The President and the Pope – a parody

VATICAN CITY – May 24, 2017 – President Donald Trump meets with Pope Francis, “two men with starkly different worldviews” as reported in the New York Times.

(Seated at a small table)-

Pope Francis: Welcome Mr. President. I have a gift for you.

President Trump: Thanks, Francis. What is it?

Pope: It’s a copy of my very influential encyclical on preserving the environment.

Trump: That’s nice, but what’s that got to do with the United States?

Pope: We don’t want you to pull out of the Paris climate accord meeting.

Trump: Why not?

Pope: America is such a great and generous country…

Trump: Whoa! Wait a minute, Frank. Are you passing the collection plate to me?

Pope: I wouldn’t put it that way. But if you withdraw from the accord you would damage America’s credibility and hurt your ability to achieve other parts of your agenda.

Trump: I don’t see it that way. I’m not president of the world, just the U.S. Besides I’m not authorized to hand out our people’s money to other countries. We live in a sovereign nation under a Constitution, not a dictatorship. My agenda is to put America first and make it great again.

Pope: You know I don’t approve of nationalism. We are all of one world.

Trump: Well, that makes us even—I don’t approve of environmentalism, especially the bigly flawed theory that people are warming the climate leading to catastrophic weather conditions.

Pope: Then, we must agree to disagree on that. I have another gift, a medallion engraved with the image of an olive tree—a symbol of peace.

Trump: We can use peace.

Pope: It is with all hope that you may become an olive tree to make peace.

Trump: Thanks, Frank. I won’t forget what you said.

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About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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