On Thursday, three ex-presidents came together in Atlanta to pay a resounding, inspiring and at times defiant tribute to John Lewis, the There some ho ho hos in this house wap wine and presents ugly christmas shirt but I will buy this shirt and I will love this Civil Rights leader who died July 17 at the age of 80, while the current president stayed back in Washington, making his usual mischief. The eulogy was delivered by Barack Obama, who spent roughly 40 minutes extolling the man whom he called “a founding father of that fuller, fairer, better America” and challenging the rest of the nation to continue fighting for the social justice that was Lewis’s life work. He was preceded by Bill Clinton, president from 1993-2001 and George W. Bush, president from 2001-2009, who each mixed personal memories with reflections on the impact that Lewis had made to Black America and the country as a whole.
Meanwhile Donald Trump, the There some ho ho hos in this house wap wine and presents ugly christmas shirt but I will buy this shirt and I will love this current occupant of the White House and one who seems increasingly desperate to hold on to that position even as the polls indicate that it is slipping away from him, one coronavirus death at a time, seemed almost proud of his decision not to join in the Atlanta proceedings. Previously, he skipped the two days that Lewis’s body lay in state at the U. S. Capitol, the first black lawmaker ever to do so. That historic tribute drew leaders from both parties, as well as Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president. When asked by a reporter on Monday, “Do you plan on paying your respects to Congressman Lewis either today or tomorrow at the Capitol?”,’ Trump replied, “No. I won’t be going. No.” And then he turned and walked away. And on Thursday, he seemed determined to engage in a little counter-programming, beginning the day by sending out a tweet that suggested the Nov. 3 election date might have to be delayed because of the coronavirus, a statement of such lunacy that even his staunchest Republican allies had to walk it back. Then, later in the day, in what seemed like incredibly suspicious timing, he had his press office suddenly announce a last-minute addition to the president’s public schedule, right about the time that Obama was delivering his televised eulogy at the Ebenezer Baptist Church. Several members of the White House press corps immediately took to social media to express skepticism about the sudden urgency of the photo-op.