The Date is Set: President Obama to Meet with Pope Francis – Expect a Conservative Meltdown

obama-francisI think most people saw this coming – President Obama will meet Pope Francis in Vatican City on March 27.  While the meeting I’m sure won’t bring about anything “groundbreaking” in the way of headlines or news, I can almost assure you that the conservative freak-out leading up to this meeting will be ridiculous.

Heck, when President Obama simply quoted Pope Francis some right-wing media pundits lost it.  Just imagine what they’ll be like leading up to an actual meeting between the two.

We’ve already had a Fox News editor call Pope Francis “the Catholic Church’s Obama” because:

  • “Just like President Obama loved apologizing for America, Pope Francis likes to apologize for the Catholic Church.”
  • “Just like Obama thought he’d won over Putin by promising a reset, Francis thinks by talking vacuously about the poor, he will be respected.”
  • “Like Obama, Francis is unable to see the problems that are really endangering his people.”
  • “Like Obama he mistakes the faithful for the enemy, the enemy for his friend, condescension for respect, socialism for justice and capitalism for tyranny.”
  • “In trying to please the media and the modern world, Francis mistakes their glee for respect.”

Those are actual quotes from the article written by that particular editor.

Now just imagine if Pope Francis comes out speaking kind words about President Obama?  It’ll be a couple of weeks worth (at least) of right-wing media pundits going absolutely insane.

They continue to move further and further toward an all-out assault on Pope Francis.  Something I continue to warn them is not going to end well for the GOP.

It’s one thing to wage some kind of “war” against anything and everything President Obama – it’s quite another to attack the leader of the Catholic Church.  Especially for a party which tries to paint itself as “the party for Christian principles.”

Well – that’s until one of the most recognized and powerful Christian leaders in the world calls out many of your key principles – then suddenly he’s “too liberal” or “a Marxist.”

But now with these two men having a scheduled meeting, you can fully expect plenty of right-wing bashing both before and after it takes place.

As a writer, it’s great for business.  As a human being, I’ll be disgusted and appalled by the sheer ignorance that many conservatives almost seem eager to display on a daily basis.

Either way, I’m really looking forward to seeing what might come out of the meeting between these two very powerful men.  I think it’s a great thing when two powerful people come together to communicate and possibly share positive ideas.

Because no matter how powerful you are, or what position you might hold, we never stop learning – we never stop evolving.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Sam

    What I like about both of these powerful men is the certainty and confidence of their messages. I think God is leading both of them in what is the right direction for this world. Go Pope Francis and President Obama!

  • RU_Kidding

    I’ll bet that the reich-wing makes a few lame, dismissive remarks about the meeting between Obama & the Pope then completely IGNORE it….

  • Sandy Greer

    I can hardly wait. It’s amazing to me, the attacks right-wingers make on the Pope…because he calls out hypocrisy, and points out short-comings, where the religious can do better. They forget to ask: WWJD? Probably the same folks who claim Martin Luther King as their ‘own’ (saying he was conservative and would be Repub today) Good Lord. Just SMH Yeah, they’re gonna be beside themselves over Prez Obama meeting the Pope, LOL

  • strayaway

    This will be interesting. Neither seem to like capitalism as they understand it. Maybe the Pope owes one to the President after throwing a papal monkey wrench into the President’s plan to bomb Syria. On he other hand, popes will be popes and what if this Pope opens up his mouth about his understanding of abortion? I doubt the Pope will do that as he is a smart guy and can advance his agenda more by getting a long and promoting open immigration, free medical care, and other issues.

    The President really needs a holy blessing, or something, as his ratings go down the tube. This will be a great photo op with both smiling. Could be this is a set up with a mutually agreed to pronouncements with the Vatican set up in advance.

    • Anon

      Their “agendas” are to help people who truly need help. Your sarcasm and negativity is truly nauseating. Are you truly that negative on a daily basis? If so, I feel sorry for whoever you live with, if anyone.

      • strayaway

        I am that rational on a daily basis. My other is a recovering Democrat. At least your personal attacks didn’t lapse into Fox News, racist, and I voted for Bush assumptions. One point for originality. Keep taking your blue pills and your nausea will go away. I know that the President and the Pope don’t/didn’t agree on abortion and bombing Syria. I doubt that the Pope supports the accelerated rate the 1% are gaining wealth relative to most Americans. I think the Pope is a good man although his understanding of capitalism was probably shaped by the brutal traditions of Hispanic conquest and the latent feudalism of hacienda culture akin to what is developing in the US.

      • Anon

        I don’t need blue pills, I just need you to go away, strayaway.

      • strayaway

        You need more than for me to go away. You need freedom of speech limited so others won’t also disturb your fragile feel good beliefs. You need to ignore that there is a gulf between the President’s advocacy of abortion and the Pope’s opposition to abortion. You need to forget the Pope’s remarks about better solutions to the Syrian problem then blasting Syrians.

        Anon, “This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe.” -Morpheus

        Too late. “According to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in London, the president has authorized 326 strikes in Pakistan alone. It also estimates that, since George W. Bush took office for his second term in 2004, the strikes have killed anywhere between 2,500 and 3,600 individuals, and that between 416 and 948 of those individuals were civilians.” We’re not talking about abortions here. Google “I’m really good at killing people’ – book claims Obama told aides” for more. Is that what you meant by “agendas”…to help people who truly need help?”

      • Mich Caruso

        Actually, neither of them is anti-capitalist. That is simply a straw man argument. They have said that they believe that the unbridled (i.e., unregulated) capitalism results in the increasing gap between the 1% and the 99%.

      • Anon

        There you go again, hatin’ on Obama. You don’t like Obama, or Bush, or anyone. All that hatin’ isn’t good for you! You should take the little blue pill, because you need to find a “happy place” way more than I do. I am well aware that there is much wrong with this world, but I prefer to spread the attitude that “things will get better”, instead of being in a constant state of doom and gloom. If we didn’t have positive people in the world, what a crummy world it would be to live in if everyone was just sarcastic and complaining all the time. When pot gets legalized in your state you should probably “go for it”! Have a nice day now, strayaway! 🙂

      • strayaway

        You confuse hate for dislike of policies. I respect Obama for being a good father. I even agree with him politically from time to time; not often but sometimes. The problem is that things are not getting better with the policies of Bush and Obama. I think we should face up to that and deal with it instead of sprinkling money on the status quo resulting in more of the same and the rich getting richer at everyone else’s expense. We should bring our troops home and stop bombing foreign countries. We should transfer the tax burden from the backs of the middle class to import corporations and bring the jobs back home. We should reverse the expanding police state. Feel good teleprompter speeches aren’t doing the trick either except maybe for you and the blue pill crowd. You can be positive about the NSA, TPP, wars, declining standard of living, high unemployment, 5M losing health insurance but not me.

      • Anon

        No, I cannot be positive about everything. I agree with you on the middle class and their tax burden. I totally agree with you that the wealthy have gotten richer at everyone’s else’s expense. I am an advocate for the middle class, and they have been hit hard during this recession, and it seems like no one cares about them. I think Pres. Obama would like to help them, but the Repub. majority Congress has fought him at every turn. I think the Pope is calling out the wealthy in his own way on their selfishness, and I am all for him and the President doing that, even though it hasn’t helped yet. I have to be optimistic that things will get better and I will be voting in the next elections for candidates that are advocating especially for the middle class, such as Elizabeth Warren. We need more women in politics, and big business, and I am optimistic that that is starting to happen. Yes, there is much to be depressed about, but I prefer not to go there, so I try to be positive where I can. I still think Pres. Obama and Pope Francis getting together is a good thing, and I am very hopeful that something good will come of their time together. Hope you can cheer up eventually, strayaway.

      • strayaway

        Ah, we have some agreement through your first 6 sentences anyway although I am not so sanguine about the president’s intent vs. results. There is a Dutch term something like “fine words butter no parsnips”. I guess I’m looking for the butter and don’t care much about rhetoric. I like E. Warren more than most Democrats. Her rhetoric is often good but her support of putting the Consumer Financial Protection bureau under the control of the Fed and out of the control of Congress is a joke. I hope that does not indicate her idea of a solution. It’s a bit like putting foxes in charge of the hen house.

      • Anon

        I had a feeling you would find something bad to say about E. Warren. Perfection, and pleasing everybody, is not something we are going to find in a U.S. politician. With Elizabeth Warren, I have heard and seen far and above things that are very good coming from her. She is what I have been hoping for, and if she runs, she will have my vote. She impresses me as someone who is honest, fair, strong, and intelligent, and as a person who wants to do the right things for America’s middle class. I wish we could clone her and have her represent all the states! Then, maybe we could actually get some good things done! There I go thinking positive again! 😀

      • Raymond E. Karels

        Well put, Anon.

      • Anon

        Thank you, Mr. Karels. I appreciate your remark.

  • Russ

    I can see it all now…two powerful socialists meet to discuss bringing an end to capitalism…the world as we know it is doomed !

  • tabaqui

    “It’s one thing to wage some kind of “war” against anything and everything President Obama – it’s quite another to attack the leader of the Catholic Church.”

    That’s written as if the attacks on the President of the US is just…no big, but *how dare they* attack the Pope. I say – how dare they attack the President in the ways that they have? The GOP have no shame.

    • Eoin Maloney

      Well, to be fair, political attacks are old hat. When you attack the Pope, you’re pretty much attacking the entirety of the Catholic faith.

      • tabaqui

        And the President represents the US, whether you voted for him or not. I say they are both equal.

  • Raji the Green Witch

    They were warned a LONG time ago that the GOP would open their arms to Christians in the open, but in private, they would be ridiculed and marginalized. What further proof do you need? The GOP is no more the party of Christ than I am the Pope.

  • Obongo®

    “– we never stop evolving.”

    Nobody has ‘evolved’ more than Obama. Especially right before the last election.

  • Raymond E. Karels

    And God help us all, if they shake hands, or ‘gasp’ hug!

  • Gabriel Gentile

    It will be amusing to finally see conservatives support the separation of church and state.

  • PRIME79

    Popcorn on deck…..