Obama, Francis and Umbrellas

It’s raining.

What do you do?

If you are President Obama at a press conference where you know you will be asked tough questions about the IRS, Benghazi and DOJ scandals, you do this (in contravention of military law, no less) to remind people of your office and power:

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But if you are Pope Francis at a general audience and it starts to rain, you do this — because you understand your office is one of service and humility:

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These two men could not be more different. And these two photos show the contrast.

(Someone should meme this.)

Papist hat tip: Joshua Bowman’s bride Amanda.

Joshua has written for CV about what Obama could learn from Pope Emeritus Benedict.


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36 thoughts on “Obama, Francis and Umbrellas

  1. mpope says:

    i loveLoveLOVE that picture of Obama all wet in the rain (the one that Ron posted.) He’s so.. so…. ‘Notebook!’

  2. Paul says:

    Except when you go drill through your links at The Atlantic, there isn’t a single picture of someone having a Marine hold their umbrella for them. Not one.

    Here is my (quickly done) crack at this:


  3. Michael Jeter says:

    We have seen pictures of President Reagan and both Presidents Bush with Marines holding umbrellas for them. Are you as outraged by them?

    1. Paul S says:

      @ Jeter.. Hey get a life or some humor. Outrage??.. come on! Your reaction is! The comparison is simply funny. That is if you love Francis. seems you’re a bit to defensive for BO.

      1. JackB says:

        I don’t know, Paul. My suspicion is that the Marines are Democrats.

    2. Brian says:

      Show us the picture!!!!

  4. DaveN says:

    The scandal that wasn’t:


    Even St. Ronnie had marines hold umbrellas for him.

  5. Ron says:


    Deleted? Really? I thought pictures speak for themselves. A no-context image for your no-context image.

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