Clinton’s Mexico Blunder
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.
The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was miraculously imprinted by Mary on the tilma, or cloak, of St. Juan Diego in 1531. The image has numerous unexplainable phenomena, such as the appearance on Mary’s eyes of those present in the room when the tilma was opened and the image’s lack of decay.
Mrs. Clinton was received on Thursday at 8:15 a.m. by the rector of the Basilica, Msgr. Diego Monroy.
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!”
Really? Really? She asked, “Who painted it?”
Forehead-smackingly embarrassing. Non-Catholics and even some Catholics who don’t live in the southwest might not know the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. But Clinton claimed to have been to the Basilica before. Has Clinton never wondered why half the cars in the southwest have little replicas or stickers of the image? Hell, I’ve got one on my car.
Ignorance like this demonstrates cringe-worthy lack of preparation from our number one representative to other countries. We’d be in better shape if she sat in her office and tried very hard not to insult anyone else. I suggest duct tape might do the trick.