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President Obama 'hugely impressed' with Pope Francis

October 03, 2013

US President Obama is "hugely impressed" with Pope Francis, he told a CNBC television interviewer.

President Obama told John Harwood of CNBC that the Pontiff had showed remarkable humility in his public statements, particularly on the issues of abortion, homosexuality, and contraception. President Obama, who has clashed with Church leaders on those questions frequently, said that the Pope's public statements have shown great humility. "That's a quality I admire," Obama said.

Obama's remarks about the Pope came in the context of an interview devoted primarily to the economic crisis in the US and the current impasse in a partisan battle over the federal budget.

President Obama has not met Pope Francis.


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  • Posted by: John J Plick - Oct. 06, 2013 7:02 PM ET USA

    "Why do you call me Lord, Lord....!?"

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Oct. 04, 2013 7:28 AM ET USA

    Notice where Obama sees 'humility' on the pope's part, in three areas of morality where he (Obama) is most wrong. If reporters were any good, and since this interview dealt with the current economic crisis, they would have asked the president his opinions about Francis' recent speech in Sardinia. There the pope, incensed by the injustice he saw, threw away his speech and lit into the cruelty of capitalism with passion. Doesn't Obama preside over the largest capitalist nation on the planet?

  • Posted by: tonydecker513018861 - Oct. 04, 2013 12:05 AM ET USA

    Obama is just spinning this like he spins everything.. to his political favor.

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Oct. 03, 2013 6:16 PM ET USA

    I'm glad to know that Obama is "hugely impressed" with the Bishop of Rome. Now I know that my understanding of what Francis said in his interviews is correct.

  • Posted by: williiam ronner - Oct. 03, 2013 5:18 PM ET USA

    uh oh! If Obama likes him, either the President is missing something...........or we are.

  • Posted by: garedawg - Oct. 03, 2013 4:20 PM ET USA

    There are not one hundred liberals in the United States who love Pope Francis, but there are millions who love what they wrongly perceive Pope Francis to be.