U.S. President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush look on as U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi bows and kisses the ring of Pope Benedict XVI as he is welcomed to the United States at a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, April 16, 2008. At right is U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, an unidentified man and U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES)
Why Nancy Pelosi? Is she the only Catholic in this little group? How do these rules work? For reals! I mean, does the Pope have a "spotter's guide" or something (do NOT let the first lady's mouth get anywhere near your hands!)? I don't know for sure, but I think Condi didn't get to kiss the ring, because there would for sure be pictures of that. What kind of world is it when Nancy Pelosi kisses the Pope's ring and Condi doesn't? The kind of world, I guess, where lavender pantsuits are less of a crime than starting disastrous, unnecessary wars. Poor Condi! The Pope should be kissing HER ring! Oh wait, that's right: Condi doesn't have a ring.