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The Scoop on Obama's Gift to Pope Tomorrow

By William Wan
What do you get for a man whose possessions include leadership over one-sixth of the world's population not to mention the Church's highest earthly authority?

When President Obama's staff went searching for the perfect gift for Pope Benedict XVI, they called Louis DiCocco, owner of a religious gift shop in Philadelphia, for advice.

"Someone there remembered us from the Pope's last visit," DiCocco said in a phone interview from his shop today. He and his shop had design and built one of the chairs used by the pope during his meeting with U.S. bishops in Washington last year.

For five days, DiCocco and the state department officials went back and forth, trying to strike the right balance of history, significance and sentiment. A lot was at stake. Not just American-Vatican relations (the perfect gift just might be the thing to spark a warm discussion), but also in the balance was Obama's reputation as a decent gift giver (re: critics' howls when Obama gave Queen Elizabeth that iPod).

At first, DiCocco suggested an antique chalice his family had in their shop that could be traced back to the 1920s, a parish priest style gold-plated cup with a highly engraved base. Written around the mouth of the chalice were the words, "Sanctus, Sanctus, Santus," meaning "holy, holy, holy."

But the cup had history and character but they kept looking.

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Posted at 3:27 PM ET on Jul 9, 2009  | Category:  Obama Abroad
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saint, my child:

Please seek professional help. You have an illness. It is called hatred and if not treated, it will kill you.

Posted by: Godhimself1 | July 11, 2009 1:00 PM

Based on his history of giving cheapie stuff, the dumba$$ will probably give His Holiness some sightseeing tickets for DC.
What an embarrassing dolt we have in the White House.

Posted by: LarryG62 | July 10, 2009 8:12 AM


Is THIS what Leon Panetta was talking about??

OR (if link is corrupted / disabled): RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | July 9, 2009 11:08 PM

Perhaps he should get the pope an autographed picture of the fuhrer since Ratzinger was a member of the Hitler youth.
(supposedly unwilling)
Never mind, he probably already has one.

Posted by: seemstome | July 9, 2009 10:27 PM

O'Bomba-Nation's best "Gift";

would be an apology for trying to get his "Freedom of Choice Act" in the works!

As is, the Evil Jerk should be Exorcised by the Pontiff Personally so maybe we can drive the Demons in his body out!

Passing FOCA would be by far the most EVIL Act any Pro-Murdering Abortionist ever did!

The Pope should SPIT on Him!

Posted by: SAINT---The | July 9, 2009 4:04 PM

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