I found the parting services for two American icons both moving and beautiful each in their own distinctive way. Did anyone see any of Aretha's "homecoming"? Fabulous! Beautiful music filled the air and brought tears to many. Speeches were made that brought the assembled crowd to its feet. It was so very beautiful in the African-American tradition. And, John McCain.He was a true American hero, a patriot, a great man. His funeral service was more closely aligned to the European tradition - more subdued, solemn and oh so very beautiful. Those great old Christian hymns punctuated by American patriotic songs were in my mind a fitting tribute to this inspiring man, And the speeches were quite eloquent. I found his daughter Meghan's speech most moving. Is this a great country or what? Two great traditions, one great America. May these two great Americans rest in peace. May their loved ones and all Americans find comfort and joy in remembering the lives and works of these American icons. Love HC
My biggest (only?) gripe as I watched about 95% of McCain's funeral was when the Naval Academy middies sang The Battle Hymn of the Republic, which my father also wanted to be sung at his funeral, our distinguished alum, and the classmate of many Crossporters, decided that was the time to start chatting it up. Sorry, Chris, this was not a break in the action .
Actually, I find it annoying when the "swells" - Matthews ,Clinton or whomever - on a stage in public view talk to each other while there is someone presenting a speech or music being sung, etc. I've noted it at graduations, weddings, political functions, funerals, you name it. I find this behavior very disrespectful, rude and narcissistic. It is a long-held pet peeve of mine. sader1970 you are right on target. Love HC
Come on, mm67, at least be bi-partisan in the spirit of Sen. McCain, the biggest offenders of what you speak were W chatting and laughing it up with his recent best friend, Michelle. He was chatting much more with Michelle than with Laura and she with him more than Barack.
sader70 In the spirit of bi-partisanship ok, ok... But that little candy incident I did find delightful. Ol' Dubya' whether one approves of his presidency or not, he certainly does have a witty sense of humor. Didn't someone once write that consistency is the mark of a dull mind or words to that effect? Love HC
There is a genuine affection between Obamas, Bushes and even Clintons. Reportedly, despite so many differences, Bill Clinton is considered by 41 to be like a son.
Once you are out of the Oval Office, the former presidents are about as bi-partisan as a politician can be. Would make John McCain proud if they could only do this while they are still in the Oval office.
Only Jimmy Carter seems to be outside the "club" but he makes up for it by going his own way and does so much with Habitat for Humanity and his foundation eradicating guinea worm.
P.S. Yes, did you notice W giving a couple of winks during his eulogy? And he is still the smirker-in-chief. Would love to have a beer with him but neither of us drink anymore for different reasons.