President Bush was in good form, with a strong, moral message for the 1200 or so guests at this year’s National Catholic Prayer Breakfast. As with last year, Supreme Court Justice John Roberts was in attendance, as was his colleague, Justice Samuel Alito.
But the big buzz in the room was over Sen. Fred Thompson, who showed up early and stayed long past most of the other VIPs had left the building. Thompson is believed to be close to announcing a run for the Presidency, but was the only candidate - or potential candidate - to bother to make the visit with his fellow Christians.
And a note about that: according Thompson insiders, he and his wife had accepted an invitation to the breakfast before Dr. James Dobson claimed to a reporter that - to the best of his knowledge - Thompson was not a Christian. Upon learning that Thompson in fact was a baptized Christian, a Dobson spokesman clarified that Thompson was not an evangelical Christian. The Thompsons are said to be friendly with several members of the host committee for the annual breakfast.