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The Pope Says, "God Bless America" Obama’s Pastor of 20 Years Says, "G–D—- America"

Posted by Thunder Pig on April 16, 2008

WASHINGTON (AP) – An enthralled South Lawn crowd of more than 9,000 sang “Happy Birthday” to Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday—twice—and President Bush said that the first papal White House visit in 29 years was a reminder for Americans to “distinguish between simple right and wrong.”

“We need your message to reject this dictatorship of relativism and embrace a culture of justice and truth,” Bush said in brief remarks welcoming Benedict to the White House. “In a world where some see freedom as simply the right to do as they wish, we need your message that true liberty requires us to live our freedom not just for ourselves, but in a spirit of mutual support.”

The pontiff turned 81 Wednesday, the first full day of his first trip to the United States as leader of the world’s Roman Catholics. His 90- minute stay at the White House—only the second ever by a pope—was accompanied by the kind of pomp and pageantry rarely seen even on grounds accustomed to routinely welcoming royalty and the world’s most important leaders.

Lampposts fluttered with flags in the red-white-and-blue of America and yellow-and-white of the Holy See. The vast South Lawn was filled to nearly bursting with the largest crowd of Bush’s presidency, requiring a large television screen so those further back could see. Groups of Boy and Girl Scouts in their uniforms and members of the Knights of Columbus wore their traditional brightly colored feather headgear. Thousands unable to get inside filled Washington’s streets as well, playing music and waving banners as they waited for a hoped- for glimpse of the pontiff passing by later in his popemobile.

An almost serenely quiet papal arrival at the White House preceded the program as Benedict’s limousine pulled up the driveway to a greeting from Bush and his wife, Laura. The two leaders strolled along a red carpet to a platform set up on the lawn, and sat side-by-side as the Marine Band played the national anthem of the Holy See while a 21-gun salute from the Ellipse sprayed gray smoke into the air. Famed American soprano Kathleen Battle sang “The Lord’s Prayer.” The U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, dressed in colonial garb, marched past the two leaders.

The love in the audience was evident. A few yelled “Viva el Papa.” Four toddlers sat on the grass with handmade signs, one reading “We love you pope of hope” and the other showing a birthday cake—chocolate—with an 81 on it. “Happy Birthday” was sung spontaneously at first early in the ceremony, and a formal, more full-throated version came at the end.

Four toddlers sat on the grass with handmade signs. One read “We love you pope of hope” and other showed a birthday cake—chocolate—with an 81 on it. The crowd spontaneously sang “Happy Birthday” early in the ceremony, and a formal, more full-throated version came at the end.

“God bless America,” said Benedict robustly, to cheers from the excited throng.

Source: Breit Bart (via Drudge)

Obama’s Pastor:


I’m not a Catholic, and don’t believe in what they believe, but I can see why JFK, a Catholic, could be elected, and why Obama, a Black Liberationist, will not. To be President of our country…I believe one should love it…without hesitation or shame.

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