Obama responds to pope's announcement
February 11th, 2013
12:26 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama responds to pope's announcement

(CNN) – President Barack Obama issued a statement Monday on the announcement that Pope Benedict XVI would resign later in the month.

"On behalf of Americans everywhere, Michelle and I wish to extend our appreciation and prayers to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. Michelle and I warmly remember our meeting with the Holy Father in 2009, and I have appreciated our work together over these last four years. The Church plays a critical role in the United States and the world, and I wish the best to those who will soon gather to choose His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI's successor."


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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Oh boy. Let's see...hmmmmm....will this be the "opportunity" the Teatrolls have been waiting for to trot out their newest guano-laden theory that "not only is Obama a secret muslim socialist trying to turn the USA into a caliphat subject to sharia law...but he's now proposed that a secret muslim, Brennan, be head of the CIA." Stay tuned...

    February 11, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  2. Reason

    What does that have to do with the pope resigning?

    February 11, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  3. Al-NY,NY

    Sniffit....AND that he's secretly working behind the scenes to make sure a non-Catholic secret soshulist Mooslim is named to be pope so the entire christian world can be turned over to Sharia law

    February 11, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "Sniffit....AND that he's secretly working behind the scenes to make sure a non-Catholic secret soshulist Mooslim is named to be pope so the entire christian world can be turned over to Sharia law"

    ZOMG! I HADN'T HEARD THAT YET! I better go out and buy a 5th AR-15 with extended mags and a tactical flashlight RIGHT NOW!!! Anyone heard of any good sales on bunkers lately?

    February 11, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  5. Form the left coast....

    Thank you, Mr. President, for you kind words to the Pope and to the world. I think the Pope's decision shows that he, as an individual, has gone beyond position, ego, or pride. He's ready to give himself to God. Wow.

    February 11, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  6. Larry L

    You guys are joking but it will happen. Somebody will find something nasty to say about the President's kind message.

    February 11, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "Thank you, Mr. President, for you kind words to the Pope and to the world. I think the Pope's decision shows that he, as an individual, has gone beyond position, ego, or pride. He's ready to give himself to God. Wow."

    Internal politics at the Vatican are reportedly brutal. While I agree it looks on the surface like he's a humble man recognizing his own limitations, etc., I would bet my left foot that there's far more to it than that (and we'll never know).

    February 11, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  8. Borderless

    If his response was anything other than "Meh..." he said to much about the issue.

    February 11, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  9. Chaerlotte

    Every word in the President's statement is appropriate and polite and beyond reproach. A well-crafted paragraph. Can't people just leave it at that? Acting like a teeturd in anticipation of tinfoil-hat rants makes you little better than one yourself. If they want to find an evil agenda in something this bland, then that's their problem. Don't encourage them, and don't stoop to their level. This was a very diplomatic way of saying "Meh."

    February 11, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Something smells foul at the Vatican.
    First Pope in 600 YEARS to quit the post.
    Methinks that we've reached a stage in our current society where not even the Vatican is above reproach, suspicion or more to the point a complete and thorough investigation.
    The saying goes that the fish smells from the head down...
    And yes, I'm Catholic

    February 11, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    In regards to the President's response: he's a class act.
    He's shown more diplomacy, respect and "christianity" in his message than the Pink Hats and certain priests have shown him in the country that he presides over.

    February 11, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |