In a story that does not mention Ted Kennedy’s role in causing Mary Jo Kopechne’s death, his sexual assault of a waitress, or anything else unfavorable about the lovable scamp who left a woman to drown while he dried out (figuratively and literally), the L.A. Times today informs us of Sen. Ted Kennedy’s very, very, very moving funeral.
We are not told of how a child was exploited to move ObamaCare. But we are told that “deep loss pervaded the cold, rain-lashed morning” under “doleful gray skies.” We are assured that Teddy’s “triumphs and tragedies had touched and inspired many around the world.” We are told that Obama delivered a “moving eulogy” and that a singer delivered “a heart-stopping rendition of Schubert’s ‘Ave Maria.'”
I think reporter Bob Drogin was moved. Did you get that impression?
I also think Bob Drogin is seeking an award for poetic writing. His bid will be more powerful if he writes in complete sentences. This is not a complete sentence:
He will buried near his assassinated brothers, President John F. Kennedy and Sen. Robert F. Kennedy.
I think there’s a missing in that sentence.
Oh: did you know that the casket was gleaming? Because it was:
A white pall was placed over the gleaming wood coffin. . . . . After the service, the honor guard unfolded the flag and replaced it atop the gleaming casket as organ music swelled and church bells tolled solemnly overhead.
The thesaurus is your friend, Mr. Drogin.
But I shouldn’t criticize Mr. Drogin’s writing. It’s admirable that he was able to fight through the tears and complete the story at all.