Go to HHH home page.
Smart Politics
 


The 6 Times President Obama Mentioned the Pope

Bookmark and Share

What do Dave Brubeck, Lech Walesa, the Queen of England and Nelson Mandela have in common?

popebenedict10.jpegHeadlines were rewritten Monday morning when the Vatican announced Pope Benedict XVI would be resigning at the end of this month.

What follows is a complete listing of every instance in which Barack Obama had mentioned the Pope (or the "papacy" or "papal") orally or in writing during his presidency prior to the resignation announcement.

Obama has spoken of the Pope on a mere six occasions prior to the resignation, of which four were passing mentions while honoring Father Damien De Veuster, honoring jazz musician Dave Brubeck, praising the Muslim chaplain Sanaa Nadim, and telling a joke before Parliament in England.

"I wish to express my deep admiration for the life of Blessed Damien De Veuster, who will be canonized on Sunday by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI." - October 9, 2009, Statement on the Canonization of Father Damien De Veuster

"Dave Brubeck has never stopped reaching new audiences: performing for Presidents from Johnson to Reagan, composing orchestral tributes to Martin Luther King and Pope John Paul II, and even in his eighties, dazzling jazz festivals across America." - December 6, 2009, Remarks at the Kennedy Center Honors Reception

"Pope John Paul's engagement with Poland created space not just for the Catholic Church, but for labor leaders like Lech Walesa." - December 10, 2009, Address Accepting the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway

"I am told that the last three speakers here have been the Pope, Her Majesty the Queen, and Nelson Mandela, which is either a very high bar or the beginning of a very funny joke." - May 25, 2011, Remarks to the Parliament in London, England

"The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest honor a President can bestow on a civilian. Most honorees are Americans; only a few others have received it, among them Pope John Paul II, Nelson Mandela, and Helmut Kohl." - June 7, 2011, Remarks at a State Dinner Presenting the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany

"They are faith leaders like Sanaa Nadim, one of the first Muslim chaplains at an American college, a voice for interfaith dialogue who's had the opportunity to meet with the Pope to discuss these issues. We're very proud to have you here." - August 10, 2012, Remarks at the Iftar Dinner

The president's recent predecessors going back to Jimmy Carter have each mentioned the Pope on dozens of occasions during their respective years in office.

Follow Smart Politics on Twitter.

Previous post: Could Allyson Schwartz Make History in Pennsylvania?
Next post: Blue States in the Box

Leave a comment


Remains of the Data

Which States Own the Best Track Record in Backing Eventual GOP Presidential Nominees?

Nine states (each with primaries) have an unblemished record in voting for the eventual Republican nominee since 1976 - and not all host contests on the back end of the calendar.

Political Crumbs

Evolving?

When Scott Walker "punted" back in February after being asked if he was comfortable with the idea of evolution he added, "That's a question a politician shouldn't be involved in one way or the other." However, it may very well be a question that is asked at one of the upcoming GOP debates this year. In South Carolina during the first GOP debate in 2012, FOX News' Juan Williams asked Tim Pawlenty, "Do you equate the teaching of creationism with the teaching of evolution as the basis for what should be taught for our nation's schools?" Pawlenty replied, "There should be room in the curriculum for study of intelligent design" but that it was up to the local school districts if it should be in a science class or comparative theory class. At the fourth Republican debate held in California, Jon Huntsman addressed the GOP becoming "anti-science" thusly: "Listen, when you make comments that fly in the face of what 98 out of 100 climate scientists have said, when you call into question the science of evolution, all I'm saying is that, in order for the Republican Party to win, we can't run from science. We can't run from mainstream conservative philosophy."


73 Months and Counting

January's preliminary Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers show Minnesota's unemployment rate of 3.7 percent was once again lower than Wisconsin's 5.0 percent. That marks the 73rd consecutive month in which Minnesota has boasted a lower jobless rate than its neighbor to the east dating back to January 2009 including each of the last 67 months by at least one point. The Gopher State has now edged Wisconsin in the employment border battle for 204 of the last 216 months dating back to February 1997. Wisconsin only managed a lower unemployment rate than Minnesota for the 12 months of 2008 during this 18-year span.


more POLITICAL CRUMBS

Humphrey School Sites
CSPG
Humphrey New Media Hub

Issues />

<div id=
Abortion
Afghanistan
Budget and taxes
Campaign finances
Crime and punishment
Economy and jobs
Education
Energy
Environment
Foreign affairs
Gender
Health
Housing
Ideology
Immigration
Iraq
Media
Military
Partisanship
Race and ethnicity
Reapportionment
Redistricting
Religion
Sexuality
Sports
Terrorism
Third parties
Transportation
Voting