On Wednesday, President Trump and co. met up with Pope Francis in an early morning affair at the Vatican. Speculation leading up to the event was rampant: Would the Pope be nice to Trump? Would the president get into another awkward encounter? In the past, President Trump has not shied away from taking Twitter shots at the Pope. The Pope, on the other hand, has said he would reserve judgment on Trump until actually meeting him. While the meeting between the two was largely uneventful, a single photo appeared online and immediately became the meme of the day. Let’s take a closer look.
Here’s the photo of Pope Francis and President Trump that has everyone talking.
AP captures the perfect shot. pic.twitter.com/slr61pS5nY
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) May 24, 2017
Notice anything about the Pope’s face?
Pope Francis has seen some heavy stuff in his day — famine, war, natural disasters, etc — but this is the face he made when meeting President Trump. Pope Francis looked like I look when I have to sit through Sunday mass.
When the photo was posted online, Pope Francis’ less-than-enthused face went viral.
— Mike P Williams (@Mike_P_Williams) May 24, 2017
Everyone was trying to figure out what was going on in Pope Francis’ head when the photo was taken.
"Can you please not post this on any social media? I don’t want my boss seeing.” – Pope Francis pic.twitter.com/o4IKtD16Oj
— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) May 24, 2017
Full Frontal tweeted: “Can you please not post this on any social media? I don’t want my boss seeing.” Pope Francis
Some brought up the warm reception Pope Francis has given to previous world leaders.
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Pope Francis was able to smile with Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and even Mexico’s President, Enrique Peña Nieto.
Pope Francis is known for his warm, affable smile.
— Simon Hendriksen (@SimonHendriksen) May 24, 2017
VICE marveled at how sad “the happiest Pope” had become in Trump’s presence.
— VICE News (@vicenews) May 24, 2017
It’s as if the Pope didn’t hear the word, “cheese.”
The Pope’s reaction reminded people of Michelle Obama at Trump’s inauguration.
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The Pope and Michelle should hang out.
A few cracked jokes about Pope Francis performing an exorcism on President Trump.
Trump: Why do you keep saying "the power of Christ compels you" and hitting me with water?
Pope: Testing a theory. pic.twitter.com/V0jnONuFsP
— Crutnacker (@Crutnacker) May 24, 2017
In a reference to The Exorcist, @Crutnacker tweeted:
Why do you keep saying “the power of Christ compels you” and hitting me with water?
Pope: Testing a theory.
@BarryMalone76 joked about converting to Catholicism.
I'd convert to Catholicism if the pope publicly threw holy water on Trump just to see what happened. pic.twitter.com/J3Yucz7JGY
— Barry Malone (@BarryMalone76) May 24, 2017
Some Catholics thoroughly loved Pope Francis’ reaction.
the pope looking so pissed to be next to trump is making being catholic almost worth it
— ? Rita Sofia ? (@ritabites) May 24, 2017
the pope looking so pissed to be next to trump is making being catholic almost worth it.
There was speculation on possible conversations in the room.
Pope Francis, "Who died?"
Ivanka, "Freedom, peace, and hope" pic.twitter.com/sD21qcClpz
— Red T Raccoon (@RedTRaccoon) May 24, 2017
Pope Francis, “Who died?”
Ivanka, “Freedom, peace, and hope.”
The awkward encounter was the perfect “Curb Your Enthusiasm” moment.
Pope Your Enthusiasm pic.twitter.com/joAC3sk5oe
— Seinfeld Current Day (@Seinfeld2000) May 24, 2017
Of course, one person was super excited about the meeting.
Honor of a lifetime to meet His Holiness Pope Francis. I leave the Vatican more determined than ever to pursue PEACE in our world. pic.twitter.com/JzJDy7pllI
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 24, 2017
Honor of a lifetime to meet His Holiness Pope Francis. I leave the Vatican more determined to pursue PEACE in our world.