"A [preacher] who does not love art, poetry, music and nature can be dangerous. Blindness and deafness toward the beautiful are not incidental; they are necessarily reflected in his theology." — BXVI
. . . and the evacuees stayed away. If only we'd be so lucky.
That seems like a steep bill for a visit, but I'm reluctant to complain about the bill for visits because English cranks were making the case that the papal visit was an uneccessary expense. Funny thing about that. About a week prior to the visit, the BBC was a veritable Open Mic Nite for every bigot with an axe to grind serving up almost every hoary anti-Catholic whopper in the book. Clearly the Beeb was hoping for a firestorm of protest. When that didn't happen, they went dead silent on the visit.
Romish, I see your point about the expense; however, BO has learned for himself a rep for extravagance when it comes to spending other people's money. $200m a day!!! And he's got 40-something aircraft, 40-something naval vessels, and 3,000 staff going with him!!!! For a two day trip???
Are you sure you have your facts on this? ABC News--this morning--said the 200m was not accurate and a statesman from the Pentagon said the 40+ aircraft and 40+ naval vessels is ludicrous.
Scott, looks like the numbers were exaggerated...I'm linking to an article in tomorrow's CBB that disputes those numbers.