One World War II hero and longtime public servant pays tribute to another.
President Trump has been remarkably restrained and “presidential” with respect to the death of George H.W. Bush, doing his best to make nice with the Bushes.
Of course, he killed Jeb Bush during the campaign, rhetorically and at the ballot box, and the Bushes represent the establishment, Rockefeller Republicanism that Trump – and Ronald Reagan – stand and stood against.
But the for the funeral, everyone’s on their best behavior. The Bushes have, because they are classy people, not only invited the president to the ceremony but insisted that it will not be a festival of Trump bashing.
The Bush family will even meet with Trump privately, which will be awkward.
Looking forward to being with the wonderful Bush family at Blair House today. The former First Lady will be coming over to the White House this morning to be given a tour of the Christmas decorations by Melania. The elegance & precision of the last two days have been remarkable!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2018
Anyway, a little unity is nice for the country. But while they Bushes are doing the right thing, and Trump is too, it’s worth remembering that everyone hates each other, and we’ll soon be hearing from various Bushes about Trump’s faults, with the suggestion that things would have been so much better under Jeb.
I do love the pageantry of these things.
From a piece I have running today in the Washington Examiner:
Wasting little time to score political and rhetorical points, Democrats and members of the mainstream media are using the death of George H.W. Bush to assail a president they despise and who also happens to be Bush’s temperamental opposite, President Trump.
Already, the comparisons, in which Trump is found deeply wanting, are roaring in. The theme is consistent: Bush was reasonable, prudent, bipartisan, decent, honorable, and pursued wise policies; Trump, none of the above.
Washington Post columnist Karen Tumulty, handed the job of writing the official Post obituary — which appears in the “news” section — provided an only slightly veiled dig at the current Twitter-happy president: “Although Mr. Bush served as president three decades ago, his values and ethic seem centuries removed from today’s acrid political culture. His currency of personal connection was the handwritten letter — not the social media blast.”
You can read the rest of my article here.
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