President Bush is too busy clearing brush and tending to the “ranch” to pay his respects by attending the service where former President Gerald Ford’s casket was carried to the Capitol Rotunda?
OK, George and Laura are making their way back to D.C. tomorrow to attend Ford’s funeral later in the week.
But in my mind, no matter what words Bush has to say about Ford, the fact that he decided to stay in Crawford rather than greet the funeral procession and Ford’s widow speaks volumes about the man’s fundamental lack of human compassion and civility.
By failing to return to Washington to greet Betty Ford and acompany her to the Rotunda, Bush has sent a not-so-subtle message to the country that the late President Ford’s passing isn’t worthy of deviating from one’s normal schedule — ‘I’ll get there when I can’ is more of the message that it conveys.
How can someone live with so little human empathy?