Michelle Obama Opts For Traditional Vatican Attire

Michelle’s outfit was fine:

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I’m not sure about the jacket(sweater?) she’s wearing because it’s not doing her figure any favors, but contrary to what you may be hearing elsewhwere, a black dress and veil is the traditional, (but not mandatory) attire for a woman meeting the Pope at the Vatican. I’m relieved she didn’t try to buck tradition and wear something outlandish. She looks nice.

Here are some pictures of other notable women meeting a Pope:

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Queen Elizabeth meeting Pope John Paul II, Oct. 7, 2000

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Laura Bush meeting John Paul II June 4, 2004

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Laura Bush meeting Pope Benedict XVI, June 9, 2007

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Margaret Thatcher Meeting Pope Paul VI June 1977

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Margaret Thatcher with Pope John Paul II in 1980.

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Margaret Thatcher meeting Pope Benedict XVI May, 27, 2009

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Princess Diana with Pope John Paul II April 25, 1985

VATICAN BRITAIN PRINCE CHARLES MEETS POPE

The Duchess of Cornwall – Charles’ second wife, Camilla April 28, 2009

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Jacqueline Kennedy Meeting Pope John XXIII March 11, 1962

Hillary bucked tradition a little, and didn’t wear a veil, but the veil is optional. So is the black dress:

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Hillary Clinton John Paul II, date unknown

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More On The PA Swim Club Racial Incident

This AP story, although less one sided than the local NBC Philadelphia story from yesterday, still looks bad for The Valley Club in Huntington Valley, and now the PA Human Relations Commission is investigating. If allegations that the group of black children from the Creative Steps Camp were denied the use of the pool based on their race are true, that would be illegal discrimination.

The incident occurred on June 29, when the Creative Steps camp in northeast Philadelphia, which had contracted for  65 children  to go to the Valley Club each Monday afternoon, reportedly heard racial comments, and saw parents taking their kids out  of the pool after they had arrived.

Camp director Alethea Wright  said:

“A couple of the children ran down saying, ‘Miss Wright, Miss Wright, they’re up there saying, “What are those black kids doing here?”‘” she said.

The gated club is on a leafy hillside in a village that straddles two townships with overwhelmingly white populations. It says it has a diverse, multiethnic membership.

Wright said she went to talk to a group of members at the top of the hill and heard one woman say she would see to it that the group, made of up of children in kindergarten through seventh grade, did not return.

“Some of the members began pulling their children out of the pool and were standing around with their arms folded,” Wright said. “Only three members left their children in the pool with us.”

Several days later, the club refunded the camp’s $1,950 without explanation, said Wright, who added that parents are “weighing their options” on legal action

Sounds to me like they would have a pretty good case.

The Valley Club President says race was not a factor in their decision to turn the kids away:

Club president John Duesler told Philadelphia television station WTXF that several club members complained because the children “fundamentally changed the atmosphere” at the pool but that the complaints didn’t involve race.

In a statement released on its Web site Thursday afternoon, the club called the allegations of racial discrimination “completely untrue” and claimed overcrowding from more than one outside camp was the problem.

“We had originally agreed to invite the camps to use our facility, knowing full well that the children from the camps were from multiethnic backgrounds,” it said. “Unfortunately, we quickly learned that we underestimated the capacity of our facilities and realized that we could not accommodate the number of children from these camps.”

The club said it “deplores discrimination.”

“Whatever comments may or may not have been made by an individual member is an opinion not shared by The Valley Club Board,” it said.

How do you underestimate the capacity of your facilities so badly, that you have to turn away 65 kids?

As for the kids’ behavior at the pool…which I posited yesterday might have been a factor:

Amy Goldman said she’s been a member of the club for two years. She said the pool wasn’t particularly crowded and the children from Creative Steps were “well behaved and respectful.”

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“I don’t believe everyone here has racist thoughts, but what was said was insulting and offensive,” said Lewis, who’s black.

Wright rejected the overcrowding explanation, saying the club covers 10 acres with a “nice-sized” pool and a separate pool for younger children. The board, she said, knew that her group included 65 children, and none of them had misbehaved.

“We were not welcome, once the members saw who we were,” she said.

The Valley Swim Club owes those kids an apology, and a free pass for the rest of the summer, but the Creative Steps Camp has found another place for the kids. They no longer want to swim at the Valley Club, anyway. Who can blame them after this disgraceful episode?

Previously:

Wrong! Wrong! Wrong!

UPDATE:

Donald Douglas has more at American Power with video.

Cap And Tax Would Fund ACORN?

Why not?  Every major spending bill passed by the Dems so far this year has been a major boon for ACORN, so why should this one be any different? Jamie Dupree has been going over the bill with a fine toothed comb, and says the term, “community development corporation” is found  a bunch of times in it.

“The American people will see tax dollars go to so-called community development organizations like ACORN, to teach low-income residents how to live in accord with the worldview of the Environmental Left,” scowled a news release yesterday from Congressional critics of the Cap and Trade bill.

Sure enough, there are 19 mentions of the term “community development” in the bill, but nothing specific about ACORN.

Sec. 264 of the bill is on “Low Income Community Energy Efficiency Program,” which says the feds will dole out grant money to community development organizations “to provide financing to businesses and projects that improve energy efficiency” for low-income residents.

On page 561, the bill authorizes $50 million per year for six fiscal years, so that’s $300 million in all for these kind of programs.

“I just want to know if ACORN would qualify for these grants,” said House GOP Leader John Boehner, who was the only Republican to note the ACORN issue during debate on the House floor.

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ADDITIONAL ACORN-ELIGIBLE BLOCK GRANTS

The G.I.V.E Act:

$5.7 Billion for the Obama Youth Corps

The Senate bill purports to provide “$5.7 billion to aid 250,000 volunteers across the country in the arenas of health care, energy, environment and education.”

But the Senate killed an amendment that would have prevented funds from going to ACORN.

The Omnibus Spending Bill:

$3.9 Billion in Omnibus: “The bill provides $3,900,000,000 for the Community Development Fund…” (“Division I – Transportation, Housing And Urban Development, And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2009; Joint Explanatory Statement” Rules Committee, U.S. House Of Representatives, Pg. 106)

The  Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009:

$1 Billion in Stimulus: “For an additional amount for `Community Development Fund’ $1,000,000,000, to remain available until September 30, 2010 to carry out the community development block grant program under title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (42 U.S.C. 5301et seq.)” (H.R.1, Enrolled As Agreed To By Both House And Senate)

Related:

Boehner was interviewed by Mark Levin shortly after the House vote, calling Cap and Trade a “bizarre bill” that has little chance of passing in the Senate..

See Michelle Malkin for The farce of cap-and-tax revealed:

During a hearing today in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, EPA Administrator Jackson confirmed an EPA analysis showing that unilateral U.S. action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions would have no effect on climate.

And:

Doug Ross for a sobering glimpse of our grim near future if Obama continues to get everything he wants in these disastrous bills.

Please  sign this petition: Stop ACORN from Accessing Taxpayer Dollars if you haven’t already.