W.H. Obama & Pope Francis ‘Two Respected World Leaders with Significant Influence’

‘It is an opportunity for the president to illustrate the deep admiration out of the American people have for Pope Francis and his leadership’

EARNEST: "[This is not a meeting between] politicians and this is not an effort to advance anybody's political agenda, but rather it is an opportunity for two respected world leaders with significant influence around the globe to spend some time talking about the values that they hold in common and to do so in an atmosphere of respect. And it is an opportunity for the president to illustrate the deep admiration that the American people have for Pope Francis and his leadership."

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