Our Secretary of State was in Mexico, at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and she was all, where did that neat picture come from? Who painted that? The US media is already picking up the story, based on one source, of course: the Catholic News Agency. Here is how they reported this:
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.
After observing it for a while, Mrs. Clinton asked "who painted it?" to which Msgr. Monroy responded "God!"
There is, of course, no proof of this conversation having taken place, at all, besides the words of the Catholic News Agency, who, as we just saw, happily reported as fact the idea that god came down with his cosmic oil paints and drew the lady he'd knocked up 1500 years earlier on a cloak for laughs.
Funny story: there is this one reporter named Tim Shipman who writes for The Telegraph, in London. He just publishes whatever he hears from anyone without "corroborating it," which leads to a lot of stories that are kinda made-up!
In the past year he reported that close allies of Gore were pushing him into the Democratic race to end the Clinton-Obama standoff, that former President Bill Clinton warned that then-presidential candidate Barack Obama would have to "kiss his ass" to get an endorsement and that a source close to the new president worried that the insultingly cheap gift of DVDs he gave to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown meant that Obama was "overwhelmed" by his job. Democrats who worked with those campaigns told TWI that these stories were, respectively, "a total lie," "just not true," and "something nobody thinks is true."
Shipman is amused by the criticism. "I never report what I'm not told," he said. "If I have one source who tells me this, I will write that in." After the campaigns or furors are over, he said, the stories hang together, "except, obviously, for the bit about Gore."
Which would be the end of it, because hey, who cares, it's just some English paper. But then there is Mr. Drudge! He pushes these stories into what we charmingly refer to as "the mainstream," which is a bunch of screaming psychopaths on cable news and the narcissistic theater kids who make up the White House press corps.
Not that you can entirely blame the foreign press, of course. There is also Maureen Dowd.
So, look for this amusing Clinton gaffe to go, uh, somewhere. Because Hillary didn't know that God painted that pretty picture.