Elijah Cummings, the U.S. representative from Baltimore, was a great man and deserving of the huge tribute in song, prayer and eulogies at his funeral today. It was also a stark reminder, through eulogies by Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, of how far the stature of the presidency has sunk.
Here’s a Washington Post account, which mentions how Cummings was hurt by Donald Trump’s remarks about Balitmore.
Clinton praised Cummings’reverence for the law and Constitution. That was one Trump implication.
And then there was Obama who drew a laugh when he said “all kinds of people” get called honorable when elected to public office. But some are honorable before they get there, like Cummings.
Obama said “being a strong man includes being kind” and that it’s not a sign of weakness to be honorable or to look out for others.
“You are not a sucker to have integrity and to treat others with respect,” said Obama
A little shade cast over a man who did not speak at the funeral?
Hillary Clinton also spoke and drew a large cheer when comparing Cummings to the Old Testament prophet for whom he was named and who also “stood against corrupt leadership.”
Donald Trump didn’t attend. He went to a rally today in South Carolina, where Rep. Joe “You Lie” Wilson giddily tweeted about his arrival. That’s a pair made in wherever guys like them are made.