George W. Bush met today with Pope John Paul, who had shared these thoughts with him:
"In the absence of such a commitment, neither war nor terrorism will ever be overcome."
Pretending not to hear him, as usual, Bush moments later awarded the Pontiff the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
In completely unrelated news, John Kerry is leading Bush by 9% amongst Catholic voters, and recently Catholic Bishops have suggested that Pro-Choice political candidates should not be given communion.
There has yet to be any condemnation by the Bishops of political candidates who favor the Death Penalty. Like, for example, George W. Bush who oversaw, as Governor of Texas, more state sanctioned murder than any other Governor in US history, putting an end to the lives of almost 150 people. Not all that many, really, in comparison to those he sent to their deaths in Iraq.
For his part, Bush told the Pope that the US would work for "human liberty and human dignity."
No word on when that program will begin.
The Mad Hatter was late for an appointment, so had no time to make comment.