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Brit Hume Claims That "Regular Guys" Aren't Presidential (or Does he Mean Imperial?)

Reported by Melanie - January 3, 2007 -

Your World w/Neil Cavuto was preempted today (January 3, 2007) by live coverage of the last segment of Gerald Ford's funeral. Fox's big gun, Brit Hume, moderated the coverage and at one point Hume made some very revealing stream-of-consciousness comments about the nature of the presidency, then and now.

As the Ford motorcade returned to the presidential library in Grand Rapids, Michigan, from the church where the private family service was held, Fox's Steve Brown mentioned that he believed it would make a brief stop at Ford's boyhood home.

Hume took it from there:

That's interesting that you mention that because one of the marks of this, these observances, has been they've sort of toured the, they've allowed us to tour, with the family and everyone who is part of this large funeral party, or succession of funeral parties, the man's life.

Ah, here in Washington yesterday, ah, well when he first came to Washington, there was ah, they passed the house in which he and Mrs. Ford lived, indeed, in which he lived right up through the time he was vice president, out here in Arlington, Virginia.

Probably worth noting Steve, that one of the celebrated moments of his emergence and his ascension to the presidency was here was a man living at home, in a modest, relatively modest home, in which he was known to cook his own breakfast and indeed pop his own toast. And there, of course, there was a great deal of criticism of the Nixon administration as being one filled with people who had a very grand sense of themselves and there was a lot of talk then about what was called the imperial presidency [a term foreign to Fox's audience], and so forth, and here came now a simple man of Midwestern America who, ah, who, ah didn't aspire to the presidency and came to it nonetheless; didn't aspire to the vice presidency; came to that nonetheless; a man who buttered his own toast. Hallelujah said Americans at the time. Doesn't seem like such a big deal now. It just seems a little unpresidential at the moment, I suppose. But, this was also the era in which Jimmy Carter saw fit to carry his own garment bag on and off the airplane all while campaigning against President Ford in l976. The whole idea was the president was supposed to be a regular guy.

Comment: Obviously Hume, the alleged "fair and balanced journalist" who likely began life as a "regular guy" (well maybe not -- he got a deferment during the Vietnam War), has spent too much time hanging with members of the current imperial presidency and has lost touch with his "regular guy" audience. I think most "regular guys" think "regular guys" make fine presidents, thank you very much.