Jesus Returns for Hillary's Georgetown Speech

Symbols were absent from Obama's speech

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    Hillary Clinton at Georgetown University's Gaston Hall.

    Hillary Clinton's speech Monday at Georgetown University's Gaston Hall included something that President Barack Obama's speech earlier this year didn't -- symbols of Jesus.

    Back in April, Obama upset some in the Catholic community when the White House requested that a monogram symbolizing Jesus' name be covered over with black-painted plywood when he gave a speech on the economy.

    But on Monday, the gold "IHS" monogram was there for all to see as the secretary of state delivered remarks on the Obama administration's human rights agenda for the 21st century.

    There was no immediate word on whether the move to allow the monogram was a direct response to the scrutiny leveled against the administration after Obama's speech in April.

    Clinton, for her part, addressed many topics Monday and responded to those who believe the administration's stance on human rights issues in places like China have not been as aggressive as some would like.

    “Sometimes we will have the most impact by publicly denouncing a government action, like the coup in Honduras or the violence in Guinea,” Clinton was quoted in the New York Times. “Other times we will be more likely to help the oppressed by engaging in tough negotiations behind closed doors, like pressing China and Russia as part of our broader agenda. In every instance, our aim will be to make a difference, not to prove a point.”

    But by allowing the religious symbols at Georgetown to be seen months after banning them for the president, is the administration actually making a difference or is it just proving a point?