PRESIDENT BUSH SPOKE ABOUT THE FUNERAL OF THE POPE. As is so often the case, when the mouth opens, the words are subject to interpretation. The Down and Dirty Editor in Red takes a shot. A shot or two. Official White House Transcript here
THE PRESIDENT: One, I'M REALLY GLAD I CAME. There WAS NEVER ANY QUESTION I WOULD COME. Last night we hosted a reception at the embassy for MANY OF THE LEADERS of the Catholic Church at home, and they WERE VERY GRATEFUL THAT I CAME, and LAURA CAME, and DAD CAME, and President CLINTON CAME, and CONDI CAME, AS WELL AS OTHERS. And I told them, to a person, that it's such an honor to represent our country at a ceremony honoring a truly great man who is and will always be a great historical figure.
AND THE DOWN AND DIRTY EDITOR MUST PAUSE TO NOTE: I came, never any question I would come? So like a guy, such an ego, George . . . but Laura says you shouldn’t cancel the Viagra scrip . . . And church leaders were grateful that you came ? . . . Very generous . . . were you possibly down by law. . . Cardinal Law . . . the head priest type dude . . . not the manager of the Saint Louis baseball team . . . Laura came ? . . . before you or after you came ? . . . Very important . . . Remember W is for Women . . . or whatever . . . . Dad came ? . . . where was Bar ? . . . you don’t mention if your mom came . . . Understood sons don’t want to know . . . But you Republicans are the party of family values . . . who had any idea it was a sex party . . . Clinton came? . . . Who came first? The three of you in a row . . . know how you love that President 41 for your Dad and 43 for you deal . . . Are you still that bummed that President 42 Clinton came between you ? . . . Where was Laura when Clinton came . . . . ? . . And now last but not least what everyone has been dying to know: Condi came? . . . how? . . . did she have to take matters in her own hands .. . or is your relationship um really as close as people say? . . . where was Laura? . . .
AND NOW FOR SOME RELATIVELY CLEAN HIGHMINDED MOMENTS:
I knew the ceremony today would be majestic, but I didn't realize how moved I would be by the service, itself; by the beautiful music. I was struck -- as an aside -- struck by the fact that the sound was so clear in this huge facility. IT WAS AS IF WE WERE INSIDE THE CATHEDRAL LISTENING; and the voices were so pure. I thought the homily was really good. We were given an English version, fortunately -- IF YOU HAVEN'T READ IT, MAYBE YOU'VE SEEN IT? Yes. Beautiful. Beautiful. Beautifully done.
I was struck by the response of the crowd. And I think it's interesting to note the moments where the crowd responded. One in particular is when His Eminence spoke to His Holiness's relationship to the young of the world, and there was a great outpouring of enthusiasm for that line. And then I think the thing that struck all our delegation most intensely was the final scene of the plain-looking casket -- one of three, by the way; lead, wood and wood -- being carried and held up for the seal to be seen, and then the sun pouring out. THIS WILL BE ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF MY PRESIDENCY, to have been at this great ceremony.
SOME REMINDERS TO BE FILED AWAY FORGOTTEN:
IT WAS AS IF WE WERE INSIDE THE CATHEDRAL LISTENING. Dude, not like, okay. You were in a cathedral. Saint Peter’s Basilica is like an important cathedral for a cardinal or somebody.
IF YOU HAVEN'T READ IT, MAYBE YOU'VE SEEN IT? People sometimes comment you don’t read much. Have you read that, maybe you’ve seen it?
THIS WILL BE ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF MY PRESIDENCY Well, your dudeliness. You haven’t made it to the funerals of any of the soldiers in your war . . . that’s not something you don’t want people to see . . . a reminder that people die in war . . . but you did make it to the funeral of a warrior for peace . . . . a highlight of your presidency?
DOWN AND DIRTY EDITOR’S NOTES: Like some of the people now reading this, the Down and Dirty Editor is a working writer, unpublished and unpaid yet. The Editor does what must be done, because there is nothing else to do. The Editor has taken a shot at this. Now it is time for some shots of another sort at The End Daze Bar and Grill.