Pope Francis’ trip to America has been pretty smooth until Wednesday morning, when he sat with President Barack Obama and a room full of reporters in Washington, D.C.
A reporter, presumably not from America, believed it would be a good idea to ask the influential leaders about Black people, but her wording left the president with a baffled look that frankly read, “We’re not here for that.”
Reporter: “Why don’t you say something about the negroes?”
Obama: “Thank you everybody.”
But shortly after that questionable exchange, many came to the reporter’s defense, arguing that she saying “migrants” with an accent, not the racial term.
Prior to his sit-down, the pontiff greeted Obama and over 15,000 people at the South Lawn of the White House to kick off his maiden voyage to the U.S.
He also pulled inspiration from the late Martin Luther King Jr. during his speech.
Huffington Post reports:
Our common home has been part of this group of the excluded which cries out to heaven and which today powerfully strikes our homes, our cities and our societies. To use a telling phrase of the Reverend Martin Luther King, we can say that we have defaulted on a promissory note and now is the time to honor it.
We know by faith that “the Creator does not abandon us; he never forsakes his loving plan or repents of having created us. Humanity still has the ability to work together in building our common home” (Laudato Si’, 13). As Christians inspired by this certainty, we wish to commit ourselves to the conscious and responsible care of our common home.
You can read the rest of the Pope’s speech here and watch the painfully awkward moment on loop above.
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1. Two step! President Obama dances with his half-sister Auma Obama and President Kenyatta at a state dinner during his first trip to Kenya.
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2. Seriously, how much more down to earth can Obama and the First Lady get? Here they are rocking their alma mater t-shirts in the White House one morning.
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3. WINNING! The exact moment President Obama heard that the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act.
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4. Presidential Perfection! The First Family poses on the White House lawn on Easter Day 2015.
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5. Just like us! The president swats a fly in the Oval Office.
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6. Someone needs an umbrella. The president dodges a rainstorm as he addresses supporters in Nashville.
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7. The president does his best “Charlie’s Angels” impression with an ensign at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy commencement in New London, Conn.
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8. Anything you can do, I can do better. President Obama crawls around with Ella Harper Rhodes, daughter of Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes.
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9. Presidential high fives for all!
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10. Like seriously, who doesn’t like pizza?
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11. Checking Twitter, perhaps? #AskPotus
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12. The real presidential advisors.
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13. Two peas in a pod. The president and Joe Biden always have each other’s backs.
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14. Who’s got the power?! President Obama poses with another ensign at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy commencement.
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16. Joking around with “Gronk,” aka New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.
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17. Family affair! The president, the First Lady, and presidential dogs Bo and Sunny speak to a crowd at this year’s Easter Egg Roll.
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18. Are you covered? Obama puts health first…but doesn’t he always? #Obamacare
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19. Who knew our president was the “baby whisperer?”
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20. It’s never too early (or late) to shoot some hoops in a suit.
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21. Green tie. Must be St. Patrick’s Day.
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22. Who said presidents couldn’t have fun at bars? Obama throws darts at an Atlanta tavern while waiting for his interview with VICE to begin.
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24. Boys will be boys.
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25. We imagine Bo is politely asking POTUS to go out for just one more walk. Please??
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