Tuesday, February 7


The Associated Press (AP) reports that four presidents -- Carter, Bush '41, Clinton, and Bush '43 -- will be attending the funeral of Coretta Scott King. In my view, President Bush ought to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for sitting under the same roof with his irrepressible gadfly, Jimmy Carter, who at virtually every turn has thrown darts at the president, while having a self-serving, selective memory about his own abundantly failed presidency. Jimmy Carter ought to stick to peanuts and poetry and leave world affairs to decisive realists who act.

Follow-UP: My post of this morning has proven prescient, as former president Jimmy Carter made a horse's ass out of himself in his eulogy at Coretta Scott King's funeral service, taking characteristic shots at President Bush, who was in attendance, and trying his damnest to politicize what should have been more memorial service and solemn tribute to an outstanding civil rights leader. Carter has become as shameful a former president, as he was an incompetent one while in the White House. (H/T: Drudge Report)

Follow-UP II: True to form, Michelle Malkin is all over this.

Follow-Up III: The Anchoress puts her spotlight on Jimmy Carter and makes peanut butter out of the former peanut farmer. Bulldogpundit does a slice 'n dice on the Democrats and Carter in particular, and given their undignified behavior its thoroughly appropriate.

Follow-Up IV: Lorie Byrd weighs in on the Dems turning a funeral into a political convention.

Follow-Up V: John Hawkins writes of the Democrats: "What a lack of class."

FOLLOW-UP VI: Jay Tea at Wizbang! delivers the knock-out blow on the legacy of Jimmy Carter.

Follow-UP VII: President Bush's eloquent and dignified eulogy of Mrs. King can be read here. I quote in part:

We gather in God's house, in God's presence, to honor God's servant, Coretta Scott King. Her journey was long, and only briefly with a hand to hold. But now she leans on everlasting arms. I've come today to offer the sympathy of our entire nation at the passing of a woman who worked to make our nation whole.

In the critical hours of the civil rights movement, there were always men and women of conscience at the heart of the drama. They knew that old hatreds ran deep. They knew that nonviolence might be answered with violence. They knew that much established authority was against them. Yet they also knew that sheriffs and mayors and governors were not ultimately in control of events; that a greater authority was interested, and very much in charge.

The God of Moses was not neutral about their captivity. The God of Isaiah and the prophets was still impatient with injustice. And they knew that the Son of God would never leave them or forsake them.