Despite the White House's warm reception, and President Bush congratulating the pope on his "awesome speech," his holiness wasn't able to find time in his schedule to actually attend a White House dinner being held in his honor Wednesday night.

But unlike the pope, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown apparently will make time for his White House dinner Thursday.

From today's press gaggle with White House spokesman Tony Fratto:
At 6:50 p.m. this evening, the President and Mrs. Bush will welcome the Prime Minister and Mrs. Brown at the North Portico, and then they will have a social dinner at 7:00 p.m. in the Yellow Oval.

Quick --

Q: Brown actually will attend the dinner in his honor?