The Bishop of Rome Meets The Man Who Told The Lie of the Year (Video)

Vatican, Rome: Pope Francis during a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama  a private audience in his private libraryPhoto via The Foundry

The President had a meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican, Thursday, where they talked about “the rights to religious freedom, life and conscientious objection, as well as the issue of immigration reform” according to a statement put out by the Vatican.

Here is the Vatican statement on the meeting:

This morning, 27 March 2014, the Hon. Barack H. Obama, President of the United States of America, was received in audience by His Holiness Pope Francis, after which he met with His Eminence Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State, and Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Secretary for Relations with States.

During the cordial meetings, views were exchanged on some current international themes and it was hoped that, in areas of conflict, there would be respect for humanitarian and international law and a negotiated solution between the parties involved. In the context of bilateral relations and cooperation between Church and State, there was a discussion on questions of particular relevance for the Church in that country, such as the exercise of the rights to religious freedom, life and conscientious objection, as well as the issue of immigration reform. Finally, the common commitment to the eradication of trafficking of human persons in the world was stated.

Here is the Politico’s coverage of Obama’s visit with the Pope, via Father Z (emphasis his):

VATICAN CITY — President Barack Obama was once the biggest superstar on the international stage. On Thursday, he headed here to benefit from the popularity of his replacement: Pope Francis.

The 50-minute meeting was 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.

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Obama planned to 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.

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White House aides — starting at the top with chief of staff Denis McDonough, who is an observant Catholic — speak excitedly about that connection to the pope. And that’s the sense among their outside allies as well. Francis is a huge help in talking about income inequality, they feel, both because he elevates the issue and depoliticizes it, putting the Democrats onto higher moral ground.

As far as Obama and his acolytes are concerned, the visit was all about Obama, and reviving his popularity with members of the church he’s at war with. Will this his visit with the Pope give the president a “bump” in his approval rating? After all, they agree on so much –  income inequality, poverty and immigration…

(No mention from the White House on the religious freedom lecture the most viciously pro-abortion and anti-Catholic president in American history surely received.)

Charles Krauthammer had no trouble figuring out which version of the meeting to believe…

“On the one hand you’ve got the Bishop of Rome, the Holy See, of whom a billion co-religionists believe in his infallibility,” Krauthammer said. “On the other hand you’ve got a man who said, ‘If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor.’ So who are you going to choose?”

Video: Trey Gowdy Hints at Contempt of Congress Charges For IRS Commissioner

In an appearance in the studio with Greta Van Susteren on Fox News’ On the Record, Wednesday evening following the contentious Oversight and Reform hearing with IRS Commissioner John Koskinen,  SC Congressman Trey Gowdy suggested that lawmakers may consider holding Koskinen in contempt of Congress if he refuses to hand over Lerner’s emails. Video of Gowdy’s questioning during the hearing, here.

Greta noted that if someone subpoenaed her emails, it would only take her only a day or two to provide 12 years worth of those emails. “And I email a lot,” she said.

Gowdy said that  he has recommended to Issa that they give the IRS Commissioner an ultimatum, “you’re gonna come back next Wednesday, and you’re going sit at that table until we get the documents we asked for. And if we don’t get them that day, you’re going to come back the next day and you’re going to stay with us until we get the documents.”  He said the Commissioner had indicated a willingness to provide the January 2010 emails – which he hoped would come as soon as this Friday.

Asked if he thinks he’ll get the emails, Gowdy hinted at what might be in  Koskinen’s future if he continues to stonewall, “Well, we’re already going to do contempt of Congress for Lois Lerner,” he said, “that’s coming up in the very near future.”

“One of the reasons they don’t answer our subpoenas is they don’t fear any consequences,” Gowdy explained. “And that’s something I’ve never been able to explain to you, is why we don’t stand up for our institution more.”

“And that’s why we’re back to contempt,” concluded Susteren.

Gowdy reiterated on Thursday morning that the Committee would be “holding Lois Lerner in contempt no matter what” and complained that this body is too slow to mete out legal consequences when other agencies don’t do what we tell them to do.