There was a poignant footnote to President Obama’s historic July 10 meeting with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican. Behind closed doors in the papal library, Obama handed Benedict a letter that Senator Edward Kennedy had asked him to personally deliver to the Pontiff. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs later told reporters that nobody — not even the President — knew the contents of the sealed missive. Obama asked Benedict to pray for Kennedy and called the ailing Senator afterward to fill him in on his encounter with the 82-year-old Pope.
Okay. There are times when I _think_ I have clout. Like I was at my soon-to-be regular comix shop and I said “You know what you should do? You should have little hanging tags on the the shelves, marking the comics that are new this week as opposed to ones that came in earlier in the month.”
I felt like Mr. Big Shot when those tags blossomed all over the shop the very next week.
I, of course, was an egotistical moron.
Ted Kennedy handed a letter to the President of the United States. “I want you to deliver this to the Pope. No, you need to give it to him in person. And DON’T read it.”
And the President went and did it. For all he knew, the letter could have read “Ratzo – This man isn’t the President. He’s an impostor ranking very high in the El Qaeda organization. The moment he drops his guard, administer a little Unction on him. EXTREME unction, if you catch my drift.”
I bet HE could have gotten a look at the Apple Tablet. Maybe that’s what the letter was about…inviting the Pontiff to Hyannisport on the weekend when Steve was dropping by with the briefcase.