Skip to comments.CLINTON DISAPPOINTMENT: LEFT OFF FUNERAL SPEAKERS LIST (Updated)
Posted on 06/08/2004 8:54:12 AM PDT by lainieEdited on 06/08/2004 11:18:28 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
Controversy develops over Reagan funeral speakers...
'President Clinton really held out all hope the funeral would be a nonpartisan event, like Nixon's was,' a top Clinton source said on Tuesday morning. 'He's angry and disappointed neither he nor President Carter have been asked to speak, as of yet'...
CLINTON DISAPPOINTMENT: LEFT OFF FUNERAL SPEAKERS LIST
Former President Bill Clinton has privately expressed anger he has apparently been left off the speakers list of Friday's Reagan State Funeral, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.
"President Clinton really held out all hope the funeral would be a nonpartisan event, like Nixon's was," a top Clinton source said on Tuesday morning. "He's angry and disappointed neither he nor President Carter have been asked to speak, as of yet."
The top source says Clinton has been critical that both Bush presidents will address the crowd gathered at National Cathedral.
Nixon's vice president Gerald Ford did not speak at Nixon's funeral.
Clinton's inner circle is convinced Nancy Reagan has personally shut out Clinton from any high-profile participation.
"It is a state funeral, using tax dollars," the top Clinton insider explained.
Former President George H.W. Bush, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney will join President Bush in eulogizing Ronald Reagan, Reagan's office announced. Presiding over the service will be former Sen. John Danforth of Missouri, who is an ordained Episcopal priest. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and the Rabbi Harold Kusher will give readings, while Irish tenor Ronan Tynan will sing.
The eulogy is being prepared by President Bush's chief speechwriter, Michael Gerson, who also wrote the president's moving speech for a memorial service in the same cathedral after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Why is this man still talking?
He should be respectful, and butt out!
Good news of the day...Carter and Clinton not to speak.
Please, please, please don't let Clinton or Carter speak at Reagan's funeral.
They should be allowed to speak. If you recall, Clinton did a good and respectful job at Nixon's funeral.
Good for the book sales, you know.
The Carters and the Clintons both define the word "indecent". Unbelievable! Speaking of which -- have we heard from AlGore?
Even at Reagan's funeral, Clinton thinks it all about him.
Carter had best not show his ugly little communist America-hating face.
"Ah I was always fond of President Reagan, which I say in my new book, 'Mah Life', which is for sale at the card table at the back of the cathedral..."
As sitting President he had the priviledge to speak. He is currently unemployed.
Geez, "It's all about MEEEEE."
Just when I start to put this man behind me he jumps out in front again...
I think it's appropriate that friends speak at funerals, and not enemies.
Depends whose decision it is, I guess. Is it Nancy's call?
Also, when was Nixon's funeral.. wasn't Clinton the current president at the time?
He should be happy - it will give him more time to hit on female mourners.
The Clintons shouldn't even be allowed in the building. As I recall, there was a story told by one of the state troopers that accompanied the Clintons, about the Clintons visiting Washington while Reagan was President. Chelsea wanted to go see the White House, but her mother said, "Not now. We'll wait until somebody decent lives there," or words to that effect. These two hateful phonies should be banned from the service, but the Reagans are too classy to do that.
Clinton is cloaking his concerns (book sales) under the guise of sticking up for Carter
As former Presidents they all shall be there but unless any of them have been asked by Nancy to speak OH WELL.
Those two treasonous bastards shouldn't even be allowed to attend.
ATTENTION BILL CLINTON ::::: YOU ARE NOT THE PRES. ANYMORE!!!
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