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« on: December 06, 2018, 08:00:08 pm »


from the print edition of the Los Angeles Times…

Trump will see a lot of love — for Bush

The president plans to attend, but not to address, the funeral of a predecessor whom he openly ridiculed.

By NOAH BIERMAN | Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Former President George H.W. Bush lies in state in a flag-draped casket before a crowd of mourners in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. — Photograph: Morry Gash/Pool Photo.
Former President George H.W. Bush lies in state in a flag-draped casket before a crowd of mourners in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.
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WASHINGTON D.C. — As America celebrates the life of President George H.W. Bush and the “kinder and gentler” era in politics he represents, the current president, who rose to power in open mockery of that style of democracy and who hates to surrender center stage, will have to endure the tributes from a pew in the audience.

President Trump plans to attend Bush's state funeral on Wednesday but is not scheduled to speak, according to the list of eulogizers released by the Bush family on Monday, marking the first time in nearly half a century — since President Nixon failed to eulogize Lyndon B. Johnson — that a sitting president has been left out of the memorial of a predecessor.

The omission will put the cultural and personal gulf between Trump and Bush and what they represent in sharp relief. It will force the White House for the second time in a little over three months to deal with inevitable and unflattering comparisons to a well-liked predecessor.

Unlike Senator John McCain, whose family kept Trump out of his funeral entirely and used the September service to highlight their differences, President Bush and his family chose not to make a loud statement with his funeral, even though Trump built his political brand in large part by mocking the Bushes and everything they stood for.

Presidential funerals are planned years in advance, with even the most mundane details accounted for. Bush, who believed strongly in the dignity of the office, appears to have sided with history in welcoming Trump to attend, preserving decades of tradition when it comes to sitting presidents.

“His respect for the presidency meant that, just as he wanted President Trump invited to his funeral, he was always trying to figure out how to make it work,” said Senator Rob Portman, an Ohio Republican who early in his career worked in Bush's administration and last visited him in September at Bush's family retreat in Maine.

Trump has been fighting the Bush family since he knocked off Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor and George H.W. Bush's second son, in the 2016 presidential primary. Trump mocked him as “low energy,” and then built momentum by bashing older brother George W. Bush's invasion of Iraq as “the single worst decision ever made.”

Moreover, Trump's central economic policy is a repudiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada. The pact was negotiated by George H.W. Bush, and Trump has called it “stupid,” a “disaster,” “job-killing” and the “worst trade deal” ever made.

In choosing nominees for staff positions and judgeships, Trump is known to look askance at people who served in the administration of either Bush, though Trump has found it impossible to blackball all of them, given their prevalence in Republican politics.

Even as the eldest Bush grew older, frailer and more well-liked by the American public, Trump continued his assault on the family, choosing a few months ago to mock Bush's signature slogan for volunteerism as the silliest form of “presidential” rhetoric and a contrast to his own nationalist branding.

“We are finally putting America first. We're putting America first,” Trump said at a rally this summer in Great Falls, Montana. “And by the way, you know all the rhetoric you see, the ‘Thousand Points of Light’? What the hell was that, by the way?”

“Thousand Points of Light,” Trump said again, letting the ridicule sink in. “I know one thing,” he added, “‘Make America Great Again’, we understand.”

Trump has kept such insults at bay since Bush's death on Friday night, releasing a magnanimous statement and canceling a news conference in Argentina planned for Saturday, which he said was out of respect.

But as Bush remembrances dominated cable news on Monday, and the former president's casket made its way from Texas to the Capitol, where he would lie in state, Trump let off a slew of angry tweets about the special counsel investigation that has engulfed his presidency, displaying his reluctance to put his own grievances on hold amid the mourning.

Trump's allies say he is likely to be on his best behavior during the tributes to Bush, however, in gratitude that he was at least invited to the funeral.

“That's all he ever wanted from the McCain family as well,” said Michael Caputo, a former political advisor, “and the McCain family did not feel the need or the desire to simply respect the office.”

Marc Short, a former legislative affairs director for Trump, predicts the media will make more of the comparisons with Bush than Trump will.

“Sometimes, I think, people assume that he's more thin-skinned,” Short said, “and I think the reality is he will honor that generation, and he will honor the life of President Bush too.”


Former President George W. Bush, with his wife, Laura, and brother Jeb Bush, right, as the casket of former President George H.W. Bush arrives at the U.S. Capitol. At left is Vice President Mike Pence. — Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images.
Former President George W. Bush, with his wife, Laura, and brother Jeb Bush, right, as the casket of former President George H.W. Bush arrives at the U.S. Capitol.
At left is Vice President Mike Pence. — Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images.


Caputo, who worked for Bush as well, said the Bush family had arguably more reason to resent Trump than did the family of McCain, whose military service was mocked by Trump.

“Yet the entire Bush family has pushed that aside because that's the kind of people that they are,” he said. “That will have a remarkable effect on President Trump as it does on all of us.”

Former presidents tend to see their public approval rise as their tenure slips further into the rear view. And Bush is no exception. A February poll by Gallup showed his approval at 64% — higher than any living ex-president at the time and third highest among the last 10 presidents.

Trump, by contrast, has suffered some of the lowest approval numbers of any recent president through much of his tenure, usually at least 20 percentage points below Bush's.

His allies say he is merely a casualty of a rougher moment in politics, rather than, as his critics charge, a symbol and cause of the nation’s polarization.

“Nobody likes to be rebuked,” said Barry Bennett, a former campaign advisor, predicting Trump's reaction to the Bush tributes. “They're both products of their time, and certainly President Bush, who I personally love, was a product of a much kinder, gentler time. He certainly would not enjoy being in the White House today.”

But Bennett believes Bush is also a symbol of the rejection Trump has long felt from the establishment, despite his efforts to brand himself as a wealthy celebrity.

“Donald Trump, I think, has always thought he's not been treated fairly by the patrician class, if you will,” Bennett said. “When they wouldn't let him in their clubs, he built his own.”

Indeed, in 1988, when Trump openly campaigned to be Bush's running mate, Bush saw the lobbying, one of the first signs of Trump's political ambition, as not only unseemly but also ridiculous.

“Bush thought: Can you believe it that this kind of self-promoting New York real estate guy thinks he's qualified to be vice president?” said Douglas Brinkley, a presidential historian and humanities professor at Rice University in Bush’s adopted home state of Texas. “Bush just rolled his eyes.”

But it was not just in style that the two men differed. Bush painstakingly built an international coalition to invade Iraq. He worked to expand NATO when the Soviet Union fell.

He so much valued international cooperation that his critics accused him of ignoring domestic concerns.

Trump once called NATO obsolete and has ridiculed other international pacts as signs of American stupidity and weakness.

Portman, who stood quietly in the rear when he attended his one and only Trump rally in his home state in October, is one of many in his party caught between the two men's visions for the presidency and the Republican Party.

“Donald Trump ran a presidential campaign saying all those things, and he won Ohio by 8 points,” Portman said, reflecting on some of the insults Trump lobbed at the Bush family and others.

“President Bush respected that. He respected the presidency. But he also looked for ways to work together.

“Maybe this week-long celebration of reaching out and modesty and those Greatest Generation attributes,” Portman added, “will help us all reach out.”


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Los Angeles Times staff researcher Cary Schneider contributed to this report.

• Noah Bierman covers the White House in Washington, D.C. for the Los Angeles Times. Before joining the newspaper in 2015, he worked for the Boston Globe in both Boston and Washington, covering Congress, politics and transportation in the immediate aftermath of the Big Dig. He has also reported on higher education, crime, politics and local government for the Miami Herald, the Palm Beach Post and the Duluth (Minnesota) News-Tribune. Bierman is a native of Miami who attended Duke University.

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« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2018, 08:00:30 pm »


from The Seattle Times…

A spotlight on presidential styles

Memories of the decency and diplomacy of late President George H.W. Bush
contrast sharply with President Donald J. Trump's bluster.


By DAVID HORSEY | 2:37PM PDT — Wednesday, December 05, 2018



THE DEATH of America's 41st president has inspired a flood of commentary making comparisons between George H.W. Bush and President Donald Trump — and the country's 45th president is getting the worst of it.

Most noted is the contrast in personal style. Bush is being remembered as a gracious, self-effacing, dignified gentleman. Trump shares none of those attributes.

Bush's greatest accomplishment may be the way he brought the Cold War to a peaceful end by avoiding triumphalism and supporting Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev's tricky maneuvering to reform his own country and set free satellite nations in Eastern Europe. It is hard to imagine Trump summoning that kind of diplomatic skill and subtlety and impossible to think he would not have gloated over the demise of the U.S.S.R. It's just not who he is.

Perhaps, as he listened to eulogies for Bush in Washington National Cathedral, Trump took to heart his predecessor's example of leadership and will surprise us all by exhibiting more dignity in the future. But it is easier to believe Trump just sat there impatiently waiting to get back to sending his next obnoxious tweet.


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« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2018, 08:00:45 pm »


from The Washington Post…

Bush funeral: Trump sits with fellow presidents but still stands alone

The emotional tribute to the 41st president's character and compassion draws implicit contrasts with the 45th.

By PHILIP RUCKER | 6:06PM EDT — Wednesday, December 05, 2018

President Donald J. Trump and first lady Melania Trump; and former presidents Barak Obama, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter and their wives at George H.W. Bush's funeral. — Photograph: Matt McClain/The Washington Post.
President Donald J. Trump and first lady Melania Trump; and former presidents Barak Obama, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter and their wives at George H.W. Bush's funeral.
 — Photograph: Matt McClain/The Washington Post.


FROM the moment he crossed the transept of the soaring Washington National Cathedral, tore off his overcoat and took his seat in the front pew, President Trump was an outsider.

When the others sang an opening hymn, his mouth did not move. When the others read the Apostles' Creed, he stood stoically. And when one eulogist after another testified to George H.W. Bush's integrity and character and honesty and bravery and compassion, Trump sat and listened, often with his lips pursed and his arms crossed over his chest.

Wednesday's state funeral was carefully orchestrated to be about one man and his milestones — Bush the father, the friend, the war hero and the life-long public servant. But inevitably it became about Trump, too, for it was impossible to pay tribute to the 41st president without drawing implicit contrasts with the 45th.

“His life code was: ‘Tell the truth. Don't blame people. Be strong. Do your best. Try hard. Forgive. Stay the course’,” Bush biographer Jon Meacham said in his eulogy. “And that was, and is, the most American of creeds.”

The mourners did not deliver the searing rebukes of Trump the nation witnessed in September for the funeral of Senator John McCain (Republican-Arizona).

But despite being crafted to honor Bush's legacy, their words also served to underscore the singular nature of Trump's presidency.

Trump was in the company of all his living predecessors for the first time on Wednesday, and the encounter was plainly uncomfortable. By 10:49 a.m., when Trump and first lady Melania Trump stepped into the cathedral, a cool hush had come over the pews filled by American dignitaries and foreign leaders, past and present. Trump handed his black overcoat to a military aide and took his seat on the aisle next to his wife, with three past presidents and first ladies seated to her side.

First was the president Trump said was illegitimate (Barack Obama); then the first lady he called a profligate spender of taxpayer dollars (Michelle Obama); then the president he called the worst abuser of women (Bill Clinton); then the first lady and secretary of state he said should be in jail (Hillary Clinton); and then the president he said was the second-worst behind Obama (Jimmy Carter) and his wife, Rosalynn.

The Trumps and the Obamas greeted each other brusquely, but only Melania Trump reached over to shake hands with Bill Clinton. Hillary Clinton did not acknowledge the Trumps, keeping her gaze straight ahead as if determined not to make eye contact with the man who continues, two years after the 2016 election, to inspire “Lock her up!” chants at his rallies.

The frostiness of Trump's interactions with his predecessors was all the more apparent when former president George W. Bush entered the cathedral a few minutes later. Bush shook hands cheerfully with each of the other presidents and first ladies. He slipped what appeared to be a candy to a smiling Michelle Obama — a reminder of McCain's funeral, when video of Bush giving Obama candies went viral on social media.

As a military honor guard carried George H.W. Bush's flag-draped casket to rest in front of the altar, the Trumps joined the Obamas and Clintons in holding their right hands over their hearts.

Trump's Cabinet members and aides seemed to blend easily into the audience. Vice President Pence and his wife, Karen, wandered over to exchange pleasantries with the Clintons and Obamas.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and policy director Stephen Miller schmoozed their way through the cathedral's nave.

Just behind the presidents and vice presidents, Ivanka Trump sat next to Chelsea Clinton, suppressing from public view any hostility that might exist between them.

It was President Trump who seemed most out of place. For about two hours, he sat in silence, the rare event at which the president was not the center of attention but merely an observer.

Since learning of Bush's death late on Friday, Trump has striven to be magnanimous — to act, as he often boasts he could, “presidential.” Trump opened the doors of Blair House to host the Bushes. He dispatched Air Force One to carry the late president's body and members of the Bush family to and from Houston. All the while, he has refrained from publicly reacting to the nearly week-long celebration of Bush's life and its contrasts with Trump's.


President Donald J. Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive for the funeral. — Photograph: Mandel Ngan/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images.
President Donald J. Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive for the funeral of George H.W. Bush.
 — Photograph: Mandel Ngan/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images.


The first of Bush's five eulogists at Wednesday's funeral was Jon Meacham, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who grew close to Bush as he researched the former president's life for the 2015 biography, Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, Meacham explained what Bush meant by his famous volunteerism phrase “a thousand points of light,” which Trump mocked this summer as an ineffective and confusing slogan.

“Abraham Lincoln's ‘better angels of our nature’ and George H.W. Bush's ‘thousand points of light’ are companion verses in America's national hymn, for Lincoln and Bush both called on us to choose the right over the convenient, to hope rather than to fear, and to heed not our worst impulses but our best instincts,” Meacham said.

The next eulogist, former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney, praised three of Bush's achievements in office — negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Clean Air Act.

“There's a word for this. It's called ‘leadership’,” Mulroney said. “Leadership. And let me tell you that when George Bush was president of the United States of America, every single head of government in the world knew that they were dealing with a gentleman, a genuine leader — one who was distinguished, resolute and brave.”

It was not lost on the audience that Trump has slammed NAFTA as one of the worst trade deals ever; mocked a journalist's physical disability; and rolled back scores of environmental regulations.

Trump sat through much of Mulroney's speech crossing his arms over his chest or holding his hands between his knees, at times leaning forward in his seat.

Trump's body language loosened up when former senator Alan Simpson delivered a lighter and more humorous remembrance of his long-time friend. Trump laughed as Simpson told stories about serving in Washington with Bush; at one point, Simpson sang the most famous line from the play “Evita”: “Don't cry for me, Argentina!”

But Simpson, too, conveyed a more serious lesson as he spoke of Bush's humility and kindness. “Those who travel the high road of humility in Washington, D.C., are not bothered by heavy traffic,” he said, adding later, “Hatred corrodes the container it's carried in.”

As he assumed the presidency, Bush summoned all Americans to create a “kinder” and “gentler” nation — a message that Trump, then a Manhattan real estate developer and tabloid celebrity, found lacking.

“I like George Bush very much and support him and always will,” Trump said in a 1990 interview with Playboy. “But I disagree with him when he talks of a kinder, gentler America. I think if this country gets any kinder or gentler, it's literally going to cease to exist.”

At Wednesday's funeral, the most emotional eulogy was that of Bush's eldest son, George W., who celebrated his father's character.

“He showed me what it means to be a president who serves with integrity, leads with courage and acts with love in his heart for the citizens of our country,” Bush said.

Trump applauded Bush's speech, and then the Reverend Dr. Russell Jones Levenson Jr., who had been Bush's pastor at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, took to the pulpit to deliver a final, stirring eulogy. His was as direct a reference to the Trump era as any.

“Some have said this is an end of an era,” Levenson said. “But it doesn't have to be. Perhaps this is an invitation to fill the void that has been left behind.”

After the choir sang and bells rang, after Bush's casket was carried down the center aisle and as it was loaded into a hearse, the Trumps departed the cathedral quickly through a side exit. The president was whisked back to the White House. He returned to the seclusion and comfort of the Oval Office.


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Philip Rucker is the White House Bureau Chief for The Washington Post. He previously has covered Congress, the Obama White House, and the 2012 and 2016 presidential campaigns. Rucker also is a Political Analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. He joined The Post in 2005 as a local news reporter.

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« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2018, 08:16:45 pm »

what we have here is a new world order  Grin

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« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2018, 08:40:44 pm »


Donald J. Trump isn't even fit to lick the arseholes of previous presidents.


And I see (haw haw haw) that yet another world leader has just “played Trump like a fiddle” … this time it's President Xi Jinping (yet again).

No wonder America is such a laughing stock … they have a gullible, moronic simpleton as their president emperor with no clothes.







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« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2018, 08:44:00 pm »

DEAD POOL

score so far McCain and Bush

who's next?
will it be Bill or Hillary a cough cough

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trumps not like you he don't lick arsholes

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« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2018, 10:05:57 pm »


When Mueller slaps the handcuffs on Donald Jr., Eric and Ivanka, then the stress will go really high for Donald J. Trump and as you can see when he walks, he is an unfit tub of shit, so stress will bring on a heart attack. If that initial heart attack doesn't kill him, it will fuck his heart, which will eventually kill him. While it is quite possible that Jimmy Carter may die before Trump, I betcha Trump karks it long before Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barak Obama.

When that tub of shit Donald J. Trump dies, they need to construct a dance floor over his tomb so people can dance on his grave in celebration of the demise of an arsehole.
 
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« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2018, 09:42:39 pm »

Dear Brucey
You are a filthy pile of ugly commie scummy pig shit in need of termination

when you die they should put a public shithole over your grave

trump is much better than you and much smarter

don't know where you get your news from but its all totally fake

Mueller  is dirty trash and should be a suicide

fucken wake-up drongo

bye for now useless eater
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Hahaha .... bile & bitterness & hatred in Woodville, eh?

Do the other citizens of Woodville know they have a idiot in their midst?
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what about your shit town do they know they have an idiot
that copies and pastes news stories of no worth to himself all day

an idiot who drove everyone away from a website he helped create why?

because he was a major dribbling moonbat nutbar troll Grin
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