Brian Williams returns to the spotlight this week as a reporter for MSNBC. (If you forget, Brian was suspended from NBC, where he served as the Nightly News anchor, for telling false and exaggerated stories about his time in Iraq in the early 2000s.) And one of Brian’s first assignments? Covering Pope Francis’ highly-anticipated visit to the United States.
Of course the Internet is having a field day with this, hypothesizing all the false tales Brian will spin about his interactions with the Pope. It’s even spawned a hashtag: #BrianWilliamsPopeStories. Yes, it’s not exactly the nicest thing to tweet, but it’s funny as hell. And we’re all devils, anyway, so let’s enjoy it.
"He was a bloated mess before I got him on the gluten-free communion wafers." #BrianWilliamsPopeStories
— capbozo (@capbozo) September 23, 2015
'I was the first person to bless babies with kisses… and to wear white after Labor Day…' #BrianWilliamsPopeStories
— Britni (@brrriitttnnii) September 23, 2015
#BrianWilliamsPopeStories "So I said to the Pope, I think climate change would be a good agenda."- Brian Williams
— Cassandra Ryder (@cdr789) September 23, 2015
"It turns out I'm the only living person to be canonized a Catholic saint." #BrianWilliamsPopeStories
— Jon SXSW (@SXSWUTLOL) September 23, 2015
I rode in the popemobil once, and evaded a bullet by an inch. It was then that they added the bulletproof glass. #BrianWilliamsPopeStories
— Adriana (@thinkingwitty) September 23, 2015
#BrianWilliamsPopeStories Did you know he was grazed by the very same bullet that struck Pope John Paul II in 1981 in Vatican Square?
— Edward J. Casey (@achs_fred) September 23, 2015
"I supervised the alchemy that produced the white smoke announcing the selection of Pope Francis."–Brian Williams #BrianWilliamsPopeStories
— Brian Jay Jones (@brianjayjones) September 23, 2015
My personal papal blessing saved my life when my helicopter was shot in Iraq. #BrianWilliamsPopeStories
— Lexistential (@lexistential) September 23, 2015
"I was once in line to be the next Pope"- Brian Williams #brianwilliamspopestories
— Krista Sepe (@sass28) September 22, 2015
The Pope told me how impressed he was when I walked on water during Katrina. #BrianWilliamspopestories
— John Leonard (@docdepotceo) September 22, 2015
#BrianWilliamsPopeStories No really, I was too busy for Papal duties, so I nominated him. He is in America to thank me for the plush gig…
— Mathew S Harrison (@MathewSHarrison) September 23, 2015
In all seriousness, we’re sure Brian won’t be spewing fake stories any time soon. Homeboy just got his job back. He’s on thin ice. (Nonetheless, this certainly makes for a great Wednesday laugh.)
We just hope B’s laughing, too…and not crying.