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Monday, February 27, 2006

Coretta Scott King's funeral/roast

Probably a little late for it, but,...

Let The Roasting Begin!...

As much as I have my doubts regarding whether Presidents could merit Nobel prizes, there was no doubt that former President Jimmy Carter went into Coretta Scott King's funeral aiming to hit the bullseye dead-on. He swung at Bush, twice. The timing of his commentary was impeccable. He talked of the Kings, saying, "It was difficult for them then personally with the civil liberties of both husband and wife violated as they became the target of secret government wiretaps."

The funeral crowd cheered. Bush, as we all know, is under fire for a secret wiretapping program he ordered after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Apparently he smiled weakly, captured on the screens of closed-circuit monitors.

Carter also spoke of Hurricane Katrina saying it showed that all are not yet equal in America. "This commerative cermony this morning, this afternoon, is not only to acknowledge the great contributions of Coretta and Martin, but to remind us that the struggle for equal rights is not over. We only have to recall the color of the faces of those in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi," Carter said, the rest of his sentence drowned out by loud applause. "Those who were most devastated by [Hurricane] Katrina know that there are not yet equal opportunities for all Americans. It is our responsibility to continue their crusade."

John Stewart was so elegant as to say he then tagged the Reverend Joseph Lowery, co-founder of Southern Christian Leadership Conference, on his way out the ring,:

The good Reverend Joseph Lowery made good with his short speech, roasting Bush on the spit:

"She (Coreatta Scott King) extended Martin's message against poverty, racism and war. She deplored the terror inflicted by our smart bombs on missions way afar. We know now that there were no weapons of mass destruction over there," Lowery said. The crowd applauded, rising to its feet and cheered in a two-minute-long standing ovation.

"But Coretta knew, and we know," Lowery continued, "That there are weapons of misdirection right down here," he said, nodding his head toward the row of presidents past and present. "For war, billions more, but no more for the poor!"

...And the crowd goes wild...!

Meanwhile, Senator Patrick Leahy roasted D.A. Alberto Gonzales, who was "uncomfortable" (to use his oft-repeated refrain), answering questions in regards to the gov't wiretapping...

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