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"You have a marvelous virgin," Clinton tells Mexicans

March 30, 2009 |  5:52 am
 S Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visits the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City and talks with Msgr. Diego Monroy

Sen. Hillary Clinton continued her bruising assault on Sen. Barack Obama's inexperience during the ongoing Democratic primary struggles over the weekend.

Oh, wait. That was last year. The other day as his secretary of State, Clinton was in Mexico sharing the blame for that country's gun-blazing, head-chopping drug wars. But the Methodist took time out in Mexico City to visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe to deliver a bouquet of white flowers on behalf of the American people.

Catholics believe that almost 500 years ago the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was miraculously imprinted on the cloak of St. Juan Diego, who became the Catholic church's first saint indigenous to the Americas in 2002. According to news agency reports, the basilica's rector, Msgr. Diego Monroy, had had the image lowered from its altar for a closer look by the visiting dignitary.

"Who painted it?" Clinton asked.

"God," the rector replied.

Clinton also lighted a candle during her 30-minute visit and, on her way out told a crowd of Mexicans, "You have a marvelous virgin."

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Hat Tip to Don Surber.

Photo: Clinton talks with Msgr. Diego Monroy. Credit: Getty Images

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