Not As Low As To The Saudi King

For the record, the President bowed to the Roman Pontiff. I keep telling people that no 'Mericans should do such things when they're representing the nation in diplomatic capacity, but no one listens.

During a private 40 minute meeting, the Pope pressed the President on the life issues, even going so far as to give him a copy of the most recent Vatican document on bioethics (in addition to a mosaic of St. Peter's and a leather-bound edition of the newest encyclical).

The President promised to reduce abortions in this country. And then looked up to dodge the lightning bolt that followed.

At least the White House diplomatic gifts are getting more appropriate, although still not right. Here's the Vatican statement on the meeting.