President Obama Says Praying With Pope Francis Was ‘Stand-Out’ Moment During His Presidency

Pope Francis is escorted by U.S. President Barack Obama as he greets other political and Catholic church leaders after arriving from Cuba at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, on Sept. 22, 2015. (Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Pope Francis is escorted by U.S. President Barack Obama as he greets other political and Catholic church leaders after arriving from Cuba at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, on Sept. 22, 2015. (Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

In a wide-ranging conversation on Super Bowl Sunday, President Obama opened up to “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King in the Oval Office to discuss his final months on the job. He reflected on memorable visitors, shared charms that he rotates in his pockets, discussed how the presidency changed him and what stresses him out when it comes to the future.

Mr. Obama said Pope Francis’ visit to the White House where he had the opportunity to share thoughts and prayers with the pontiff was a stand-out moment during his presidency.

“You know, he’s somebody who is the real deal. I think he deeply cares about people, about the most vulnerable,” Mr. Obama said.

But the president is also known to love babies.

“I love getting on the ground with babies in the Oval Office. And they’re unrestrained so they will run around. They will take out all the apples out of the bowl and set them in various places and then put them back and, they’re out of control,” Mr. Obama said.

Every day in his pocket, the president said he keeps a charm of something people have gifted him.

“So this is a little picture of Lady Guadalupe that a Latino elderly woman gave to me. She was imploring me to get immigration laws reformed. These are rosary beads from Pope Francis,” Mr. Obama shared.

Among other charms was a “lucky” poker chip a tattooed biker gave him in Iowa back in 2008, a little Buddha that a Buddhist monk gifted and guitar picks from Bruce Springsteen.

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SOURCE: CBS News