April 15th, 2008
03:40 PM ET
7 years ago

Blitzer: The pope - and politics

CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer
CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer

(CNN) - All you political news junkies out there who watch a lot of cable news programs may have to suffer a bit of withdrawal in the coming days. That’s because we will be spending a lot of time focusing in on Pope Benedict XVI and his historic visit to the United States.

Needless to say, it’s not everyday that a Pope comes to this country.

Every minute of his trip has been carefully planned. We will be covering a lot of it live.

The Washington Post reports that 5,000 members of the news media have converged on the nation’s capital to report on the events, including the Wednesday morning meeting with President Bush at the White House and Thursday’s mass at the new Washington Nationals’ baseball stadium. It’s then on to New York on Friday for an address to the United Nations and a second mass at Yankee Stadium Sunday afternoon. He then returns to Rome.

We certainly won’t ignore the political news now that we are only a few days away from next Tuesday’s critical Democratic presidential primary in Pennsylvania. We know you have come to count on us for that. The political stakes are enormous.

The Pope’s visit is a powerful story that goes beyond politics. Still, there will be plenty of political overtones surrounding the visit. Several sensitive issues, including the war in Iraq, abortion, global warming, AIDS in Africa, for example, are likely to come up. And as you know, there’s always some political fallout when discussing those issues.


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  1. Oregon

    I sure hope the level of intelligence and ability to communicate reflected in these postings is not representative of the majority of the voters. If so, we are in four eight more years of idiocy.

    April 15, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  2. Hillary 08

    Maybe the Pope came to haul Obama away with him......

    April 15, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  3. Grif

    Why do people believe in Fiction? Dark Ages? There were no Dark Ages. There was nobody to write about them.. What dide they use Blood?? I hat to think I had to write a book of 600 pages, on a Block of Stone.. Fairy Tales... They had No TV.....

    April 15, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  4. Chanaz

    If the Pope's visit is so irrelevant, what are you doing commenting on it? and if some of you are going to judge him for what a bunch of sick people did with the kids, you can also understand why around the world people criticize americans for what a small bunch of idiots in this government do / don't do all over the globe. Like that? I don't think so. Welcome to The US, Pope ... looking forward to hearing your message.

    April 15, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  5. Paul

    Dear Holy Father

    Welcome to America on behalf of millions of Catholics who love and support your divinely inspired work.

    Life to the Pope!

    God bless America

    Hillary- 08
    Catholics with Hillary!!!

    April 15, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  6. Chipster

    I'm sorry, could you explain to me why a visit from the Pope "goes beyond politics?" Why is this historic? It's only relevant to Catholics. I'm completely baffled why CNN and other media outlets plan to cover his every move. Please devote some time to the rest of us who are not Catholics and find this to be a non-story. I don't care about the Pope's opinions but, while you're covering him, could you please mention to him that Americans are free to make their own choices about the things that impact their lives?

    April 15, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  7. gary

    YOU O.B. SUPPORTERS AND CLINTON HATERS WILL GET JUST WHAT YOU DESERVE. I REALLY FEEL SORRY FOR THE YOUTH IN THIS COUNTRY. THEY HAVE NO MORTALITY AND RESPECT. START OPENING YOUR EYES TO THE REALITY OF THIS ELECTION. THIS IS NO KID GAME WERE IN. IF YOU REALLY CARED FOR YOUR COUNTRY YOU WOULD ANALIZE WHO REALLY IS QUALIFIED AND HAS BEEN AROUND WITH A TRACK RECORD. YOU HAVE ONE CHANCE FOR REAL CHANGES AND IT SURE ISN'T O.B. LOOK AT WHAT O.B. HAS DONE FOR THIS COUNTRY. NOTHING. HE ONLY HAS SHOWN HATE, RACIST AND DIVISION. IT SHOWS THE HATE FROM YOU O.B. SUPPORETERS AND CLINTON HATERS. HE IS DIVIDING OUR COUNTRY AND ALL YOU CAN DO IS PUT THE HATE ON HRC. O.B. IS SMART WITH HIS SPEECHES ,BUT THAN ANY CON MAN IS. I JUST HOPE AMERICA WAKES UP BEFORE ITS TO LATE.

    April 15, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  8. deemarie

    WHO PAYS FOR ALL THIS BS?

    Organized religions have generally served to increase and encourage

    HATE
    DISCRIMINATION
    VIOLENCE
    OVER-POPULATION
    INTOLERANCE AND IGNORANCE

    more than they have alleviated them

    April 15, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  9. vern anaheim,ca

    wolf,i am not a catholic but a non denominational protestant and i think it's ok for the pope to visit here,after all this is a nation of religious freedom .maybe the pope can talk some sense into our president but i doubt it since he is so empty headed.

    April 15, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  10. Matt, Manchester, CT

    If Pope Benedict XVI's visit didn't matter so much to so many people, then why did the critics all have to read through the article and take the time to post a comment? Shouldn't they be saving up all their time for the full time positions of being smug?

    April 15, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  11. Will S.

    Wolf, you used "everyday" incorrectly. It is an adjective, not a noun.

    April 15, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
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