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 ن (@SooperMexican) February 11, 2013
Has Obama made the Pope's resignation about him yet?
— JWF (@JammieWF) February 11, 2013
He was late, but he did it!
— Melissa Clouthier (@MelissaTweets) February 11, 2013
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
— Yanina (@catrachingos) 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.
— Lisa De Pasquale (@LisaDeP) February 11, 2013
Breaking: In rare show of self-restraint, 3-sentence presidential statement on Pope only uses the pronoun "I" 4 times – http://t.co/mCrGGAgG
— The 12th Fan (@Josh_Painter) February 11, 2013
Wait, what exactly has Obama and Pope Benedict "worked together" on? I don't remember any joint initiatives.
— Tim (@AspiringThrawn) February 11, 2013
Surprise! All about Obama. –> Obama on the Pope: 'I Have Appreciated Our Work Together Over These Last Four Years' http://t.co/NR8YbShU
— John Ekdahl (@JohnEkdahl) 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