US DELEGATION TO VATICAN
The US delegation to the Vatican doesn't include Jimmy Carter. No room on Air Force One? That's a laugh. The truth is Carter is out to lunch, politcally. Not even Bush can afford to bring this whiney brat from Plaines along for fear he would embarrass the US with some impromptu press conference at St. Peter's. I'm sure his choice of seating at the Dem Convention didn't help his case either. Jimmy has never gotten over the spanking he received from Reagan in 1980, so he went to lunch and has been there since.
Carter, while President, had the opportunity to attend the funerals of Paul Vl and John Paul l, but decided against in both cases. So, missing this Papal funeral shouldn't be that big a deal for him.
It's too bad he's not in the group because I think all past Presidents should attend. However, I can't bring myself to blame Bush for the decision. Besides, you reap what you sow.