Obama and Bush Eulogies: The Grotesque and the Graceful

Thomas Lifson
President Obama has a very serious ego problem, and when he goes off teleprompter, it sticks out like a sore thumb.  His eulogy for Senator Inouye on Friday was grotesque in its focus on the speaker, not the dearly departed. Unsurprisingly, President George W. Bush delivered a graceful eulogy for Gerald R. Ford's funeral, a model from which his successor should, but will not, learn. As David Paulin points out: A great funeral eulogy and not a single mention of "I" or "me" by President Bush. He says "us" and "we" at two points, both only in respect to the American people. Bush's speech is devoted entirely to Ford's life, character, and public service -- and he provides wonderful anecdotes that brings these things to life.  If conservatives are ever going to learn how to respond the streetfighting ways of the left's propaganda machine, now would be a perfect time. We are faced with a ruthless political-media machine that targets and takes out charismatic conservative...(Read Full Post)

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