Why is Bush hosting the British Royalty when today is Rosa Parks Funeral

  1. or am I being catty?


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    Last edit by Tweety on Nov 2, '05
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  3. by   sirI
    Quote from Tweety
    or am I being catty?


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    Sorry, Tweety, this link does not work. I tried with the http:// as well.
  4. by   Tweety
    Quote from siri
    Sorry, Tweety, this link does not work. I tried with the http:// as well.

    Thanks. I fixed it.
  5. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    This visit has been planned for awhile, it is quite possible this funeral was not forseen (yeah, i know, duh).

    However, an "excuse me, i need to show my respects" would have sufficed. I doubt Chuck and Cammy would have been put off by this.
  6. by   fergus51
    I think it's a little catty. The British royals probably planned this trip a long time ago and exactly what is Bush supposed to do about Rosa Parks death? Stop doing the rest of his job (including hosting foreign dignitaries)? I think that would be worse. I don't understand why we have elevated mourning to such a glorious event (think back to Regan's death) anyways. Bush can say he admired her for her contribution to our country, but beyond that I don't think any politician should be using her death for a photo op and that's what I think it is when politicians bemoan a person's death as though they were family.
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I have to agree with Fergus and Marie here. I bet this visit was planned (and protocol is VERY important in such things too) long before Ms.Parks passed. I do think it is wonderful former President Clinton was in attendance and spoke there, however. She will be forever remembered in our history books and hearts.
  8. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I remember hearing about this visit 3 weeks ago.
  9. by   ZASHAGALKA
    In any case, official Washington, which the WH must have signed off on, allowed her lie in State. What a heck of an honor. That just doesn't happen to private citizens everyday.

    And she is a private citizen, not a public official. I don't know the back story there - theorectically, you have to be INVITED. And even if he was - Bush is invited to tons of such events and turns them down - why? Because when the President shows up, HE becomes the event.

    I think it might be a little catty. But more than that, I think it might lead to the suggestion that he didn't go because she is black. And that would be a moveon.orgish of a monster of an insinuation/lie.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
  10. by   SharonH, RN
    LOL, oh no you didn't!

    I doubt Bush would have went to Rosa Parks' funeral even if "Chuck and Cammy"(now that's funny) hadn't been in town. I mean, who are we kidding here? He would have looked like a big ole' giant hypocrite as far as I'm concerned since he has not exactly been a friend of the civil rights movement. As a matter of fact, I'm pleased that he didn't poison the whole thing with his presence as it would have been nothing but a political ploy anyway. Love ya, Tweety!
  11. by   Tweety
    I think Sharon got it right. For him to go would have been a slap in the face to the miniority community. Best he stay away and hobnob with the royals.

    He probably wasn't invited.

    She did lie in state in Washington, so that's a good point there.

    I just thought with all the props he gave her, he would be there to show some kind of statement of support, especially with a former Democratic president speaking.

    My bad.
  12. by   SmilingBluEyes
    no bad. It's not wrong to have an OPINION and discussion it Tweety my friend.
  13. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from ZASHAGALKA
    In any case, official Washington, which the WH must have signed off on, allowed her lie in State. What a heck of an honor. That just doesn't happen to private citizens everyday.

    And she is a private citizen, not a public official. I don't know the back story there - theorectically, you have to be INVITED. And even if he was - Bush is invited to tons of such events and turns them down - why? Because when the President shows up, HE becomes the event.

    I think it might be a little catty. But more than that, I think it might lead to the suggestion that he didn't go because she is black. And that would be a moveon.orgish of a monster of an insinuation/lie.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
    Yes, you are right . . . . . a definite moveon.orgish monster.:chuckle

    I agree - no reason to postpone the visit.

    And just a bit catty but then Tweety already did a mea culpa. :kiss

    steph
  14. by   ZASHAGALKA
    Quote from SharonH, RN
    LOL, oh no you didn't!

    I doubt Bush would have went to Rosa Parks' funeral even if "Chuck and Cammy"(now that's funny) hadn't been in town. I mean, who are we kidding here? He would have looked like a big ole' giant hypocrite as far as I'm concerned since he has not exactly been a friend of the civil rights movement. As a matter of fact, I'm pleased that he didn't poison the whole thing with his presence as it would have been nothing but a political ploy anyway. Love ya, Tweety!
    I take strong exception to the comments that it would be hypocritical for Bush to attend Parks' funeral. It might be inappropriate for Bush to attend a function of the NAALCP (nat'l assoc for adv of liberal colored people) - but only because they are a political party. But Parks is a national figure and to lump her in with a political viewpoint is disrespectful - to HER.

    In fact, Bush has done more for minorities, black in particular, than any President since Lincoln (another Republican, imagine that). Unless, of course, you count lip service and platitudes as being more meaningful than action.

    Bush has named more blacks to prominent positions, but more importantly, gave them his ear and respect, than any other President in history. But then, they aren't liberal so that makes them oreo Uncle Toms.

    Bush's education and housing initiatives have helped to create a larger black middle class with each passing year. But then, blacks that try to rise above poverty are shirking their culture.

    There's nothing wrong with being liberal, no matter your race. But the same holds true for being conservative. To say otherwise is the bigoted point of view. Let's be clear here - there's nothing wrong with being liberal and black, but there is something wrong with believing that ONLY black liberals are true to their heritage.

    I agree that Bush has been the bane of liberals everywhere, of every race. But to construe that as being somehow racist reveals the stereotypical views of those that espouse that opinion. I'm not referring to posters here, but the article and the slant mentioned.

    Like I said, I take strong exception. But my remarks are not out of bounds to a legitimate debate. There is nothing wrong with strong debate, especially about opinions that are strongly held.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.

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