Tuesday, July 26, 2005

The Outrage Continues

Meanwhile, over at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll issued a contrite apology Monday to the widow of a fallen Marine from Westwood, saying she didn't mean to offend his family by attending his funeral, giving her business card to his aunt and speaking against the war in Iraq.

The apology came after hundreds of outraged people from Pennsylvania and across the country swamped Knoll's and Gov. Ed Rendell's offices with phone calls and e-mails, many demanding Knoll's resignation or impeachment and others faulting the governor for telling the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the state takes no position on the war.

The Trib article is worth reading just to see the angry reader emails directed at Knoll. There is also some response from Rhonda Goodrich to the non-apology:

Goodrich's sister-in-law, Rhonda Goodrich, of Indiana County, who had asked for the apology, said she was satisfied that public pressure caused Knoll's office to issue the letter, but she had hoped it would also include an apology to all Marines and others in military service.
This is something that some of us may have been missing. It's not just the offense to the family of the deceased Marine that is at issue here. There is a big picture aspect to this matter: the offense to the United States military in general. Thank you, Rhonda Goodrich, for pointing this out.
Knoll, 74, of McKees Rocks, left Rhonda Goodrich a telephone message Sunday night, apologizing and explaining that as a mother and grandmother she opposes all war, Goodrich said.
I'm not sure how I would respond to a message like this if I were at home. Even if I were screening calls via the answering machine, I would be sorely tempted to pick up the phone and start shouting obscenities. Of course, I feel like doing that to Democrats all the time anyway.

As for the comment "that as a mother and grandmother she opposes all war", I assume that she is expressing her opinion in the context of her personal point of view, and that she is not implying that others are incapable of feeling the same way. Fathers and grandfathers also grieve, as do children, siblings, etc. The implication that they do not feel the same way as a mother would bothers me.

"I'm still bitter, but if she apologized, that's what I asked for," Rhonda Goodrich said. "I wanted her called out on this, and I wanted people to know that she's against the war -- and if they're all against the war, why are we fighting and people are dying? It's a big political move. If it hadn't gotten all this attention, I'm sure we'd never have heard anything."

You can't really expect more than a half-assed apology under the circumstances. Knoll needed to CYA on all counts. She issued an apology without admitting that she was wrong about anything. "A big political move" by a big-time politician.

"Everybody knows somebody that's affiliated with the service," Goodrich said. "I don't want her doing this to anybody else." She said Goodrich's family was not upset that Knoll had come to the funeral, but was offended by her behavior there.
I've been part of several family funerals and it's always nice to see an unexpected guest's signature in the memory book. They usually drop by during visitation hours (an occasionally during off hours so as not to draw attention to themselves) but they never crash the funeral service. When you are a celebrity of some sort, where ever you go, it's "ALL ABOUT ME, ME, ME!" Knoll and anyone else who intends to pay their respects to the fallen would be wise to remember this in future.

1 comment:

Honnistaibe said...

This is what happens when Dems who "loathe the military" try to have it both ways by expressing the attitude.. "but, I support the troops."