Addis Ababa July 27, 2015: During a press conference with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegne President Obama dropped a nice joke about the black lions living in the Ethiopian national palace. This tradition dated back during King Hailesilasse era who used to have a domesticated black lions in his palace. Recently scientists conformed the same lionswho are kept in Addis Ababa Zoo and the Ethiopian palace are part of endangered animals list. Until today most Ethiopians do not have any clue these lions are still alive. People see the lions in the Addis Ababa Zoo but not inside the palace.
Today thank you for President Obama who unknowingly broke the news to the world. During King Haileselasse era those lions were the symbol of Ethiopia. Now you don't see those lions' images everywhere . Only one place you can see the lions image is on Ethiopian Airlines planes (it used to big but now very small and unnoticeable) and Addis Ababa city buses . These lions were the symbol of courage and heroism, sadly few people do not want to them again. At this time the Lion of Judah is more celebrated out side Ethiopia than in Ethiopia. Thank you for the Ras Teferain followers Lion of Judah is more alive than ever. Here is what Obama said during the press conference
" ...I had a chance to see the famous lions lives on the grounds I am considering some for the White House although I have to make sure my dogs are safe."