White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs (right) has just confirmed that President Obama will meet with Pope Benedict XVI in Rome. Here is the transcript, courtesy of the White House:
"MR. GIBBS: Just one quick announcement before we get going with questions. On his upcoming trip overseas, on Friday, July 10, the President will visit with the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI to discuss a range of issues, including their shared belief in the dignity of all people. That's on the upcoming trip." (Source: Michael Paulson, Boston Globe)
If you ask me, it is pretty audacious for the White House Press Secretary to claim President Obama and the Pope Benedict have a "shared belief in the dignity of all people."
This is the same President who opposes any restrictions on abortion whatsoever, opposed the Infant Born Alive Protection Act ( as an Illinois legislator), and infamously declared that if his daughter made a mistake, he would not want her to be "punished with a baby."
This comment brings to mind the President's meeting with Cardinal George a couple months ago. Afterward, the Cardinal said Mr. Obama tried to convince him that they shared the same position on abortion.
There is simply an element of unreality to it all.