Friday, June 11, 2004

Eulogies by Lady Thatcher and President Bush

The eulogy of President Ronald Reagan by Lady Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of Great Britain, was heartfelt and exquisitely eloquent. It was all the more poignant for being pre-recorded due to her ill health. It'll long be remembered as one of the great speeches of the 21st century. It helped me understand his greatness despite his many failings.

In not-surprising contrast, President George Bush's eulogy was rambling, unfocused and didn't ring as genuine. To his credit, it wasn't overtly political, except for one mean-spirited jab: he paid brief indirect tribute to former Presidents Carter and Bush, but deliberately ignored supreme narcissist, Bill Clinton. It'll be hilarious to watch Bill take political revenge for this public oversight during the upcoming campaign season.

How sad that the main eulogy, by the Rev. John Danforth, was the most uninspiring of the day.

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