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Of course it makes perfect sense the President would visit Rio’s iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. At the same time, in one holy optic, it’s a not-to-be-missed opportunity to put more distance between Obama and the Muslim rumors.
(caption: U.S. President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Sasha (L) and Malia tour Christ the Redeemer Statue on Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro late March 20, 2011. - via Photo from Reuters Pictures)