June 08, 2004

It has ceased to surprise me

A former president dies. A wildly popular former president, I might add. People all over this country lowers their flags to half mast to honor him. However, some had to be dragged kicking and screaming to that point. Excerpt:

Give some Democrats credit: many of the comments released by party factotums on the death of President Ronald Reagan at least attempted to be gracious. But, while some of the words may have been magnanimous, the actions of some Democrats was not.

In California, according to a Democratic House leadership staffer, Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi's office refused until late in the day West Coast time to prepare any remarks by the leader on the passing of the President.

"A call went out around mid-day on the East Coast that Reagan might be in serious condition, and that party leaders should be ready. But Pelosi's people basically said they couldn't' be bothered. [Democratic whip] Steny Hoyer had to get them in line. We got the impression they just didn't want to say anything that would be construed as supportive of a Republican."

Pelosi's office also nixed sending flowers to the funeral home where the president's body was being prepared for burial.

Back in Washington, staffers at the Democratic National Committee stopped a couple of interns who were lowering the flags to half mast outside their headquarters.

"The interns were just doing what they thought was right," says a DNC staffer, who heard about the incident. "But somebody a bit more senior told them not to lower the flags until they absolutely had to, I guess when President Bush announced that all flags should be lowered. There was only an hour's difference. It was pretty petty, but that's how bad things have gotten around here."

Nice. How very, very nice. Dickheads.

Posted by Physics Geek at June 8, 2004 01:33 PM StumbleUpon Toolbar Stumble It!

Mark my words. When Castro punches out, I predict these same "patriotic Americans" who show crass disrespect for the passing of Reagan will be first talking heads to praise the communist and his legacy.

Posted by: Interested-Participant at June 11, 2004 12:42 AM