In his first interview since the State of the Union address, President Obama told CNN’s Jake Tapper what he expects from his upcoming meeting with Pope Francis in March. Tapper compared enthusiasm for Francis to the early expectations of Obama’s presidency.
“I was thinking about this pope and there’s so much excitement that he’s going to change everything,” Tapper said. “You want to talk to him about managing expectations at all is that something he needs to think about?”
“I have been really impressed so far,” Obama replied, “with the way he has communicated what I think is the essence of the Christian faith and that is a true sense of brotherhood and sisterhood and a true sense of regard for those who are less fortunate. My suspicion is based on what I’ve seen of him so far, he’s a pretty steady guy. I don’t think he needs any advice from me on staying humble.”