- 20 марта 2013, 18:56
- POLITICO. TOP 10 Blogs
Vice President Joe Biden, in his first public comments since returning from Rome, said he had been pulling for an American cardinal to win the papacy but he was impressed by Pope Francis nonetheless.
"He seems like all he is advertised to be - a genuine, generous, humble man," Biden said during a St. Patrick's Day breakfast at his Washington residence, according to a pool report.
The vice president said the United States almost had its first pope in contender Cardinal Sean O'Malley from Boston.
"We almost made it big.. We almost had a chance at power. We came that close, that close," Biden said.
He joked that it got down to a vote and Terry Donilon - the cardinal's communications director and brother of White House National Security Adviser Tom - "said something wrong."
"We could have had an American Irish Catholic Pope but we would have shared him with you," Biden told the Irish delegation gathered in his residence.
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny was in attendance as were Sen. Pat Leahy (D-Vt.), Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, and Vicki Kennedy, widow of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts. The breakfast had been scheduled to take place Tuesday but was postponed because of Biden's trip to Rome to attend the papal investiture.