RT @Talkmaster: Obama will honor the Pope's service by posting a picture of himself lighting a candle at a Catholic church.—
WhiteHousePressCorps (@whpresscorps) February 11, 2013
Zing! Twitter predicted that President Obama’s statement on the news that Pope Benedict XVI will be stepping down at the end of the month would be self-focused.
Obama's aides frantically explaining to him he's not the Pope and he shouldn't reassure public that he's not resigning.—
El SOOPer!! (@SooperMexican) February 11, 2013
Has Obama made the Pope's resignation about him yet?—
JWF (D) (@JammieWF) February 11, 2013
He was late, but he did it!
Obama: The Church plays a critical role in the US & the world, & I wish the best to those who will gather to choose [the pope's] successor.—
Sarah Pulliam Bailey (@spulliam) February 11, 2013
President Obama extends his prayers to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. The president says he will warmly remember their visit in 2009.—
Cynthia Izaguirre (@wfaaizzy) February 11, 2013
His full statement:
Statement by the President on His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI
On behalf of Americans everywhere, Michelle and I wish to extend our appreciation and prayers to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. Michelle and I warmly remember our meeting with the Holy Father in 2009, and I have appreciated our work together over these last four years. The Church plays a critical role in the United States and the world, and I wish the best to those who will soon gather to choose His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI’s successor.
On-the-ball Twitter users notice a few things.
Wait, what exactly has Obama and Pope Benedict "worked together" on? I don't remember any joint initiatives.—
Tim (@AspiringThrawn) February 11, 2013
Obama praises Pope. Now, back to regularly-scheduled programming of trampling religious liberty, forcing taxpayers to pay for abortions etc—
Billy Valentine (@valentinebilly) February 11, 2013