Pander Bear Update #2

It appears that Gov. Zeppelin remained for the entire 3-1/2 hour funeral. The entry below is from Amy Kuperinsky’s live blog feed from the Newark Star-Ledger:

3:12: [Pastor]Marvin Winans praises Gov. Chris Christie for his decision to keep the flags at half-staff and back up that move when he was criticized. Christie gets a standing O.

It doesn’t get better than that: not only does he rub shoulders with the Hollywood crowd, but he receives a standing ovation for snubbing a dead Marine war hero in order to use our flag as a prop to pander for adulation from committed Obama voters. I’m wondering how long it will take Anorexic Annie to dash off a column praising Christie for his courage and  steadfastness.

Keep your eyes on Monday, folks. The time: 10 AM. The place: Queen of Peace R.C. church in North Arlington, New Jersey.

If Gov. Pander Bear is a no show, all the bluster and bullying in the world won’t rescue him from the excrement tsunami headed his way.

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6 Responses to Pander Bear Update #2

  1. Dana Pearson says:

    Gene,

    What did you expect him to do, walk out in the middle of the service? Whitney was a Jersey icon who lived not far from the Governor. The Guv has to be a cheerleader for NJ. CNN spent four hours on the funeral with no commercial break. It was the most impactful funeral service I’ve seen in at least 25 years — including Lady Di’s, Reagan’s, Mickey Mantles’ and others. If YOU had been Guv, you would have been there, right?

    Christie would have been a fool not to attend the service and order the flags lowered. The whole world was watching that chuch in Newark today — the Governor absolutely HAD to be there. Not doing so would have been a dishonor not to Whitney Houston but to the NJ community that loved her.

  2. Gene Hoyas says:

    Whitney was a Jersey icon who lived not far from the Governor.

    So were (and are) any number of Mafiosi. Your point?

    The Guv has to be a cheerleader for NJ.

    That doesn’t mean he has to pander.

    CNN spent four hours on the funeral with no commercial break. It was the most impactful funeral service I’ve seen in at least 25 years — including Lady Di’s, Reagan’s, Mickey Mantles’ and others.

    Good God, man…get a hold of yourself. She was a washed up singer.

    If YOU had been Guv, you would have been there, right?

    Of course not. I would have dispatched the Lieutenant Governor in my place.

    Christie would have been a fool not to attend the service and order the flags lowered. The whole world was watching that chuch in Newark today — the Governor absolutely HAD to be there. Not doing so would have been a dishonor not to Whitney Houston but to the NJ community that loved her.

    Bullshit. Bad enough that he ordered the flags lowered for a common entertainer – worse that he did so at the expense of a dead Marine. All he did today was PANDER.

    • lg1015 says:

      Amen, Gene!

      What is it about the people in this Country who worship dead drug addicts? Marilyn Monroe, Jimi Hendricks, Jim Morrison, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson? They have ticker tape parades down the “Canyon of Heroes” for football teams, and yet, not one American soldier has been given a parade in NYC!

      It’s all about priorities, and this Gov. has his in the wrong place!

    • Dana Pearson says:

      Christie ordered the flags lowered for all NJ war dead and all NJ police and fire who die in the line of duty — and Clarence Clemons.

      Of course he can’t order it lowered for every two bit entertainer — but Whitney is a cut above Clarence on the fame charts. Clarence’s funeral service was not Whitneyesue.

      My family has had property in both of Whitney’s old haunts — East Orange and Newark. And as a teen and young adult I spent summers working in both towns. I still remember the Newark riots of the late 60s’ and have seen that town at its lows and at what seems hopefully to be its current turnaround. Additionally, Whitney was actually older than most of my siblings, which makes her part of my generation. She attended High School at the same time as me in an adjoining town. So her passing is just one more indicator to me that life is getting shorter.

      There are some very good people supporting Urban ministries such as New Hope Baptist Church — which launched several music industry figures including Whitney Houston. Call it pandering if you must, but I thought it was good sense and little harm done to lower the flags.

      I was not particularly a Whitney Houston fan, but the story of her life and her family’s life is one that is worth being told (which it no doubt will be in books and docudramas). The story of the Second Great Migration from the South. The story of urban decline and drug dealing in Newark and to some extent East Orange. The story of a century of more of corrupt politics in Newark. And the complex story of Whitney’s Baptist religious upbringing, her Catholic High School, and the demons that plagued her which have their roots in show biz, NJ urban culture, an odd marriage choice and the increasing Godlessness of what is left of our civilization.

      • HeleneH says:

        Lowering the flag is supposed to mean something. There is protocol you know. The governor is not following protocol.

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