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‘Lord Hanuman’ figurine is Obama’s lucky charm

On Tuesday, US President Barack Obama in a interview with Youtube creator Ingrid Nilsen, disclosed that he always carries a statuette of Lord Hanuman in his pocket as a lucky charm to seek inspiration whenever he feels tired or discouraged.

The YouTube interview which was scheduled by the White House as a way to reach younger audiences to promote Obama’s final State of the Union address.

When the President was requested to show off an item of personal significance during the interview, Obama pulled from his pockets a series of small monuments, which included rosary beads given to him from Pope Francis, a tiny Buddha statue procured upon him by a monk, a silver poker chip that was once the lucky charm of a bald, mustachioed biker in Iowa, a figurine of the Hindu God Hanuman and a Coptic cross from Ethiopia.

Obama Lucky Charms
Obama Lucky Charms

Obama said during the Interview :

“I carry these around all the time. I’m not that superstitious, so it’s not like I think I necessarily have to have them on me at all times,”

“If I feel tired, or I feel discouraged sometimes, I can kind of reach into my pocket and say yeah, that’s something I can overcome, because somebody gave me the privilege to work on these issues that are going to effect them,”

Obama showing figurine of hanuman
Obama showing figurine of hanuman

Barack Obama, was born to Kenyan father and his mother was from Kansas. Obama spent initial days of his life in Indonesia where Hinduism is a very popular religion.

Source : Hindustan Times

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