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2-10-06 King Funeral tainted by partisan and tasteless attacks on President by Lowery and Carter-two old men

  The conduct of some of the leaders and crowd at the King Funeral will not attract supporters to their side.  They are desperate.  They have lost all credibility with Mainstream America.

….George W. and Laura Bush showed more class and grace than Carter ever had.



February 7, 2006


King Funeral tainted by partisan and tasteless attacks on President by Lowery and Carter- two old men


By Wendell Dawson, Editor, AVOC, Inc.


Jimmy Carter again proves his “smallness” and why he was a “one-term” President.  The man has no class and is despicable in conduct at King Funeral.  He needs to move off the National Stage.   George W. and Laura Bush showed more class and grace than Carter ever had.


The conduct of some of the leaders and crowd at the King Funeral will not attract supporters to their side.  They are desperate.  They have lost all credibility.


I am one Georgian who is ashamed of Jimmy Carter!


 Carter at Clinton Library Dedication 11-04

An overly pious, pompous “old man”

From an AVOC reader:


February 8, 2006


...some people are just full of ------.


My wife comes home yesterday, telling me she's getting e-mails from some of her liberal friends in Europe who are complaining about W's remarks at the King service, saying they were "political." They weren't complaining about Carter or Lowery; they were complaining about Bush. I found the text, told her to send it to her friends with the promise that I'd donate to charity $00 for every syllable that could be construed as political. I think my money is safe. You can hate Bush all you want, but anyone who says this is anything other than a gracious and appropriate tribute is just a liar.


President Honors Coretta Scott King at Homegoing Celebration
New Birth Missionary Church
Atlanta, Georgia



2-8-06 The bitterness of Jimmy Carter





February 8, 2006


Jimmy Carter’s Bitterness in Bad Taste


The New York Post is blasting ex-President Jimmy Carter for trying to hijack Coretta Scott King's funeral in a bid to "score cheap political points" against President Bush.


"Jimmy Carter may or may not have been the worst president of the 20th century," the paper said. "But his disgraceful performance yesterday at Coretta Scott King's funeral marks him as the most shameless."


While other speakers did their best to honor the first lady of the civil rights movement, Carter played the race card, resurrecting bogus claims that the Bush administration's response to Hurricane Katrina was bigoted.


"We only have to recall the color of the faces of those in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi who are most devastated by Katrina to know that there are not yet equal opportunities for all Americans," the failed peanut farmer said.


Then, in a bit of comedic irony, Carter tried to zing Bush for his terrorist surveillance program - by referencing the wiretapping of Martin Luther King that had been ordered by the Kennedy administration.


Of course, the bitter-sounding Georgian never acknowledged that it was Democrats who had violated the King family's constitutional rights.


The paper also criticized Rev. Joseph Lowery, who interrupted his tribute to Mrs. King to register his opposition to the Iraq war.


"We know now there were no weapons of mass destruction over there," he said. "But Coretta knew and we knew that there are weapons of misdirection right down here. Millions without health insurance. Poverty abounds. For war, billions more, but no more for the poor."


But as an ex-president who should know better, the Post said Carter's offense was worse, contending that he had demeaned both "the occasion as well as the woman who was being honored by four presidents."




February 7, 2006


Tue Feb 07 2006 15:49:48 ET

Today's memorial service for civil rights activist Coretta Scott King -- billed as a "celebration" of her life
-- turned suddenly political as one former president took a swipe at the current president, who was also lashed by an outspoken black pastor!

The outspoken
Rev. Joseph Lowery, co-founder of Southern Christian Leadership Conference, ripped into President Bush during his short speech, ostensibly about the wife of Martin Luther King Jr.

"She 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 mostly black crowd applauded, then rose to its feet and cheered in a two-minute-long standing ovation.

A closed-circuit television in the mega-church outside Atlanta showed the president smiling uncomfortably.

"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!" The crowd again cheered wildly.

Former President Jimmy Carter later swung at Bush as well, not once but twice. As he talked about the Kings, he said: "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 crowd cheered as Bush, under fire for a secret wiretapping program he ordered after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, again smiled weakly.

Later, Carter said Hurricane Katrina showed that all are not yet equal in America. Some black leaders have blamed Bush for the poor federal response, and rapper Kayne West said that Bush "hates" black people.

2-9-06 Contemptible behavior at King Funeral


The Augusta Chronicle



February 9, 2006                   EDITORIAL


Dignified funeral lapses into shameful partisan slams

Beyond contemptible


Thousands waited in the freezing rain to pay their respects. Thousands sat for hours listening to eulogies of her. Millions more mourned in front of television sets.


Then a couple of bad apples had to ruin Coretta Scott King's beautiful funeral for the rest of us.


President George W. Bush - a man of faith, a busy chief executive who went far out of his way to pay his respects, and did so with an eloquent tribute to Mrs. King - was shamelessly attacked by former President Jimmy Carter and former Southern Christian Leadership Conference president Joseph Lowery.


They thought it more important to score political points than to honor Mrs. King. Utterly, absolutely, unendingly despicable. These two men are a disgrace.


Lowery whipped the crowd up in a fury about the war on terror, suggesting there were no weapons of mass destruction and the war was a distraction from lifting up the poor in this country - assuming, for one thing, that Saddam Hussein never had such weapons, which he did, and that they weren't spirited off to Syria or dumped in the Tigris, which evidence indicates they might well have been.


Lowery's tirade also presumes that the government, and one administration at that, could actually spend others out of poverty. At last check, that was tried in the Soviet Union and in our own "Great Society," with disastrous results and a welfare mentality that many communities are still paying for.


Carter - the worst excuse for a former president this country has ever had - took the pulpit to gratuitously decry the president's efforts to protect Americans through wiretaps of domestic al-Qaida contacts. But Carter did a terrible job warding off the Iranian hostage-takers, and emasculating our intelligence capabilities in the process. Didn't Cuba also dump a load of ne'er-do-wells here on his watch? He's one to take issue with how a commander in chief protects America.


Carter's presidency was a blight, but you can chalk that up mostly to incompetence. His chronic anti-Americanism and the spittle he has directed toward his successors in the White House, however, have been quite calculated, intentional and beyond contemptible.


It is sad to see the state of the civil rights movement, and its intellectual bankruptcy while in the hands of men such as these.


Coretta Scott King was the epitome of stoicism, grace and class, and a lonely warrior for justice and equality and opportunity. We pray we see her kind again, but we fear the opposite. If the movement is now all about what has the government done for us lately, the true spirit of the calling has been buried with her.