April 5, 2005


Ex-presidents, Bush to go to pope funeral (JENNIFER LOVEN, April 5, 2005, Associated Press)

Former Presidents Bush and Clinton will accompany President Bush to the funeral of Pope John Paul II, the White House announced Tuesday. The delegation will also include Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

President Bush and his wife, Laura, will lead the five-member group representing the United States at the funeral on Friday, White House press secretary Scott McClellan said.

It wasn't immediately clear why former President Carter was not going along as well.

Because they all loathe him?

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 5, 2005 3:38 PM

One can hope that JPII asked them not to bring him.

Posted by: bart at April 5, 2005 4:17 PM

First the tsunami relief ads and now this--Dubya really seems to enjoy shafting "History's greatest monster". Or maybe he and Papa Bush just don't want to spend 15 hours or so on a plane with him.

Posted by: Ed Driscoll at April 5, 2005 4:40 PM

The Vatican only invited five, of which President and Mrs. Bush, Condi, and the 2 former Presidents used up the slots. No word on why the Vatican refused to invite a sixth -- but we can assume that had the White House wanted a sixth spot, they could have had it.

Posted by: pj at April 5, 2005 5:00 PM

Ford is still alive. Why aren't the press wondering why he isn't going?

Posted by: AWW at April 5, 2005 8:30 PM

He never goes anywhere anymore, including Reagan's funeral and the Clinton Library dedication--too ill.

Posted by: oj at April 5, 2005 8:48 PM


The press cares far less about Ford than they do his illustrious successor and the staggering accomplishments of his one term in office.

But to be fair, buried deep in the article after paragraph and paragraph about Carter, it does say, "Former President Ford, who lives in California, is 91 and no longer travels extensively."

Posted by: Ed Driscoll at April 5, 2005 8:52 PM

What's not to loathe?

Posted by: Noel at April 5, 2005 10:39 PM

Considering how President Carter has behaved towards President Bush over the past five years it should be no wonder that he wasn't invited. President Carter ought to ask himself why they would hate him.

Posted by: Mikey at April 6, 2005 9:46 AM

Jimmy Carter probably asks himself why he isn't Secretary-General of the UN.

Posted by: jim hamlen at April 6, 2005 10:54 AM