It must be an innocent oversight.
XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX TUE APRIL 05, 2005 16:25:35 ET XXXXX
BUSH PASSED OVER CARTER IN POPE FUNERAL PICK
President Bush selected his father and Bill Clinton over Jimmy Carter for the official delegation attending the funeral of Pope John Paul II, the Carter Center claimed Late Tuesday.
"President Carter expressed to the White House a desire to attend the Pope's funeral," an official said.
Carter "was informed that the official delegation would be limited to just five people, and there were also others who were eager to attend."
"The Carters always relish the memories of Pope John Paul II being a delightful personal guest at the White House in 1979, on a pope's only visit to our nation's capital city. Subsequently, they visited with His Holiness in the Vatican."
One senior GOP official said that Carter wanted to take his wife Rosalynn along, but was informed that would be impossible. It was unclear if Clinton asked to take along his wife, New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.