Prodi the Supine
Here is an Italian Prime Minister who is persona non grata in Washington [as is Spanish Prime Minister Zapatero] and in whose face George W. Bush just kicked dirt. Under the nose of the leftist human secularist PM, the Communist (reformed) President and Assembly Speaker, Bush goes to Rome to a)Visit the Pope and b) Silvio Berlusconi. How many foreign heads of state visit a NATO ally---to chat it up with the opposition leader in order to humiliate the coalition in power?
Well, look, perhaps I'm too harsh on Prodi...the fellow probably has no choice.
The Italian papers write that Bush called the Pope "Sir" instead of "Your Holiness".
Typically flubbing his lines, Bush said, "Thanks for your time" to the Pope when leaving.