WASHINGTON — President Bush marked Martin Luther King Day today with a visit to a largely African-American church, where he met privately with parishioners before attending a memorial service in honor of the slain civil rights leader.
At the First Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, the president discussed the current threat of war. Bush announced that in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s tradition of nonviolent protest that he personally guarantees the United States will not go to war. Against North Korea.
King was a valiant crusader of civil rights through nonviolent protest in the United States, but was also a staunch critic of the Vietnam War. “Martin Luther King, Jr.,” said, Bush, “believed we should have a greater concern for the human casualties of war. He said, that ‘when machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered.’ He and I see eye to eye to eye on that one.”
Bush added, “That is why we will not be invading North Korea. Any oil we might find there could not possibly be worth the potential for loss in human life.”
Bush said his decision was also based, in part, with the past two days of anti-war rallies in Washington D.C. “I looked out the Oval Office window,” said Bush, “and saw all those people standing out there in the cold for what they believe. I realized I’ve been misunderestimating the country’s resolve for war, but if all those people are out there believing in their beliefs, then I’ll redouble my administration’s efforts to reach a peaceful solution in North Korea.”
In King’s April 4, 1967 speech at the Riverside Church in New York City, he also said that “a nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on social uplift is approaching spiritual death.” Bush declared he agrees with King and in addition to the $40 billion increase in defense spending this year, his administration will increase spending by 5 percent for grants to historically black colleges, universities and graduate programs. That’ll bring the total for those education programs well into the ones of thousands of dollars.
When one of the parishioners questioned Bush about Iraq, he responded by saying “We’re sure going to kill a lot of those sand-niggers.”
Shades of a ghostly white Bill, Hilary and Chelsea paying a visit to a Southern Baptist black church during that spate of church arsons several years back. I wonder if W and Laura sang along and clapped off-kilter like their predecessors. And not to change the subject, but was I alone in my curiosity as to just what business Lockheed might have in Israel of all godforsaken locales?
by Anna at January 20, 2003 7:22 PM
Now this is one of the funnier commentaries in awhile. Made me laugh out loud.
Not loudly out loud, but out loud none the less.
Yessire W sure is one to laugh at. Glad we didn't elect him (Canada that is), but hey, neither did you.
by ChuckWoolery at January 20, 2003 8:19 PM
I actually voted for GW, but couldn't resist the chance for a little bit of irony. It also meant I didn't have to write anything serious today. You know, I understand people might be off work today, I'm having a little bit of "comment envy." Maybe I'll stop this kind of thing and just talk about my FB a little more.
by mg at January 20, 2003 8:56 PM