Tom Brokaw Slams Reagan at the Ford Funeral
Tom Brokaw delivered a eulogy today at the Ford Funeral... what caught my ear was how he opened it.
"Mrs. Ford, members of the Ford family, President and Mrs. Bush, Vice President and Mrs. Cheney, President and Mrs. Bush, President and Mrs. Carter, President and Mrs. Clinton, distinguished guests, my fellow Americans, it’s a great privilege and an honor for me to be here.
"For the past week, we have been hearing the familiar lyrics of the hymns to the passing of a famous man, the hosannas to his decency, his honesty, his modesty and his steady-as-she-goes qualities. It’s what we’ve come to expect on these occasions.
"But this time there was extra value, for in the case of Gerald Ford, these lyrics have the added virtue of being true...."
Let's pull out the key points... "..familiar lyrics of the hymns to the passing of a famous man...It’s what we’ve come to expect on these occasions. But this time...(were) true"
"Familiar" and "this time" means we've heard it before. When? Well "on these occasions." And what would this occasion be? The state funeral marking the passing of a US President. And what other US President has passed recently? Ronald Reagan is the only that I'm familiar with.
So if "this time" the things said about Ford are true, is Brokaw implying that the praise given Reagan was not? It sure sounds that way. I don't think I'm being overly sensitive here. Brokaw is a smart guy. He likes letting people know just how smart he is. He made a career of it.
Unfortunately for the dignity of the ceremony he wasn't smart enough to write a eulogy for one President without attacking another.
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