Robert Stein 1924-2014

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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Pope, Bush Bond

Despite stiff-necked media harrumphing about the President at the Vatican this weekend, it can reliably be reported that His Holiness, Benedict XVI, was totally taken with Bush’s warmth and informality.

Far from being offended at being called “sir,” the Pope was charmed by reminders of his days as a college professor when German frat boys nicknamed him “Ratzy.”

Vatican bureaucrats anonymously quoted about the President’s “invincible ignorance” were not within earshot when His Holiness responded jocularly, “Call me Ben or XVI, and I’ll call you W or II.”

The President promised the Pope to bring Vladimir along on his next visit so the three of them could share some laughs over non-alcoholic brewski.

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