Da den hvite røyken viste seg i går ettermiddag twitret Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) «Habemus Papam» – «Vi har en pave!»
På dette tidspunktet befant President Obama seg i et lukket møte sammen med republikanerne i Representantenes hus — en del av hans nye sjarmoffensiv overfor republikanerne i Kongressen. POLITICO melder at møtet ikke ser ut til å ha endret stort («House Republicans meet the new, same old President Obama»).
“I heard what the president had to say. I’ve heard it before,” sa Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) etter møtet.
I følge The Hill skal visestabssjefen Rob Nabors ha kommet med en lapp til Obama under møtet, og presidenten delte deretter nyheten om den hvite røyken med republikanerne, som svarte med jubel og applaus.
President Obama kom senere med følgende uttalelse:
«On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I offer our warm wishes to His Holiness Pope Francis as he ascends to the Chair of Saint Peter and begins his papacy. As a champion of the poor and the most vulnerable among us, he carries forth the message of love and compassion that has inspired the world for more than two thousand years—that in each other we see the face of God.
As the first pope from the Americas, his selection also speaks to the strength and vitality of a region that is increasingly shaping our world, and alongside millions of Hispanic Americans, those of us in the United States share the joy of this historic day.
Just as I appreciated our work with Pope Benedict XVI, I look forward to working with His Holiness to advance peace, security and dignity for our fellow human beings, regardless of their faith. We join with people around the world in offering our prayers for the Holy Father as he begins the sacred work of leading the Catholic Church in our modern world.»
Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio):
«I’m happy that they were able to come to a choice as quickly as they did. I think that reaching out to beyond the traditional continent of our Church is another big step in the right direction for the Church.»
Senatets minoritetsleder Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky):
«Catholics across Kentucky and the entire U.S. celebrate the election of Pope Francis I, and I join Americans of all faiths to congratulate him on becoming the spiritual leader of the world’s more than one billion Catholics.»
Husets minoritetsleder Nancy Pelosi (D-California):
«Pope Francis has made history as the first Jesuit priest to ascend the Chair of Saint Peter and the first Pope from the Americas; his selection is a sign of respect and admiration for the growing ranks of Catholics, indeed all people, across Latin America.»
Onsdag ettermiddag bekreftet Det hvite hus at visepresident Joe Biden kommer til å lede den amerikanske delegasjonen til innsettelsen av Pave Francis I.
Fun fact: Jeb Bush ledet den amerikanske delegasjonen til innsettelsen av Pave Benedict XVI for åtte år siden.
Saken er hentet fra torsdagens utgave av Morgenkaffen.