- President Obama admits that he keeps in his pocket the rosary given to him by Pope Francis
- Obama says that the gift reminds him of the people who are important in his life
- The president says that he also admires the pope’s stance in promoting peace, understanding, and ethical behavior
Despite the fact that he is not a member of the Roman Catholic Church, United States President Barack Obama said that he still keeps in his pocket the rosary given by Pope Francis when the latter visited the U.S.A. last year for the 8th World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.
In a feature article published by Manila Bulletin on January 31, it was disclosed that Obama has admitted in an interview that the papal gift means a lot to him since he admires the pope’s stance in promoting peace, understanding, and ethical behavior.
“I am not that superstitious but these remind me of all the different people I meet, how much they invest in me, their stories, hopes and dreams,” Obama said.
He further adds, “If I feel tired and discouraged, I just reach into my pocket to remind myself that, hey, I can overcome this because somebody gave me this privilege to work on these issues that affect them and I better get back to work.”
The interview, which was hosted by 26-year-old YouTube celebrity Ingrid Nilsen (Missglamorazzi), was streamed live over the internet from the East Room of the White House on January 15.
Aside from Nilsen, other online personalities such as Destin Sandlin and SWooZie have also participated in the interview, which the White House tagged as #YouTubeAsksObama.
Watch this YouTube video of Ingrid Nilsen’s full interview with President Obama: