notes on government, sports and popular culture
....It seems as though President Bush had two choices: attend Coretta Scott King's funeral
and get slammed or blow it off and get slammed. One can only imagine the reaction had Bush chosen the latter.
But was Bush's presence absolutely required, much less that of his father? Carter and Clinton are Southerners and thus forever linked to the civil rights movement by proximity, if nothing else. So their presence was appropriate, even if Carter's remarks were not. But while the Kings were marching in the trenches, Bush was busy being stickball commissioner
at Phillips Academy.