By MARC McDONALD
Much has been written already about the Rev. Joseph Lowery's controversial comments blasting the policies of the Bush White House at Coretta Scott King's funeral.
But the coverage I've seen thus far tends to miss a central point. The fact is, that by responding with a rousing standing ovation to Lowery's remarks, the crowd emphatically demonstrated its revulsion for the Bush regime.
Indeed, one has to wonder: why did Bush attend this event in the first place?
Who is Bush trying to fool? Are we really to believe that he gives a rat's ass about civil rights or black people in general? Or that he really cares about anyone who isn't white, male, rich and powerful? At the event, Bush mumbled some plastic, forgettable comments praising Mrs. King's legacy, with all the sincerity of a used-car salesman.
I found it highly appropriate that Bush then had to sit and fume helplessly as Lowery brought the crowd to a standing ovation with his remarks that blasted the evils of the Bush administration and the fraud that is the Iraq War.
"We know now there were no weapons of mass destruction over there. But Coretta knew and we knew that there are weapons of misdirection right down here. Millions without health insurance, poverty abounds. For war billions more, but no more for the poor."
Lowery's remarks carried added weight, coming as they did a day after Bush unveiled his obscene 2007 budget, which calls for eye-popping $439.3 billion for military spending, while slashing domestic social programs.
One wonders how Bush and the NeoCons will react to this humiliation in the coming days. I'd suspect that Fox News and the right-wing noise machine is already gearing up to do whatever they can to slime Lowery.