Pope Francis walks alongside US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama upon arrival at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, September 22, 2015, on the starjt of a 3-day trip to Washington. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis arrived in Washington D.C. today for his first ever visit to the United States. During his trip to the U.S., the Pope will address a Joint Session of Congress, speak at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, tour the World Trade Center memorial, hold mass at Madison Square Garden, and then head to Philadelphia to attend the World Meeting of the Families.

While Catholics all across America are excited about Pope Francis’ historic visit, his photos with our country’s first family really made me smile.



Every time I see the Obama family, I can’t help but feel proud. It means something to see a beautiful Black family at the White House, descending the steps of Air Force One, and hobnobbing with world leaders.

Seeing the President and First Lady, their daughters Sasha and Malia, and the first grandmother, Mrs. Robinson, sends a powerful message to Black folks all across the world–yes, we can.



Tuesday, the Obamas greeted Pope Francis to the U.S., and I can’t stop looking at the pictures because our President, and his family, is Black. And it matters.

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