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.


Categories:Pope Francis President Obama

  • Russell

    Exactly which “military law” did the president break by having the Marine hold the umbrella? This question is for the author and Jodie.

  • Sheesh

    Yet another Republican “Catholic” Vote smear. Keep smearing, Thomas.

  • CD

    this is just another attempt by the right to get anything to stick to the president. the last 6 presidents have all used the umbrella at a press conference in the exact same manner. i know conservatives are proven to be dumber than the average person but this is just to much. i wish republicans we not such goon and could comprehend something more than a fox news talking point.

  • Lawrence

    I think to be fair, though, Obama was just trying to be hospitable to the visiting PM who was getting rained on. But he certainly didn’t know protocol!

  • Jodie

    Daryl, if you know something about the Marines rules, they do NOT hold umbrellas for another man, not even the president of the US. ONLY hold umbrellas for the ladies :-) The president has plenty of service to hold what he wants, they are not buttlers. I agree with Thomas when it comes to His Holiness, Pope Francis.

    • Russell

      Which rules were broken? Which rule says a Marine can hold an umbrella for “the ladies?”

  • Daryl Berezik

    Everyone seems to be comparing the “umbrellas” with modesty, when they should be looking at protocol, duty, respect, safety and security of two world leaders. I see the Marine doing his duty protecting Mr. Obama, while the Swiss Guard is NO WHERE TO BE SEEN near the Pope. Semper Fidelis (Semper Fi), Latin (language usually used in the Catholic Church) for “Always Faithful” or “Always Loyal” known in the United States as the motto of the United States Marine Corps as well as in many other organizations around the world. I would hope Pope Francis will start being more careful in his future public appearances. Marine protocol and training kicked in out of respect for our President, I wish the Swiss Guard had the same respect and loyalty for the Holy Father!

    • Thomas Peters

      Daryl, the pope’s security is not limited to the swiss guard. Even in the photo you can see his plainclothes security surrounding him, as they always do during public appearances.



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