The Pope arrives in D.C. today and Jimmy has met with and embraced the leader of Hamas. Sounds like we definitely got the better end of that exchange.
I watched the welcoming of the Pope at Andrews Air Force Base. For the first time a sitting President welcomed the Pope there. He will be the second Pope to speak at the White House. The welcome was terrific to watch, but I am prone to enjoy that sort of thing. I love ceremony, pomp and circumstance. I appreciate shows of respect for others. Laura Bush accompanied the President, as did Jenna Bush. I commented to my son that Jenna has turned out to be such a lovely young woman. Quite a different picture than the days of drinking and being young in Austin, at University of Texas. It must kill the press to have to be complimentary to her now.
Pope Benedict will celebrate his 81st birthday tomorrow. As he passed by the onlookers at Andrews, the school children sang Happy Birthday to him, with enthusiasm. Lots of flags representing the Vatican and the U.S. waving. Moments of history.
The Monseigneur commenting on television said the President and the Pope have a warm relationship. He was asked why the Pope decided to visit now and the answer was that the Pope wanted to do it before the political season got any further along and before this President left office.
There will be a big formal ceremony at the White House tomorrow, the Pope will speak to the General Assembly at the U.N. Friday and then go to Ground Zero Sunday. He'll conduct Mass from National Stadium; Yankee Stadium. Quite a strenuous schedule for a man his age.
What I like about this Pope, as a non-Catholic, is that he is characterized as a German academic. He loves policy and is a wonk. Cool. He caused quite a stir during his first major public speech when he dove right into the threats of IslamoFasicism in today's world. Good for him.
The man makes someone like Jimmy Carter look the fool that he is. The older Carter gets, the more ridiculous he seems. He was a failure as a President, after running the state of Georgia into the ground, as I lived there then, and now he is simply an embarrassment as a former President. He chooses terrorists, like Hamas, over Israel every time and doesn't bat an eye over it. He never met a dictator he didn't like, either. The leadership in Israel has refused to meet with him and who can blame them for that? He made up a story that he will try to mediate a release of Galed Shalit, held hostage by Palestinians all this long time, but everyone denies any knowledge of this mediation.
Maybe he'll ask about Hamas MP and Cleric Yunis Al-Astal, who it was reported on Jihad Watch, said during a Friday Sermon: "We will conquer Rome, and from there continue to conquer the two Americas and Eastern Europe." "Today, Rome is the capital of the Catholics, or the Crusader capital, which has declared its hostility to Islam, and has planted the brothers of apes and pigs in Palestine in order to prevent the reawakening of Islam - this capital of theirs will be an advanced post for the Islamic conquests, which will spread through Europe in its entirety, and then will turn to the two Americas, and even Eastern Europe."
Nice. The religion of peace.
Never mind that former President Carter ushered in our current day Islamic threats back when he was President and just as clueless as he is now.
Good job, Jimmy.