Some people are asking me to comment on this historic event, which liberals will surely say is the first time a Pope smiled at an American President.
Popes meet with world leaders. Presidents visit Popes. Ho hum.
As usual, photos were taken, gifts were exchanged, benign statements of common ground were affirmed. What was said in private we don’t really know.
I doubt there were arguments. Just what would that look like, anyway? Francis threatens the intervention of angels as to Attila the Hun, if Obama doesn’t back off on the HSS Mandate? Obama threatens drone strikes on the Casa Santa Marta, if Francis doesn’t personally conduct sodomitical marriage ceremonies and distribute condoms from the balcony of St. Peter’s?
Beyond the photo op and the feel good seed-box gift story, which was admittedly better than an iPod, the substance, as I can tell from the Press Office release, comes down to both Pope and POTUS being for freedom and against human trafficking, which is like affirming a generally accepted position such as “ignoring stop signs is bad” … unless, perhaps, those stop signs are at borders of nations.
By the way, Pres. Obama arrived with an escort of some FIFTY vehicles as well as heavily-armed special forces, as one does when visiting the Vatican.
Unless you are Pres. Bush…. or any president before this one.