Somebody get me a body language expert right now.
Cristina’s meeting with Pope Francis was everything you dreamed it would be and more. The awkwardness, the shyness, the hat! MY GOD, THE HAT!
Sure, they may have had a rocky relationship in the past and the Kirchnerites may have displayed cautious optimism last week when Buenos Aires Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was anointed Pope in Conclave, becoming the first Pope of the Americas. But in the end, no matter how combative Cristina may be, she probably realized turning 1.2 billion Catholics against her was not a good idea.
So there she is, in Rome. Fidgeting nervously with a big grin on her face. Her awkwardness is probably the most beautiful thing you’ll see all day, as she struggles not to seem totally starstruck by the presence of God’s ambassador on Earth standing in front of her. As Francis examines the new mate gourd she just presented him with (score one for originality) and thanks her, the President touches his arm and regrets doing so, all quirky and adorable and stuff:
Cristina: “Oh, right. I can’t touch you. Oh, no, no. I don’t want to touch you, can I touch you?”
Pope Francis: “Of course you can. Here,” he says as he proceeds to kiss her.
Cristina: “Thank you. Thank you very much“. *blushes* “I had never been kissed by a Pope before“.
See the video version, and kudos to the guy who edited to include pop culture legend Tano Pasman:
Long gone are those days in which they both used to exchange icy stares at the Casa Rosada as the marriage equality bill was heading to Congress in 2010. Their exchange this morning was actually pretty amicable, and according to The Argentina Independent, Cristina even asked Pope Francis to help her in the Malvinas/Falklands sovereignty issue:
In a press conference following her lunch with the pope, the president revealed that she had solicited his help as an “intermediary” as regards the Falklands/Malvinas conflict. In light of the conflict, the head of state recalled the intervention and assistance of the papacy in 1978, when the de facto governments of Argentina and Chile were at loggerheads over the Beagle Canal. She went on to explain that the current situation is much simpler given that both countries are headed by democratic institutions.
Yeah, you thought the referendum solved anything? Wrong. This is just the beginning. Repent, Kelpers.