50th Anniversary Of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" Speech I pointed out that no Republicans, GOP officials or prominent conservatives attended the event. Apparently I wasn't the only one who noticed because the GOP has defiantly been feeling the heat over the accusation. So much so that they have sent out their talking heads to all the cable news station to refute the claim. One of their chief shills, Bill O'Reilly, angrily made the claim that "No Republicans and no conservatives were invited" to the event sarcastically quipping "what did their invitations get lost in the mail". O'Reilly even went on to claim that former president George W. Bush "Definitely was not invited"
It turns out that nothing could be further from the truth (as is the case of most of what Republicans say).
Apparently both presidents, George W. Bush and his father George H. W. Bush, were absolutely invited but had bowed out of the event, citing "health issues". Even former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was asked to attend in lieu of his brother and father but turned down the offer. In addition Speaker of the House John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor were both invited, but graciously declined to attend. It turns out that Cantor had a meeting with oil lobbyists, and Boehner spoke at a Congressional event! John McCain was also invited but decided it was best to be a no show.
To add insult to injury every Republican member of Congress was invited as well. Alas there were no takers.
When asked, the former chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors, Julian Bond said of the events handlers “They asked a long list of Republicans to come and to a man and woman they said ‘no.’ And that they would turn their backs on this event was telling of them, and the fact that they seem to want to get black votes, they’re not gonna get ‘em this way.”
Ain't that the truth.