Humbling: Obama must visit Pope Francis in prayer for popularity

posted at 10:01 pm on March 26, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

Gotta be rough on him:

ROME — President Barack Obama was once the biggest superstar on the international stage. On Thursday, he heads to the Vatican to benefit from the popularity of his replacement: Pope Francis.

Hey, if you’re gonna be surpassed, might as well be by the Pope, but it must still be hard for the presidential ego to cope:

The visit is a rare chance for Obama to associate himself with a world leader whose cool factor far outweighs his own, and it comes at a critical time in his presidency. The White House is still recovering from what aides call a “lost year,” and the president’s job approval ratings at home are dipping to new lows.

Can we just sit back for a moment and relish that Politico must describe the Pope as having a “cool factor” that outstrips President Obama’s? God is good and works in unexpected ways.

Obama will use the closely watched meeting to show how aligned he is with the pope on income inequality, poverty and immigration — issues important to both the White House and Democrats as they try to paint Republicans as insensitive to the needs of Americans before the upcoming midterms.

“He needs the Francis bump,” said Chad Pecknold, a theology professor at The Catholic University of America.

Francis has a 76 percent approval rating among Americans, according to a Gallup poll published Wednesday. Obama’s approval rating in the daily Gallup tracking poll was 42 percent.

Sure, they’re totally in agreement when Obama’s not shutting down the Little Sisters of the Poor by forcing them to pay for contraception.

The Pope is quite popular with the people, which means he’s quite popular with politicians:

Pope Francis is fresh from turning down an invitation from Noah‘s marketing department to meet with the film’s star, Russell Crowe, in an effort to boost pre-release interest among Catholics (I suspect, though we aren’t usually the target audience for “Biblical” films, or for that matter, “Christian Rock” which can only be called “Rock” in the loosest sense of the term and if you consider Nickleback to be a legitimate inspiration for any musical movement).

Anyway, Pope Francis has already turned down one remarkable offer to be used as a pawn in a complex marketing strategy, so it only makes sense that the most attention whorish body in America outside of Hollywood would also make overtures for his attention. Yes, America, Congress has invited Pope Francis to speak, clearly believing they will not all shrivel and die in his presence as their demons leave them to pursue other activities, like lobbying.

Make it three complex marketing strategies, one of which was just harder to get out of.


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Will the Pope kiss Obama’s ring?

Electrongod on March 26, 2014 at 10:04 PM

He needs an Imam.

Kaffa on March 26, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Obozo still has a cool factor?

Flange on March 26, 2014 at 10:06 PM

The Pope and Obaka are on stage in front of a huge crowd.

The Pope leans towards Obaka and says, “Do you know that with one little wave of my hand I can make every person in this crowd go wild with joy? This joy will not be momentary, but go deep into their hearts so that, for the rest of their lives, whenever they think of this day they will rejoice!”

Obaka replies, “I seriously doubt that you can do all that with one little wave of your hand. Show me.”

The Pope then slaps him …

ShainS on March 26, 2014 at 10:07 PM

I hope Pope Francis gives him the same “riot act” that the Clintons got from Mother Theresa.

listens2glenn on March 26, 2014 at 10:07 PM

WTF is Obama doing!? Russia is about to invade Ukraine and is beginning to mass up against the borders of other Baltic states, Obamacare is an unmitigated disaster and spinning out of control, millions are STILL without jobs and have given up, the economy is STILL in a shambles, NONE of the house of our government are working together and this guy runs off to play video games at the G7 and visit the Pope!?

FUBO

Skywise on March 26, 2014 at 10:08 PM

You didn’t get that appointment. Someone else…made that happen.

22044 on March 26, 2014 at 10:10 PM

Humbling: Obama must visit Pope Francis in prayer for popularity

It will be humbling when he finds out the Pope will pray for him instead of to him.

whatcat on March 26, 2014 at 10:11 PM

The Holy Father is going to give Bammie an ass kicking.

joecollins on March 26, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Skywise on March 26, 2014 at 10:08 PM

Yep.

I’m expecting Teh Administration to announce soon that Obaka will once again be making a hard pivot … toward another vacation (or, at least, another round of golf) …

ShainS on March 26, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Obama will use the closely watched meeting to show how aligned he is with the pope on income inequality, poverty and immigration

This will work for O… When push comes to shove, they’re fairly closely aligned… That is, until the RCs at the conservative sites tell us that the Pope isn’t really saying what he actually said.

mankai on March 26, 2014 at 10:12 PM

…I’m going to puke!

KOOLAID2 on March 26, 2014 at 10:13 PM

the pope then slaps him … ShainS on March 26, 2014 at 10:07 P

Lol,, that was good.

wolly4321 on March 26, 2014 at 10:14 PM

Can we just sit back for a moment and relish that Politico must describe the Pope as having a “cool factor” that outstrips President Obama’s?

My ultra-Left sister just sent me an email today in which she shocked me by saying she likes Francis.

She hasn’t liked a pope since she was brainwashed re-educated in college decades ago.

itsnotaboutme on March 26, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Russia is about to invade Ukraine and is beginning to mass up against the borders of other Baltic states, Obamacare is an unmitigated disaster and spinning out of control, millions are STILL without jobs and have given up, the economy is STILL in a shambles, NONE of the house of our government are working together and this guy runs off to play video games at the G7 and visit the Pope!?

Skywise on March 26, 2014 at 10:08 PM

Sounds like the theme song from Car 54.

itsnotaboutme on March 26, 2014 at 10:17 PM

push comes to shove, they’re fairly closely aligned… That is, until the RCs at the conservative sites tell us that the Pope isn’t really saying what he actually said. mankai on March 26, 2014 at 10:12 PM

Ed caught hell for that thread. I don’t think he’ll go there again.

wolly4321 on March 26, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 3h

Most visits by a US President with the Pope: George W Bush 5;

Pres Obama will be tied at 2 with Presidents Nixon, Reagan and George HW Bush.
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https://twitter.com/markknoller

canopfor on March 26, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Le Oops:

Secret Service agents sent home from Netherlands
2m
Report: Secret Service agents sent home from Netherlands were warned to avoid trouble after incident in Miami, sources tell @washingtonpost
read more on washingtonpost.com

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/secret-service-agents-sent-home-from-netherlands-were-warned-to-avoid-trouble/2014/03/26/ff01c618-b54e-11e3-8020-b2d790b3c9e1_story.html?Post+generic=%3Ftid%3Dsm_twitter_washingtonpost

canopfor on March 26, 2014 at 10:22 PM

The Holy Father is going to give Bammie an ass kicking.

joecollins on March 26, 2014 at 10:11 PM

I sure hope so.

PatriotGal2257 on March 26, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Sounds like the theme song from Car 54.

itsnotaboutme on March 26, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Since I’m of a certain age I get that joke.

whatcat on March 26, 2014 at 10:23 PM

The Pope should stand him up because of “scheduling conflicts”.

Mimzey on March 26, 2014 at 10:25 PM

Oops,..More: Heels of a Car Wreck,…whats:

Secret Service incident in Netherlands was on heels of car wreck during Obama’s Miami trip

By Carol D. Leonnig, David Nakamura and Michael Birnbaum, Updated: Wednesday, March 26, 9:32 PM E-mail the writers
***********************************************

As the U.S. Secret Service arrived in the Netherlands last weekend for a presidential trip, managers were already on high alert to avoid any further em­barrassing incidents involving agents.

The agency’s director had admonished supervisors after two counter-sniper officers suspected of drinking were involved in a March 7 car accident during a presidential visit to Miami, according to several people with knowledge of the incident. The driver passed a field sobriety test and was not arrested.
(More…)
===============

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/secret-service-agents-sent-home-from-netherlands-were-warned-to-avoid-trouble/2014/03/26/ff01c618-b54e-11e3-8020-b2d790b3c9e1_story.html?Post+generic=%3Ftid%3Dsm_twitter_washingtonpost

canopfor on March 26, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Maybe barry should take biden, pelosi and some kennedys with him and show how the pope how supportive he is of great Catholic examples of the faith.

crosshugger on March 26, 2014 at 10:28 PM

Eliminate the extra “how” between show and the in my post….Oops, I know there is a preview button for a reason.

crosshugger on March 26, 2014 at 10:30 PM

The Holy Father is going to give Bammie an ass kicking.

joecollins on March 26, 2014 at 10:11 PM

What I should have said: I sure hope so, instead of the pitying look the Holy Father will no doubt give him the minute Obama inevitably says something that demonstrates his total lack of knowledge of Catholicism.

Obama: “Hey, tell me … all those Commandments are just for show, to keep all the riffraff in line, right? You don’t really believe in all that crap, do you?”

PatriotGal2257 on March 26, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Will he be fashionably late as usual.

docflash on March 26, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Sadly the WH machine is going to spin it their way no matter what Pope Francis says to Obama. I’m waiting for O to say after the meeting…..”The Pope wants every Catholic in the US to sign up for Obamacare.” ESH

CoffeeLover on March 26, 2014 at 10:33 PM

FUBO

Skywise on March 26, 2014 at 10:08 PM

I’ll say. He should be golfing!

predator on March 26, 2014 at 10:35 PM

It will be humbling when he finds out the Pope will pray for him instead of to him.

whatcat
on March 26, 2014 at 10:11 PM

.
. . . : )

listens2glenn on March 26, 2014 at 10:37 PM

He needs an Imam.

Kaffa on March 26, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Kaffa:Lol,…..so true!!

canopfor on March 26, 2014 at 10:38 PM

He thinks getting his picture taken with the Pope will give him prestige.

crankyoldlady on March 26, 2014 at 10:38 PM

.”The Pope wants every Catholic in the US to sign up for Obamacare.” ESH

CoffeeLover on March 26, 2014 at 10:33 PM

CoofeeLover:

Oh gawd no,..a Pope/Hopey ACA Infomercial!!:0

canopfor on March 26, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Whatever happens I’m sure it’ll end up docking a few more Russian Warships in South America.

Flexibility
Monroe Doctrine

wolly4321 on March 26, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Obozo still has a cool factor?

Flange on March 26, 2014 at 10:06 PM

It’s politico. He’ll always be cool to them.

crrr6 on March 26, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Maybe the pope can recommend some good golf courses. Obama cares nothing for Christ. There is no room for Christ…. obamas ego sucks all the oxygen out of the room.

crosshugger on March 26, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm,..:

Photo-op: Obama meets the pope
March 25, 2014|By Kathleen Parker
*********************************

WASHINGTON — Thursday’s meeting between Pope Francis and President Barack Obama holds great promise in a time of turmoil, though not necessarily in the ways some may hope.

In anticipation of the meeting, everyone seems to want a piece of the pope.

The head of the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good

has posted a petition on the White House’s “We the People” website

that makes

a religious case for action on climate change.
(More…)
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http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-03-25/site/ct-oped-parker-0325-20140325_1_pope-francis-pope-thursday-vatican

canopfor on March 26, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Oh Noes,…not from the Latino FOX News:

The Pope, The President: Obama, Fading Rock Star, Meets With Icon On The Rise

By Elizabeth Llorente
Published March 27, 2014
Fox News Latino
****************

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2014/03/27/pope-president-obama-fading-rock-star-will-meet-with-icon-on-rise/

canopfor on March 26, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Hey Obama, tell him your thoughts on aborotion. Especially thoughts on a fetus that survives it and what should be done. :)

ThePrez on March 26, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Abortion, frick!

ThePrez on March 26, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Can we just sit back for a moment and relish that Politico must describe the Pope as having a “cool factor” that outstrips President Obama’s? God is good and works in unexpected ways.

Funny that…

workingclass artist on March 26, 2014 at 10:50 PM

The Pope should stand him up because of “scheduling conflicts”.

Mimzey on March 26, 2014 at 10:25 PM

Heh. I wonder if the Pope will make him leave thru a side door.

Hill60 on March 26, 2014 at 10:51 PM

The Pope and Obaka are on stage in front of a huge crowd.

The Pope leans towards Obaka and says, “Do you know that with one little wave of my hand I can make every person in this crowd go wild with joy? This joy will not be momentary, but go deep into their hearts so that, for the rest of their lives, whenever they think of this day they will rejoice!”

Obaka replies, “I seriously doubt that you can do all that with one little wave of your hand. Show me.”

The Pope then slaps him …

ShainS on March 26, 2014 at 10:07 PM

rflmao…

workingclass artist on March 26, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Papa, please give Mr. Obama a scolding and wag your finger at him publicly. Please don’t allow any favorable public photos. This man must be curbed for his good, the good of his country and the good of the world.

Mason on March 26, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Who would have guessed, 5 years ago, that the Pope would be more popular in America than Barack Obama? (Ok, probably more than a dozen H.A. posters, but you get my point.) Hmm. Makes me believe in karma – which isn’t an especially Catholic notion.

notropis on March 26, 2014 at 10:56 PM

I sense uneasiness in The Force. It is the Last Days, after all.

flataffect on March 26, 2014 at 11:06 PM

I wonder if Obama will explain to Pope Francis how the 10 Commandments are a “Charter of Negative Rights” that should be rewritten? Instead of telling what we cannot do, it should tell what they can do to us.

Mrs D on March 26, 2014 at 11:17 PM

Obama will use the closely watched meeting to show how aligned he is with the pope on income inequality, poverty and immigration — issues important to both the White House and Democrats

Big, flueking, lie!

They hate the middle/lower classes, and farmers.

Schadenfreude on March 26, 2014 at 11:27 PM

This will work for O… When push comes to shove, they’re fairly closely aligned… That is, until the RCs at the conservative sites tell us that the Pope isn’t really saying what he actually said.
mankai on March 26, 2014 at 10:12 PM

I’m not ruling anything out vis a vis the antichrist and his sidekick false preacher. I’ll know the end is near when the prophets are slain and resurrected in Jerusalem that whomever is in charge on the world stage is the beast. But for now, I’ll give the benefit of doubt that it’s due to willful mistranslation of Francis’ words.

AH_C on March 26, 2014 at 11:53 PM

Wondering if SNL could bring back Father Guido Sardouchi to do a Weekend Update interview on how the meeting went been the Pope and Obama. If the NBC writers could be honest, it would be an Emmy moment of laughter.

Michael Harlin on March 26, 2014 at 11:58 PM

Didn’t a previous Pope refuse a public picture with Pelosi because of her stance on abortion? Hopefully Pope Francis will do the same. No good photo ops, PLEASE!

Unfortunately I think the WH and America’s Pravda the media will only focus on what the two could possibly have in common: immigration reform, hike in minimum wage/labor support, climate change, i.e. “social justice.” The Church’s social teachings really lean left in these areas. I think the major difference, abortion, will not be the focus.

I am so disgusted with the amount of Catholics who voted for and continue to support Obama. My church has so many and I am dumbfounded as to how they can reconcile his stance on abortion, which is almost infanticide really, with Catholic traditional teachings. Astounding.

ImmigrantsWife on March 26, 2014 at 11:58 PM

Pope Frankie the Bouncer is the real deal. Obama is just a poser.

myiq2xu on March 27, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Pope & Change….Eh?

DontDroneMeBro on March 27, 2014 at 12:03 AM

The Pope is cool? LIke Obama? Hmmm that isn’t a good thing. Because that kind of cool doesnt’ last.

That said, as a non-Catholic, I think of nothing better for this nation than for Obama to start being a Catholic, for real, not the kind Pelosi is, but the kind that is against abortion and pro-family… and believes, in private charity, and freedom of religion, and even private school!

What in the world could those two men have in common?

But please, Obama convert! All religion is safer under the management of a good Catholic, (today, not historically) than a Communist.

And I’m a Mormon saying that!

petunia on March 27, 2014 at 12:08 AM

Here’s my favorite joke about a president meeting with the pope:

Bill Clinton goes to the Vatican to meet with Pope John Paul II. They have a private meeting, after which Clinton emerges from the Vatican Palace and is greeted by reporters.

A reporter asks, “Mr. President, what was your meeting with the Pope like?”

Clinton answers, “Our discussion was private, so out of respect for the Pope, I can’t go into detail. But I thought it went very well. We agreed on 80% of the things we talked about.” And Clinton gets into a limousine and is driven away.

Then the Pope emerges. A reporter asks, “Holy Father, how was your meeting with President Clinton?”

The Pope answers, “Unfortunately, it did not go well. I was very disappointed.”

The reporter says, “Really? But President Clinton said that you and he agreed on 80% of the things you talked about.”

The Pope says, “Well, yes. But we were talking about the Ten Commandments.”

J.S.K. on March 27, 2014 at 12:11 AM

Obama’s approval rating in the daily Gallup tracking poll was 42 percent.

It’s hard to believe that his approval rating is that high.

Yes, America, Congress has invited Pope Francis to speak, clearly believing they will not all shrivel and die in his presence as their demons leave them to pursue other activities, like lobbying.

Heh and double heh!

Vince on March 27, 2014 at 12:25 AM

I hope he tells Obama the same thing he told the mafia: Change or prepare for Hell. I wouldn’t be all that surprised if he did, since Pope Francis talks about Satan and hell more than either of his two predecessors.

ImmigrantsWife on March 26, 2014 at 11:58 PM

That was beloved Benedict XVI with Pelosi. I must admit that I’m a little afraid that Pope Francis is not as cautious a man as beloved Benedict, but at the same time, I can see him blasting Obama in public like the mafia, as in the day dream I posted, far more than BXVI, who I don’t doubt would tell someone the same thing, but it would be in private. Likely the same is true of Francis, but a girl can dream!

pannw on March 27, 2014 at 12:28 AM

pannw on March 27, 2014 at 12:28 AM

Oh I hope you’re right. If the Mafia got threatened for their behavior, then surely Pope Francis won’t hold back on the leader of the free world (ugh….it pains me so to type that) practically endorsing infanticide.

ImmigrantsWife on March 27, 2014 at 12:46 AM

I just love this: Obama goes to the Vatican to “associate himself” with the Pope, but congress inviting the Pope to speak is being an “attention whore.” I’m thinking they mixed up their descriptors here.

Mrs D on March 27, 2014 at 12:53 AM

Here’s praying the Pope does what he should do….

sandee on March 27, 2014 at 1:53 AM

Pope Francis = Universalist/Unitarian wet dream.

When the pope is extremely popular with the left, that should raise some major red flags.

DethMetalCookieMonst on March 27, 2014 at 6:11 AM

The only certainty:
‘The smartest man in the room’ will think he’s also the holiest man in the room.

socalcon on March 27, 2014 at 7:06 AM

Will Obama be the first muzzie blessed by a Catholic Pope?

RandallinHerndon on March 27, 2014 at 7:16 AM

Lightning strikes….please!!!

tim c on March 27, 2014 at 8:01 AM

First things first. I don’t read politico…haven’t in years. I know it’s propaganda, so what’s the point in even looking at it?

Regarding

Obama will use the closely watched meeting to show how aligned he is with the pope on income inequality, poverty and immigration — issues important to both the White House and Democrats as they try to paint Republicans as insensitive to the needs of Americans before the upcoming midterms.

how convenient that politico forgot to mention the dressing down John Kerry got from the Vatican in the runnup to today’s meeting over the Obama Administration’s hostility to Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular.

olesparkie on March 27, 2014 at 8:04 AM

How many Grammies has the Pope got?

David Blue on March 27, 2014 at 8:08 AM

This is the moment where the leader of the Roman Catholic Church meets the man funding and promoting through his administration, the most vicious anti-Christian Islamic forces ever unleashed on a population. Also, here is the number one promoter of eugenics, to the point of travelling to Africa in order to change laws in support of abortion. Last and not least, the evolved leader who is trying to sell the LGBTQ lifestyle and all the darkness that comes with it.

Now we get to see who Pope Francis is.

Hening on March 27, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Obama has no shame. He could care less about using the Pope as a political prop.

oldennis on March 27, 2014 at 8:15 AM

Frankly, the Pope is tasked with pointing out Obama’s transgressions and correcting him in the name of love…if Francis doesn’t address Obama’s position on abortion, LBGTs, forced contraception, etc, I will be disappointed and conclude he is one more figure in the “let’s all just get along” movement..

hillsoftx on March 27, 2014 at 8:54 AM

I am so disgusted with the amount of Catholics who voted for and continue to support Obama. My church has so many and I am dumbfounded as to how they can reconcile his stance on abortion, which is almost infanticide really, with Catholic traditional teachings. Astounding.

ImmigrantsWife on March 26, 2014 at 11:58 PM

Exactly! We moved from OK to MD a few years ago. What a shock! MD is the most Catholic state in the country from it’s founding. Yet it is the most liberal, anti-God state I’ve ever lived in.

Christian Conservative on March 27, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Now we get to see who Pope Francis is.

Hening on March 27, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Well the photos are already out and they look pretty cozy. I can’t believe Pope Benedict wouldn’t even take a public picture with Pelosi, but this Pope took a nice one with Obama. Ugh…..
The weird thing is there’s also lots of pics of Pope Benedict with both the Obamas (the one with FLOTUS wearing a veil is priceless). So I guess it’s ok to take pictures with a pro-infanticide US President, but not a pro-abortion Speaker of the House. Got it.

Christian Conservative on March 27, 2014 at 8:55 AM

At my church these clueless people in their 80′s think that Democrats today are still like the Kennedy’s of the 1960′s. I have little respect for the Kennedy’s, so I don’t get it either way. As far as the younger Catholics supporting Obama, we probably have culture and school to thank for that. They are constantly getting bombarded by the political correctness, relative morality and “diversity.” They don’t really even have a chance unless they have parents pushing back twice as hard the other way. Most parents don’t have the time or energy to keep up.

ImmigrantsWife on March 27, 2014 at 9:17 AM