The Pope exited his vehicle without any pomp or other kind of unnecessary 'fluff', and immediately approached President and Mrs. Obama, shook their hands, and the three of them began walking toward the podium and seating areas. Michelle Obama walked ahead and sat down, and the President and the Pope stood side by side near the podium as the Holy See and American anthems were played.
Then the President gave his speech, and I truly appreciated listening to him talk about our need for changing our world, with focus on diplomatic and non-violent solutions toward positive, peaceful relations and interactions with our 'brothers and sisters' of our world.
Next, Pope Francis gave his speech, which he gave in English, as he read from his podium notes. His message was clear; he thanked President Obama and the American people for committing (in principle) to engaging in positive changes in the various arenas we all know can only really be changed through compassion, love, sharing, and other forms of peaceful and altruistic behaviors.
Both President Obama and Pope Francis reflected on the need for building bridges instead of walls between nations and peoples...and even between peoples' differences, such as political, cultural, religious, social, or other form of 'individualism'.
Their tone and emphasis clearly exposed their sense of urgency and concern for us to look at ourselves in that proverbial mirror; the kind that reflects who and what we really are...on the inside...not who and what we might appear to be.