‘The head of a nation doing exactly what he is asking the nation to do’, wrote a netizen as a picture of President of Portugal Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa practicing social distancing in a queue to buy groceries went viral on Twitter. What followed was some major cheering for the national leader.
Twitter user Ben Phillips took to his handle to share the said photo of the Portugese President, and wrote, “What makes this photo so amazing is that it looks so ordinary. The man in the shorts waiting in line in this shop in Portugal is the President”. To which another Twitter user pointed out that ‘they are used to it’, as he has been spotted shopping for grocery a couple of times before the COVID-19 pandemic began, as well.
What makes this photo so amazing is that it looks so ordinary. The man in the shorts waiting in line in this shop in Portugal is the President. pic.twitter.com/pOesad5olK
— Ben Phillips (@benphillips76) May 24, 2020
Twitter was then, instantly set abuzz, with reactions of cheer pouring in, and how. Read the reactions below!
Restoring trust looks like this. A head of state doing what he is asking the nation to do. He is one of us.
— Louis Scott (@L_A_Scott_) May 24, 2020
— Jophin Mathai (@jofmat) May 24, 2020
He’s a lovely guy. Came to our local river beach two years ago. Had a swim and a cheese and ham toastie and lots of photos with people. I think he was wearing the same blue shorts.
— Tim Hall (@Nagbone) May 24, 2020
We are used to it. This is before the pandemic. He loves yoghurts. #Portugal pic.twitter.com/5k7YSuvcqw
— Armanda De Andrade (@ArmandaAndrade) May 24, 2020