December 3, 2018

President Trump ordered Air Force One to transport the body of late former President George H.W. Bush from Houston to Washington, to lie in state and for a state funeral at the National Cathedral before he is returned to Texas for burial.  Trump also declared Wednesday to be a national day of mourning, and flags to be flown at half-staff on all federal buildings.  Check out this linked story for more details about the memorial observances.

This moving story contains the inspiring final words of the late President Bush, as revealed by his family and friends.  I’m sure you won’t be surprised to learn that he expressed faith in God and joy at the thought of soon being reunited with his wife Barbara and his daughter Robin in Heaven.  And his very last words on Earth were to express love for a family member.


Among the many nostalgic feelings evoked by President Bush’s death was a longing for the days when political humor was good-natured and bipartisan rather than mean and one-sided.  There couldn’t have been a better illustration than the contrast between the current “Saturday Night Live” and the actions of one of its biggest former stars. 

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Dana Carvey, who famously spoofed the first President Bush on “SNL,” recalled how Bush was able to laugh at Carvey's impression of him, and what “an honor and a privilege” it was to get to know and spend time with Bush, and to work with him at charity events and become friends with him over 25 years. 


Meanwhile, on this weekend’s current incarnation of “SNL,” Alec Baldwin returned to his nasty, one-dimensional cartoon portrayal of President Trump (apparently, getting arrested for allegedly assaulting someone gets you only a brief suspension if you’re a member in good standing of showbiz’s “Hate Trump Club.”)  His comments off-screen also made it clear that his impression of Trump is born out of pure hatred. 


I wonder how much longer liberal TV shows, women’s magazines and other media outlets are going to continue hemorrhaging viewers/customers with their incessant anti-Trump hatefests, even though they’ve long ago driven away conservatives, and now, even many Trump-despising liberals are starting to grumble that they’re bored with the same-old, same-old obsessive attacks night after night after night.


It was heartening to see that Dana Carvey wasn’t the only celebrity who expressed admiration and respect for former President George H.W. Bush.  Even some of the more strident liberals in Hollywood, New York and DC showed the kind of decency that’s sadly become rare these days and put aside partisanship in the wake of Bush’s passing to praise him as a kind, decent and patriotic American and a heroic military veteran.


As usual, though, the professional provocateurs on the liberal cable news channels failed to get the memo telling them to act like mature adults for at least 24 hours. Many shamefully exploited Bush’s passing as yet another opportunity to attack President Trump, praising Bush primarily so they could then denigrate Trump in comparison. If their big issue with Trump is that they think he’s rude, crass or incapable of controlling his worst impulses, then allow me to direct them to the nearest mirror.   


I noticed this immediately, but I didn’t want to comment on it right away because I still cling to the archaic tradition that life, death and human compassion are more important than partisan political squabbles, and that politics should be put aside when someone has died and the grieving family is still processing the news.


But now that a couple of days have passed, I will at least allow myself to say how disgusting it was to see so many news outlets try to use Bush’s death as a weapon to bash Trump.  Yes, it’s true that their styles are very different.  But some of us lived through the first Bush Administration and aren’t suffering from amnesia.  We remember only too well how those same media outlets mocked and denigrated Bush for the same qualities they now celebrate.  They now praise his courage, leadership and willingness to compromise in agreeing with Democrats to raise taxes to lower the deficit, but they don’t mention how those same Democrats never delivered on their promise to cut spending and gleefully slammed Bush for breaking his “no new taxes” promise.  They lament how he showed such class and respect for the Presidency, unlike the current lout who has lowered the dignity of the Oval Office.  They don’t mention how hard they worked to insure that Bush would be replaced in 1992 with Bill Clinton. 


President Bush earned all the praise that the liberal media outlets are giving him.  Sadly, for some of them, their praise is accompanied by hypocrisy that has more layers than a debutante’s wedding cake.


Then again, as Ed Driscoll at PJ Media reminds us, to the liberal media, every Republican President or Presidential nominee is always a stupid, sexist, racist warmonger and “literally, the worst ever” until his death, whereupon they praise him as a great statesman to create an unfavorable comparison for the current Republican standard bearer, who is a stupid, sexist, racist warmonger and “literally, the worst ever.” 


Driscoll takes us on a trip down Memory Lane, showing how this same trope has been repeated, all the way back to Dwight Eisenhower. I hope I'm still around in 20 years or so, to see them have to force themselves to tell us that whoever the current GOP President may be, he's "literally, the worst ever," and certainly no statesman, like President Trump was.



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  • Giver of Truth

    01/11/2019 09:31 PM

    Yeah Trump fell asleep during the funeral...Dana Carvey, who famously spoofed the first President Bush on “SNL,” recalled how Bush was able to laugh at Carvey's impression of him...Trump's fragile ego won't let him do that.

  • Marcella Ballenger

    12/04/2018 09:14 PM

    my dad always told me, if you don't like someone when they are living, then don't say you do when they die. In other words, if you can't say something nice about someone or praise them for something while they are here to hear you,. then don't lavish praise about them when they are dead and gone. I think my dad was very smart!!

  • wilma faulkner

    12/04/2018 12:56 PM

    I am sorry to see he died , and I did vote for him , I decision I later regretted . I believe she had a good heart but, just not for us . He did not keep his word on cutting our taxes and the media also forgets that it was him that got all the paper work set in motion to force all our factories out of the country . He did not get to sign it because he did not win the second term . But, it was ready for Clinton to come in and he did sign it . Bush is the one that started it . That put millions of people out of work in this country . Now, Trump is bringing them back into this country and the democrats are mad about it . They have proven that they care nothing about the citizens of this country . They even want to give what jobs we do have to illegals . Why ?

  • Mary Ann Snyder

    12/04/2018 09:18 AM

    Keep up the good work...I enjoy your commentary!

  • Margaret Mills

    12/04/2018 12:54 AM

    Just a comment about Michelle Mitchell’s statement. She stated that ‘most people don’t believe a word he says or are embarrassed by him. I don’t think she has done research on “most” people to get their opinions because there is no way she knows most people. I do believe he is a good president who has the country’s best interests in his actions and I am NOTembarassed by his actions-he is a different kind of leader, but he definitely tells it like it is and does not back down from it. I am SO glad Mr Trump is the President of the USA.

  • Paul Berry

    12/03/2018 08:38 PM

    The Liberals in Hollywood and in most places cannot hide their jealousy of President Trump. They are jealous because he does what he says he intends to do and doesn't hide a whimper in the corner if he fails. I really think that in the back of their minds they believe that the only good Republican is a dead one. They seem to all have a bully mentality.

  • Robin Lightner

    12/03/2018 08:14 PM

    I quit watching any and all of the news programs on TV several years ago. The commentators are rude, crude and horrible liars. I'm worried about where our world is heading. There is no respect for anyone and very few believe or live their life by the golden rule, doing unto others as you would have them do unto you. Robin Lightnerr

  • Patty Zamorsky

    12/03/2018 08:04 PM

    Regarding Meghan McCain and Joyless of the "my opinion not facts" show viewless,
    I think it is funny that all these shows and celebrities are having a renewed life because of President Trump. But it is just getting old and irrelevant now.
    Like I have said before:
    Never knew a President so powerful, before Trump that could stay in people's head as long as he has. Who's the boss now?

  • Dot Whitley

    12/03/2018 06:38 PM

    You are so right. I like the pictures of the person with his or her family , and the words spoken by the family, and other's who knew the person well. I don't need the experts explaining things to me. Most of us formed an opinion years ago about most of what the media thinks we don't know. Their greatest talent is making everything they cover so boring that I wind up annoyed.

  • Laurie Bagwell

    12/03/2018 04:48 PM

    I used to be a Democrat but walked away before Obama’s 2nd term when Democrats started showing their true colors. Their hate and divisiveness will be the downfall of this country if they are not stopped. Answer one question please; Why are Democrats like Maxine Waters able to advocate violence against our POTUS, his cabinet, and conservatives without anyone doing anything about it?

  • Michelle Mitchell

    12/03/2018 04:29 PM

    President Bush was respected by most. Trump hasnt earned respect most people dont believe anything he says. Or embarrassed by what he says.

  • Lauri Norris

    12/03/2018 04:19 PM

    Amen to that! I long for the day (although the liberal $$$ seems to come endlessly from where the sun don’t shine) when MSM, Hollywood giants and celebs and network TV are a thing if the past. They are so one sided, and have nothing to offer but hatred, crassness, sex and violence, and Trump bashing! The very epitome of what they accuse conservatives of. They are overpaid and over-importantized (that is a word now!!??) I would hope the left is even getting sick of the rhetoric!
    Anyway, I always love your take on things. Great insight, and it is so refreshing!
    Thank you!

  • Mary l Diaz

    12/03/2018 04:11 PM

    wouldn't expect anything less from the left who think its ok to say nasty stuff about the same people they are now trying to make Trump look bad. Ithink our President has been quiet now and lets his family grieve in peace and has been very sympathetic to his death. But why would the left not take this solemn opportunity to bash him that's who they are the most miserable people on earth called liberals. I even have to respect Obam fro his words about GH which were quite cordial and so was Clintons. Too bad no one on the left has done that. Thier time will come someday

  • Sherry Toms

    12/03/2018 03:44 PM

    Thank you for always doing a balancing act for our current president! I am so appreciative of truth...and in you I find that in abundance. Thank you again Mike Huckabee!!!??????

  • Peggy Mantz

    12/03/2018 03:25 PM

    Oh, Mr.Huckabee. I have been so caught up in the hatefilled media. I have never known such hateful words that come out about a man I saw as a changing, badly needed, force, in our elections. The sad part is, I think all the bashing was to make peace loving people like me, who just want to get by,get caught up in the fray.I ,sadly am constantly battling , the OTHER victims, of this tug of war, who are frustrated ,moreso ,because we want to punch back, and shake sense into the bias,liberals who brainwash us constantly, with their opinions and not facts. I pray we start to distance ourselves and stop playing into their game of deception. God Bless

  • Harold Levi

    12/03/2018 03:16 PM

    I boycott all of the anti-America Leftist including Alec Baldwin. Everyone needs to help to make all of their projects a complete financial loss. We passed having a difference of opinion long ago.

    Join the Article V Contention of State and help strengthen the U.S. Constitution as recommended by the Founding Fathers.

  • Alan Jay Locke

    12/03/2018 02:37 PM

    Mike, I think you are absolutely correct. The liberal media will say one thing today and put a complete different spin on it tomorrow. They, hated McCain, until he died. Then came the torrent of praise. I hope that one day the Lord will even the score for these hate filled people. But of course His timing is not ours. Thank you for your wonderful newsletter. It s be so informative, and you are a Christian man in can identify with. If you have any Jewish readers out there, Happy Hanukkah, to every one else, Merry Christmas. Alan Locke

  • Alan Jay Locke

    12/03/2018 02:33 PM

    Mike, I think you are absolutely correct. The liberal media will say one thing today and put a complete different spin on it tomorrow. They, hated McCain, until he died. Then came the torrent of praise. I hope that one day the Lord will even the score for these hate filled people. But of course His timing is not ours. Thank you for your wonderful newsletter. It s be so informative, and you are a Christian man in can identify with. If you have any Jewish readers out there, Happy Hanukkah, to every one else, Merry Christmas. Alan Locke

  • Carlene Deese

    12/03/2018 02:23 PM

    It's sad to see how our press has evolved. When they realized they had the power to influence the American public by their biased opinions, we have been in a downward spiral. They are so blinded to believe the American public can't think for themselves. What a rude awakening they will have when they face our omnipotent God.

  • David Colonna

    12/03/2018 02:22 PM

    Mike ,
    It truly is hurting me to express this after George H. W. Bush has passed away. However, we cannot forget recent stories of George grabbing places he should not, which tells me all past Presidents have some type of not so "Good" side to them. Therefore, I fully stand behind our current President for not being a part of the deep state like the Clintons and yes I think the Bushs' and for sure Obama are all a part of. This is why I praise your daughter tremendously even if Ms. Chavez thinks your daughter and you lie a lot. We Christians know better that you both speak truth 99% or I think 100 % of the time. May God please forgive all past and present Presidents of their transgressions and inequities. May God continue to Bless the US and Our great Ally Israel.

  • Janell Paul

    12/03/2018 02:16 PM

    Love reading your news letters and commentaries.
    As a man of God and a Christian that you are, how do we change the hatred in the media and the hearts of men?.

  • Eileen McCluskey

    12/03/2018 01:49 PM

    I almost hate to bring it up but I’ve felt very disappointed that while GHWB talked of the “awe inspiring “ Oval Office, he became best buds w the man who disrespected the office like none other but his carryingons w a young intern... Trump , nor any other POTUS has gone lower !

  • Darlene F. Donston

    12/03/2018 01:29 PM

    The News Media is made up of some very SICK PEOPLE! As my Husband has said in the almost 20 years they are just part of the Democrratic Party. But I believe that the Original Dimm Party is no longer around as it has been taken over by the Socialist and Communists here in America. Such a shame! I Pray all the time that my Children and Grand-Daughters won't have to live through something that rotten.

  • rodney Burke

    12/03/2018 01:08 PM

    now I think everything should be tempered with truth. Bush was a NWO advocate, he made NO attempt to hide that. he was NOT a strong president like Reagan, I have read that all too often. He caved all too often to libs on too many things. I am not surprises he was not reelected. But what we got was icky. Of that there is no question. But then the dems give us one icky after another. Carter, Slick, Al Gore, John Kerry (Lurch) and now the worst of the worst, the ovomit and Hilary. No, let's be honest about GHW and tell the whole story. There is far too much PC to go alone with Alec Baldwin and SNL which is contamnated with mental illness. Isn't that obvious from what they say and do?

  • Shirley Place

    12/03/2018 01:02 PM

    Thank you Mike for your words. Praying for President Trump that he does the right thing especially in regard to Israel.