A few blogs are making something out of Hillary's "faux pas" in Mexico:
During her recent visit to Mexico, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made an unexpected stop at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe and left a bouquet of white flowers “on behalf of the American people,” after asking who painted the famous image.
Msgr. Monroy took Mrs. Clinton to the famous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which had been previously lowered from its usual altar for the occasion. After observing it for a while, Mrs. Clinton asked “who painted it?” to which Msgr. Monroy responded “God!”
So the blogs are saying Hillary should have known this. Although the argument is made that Hillary's staff should have briefed her about this, one can't be expected to know everything about a country he or she visits. Hosts should understand that. Indeed, I doubt the priest was offended.
Really, when you are looking at a painting, who doesn't wonder "who painted it?" Would it occur to anyone that it might be offensive to ask, because someone might think that "God painted it"? Give me a break. I give a lot of credit to Hillary for not laughing!
Ann says: I agree with most of that, except one report said she had been there 30 years ago. I thought tourism was supposed to broaden your mind. Apparently, the whole reason people flock to the icon completely escaped her.
The staff work in this administration is terrible. If there were a Republican in office, I would be starting to suspect sabotage by the notoriously biased staff at Foggy Bottom.