February 7, 2006

Interesting Watching Coretta Scott King’s Funeral ***LIVE BLOGGING***

by @ 12:41 pm. Filed under Rest in Peace

Atlanta’s channel 11 news has a live feed.

What I’ve noticed is that when the Presidents entered there was JUBULENT clapping when Bill Clinton was shown (George H. W. Bush was also in view) and when Bill Clinton was shown with Jimmy Carter there was more JUBULENT clapping. When President George W. Bush was shown there was silence. Then Bill Clinton was shown again near Ted (I lost her in the lake) Kennedy and again there was JUBULENT clapping. Then they showed President George W. Bush again and again there was silence. It was like the camera was going back and forth between them to catch the response. I guess the fact there was just silence for President George W. Bush was a form of respect considering what could have occurred.

Of course the singing is great. And New Birth has the mass choir singing. Byron Cage led the initial praise and worship.

update (2/7/2006 12:54PM ET):
Bishop Long opened with some kind words, another song was sang (Psalm121), then scripture reading and now a solo (Our father). The solo is being sung by Miriam Fawaz, who is a great classical singer.

update (2/7/2006 1:00PM ET):
After the solo Bishop Long asked the Civil Rights leaders to stand and of course there was applause. Then he introduced President Bush with a very respectful introduction. WOW! Great applause! I mean there was loud applause for Bush! Now Bush is speaking. He mentioned “now she leans on everlasting arms…”

While speaking Bush almost had a word fumble, but he was able to keep flowing. Bush spoke against the past evils of segregation and how strong CS King was in the fight for equality under the law.

update (2/7/2006 1:08PM ET): President Bush closed with “Our sister Coretta is on the other shore, at peace, at rest, at home.” (You can get the full text of President Bush’s remarks here.)

Now Georgia Governor Sonny Purdue is speaking.

Governor Purdue finished and Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin is speaking. She mentioned the “foolishness of war”. Are the Leftist shots starting?…

update (2/7/2006 1:17PM ET):
Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin is done. She is the first to mention anything that really leans to the Left politically, but she kept it fairly clean. A delegate from South Africa is speaking now. The delegate is done, now another classical styled solo by a different singer.

update (2/7/2006 1:30PM ET):
Dr. Dorothy Height is speaking now.

A running theme with several of the speakers is “we’ve made progress, but have a long way to go”. As if we moved from living under rocks to living under trees. These folks need to acknowledge that IT ALL HAS BEEN WON. The only person who actually said “we won” was the delegate from South Africa, in speaking about efforts in her own nation.

Sherry Frank of the “American Jewish Committee” is speaking now. She mentioned how CS King signed a letter asking Iraq to stop firing scuds into Israel and that she recognized Israel’s right to exists.

update (2/7/2006 1:46PM ET):
Ted (I lost her in the lake) Kennedy is up to speak now. Very loud applause. Ugh….

(President Bush is still present, keeping an eye on Ted 😀 .)

Ted Kennedy brought up “the call” made by Bobby Kennedy to free Martin Luther King Jr. from prison. Loud applause. Too bad Ted never made a CALL to save his employee when she was drowning in a lake!

Ted does look sober 🙂 .

update (2/7/2006 1:55PM ET):
John Conyers is up speaking now. He mentioned 3 planes of Congresspeople came with him and had them stand. Lots of Congresspeople! They almost take up one entire section of floor seating by themselves.

update (2/7/2006 2:00PM ET):
Joseph Lowery is up to speak.

With 2 hours in the books I’ve got to go. This ends my live blogging of the funeral. It is still being webcast live by Atlanta’s channel 11 news.

Reader skbarton13 mentions:

Darnell: Here is the program for the funeral today:

If you look at the sequence of events, you?ll see that Sen. Kennedy and Rep. Conyers just jumped over 25 speakers and singers to do their thing.

WOW! But then again they always liked having rules where somebody gets ahead of the line instead of waiting their turn 😀 .

Thanks for the link to the program! I’ll have to print myself a color copy.

I should also point out that CS King’s baby daughter Bernice King will be doing the Eulogy. That is just deep!

update (2/7/2006 4:05PM ET):
It seems just as I got off from Live Blogging, the Liberal nuts got their “Bush Bashing” ON. I had to go, plus Joseph Lowery makes me sick. But he got the real Bush bashing started with this:

From report

And both Bush and his father winced as they sat behind the pulpit and heard the Rev. Joseph Lowery, who co-founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference with Martin Luther King Jr., take several jabs at foreign and domestic policies.

“We know there were no weapons of mass destruction over there, but Coretta knew and we knew there are weapons of misdirection right down here,” Lowery said, complaining that were far too many in the U.S. are living in poverty and without health care insurance.

“For war, billions more, but no more for the poor,” Lowery continued, a take-off of a lyric from the song “A Time to Love” which drew a roaring standing ovation.

Expose the Left has video of Lowery in action.

And from there it continued! (The article has the sequence of events a little out of order, but they did capture the pertinent details.)

The funeral took on political overtones as former President Carter said of the Kings: “It was difficult for them then personally with the civil liberties of both husband and wife violated as they became the target of secret government wiretaps.” Later, he said that Hurricane Katrina showed that all are not yet equal in America.

Expose the Left has video of Jimmy Carter in action too. Funny how he never mentioned it was a DEMOCRATIC ADMINISTRATION in power then. It would have been better if he had offered an apology for his party’s actions!

Of course all that helped get the crowd into a more partisan spirit!

The audience showed where its allegiance lay when former President Clinton and his wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, came to the podium to wild cheers and a long standing ovation. He opened by saying that he was honored to be with the other former presidents. Someone in the crowd yelled out, “Future president!” in reference to his wife’s possible 2008 bid.

Just when I thought there was hope for having a funeral with Lefties without partisan shots.

update (2/7/2006 10:35PM ET):
Some powerful commentary from The Cultural Strategist:

Mrs. King’s Funeral: Kneegrows, Bush And Black People

A few years back President Bush visited the King Center on Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend to lay a wreath at the tomb of the great civil rights leader. With hundreds of angry Black folks protesting the presence of President Bush on these hallowed grounds, having been provoked to show up by the local Black media outlets Mrs. King stood by Bush’s side as he offered tribute to her husband who rested, encased inside of his tomb, the eternal flame still burning.

We learned today from Reverend Lowery and others today that Mrs. King was in strong disagreement with many of Bush’s policies, particularly the war. During the time of her funeral, with Mrs. King being silent for eternity in this world, Lowery and others decided to lend their voice to the body that lay in an open casket, spouting words in public to President Bush that THIS WOMAN DID NOT DO while she was in the flesh on this Earth, fully capable to do so.

It seems to me that Reverend Lowery and others who borrowed Mrs. King’s name today to ?Speak Truth to Power? failed to borrow her dignity. They only borrowed her corpse.

It’s a shame that tonight instead of everyone talking about the good works of Coretta Scott King, a few idiots have turned it into just another night of partisan political debate.

update (2/10/2006 2:03PM ET):
Now the “reverend” Lowery claims that he was only doing what he was asked to do. Given he was supposed to do a Civil Rights and Human Rights Tribute. He even asks “what should I have said”? This is a clever attempt by Lowery to cover his dirt! Joseph Lowery spoke for over 30 minutes. He took a few minutes out of that long winded speech to take shots at Bush. He could find over 30 minutes of other things to speak about in his “Civil Rights and Human Rights Tribute”, but acts like his jabs at Bush were him just doing what “he was asked to do”. What a crock! Also, there were A LOT of speakers at the funeral. Almost all of them offered tributes related to human and civil rights, including President Bush himself! Lowery is a nut and he proves his time has past daily.

14 Responses to “Interesting Watching Coretta Scott King’s Funeral ***LIVE BLOGGING***”

  1. Martin's Musings Says:

    God Takes Coretta Scott King Home

    “She said, ‘I understood when I married Martin that I did not just marry a man,'” he remembered. “‘I married a vision. I married a destiny.’ The dream is still alive. This is a celebration.”

  2. skbarton13 Says:

    Darnell: Here is the program for the funeral today:

    If you look at the sequence of events, you’ll see that Sen. Kennedy and Rep. Conyers just jumped over 25 speakers and singers to do their thing.

  3. ReidBlog Says:

    Atlanta (heart) Bubba at the King funeral

    I haven’t seen an ovation like the one received by former President Bill Clinton at the Coretta King funeral since a high school friend and I drove her little sister to a Menudo concert in Denver.

  4. Michelle Malkin Says:


    The Democrats just can’t restrain themselves. Absolutely ungodly. Expose the Left has video of Jimmy Carter and Joseph Lowery gone wild with Bush-bashing sermons at Coretta Scott King’s funeral. Drudge reports. AP reports on the atmosphere: The audie…

  5. Iowa Voice Says:

    King Funeral Turns Into Bash Bush Festival

    I swear, these people have no shame. Here they were–at a FUNERAL, no less!–and they can’t set aside their hatred of Bush to pay respect to this lady:

    The funeral took on political overtones as former President Carter said of the Kings: “It was…

  6. The Anchoress » Wellstoning the King Funeral Says:

    […] Hey, they want to keep running against George W. Bush, why stop them? More on this: Michelle Malkin calls it unhinged and has links, plus a video flashback of Ron Brown’s funeral. Sensible Mom saw the Wellstone connection Indy Conservative liveblogged it. Gina Cobb notes that Carter always praises Hamas, among others. […]

  7. Sister Toldjah Says:

    Coretta Scott King funeral turns into a Bush-bashing fest

    Expose the Left has video here and here. Don’t miss it.
    The AP write-up:
    The funeral took on political overtones as former President Carter said of the Kings: “It was difficult for them then personally with the civil liberties of both h…

  8. SoCalPundit » Would King Have Approved of Bush-Bashing At His Wife’s Funeral? Says:

    […] Read from others on this on this: Michelle Malkin, Iowa Voice, Riehl World View, Independent Conservative, GOP Bloggers, Sister Toldjah, SusiePie, Sensible Mom, Oh How I Love Jesus […]

  9. The Texas Songbird Says:

    Mourning the Passing of Coretta Scott King

    Thousands of mourners filled the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia, today to say their last goodbyes to Coretta Scott King.

  10. Independent Conservative Says:

    Pulling To the Side of the Road

    Having been to several funerals for relatives of mine in rural Tennessee, I’ve witnessed something amazing each time. It is an amazing display of respect, that simply does not happen in the “big city”. And growing up in a metropoli…

  11. Independent Conservative Says:

    Who Helped Destroy the Black-Jewish Bond of the 1960’s? Joseph Lowery!

    We’ve all heard how during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s Blacks and Jews were standing together for equality. We’ve all heard the story of the “Mississippi Burning” case, where James Chaney (Black), Micky Schwe…

  12. Independent Conservative Says:

    The Relationship Between Bush and Coretta Scott King That Liberals Don’t Speak Of

    The White House has wisely put a page on the web site titled: Remembering Coretta Scott King. The page features photos of the President and Laura Bush with Coretta Scott King.
    Given some of the statements made at her funeral, it is a…

  13. Independent Conservative Says:

    Jimmy Carter Used and Defended Warrantless Wiretaps While President

    During Coretta Scott King’s funeral, hypocrite Jimmy Carter attacked President Bush’s use of warrantless wiretaps against terrorists, by trying to associate it with the wiretaps performed by Democrats on the King family. Jimmy Carter has …

  14. Independent Conservative Says:

    Hannity Points Out the Hypocrisy of Joseph Lowery

    Today the “reverend” Joseph Lowery was on Hannity’s radio show again. Today Hannity pointed out how Lowery is a big hypocrite. Hannity asked Mr. Lowery why he did not point out any of the Civil and Human Rights failings of the Clin…

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