President and Laura Bush’s Remarks on the Passing of Pope John Paul II

President’s Statement on the Death of Pope John Paul II ,” by George W. Bush, The White House, 2 April 2005,

President George Bush’s comments on the death of the Vicar of Christ, the Great Bridge Builder, Bishop of Rome Giovanni Paolo II – Karol Wojtyla:

Laura and I join people across the Earth in mourning the passing of Pope John Paul II. The Catholic Church has lost its shepherd, the world has lost a champion of human freedom, and a good and faithful servant of God has been called home.

Pope John Paul II left the throne of St. Peter in the same way he ascended to it — as a witness to the dignity of human life. In his native Poland, that witness launched a democratic revolution that swept Eastern Europe and changed the course of history. Throughout the West, John Paul’s witness reminded us of our obligation to build a culture of life in which the strong protect the weak. And during the Pope’s final years, his witness was made even more powerful by his daily courage in the face of illness and great suffering.

All Popes belong to the world, but Americans had special reason to love the man from Krakow. In his visits to our country, the Pope spoke of our “providential” Constitution, the self-evident truths about human dignity in our Declaration, and the “blessings of liberty” that follow from them. It is these truths, he said, that have led people all over the world to look to America with hope and respect.

Pope John Paul II was, himself, an inspiration to millions of Americans, and to so many more throughout the world. We will always remember the humble, wise and fearless priest who became one of history’s great moral leaders. We’re grateful to God for sending such a man, a son of Poland, who became the Bishop of Rome, and a hero for the ages.

Flip-Flop Karami

Lebanon Pro-Syria PM to Stay: Parliament Speaker,” Reuters, 1 April 2005, (from Roth Report).

After quitting, and coming back, and promising to quit again, Flip Flop Prime Minister Omar Karami is now vowing to stay on:

Lebanon’s pro-Syrian prime minister will not step down and will try again to form a unity government to lead the country to elections due in May, the country’s parliament speaker said on Friday.

“Those meeting have unanimously declared their refusal to give up on their demand for a government of national unity lead by Prime Minister Omar Karami,” Nabih Berri told reporters after a meeting of pro-Syrian politicians.

In a move that threatened to delay the polls, Karami had said this week he would resign after failing to persuade anti-Syrian opposition figures to join a national unity cabinet.

Omar Karami? More like Prime Minister Senator John F. Karami.