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Curious White House omission

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Dec 13, 2004

Political columnist Robert Novak can't understand why President Bush didn't have time to meet with Rocco Buttiglione. Good question.

Buttiglione, as CWN will recall, was denied a place on the European Commission because he professed Catholic beliefs. After being thoroughly "Borked," the Italian scholar professed his admiration for the US, where moral principles are still respected.

Now (as Novak points out) the Bush Administration has been fairly openly contemptuous of the European Union, and solicitous of the Catholic voting constituency. It's unsettling that, just a few weeks after the votes were counted, the White House didn't want to arrange a meeting that would have buoyed the spirits of Catholics and off America's allies in Europe. Go figure.

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  • Posted by: Tony D - Dec. 13, 2004 10:06 PM ET USA

    This piece seems to indicate that the Bush administration really believes its proCatholic public image. The Bushies have been re-elected -- what could they possibly care about Catholics!?

  • Posted by: - Dec. 13, 2004 7:42 PM ET USA

    It is NOT so unsettling, Diogenes. Bush wooed Catholics and got elected. Rhetoric is his long suit; sincerity is all but absent! he gives lip service to preborn babies too; but they still die and they die at an alarming rate. So much for "W" Judie Brown

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