If you are one of the ardent believers in Sankat Mochan Hanuman, you are in very good company. In a recent interview on YouTube, US President Barack Obama revealed that a small replica of Lord Hanuman is one of the things he carries around with him in his pocket and looks towards it in order to get and inspiration whenever he is down.
The interview was an attempt to allow Obama to connect more with younger audiences and encourage them to look more towards politics and comes in the wake of the State of the Union address delivered by the President last week.
As part of the interview, Obama was asked about his superstitions and if he carries any good luck charms about him and he produced a collection of items he had received throughout his journey, which all served as reminders of the people Barack Obama had interacted with on his road to the White House.
In addition to the figurine of Lord Hanuman, the President of the United States also had rosary beads that were gifted to him by Pope Francis, a silver poker chip, a small statue of Buddha as well as a Coptic Cross that he had obtained in Ethiopia.
However, he did remark that he was not all that superstitious and did not always carry these items along with him. He did say though that he would refer to these whenever he felt discouraged or tired and that they inspired him to keep on working on the issues that affected so many people.
Obama does have another Hindu connect too as he had spent a lot of his initial days in Indonesia, where Hinduism is a popular religion. To hear it from the President himself, you can see the interview here.
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