Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio managed to overcome pontifical opposition and was elected pope with a filibuster-proof supermajority. Vice President Biden will lead the U.S.’s delegation to Pope Francis’ first mass and will, presumably, be the first person on Earth to call the holy father “Pope Frank” to his face. And back in the States, the American economy finally recovered after one House Republican used a meeting with President Obama to ask why he canceled White House tours. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Wednesday, March 13th, 2013:
OBAMA MEETS WITH GOP HOUSE CONFERENCE,
SOLVES ALL OUR PROBLEMS – Politico: “President Barack Obama tangled with House Republicans for more than an hour Wednesday, answering questions on topics ranging from whether the White House spends too much time campaigning to how serious the administration is about slashing the nation’s deficit. Republicans focused on political issues — quizzing Obama on why his White House stopped giving tours after the sequester took effect. But the House GOP also delved into policy, where Republicans heard Obama say he doesn’t want to balance the budget in 10 years. That’s the challenge issued by Rep. Paul Ryan in the GOP budget unveiled on Tuesday… [Rep. Candice Miller] also asked why the the White House decided to suspend White House tours, citing the sequester. Why not cancel the White House-Congressional picnic, as well? Obama, according to a source in the room, said the decision to suspend the tours was made by the Secret Service. The president said that the Secret Service would have had to furlough more people in order to keep the tours going…Obama said he would not tweak entitlements without more taxes. Ways and Means chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) praised Obama for supporting ‘Medicare capping for high net worth people’ and ‘chain CPI on Social Security.'” [Politico]
Obama when he walked out of the meeting: “It was good. It was useful. I enjoyed it.” Sure you did.