Boo hoo, little Jimmy Carter won't go to the Pope's funeral as part of President Bush's party. He was snubbed, Dubya didn't beg him to come. Boo hoo...
He also could've flown over on his own dime, who would of stopped him? But no, instead he sucks up to his imagined arch-enemy George W. Bush, and then acts all surprised and indignant when he partially imagines he's been spurned. Boo boo hoo...stay home Jimmy.
For a most entertaining and informative read on what was, and is wrong with former President Jimmy Carter, check out Matt May's piece "The Unmitigated Gall of Jimmy Carter" that I found at The American Thinker:
"According to The American Spectator, former president Jimmy Carter - through his lackeys at the Carter Center - inundated the White House with requests not only to be a part of the American delegation to the Vatican for the funeral of Pope John Paul II, but with requests to actually lead the American delegation should President Bush choose not to attend. A White House staffer told the Spectator that over 100 calls were placed on behalf of the worst president this nation has ever had.
Correctly, the White House told the former president (presumably in the most diplomatic way) to get lost...."
Mr. May mentions enough reasons why Carter was and is still a fool, without even bringing up one of the most despicable acts of his Presidency: That being when he bowed before the Iranian's and refused to "kick ass" for them kidnapping our Tehran Embassy staff back in 1979 and holding them hostage for 444 days until as soon as Reagan entered office, and then the Iranians got smart very quickly and immediately released them all.
"...In addition to making an ass of himself and embarassing the United States all over the world, and making nice with gangsters like Arafat and Castro, Carter was never seen as any great friend of the Vatican. Twice during his miserable term in office, Carter was confronted with the death of a pope. Twice he declined to attend the funerals and sent in his stead his wife to the first and his mother to the second. During the short time Carter was president when Pope John Paul II was heading the Catholic church, Carter did much to undermine the pope's wishes to eliminate the Marxist "Libertarian Theology" movement in the Latin American church by word and deed.
In short, because of his bililous hatred and disrespect for the president in particular and the office in general, and for his previous slaps in the face to the Vatican and to the policies of freedom championed by Pope John Paul II, Jimmy Carter has no business at the pope's funeral. His presence there would be an example of deep hypocrisy, and President Bush knows it to be so. No doubt, however, Carter's self-importance and bitterness at being left behind will tempt him to call upon the Vatican to enlist him in overseeing the college of cardinals as they congregate to elect a new pope. Remember, no election is certified and valid unless Mr. Peanut says so."
I know little Jimmy would be welcome down in Cuba sitting in front of Fidel's tube and watching the Pope's funeral on CNN.