It’s just so unfortunate that such nice guys are going through such trying circumstances.
That’s the impression one gets from graphic teases seen at about 9:30 this morning at the Washinton Post, where the captions underneath the three left thumbnails read as follows: “President Obama’s disastrous political week”; “Jay Carney’s tough day”; and “Jay Carney’s day — in 7 faces.” If you don’t recall such an obvious outward show of sympathy during the final year of George W. Bush’s presidency, you’re not alone. A quick look at the underlying items follows the jump.
When I first heard of limp faux apology by the IRS’s Lois Lerner on Friday for her tax-exempt division’s harassment of Tea Party and conservative organizations, I thought she had done so on a conference call.
Well, she did have a conference call with reporters later that day — the one where she said “I’m not good at math” — but her original apology occurred at a conference of the Exempt Organizations Committee of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association in Washington (Lerner’s relevant involvement is shown here). Why would such a mea culpa occur out of the blue at such a venue? The answer, per Kevin Williamson at National Review’s The Corner blog, is that it wasn’t out of the blue at all (HT to a BizzyBlog commenter; bolds are mine throughout this post):
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May 12, 2013 / 11:00 am
Pope Francis greeted the thousands of people who had gathered this morning in Rome to protest against abortion, praising efforts to secure legal protection for human beings at their earliest stages of life.
“I greet the participants of the March for Life which took place this morning in Rome and invite everyone to stay focused on the important issue of respect for human life, from the moment of conception,” said the Pope at St. Peter’s Basilica.
He addressed the pro-life advocates at Saint Peter’s Square in his comments for the May 12 Regina Caeli prayer. They had gathered in St. Peter’s Square after marching against abortion earlier that day in Rome.
The march began at Rome’s Colosseum and ended at Castel Sant’Angelo, just a few hundred feet from the Vatican.
Pope Francis praised other pro-life efforts in Italy.
“I am pleased to recall the petition that today takes place in many Italian parishes, in order to support the initiative European ‘One of Us’ to ensure legal protection to the embryo, protecting every human being from the first moment of its existence,” the Pope said.
He announced that the Vatican will host events dedicated to Pope John Paul II’s 1995 encyclical “Evangelium Vitae” on June 15 and 16. Pope Francis said this occasion would be “a special moment for those who have cared about the defense of the sanctity of human life.” …
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