9:10 p.m. Monday
President Bush has not attended one memorial service or funeral
for a US Iraq-war casualty (370
does not want to appear to be trying to make political hay
doesn't want a photo of him near a flag-covered coffin, so
Americans won't connect him in their minds with war deaths
is helping families keep the services low key
doesn't want a photo of him near a flag-covered coffin,
so a challenger won't have such an image to use in a campaign
just too busy to go to funerals and memorials
He's adept at selective spotlighting. Remember his campaign against Ma
Richards? He played his hand very quietly and very low-key for
a long time; barely held a campaign 'till the last minute. He will avoid
giving his opponents anything of substance with which they could whack
him upside the head... And he knows that Dan Blather and kin will always
disregard the respect for the fallen soldier, they're only in it for the
political blood. How did the "news" cover the return of remains
after "D" Day?
Did they tilt the coverage to offer the "Oh, how futile the struggle!" vein?
Did they cover the deaths as unending and valueless pain, as
today's deaths were portrayed? If the News Directors want to show respect,
let them sign the book at the door of the Chapel. Let them tell how the
soldier contributed something on berhalf of a greater effort. Bush isn't
stupid... he knows the Media Elites by their record and their tactics;
so, he "plays" with
respect to that reality too.
Bush is never too busy to attend a fund raising for his next run for
office but he just doesn't have time for unpleasant things like
Just wondering how many soldier's funerals did Clinton and FDR attend?
back in history, and see how many past Presidents made a show
of attending services of U.S service personal RC
The man has class and impathyT
Dear Brad, you need a bigger box !!
By the was brad, WHY is your poll compiled in Mountain Standard Time
That's where the poll server is— Denver or some such place. I've asked
them to use Central, or just not show the time, but those requests
were ignored. Anyone know of some good polling software or a
good polling service?
1) you seen one coffin, you seen em all, and 2) you cant please everybody,
so what's the BFD !!? from gimper78212
I did not vote for the guy, and quite frankly cannot stand the sight
of him. So, maybe better he does not go to funerals of the folks he sends
to their death for what?!
this is mostly a non-issue. If i had been killed or wounder during the
Vietnam war, I would not have wanted a bunch of reporters and
politicians around my coffin. I think I would have preferred to be left
alone with my family and friends.
we been tricked
His absence when the first coffins arrived at Dover AFB wiped out his
carrier landing stunt with me.
What war casualties? There have been NO photos of US or Iraqi war dead
or maimed. Guess the conflict is bloodless.
If the president really wants a photo op, why doesn't he get in the picture
with Brittney Spears. Maybe alot of his critics would find something
new to harp an him about, and Iraq would quickly disipate.
The president could certainly attend a funeral without appearing to make
political hay. He could bar the press, for starters, just as
he's barred the press from seeing the coffins return. When a seviceman
or woman earns the Medal of Honor will the president avoid awarding the
medal himself so as not to appear to be making political hay? Of course
Right Wingers will alibi anything Bush does, His attendance at services
is not an issue for them one way or the other.
Bush is the worst president,ever. He is intentionally trying to hide
the deaths from the country by not allowing the press to see
the incoming coffins. Whether he attends the funerals or not, it does
not diminish the fact that he started this whole war on a lie and that
he continues to try to deceive the public. The dead are merely fodder
for his lust for oil.
He wants to be responsible for his "victory", not for the cost.
How many other Presidents have gone to all the funerals of our service
men? If he took time to travel all over the USA to attend the funerals,
then all of you would criticize him for being gone from the White House
and not doing his job. You would also criticize him for just going to
get photo opportunities like President Clinton use to use the military
for. He can't win with some of the people.
hired the boy to run the country, not be a professinal mourner. The
soldier is just as dead with or without his presence. I am sure
the family receives recognition and sympathy from the White House.
Your questions suck. No million for you.
It's damed if u do or damed if u don'
I thought of Clinton when I read the 2nd option "Making political
My Vote: None of the above
I was not for this war in the first place but he really can't go to any
of the funerals because it would be a media event for the family & they
don't need that. But he should meet the caskets when they arrive
While his appearance at a funeral would create security chaos it may
be that when he said, "Bring it on", that this was not what
This is a tough one Brad. I like Bush but sometimes it is hard to know
the real truth.
They don't make enough money or fit into his social structure!!!
He has to wash the car, mow the lawn, does not care
belittle the prz, what next?
Brad--woulld you want him at your funeral??
He doesn't have the guts to face the families
Where is the "he is a cold hearted SOB" choice on your poll?
Not allowing media coverage of flag-draped coffins coming home from the
war zone is typical bush-league Bush, trying to manage the media