By:  Marilyn Assenheim

The Lyin’ King has taken his gift for mendacity international. After having overstayed his welcome (he was only scheduled to meet with the Pontiff for 30 minutes and hung around for 52 minutes), reports about what was discussed by his holiness…and the Pope, differed as widely as the results of a childhood game of “Telephone.”

Skepticism about The Lyin’ King’s credibility should have begun with his greeting to Pope Francis. According to FOX News: “Wonderful meeting you, I’m a great admirer…Thank you sir, thank you.”  “A great admirer?” Really? The Pontiff narrowly avoided being skewered by the president’s Pinocchio nose. The real purpose of the meeting was reported by sources as varied as The Washington Times, Politico and NewsBusters. Although widely divergent in their political orientation, all were certain that The Lyin’ King’s incentive for the audience was a desperate bid to siphon off a little of Pope Francis’ sheen, in order to boost his own, sagging popularity.   Whether referred to as “benefitting from (the Pope’s) global popularity,” “the cool factor by a leader vastly more popular than himself” or “the Halo Effect,” This, at least, is a motive no one should have any problem believing.

Who was giving the audience to who was, however, the question. Conflicting reports of what was actually discussed followed. The Washington Times reports: “The president’s account downplayed the Catholic Church’s concerns about religious freedom in the United States and Obamacare’s mandate to pay for contraception. The Vatican and White House gave starkly different versions Thursday of Mr. Obama’s meeting with Francis…‘We actually didn’t talk a whole lot about social schisms in my conversations with His Holiness…In fact, that really was not a topic of conversation.’” Oh, it wasn’t? The Lyin’ King even skittered away from a reporter’s pointed question regarding “the extent of his discussion with the pope on the contraceptive mandate.” He said the Pope “actually did not touch in detail” on the subject. It’s certain that Mr. Selective Memory wouldn’t want to remember if it had. Particularly with Obamacare’s new, dismal 26% low in popularity, according to a new AP/GfK poll, and The Supreme Court currently hearing challenges to religion-restricting mandates in Obamacare. Instead, The Lyin’ King carried on discussing his post-Papal interview, as if he had been directing the agenda, solely about “their shared commitment to fighting poverty and income inequality.” Not surprisingly, the Pope’s recollection of the meeting differed. According to the Washington Times “The Vatican… issued a statement after the meeting saying the president’s discussions with Francis and two other top Vatican officials focused ‘on questions of particular relevance for the [Catholic] Church in [the United States], such as the exercise of the rights to religious freedom, life and conscientious objection’ — issues that have fueled divisions between Mr. Obama and the church.”

It is a sad but undeniable fact that the Liberal mania for passing off whatever BS they desperately try to impose as “fact” has reached epidemic proportions. One is inundated by it every day, 24/7. If the daily assaults on one’s reason were insufficient evidence, other tip-offs are impossible to miss; glassy-eyed doggedness, despite all evidence to the contrary, that what they say is gospel, simply by virtue of their having said it.“Facts” (read “inexorable bleating”) are “on their side.” Reality never interferes. The Lyin’ King, so named because that really is his principal ability, has granted the tin-foil hat mob license to slip the leash and run amok. No claim is too outlandish to affirm. Whether it’s the ruling class in Washington or trolls haunting the internet, unrestrained freedom from the shackles of sanity has been made possible by The Lyin’ King’s examples.  Liberal Senator, Pat Moynihan, once said “You are entitled to your own opinions but you aren’t entitled to your own facts.” How times have changed.

In keeping with his historically aberrant gifts to world leaders (e.g. a set of unviewable, Wal-Mart DVD’s for a virtually blind Prime Minister of Great Britain, an iPod containing all of the Imperial President’s speeches for the Queen of England, a set of White House cufflinks for the shirtless, robed Dali Lama and so on) The Lyin’ King was not about to break his streak with Pope Francis. The Lyin’ King brought Pope Francis a box of fruit and vegetable seeds from FLOTUS’s garden. The Pope reciprocated with a copy of his own apostolic work, The Joy of the Gospel. Parade reports the banter that followed (apparently exchanged with straight faces): “‘You know, I actually will probably read this when I’m in the Oval Office…when I am deeply frustrated and I am sure it will give me strength and will calm me down.’” To which the pope responded, ‘I hope.’”