The Pope Meets the Press: ‘They’re Much Better Behaved When You’re Here’

By Chris Ariens 

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Pope Francis’s first full day in the U.S. began with greeting students who’d been waiting outside the Apostolic Nunciature of the Holy See where he is staying while in Washington, D.C. Then it was on to the White House for remarks alongside President Obama. Then, the pope and the president met inside the Oval Office. At the end of that meeting, the media was allowed in for a photo op.

At one point Mr. Obama leaned to Pope Francis telling him, “They’re much better behaved when you’re here.”

Then, as two reporters shouted questions, including veteran CBS Newser Bill Plante, the president said to the press: “I was just commenting that I noticed all of you are much better behaved than usual.” That only got a couple laughs, before reporters were ushered were out of the Oval Office.

Plante asked “What is the most important issue you’ll discuss.” Another reporter asked, “Your holiness, what is your sense about the migrants?”