Funeral Follies

From Holden:

Dan Froomkin leads us to depictions of two very different presidents at the papal funeral.

Bush as described in Froomkin’s WaPo:

Bush was close to the front of the section reserved for world leaders, who are being seated in alphabetical order — in French.

Clinton as described in the NYTimes:

While Romans were unlikely to catch a glimpse of President Bush — he moved only in motorcades and appeared only at a few official events — Mr. Clinton was clearly reveling in the fact that shoppers, tourists having lunch at outdoor cafes and Italian business people walking to meetings all stopped to greet him.

‘Isn’t this a great city?’ he said. Along the streets, people starting yelling ‘Bill, Bill, Bill,’ and a few shouted ‘U.S.A.!’ One shopkeeper raced out with a photograph of Mr. Clinton on a past visit.