President Barack Obama sat down with Pope Francis on Thursday and expressed his admiration for the pontiff, but Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) envisioned their meeting going in a different direction.
The Kentucky Republican imagined Obama confessing the National Security Agency’s surveillance activities to the leader of the Catholic church:
— Senator Rand Paul (@SenRandPaul) March 27, 2014
The President and the pontiff met for almost an hour at the Vatican and were expected to address, among other topics, the Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandate. Paul said Tuesday on “Fox and Friends,” the same day that the Supreme Court heard oral arguments against the mandate from Christian-owned businesses Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood, that he also thought Obama should explain to the pope why his administration believes business owned by Catholics can’t make their own decisions with respect to health care.
Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.