"I Have to Tell You What the Pope Thinks"
Laghi brought Bush a letter from John Paul pleading for peace. He claims that POTUS just laid it aside. Before meeting with the President, he spoke of a session with the then-National Security Adviser Condoleeza Rice, who "submitted [Laghi] to a forceful interrogation, with its natural responses."
"It was a conversation in which we spoke with great clarity and great frankness," the veteran diplomat said.
At the start of his 40 minute session with President Bush, Cardinal Laghi hand-delivered the papal appeal for peace. But, according to Laghi,
"The president... took it, put it aside and then began to speak to me, I wouldn't say to indoctrinate me, but to insist on the fact that he had already selected a solution and that this solution was a just one. He gave me forty minutes, and at a certain point I had to stop him and say: 'Mr. President, I have come to speak with you, not solely to listen to you. I have to tell you what the Pope thinks.'"One of many, many moments when -- despite all the spin and pandering -- George Bush did not equal John Paul. He went to the man's funeral, but didn't even want to listen to him in his lifetime.... Hmm.