This Probably Isn’t Obama’s White House Portrait, but I Wish It Were

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Alex Wong/Getty Images

There’s a good chance that the image below isn’t former President Barack Obama’s official White House portrait, but I wish it were, because nothing says “First black president from Chicago” like a tan, Easter-NBA suit. In fact, the only thing missing is a long, tan fedora.


On Monday, social media began sharing what appears to be a painting of Obama wearing arguably his most controversial outfit that wasn’t a pair of mom jeans.


Obama first unveiled the suit in August 2014 at a press conference about the Islamic State group, or ISIS, after journalist James Foley was beheaded, and it didn’t take long for some Republicans to lose their collective shit.

“There’s no way any of us can excuse what the president did yesterday,” Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said on NewsMaxTV back in 2014, Talking Points Memo reported. “When you have the world watching … a week, two weeks of anticipation of what the United States is gonna do. For him to walk out—I’m not trying to be trivial here—in a light suit, light tan suit, saying that first he wants to talk about what most Americans care about, the revision of second-quarter numbers on the economy.”

There has been no official word as to whether or not this is Obama’s official portrait, but I’m willing to bet it is because I think nothing says “I give no fucks” like a baggy, tan pastoral suit.

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“There’s no way any of us can excuse what the president did yesterday. For him to walk out there in dark skin. It’s simply an outrage. There’s no excuse for the president not to be white at all times.”