A lion cub can roar at a pope. "The beast was brought to the pontiff in the Vatican's Paul VI hall on Wednesday as part of a performance by members of the Medrano Circus … The lion's response: a roar, which drew laughter from the Vatican audience." (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, HO) We happen to think the "roar may well be more of the pussycat's social yawn — or maybe akin to the feline hiss — but that's open to debate. No question, though, about Papa Ratzi's adoration of his feline "suppliCAT."
"And so what I told [envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell] is start by listening, because all too often the United States starts by dictating — in the past on some of these issues — and we don't always know all the factors that are involved," said the newly minted Leader of the Free World, displaying his slippery, disingenuous language of Arab-style diplomacy larded with BDS innuendo for all the world to see. "Dictating?" Can you say projection.? Pardon us as we gag.
Meanwhile Pope Benedict XVI noted that "While I renew with affection the expression of my full and unquestionable solidarity with our (Jewish) brothers, I hope the memory of the Shoah will induce humanity to reflect on the unpredictable power of hate when it conquers the heart of man."
"An amused Benedict looked on as jugglers in sparkling costumes performed. He got up when the lion cub was carried closer so he could pat it."
In answer to a press question re "the significance of the President’s decision to give his first formal interview to an Arab network that Is part of a broader strategy for reaching out to the Muslim world":
[Robert Wood, acting State Dept spokesman]: Well, I think, clearly, if you see some of the initial reporting that’s come from the region, there’s been a really, really positive reception to the President’s interview. And I think it shows, based on what I’ve read so far in terms of the reaction from the region, that people are very, very pleased with the President’s approach and the fact that he really wants to engage seriously in a dialogue with the people of the Middle East, a two-way dialogue.
Egad. If only he really wanted to engage seriously in a "two-way dialogue" with the people on the other side of the aisle in Congress and such as ourselves. But he doesn't. His way or the highway. "I won."