President Barack Obama today showed off the gift items that he says he carries in his pocket.
Obama showed the items during an interview with YouTube personality Ingrid Nilsen, today at the White House, saying they were given to him by people he has met during his political career.
“I carry these around all the time,.” he said. “I’m not that superstitious so it’s not like I think necessarily I have to have them on me at all times,” he explained. ”But it does remind me of all the different people that I’ve met along the way and how much they’ve invested in me.”
He showed Nilsen a rosary he received from Pope Francis, saying that he “admired” the pontiff. He explained that he enjoyed carrying the rosary because it helped him “think about peace and promoting understanding and ethical behavior.”
Obama also showed off a little Buddha statue that he received from a Buddhist monk.
He also showed off a statue of the Hindu “monkey god” Hanuman.
And A Coptic Cross from Ethiopia.
He also showed her a metal “lucky poker chip” that he said he received from a biker with “handlebar mustache” and “a buncha tats.”