President doesn't attend the Capital Rotunda Services
It's a service for members of Congress
The President attends the National Services, which will be held on Tuesday
37 posted on 12/31/2006 4:33:12 AM PST by Mo1
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To: trumandogz

All you have to read who the author of the articlee to feel like barfing, and Milbank always does that to me


38 posted on 12/31/2006 4:33:28 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: BlessedBeGod
There's plenty of reasons not to attend "right now" - for some it's not as simple as hopping in the family SUV and going down to the funeral parlor. When a president suddenly has to change plans hundreds of other people have to adjust their personal plans as well as adjust for the change to the schedule. He has to be considerate to more people than just the Ford family, particularly in the holiday season when staffers- many who never knew Ford, finally have some time off to spend with their families. These people may have to be called back to service if the Prez has to return to Washington on short notice, taking them away fromt heir obligations. There are seucrity considerations when a President moves around, etc. There is going to be ample time for visitors such as the President to pay their respects since the man's going to be laying in state for a while. There is no need for people who didn't know the man personally to attend at this particular time and clutter things up for those who did know the family.

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.

39 posted on 12/31/2006 4:35:20 AM PST by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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To: Mo1
The President doesn't attend the Capital Rotunda Services It's a service for members of Congress The President attends the National Services, which will be held on Tuesday
That shows you how much some here that criticize President Bush know
40 posted on 12/31/2006 4:37:42 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: trumandogz

Check back Tues.


41 posted on 12/31/2006 4:37:42 AM PST by Waco
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To: trumandogz
Pelosi should be ashamed of herself for not attending the service.

Why not Reed, Durbin, McConnell, Boehner, or Bush?

42 posted on 12/31/2006 4:39:10 AM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: DB
It seems to me it is more likely bad timing than anything else.

Damn right. Ford should have planned it better. </sarcasm>

43 posted on 12/31/2006 4:40:15 AM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: BlessedBeGod

Yes, there is. The official funeral is Tuesday, and the President will be attending, and speaking.


44 posted on 12/31/2006 4:45:08 AM PST by Judith Anne (Thank you St. Jude for favors granted.)
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To: NoCurrentFreeperByThatName
So should President Bush.

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.

45 posted on 12/31/2006 4:45:10 AM PST by ShadowDancer (No autopsy, no foul.)
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To: BlessedBeGod
So should President Bush. There's no excuse for him not attending

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

46 posted on 12/31/2006 4:47:21 AM PST by Mo1
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To: Kaslin

I believe they will use any excuse to bash the President.


47 posted on 12/31/2006 4:48:02 AM PST by James Ewell Brown Stuart (Happy 200th Birthday General Robert E. Lee 1/19/2007!)
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To: trumandogz

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.


48 posted on 12/31/2006 4:49:08 AM PST by steveyp
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To: Mo1

That makes more sense.


49 posted on 12/31/2006 4:49:45 AM PST by ShadowDancer (No autopsy, no foul.)
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To: Non-Sequitur

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.


50 posted on 12/31/2006 4:51:06 AM PST by James Ewell Brown Stuart (Happy 200th Birthday General Robert E. Lee 1/19/2007!)
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