Blocking out Jesus

Re “Obama lays out economic steps, plans at Georgetown” (CR, April 23),

I find it interesting that it overlooked a significant news item that “Jesus was missing from the Georgetown speech.” According to NBC Washington Reports, “Amidst all the American flags and presidential seals, there was something missing when President Barack Obama gave an economic speech at Georgetown University this week – Jesus.” And, according to, the White House asked Georgetown to cover a monogram symbolizing Jesus’ name in Gaston Hall, which Obama used for his speech.

Had you used the complete picture shown with the accompanying article, you would see a symbol of Jesus blacked out behind President Obama. The blacked out symbol reads “IHS,” which forms the monogram of the Holy Name of Jesus. The initials are derived from the first three letters of the Greek spelling of his name.

One wonders if the University of Notre Dame will remove the symbols of its Catholic faith for the president’s visit.

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