USA Today has the announcement that President Obama will meet with Pope Francis next month, and hopes the Pontiff will prove useful to his political agenda:
President Obama will meet with Pope Francis on March 27, capping a European trip that will take him to the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy.
“The president looks forward to discussing with Pope Francis their shared commitment to fighting poverty and growing inequality,” said a statement from White House press secretary Jay Carney.
Sounds like a swell afternoon! Maybe President Obama can show the Pope some photos from his luxury vacations, or his wife’s protracted holiday getaway in Hawaii, or her star-studded millionaires-only birthday bash, before they settle down to the serious talk about income inequality.
This could become a real test of Pope Francis’ “strange new respect” from the Left. There are a number of topics he could be very stern with President Obama about. He could also make it clear that he doesn’t want his concerns about poverty to be co-opted into Obama’s grubby little partisan political agenda. If he does anything like that, the Left will turn on him with a vengeance, but if he’s reasonably helpful to Operation Distract America From ObamaCare, his position as the liberal media’s Pope of the Century is secure.