Afternoon Mirror: The George H.W. Bush Funeral Edition
Quote of the Day:
“This is my current work situation. ‘Mom, why don’t you put the computer down and keep petting me?'”
— Beth Baumann, associate editor, Townhall, who is talking about her dog.
The Best of… Funeral Observers
“The president and first lady are entering the cathedral led down the aisle to their seats where they are next to the Obamas. Trump shakes hands with each of the Obamas. None of them looked happy to see the other.” — Peter Baker, NYT.
“Our president met the minimal standards of decency and that’s it.” — Paul Begala, political commentator, on CNN Wednesday afternoon.
“My takeaway from the hw funeral is that Jimmy Carter will outlive me somehow.” — Asawin Suebsaeng, The Daily Beast.
“Maybe it’s just me, but it almost looks like there wasn’t a seat for Al Gore so he just pulled up a chair next to the Cheneys.” — Conner O’Brien, defense reporter, Politico.
“Did anyone else see that laugh from Trump when Simpson said Bush called him about getting scrutiny from the media?” — Cameron Cawthorne, Washington Free Beacon.
“The Bushes have so far not taken emotional shots at the toxicity of Trump’s Washington. They’ve focused instead on unity, love, laughter, and importance of character. And an emotional 43 says his father taught him how to ‘serve with love’ in his heart for his fellow Americans.” — Katie Rogers, White House correspondent, NYT.
“Can’t believe they made Barack sit in the same row as two birthers.” — Alexander Griswold, Washington Free Beacon.
Bill Clinton and Michelle Obama joke around
“NY Time’s reporter Katie Rogers is either lazy or incompetent. She never bothered to contact me to ask if I knew whether President Trump had read my book before tweeting about it. He had. He recounted to me parts of chapters that he would only know from reading the book.” — Gregg Jarrett, author of The Russia Hoax.