President Donald Trump’s much hyped 60 Minutes interview with Leslie Stahl finally aired on Sunday night. The sit down was conducted in the Oval Office, where they discussed a number of topics from his Supreme Curt pick Brett Kavanaugh to Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, and he managed to only pull an “I’m president and you’re not” one time.
It seems as if there’s nothing Trump can say anymore to shock people, so instead, eagle-eyed viewers fixated on something else — an odd painting hanging on his office wall which features past Republican presidents Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford, Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Calvin Coolidge, both Bushes, and Warren G. Harding.
And sitting court at the center of the table is a beaming, noticeably slimmed-down Trump, with his ever-present class of Diet Coke sitting in front of him.
The piece, titled “The Republican Club,” is actually that of artist Andy Thomas, who paints primarily cowboys and Native Americans as well as portraits of presidents. Thomas has done similar works of art in the past featuring former Democrat presidents playing pool and another of Republican presidents playing poker in 2008.
When he decided to do an update that added our current president, Thomas told the Daily Beast that he found Trump difficult to paint “because of his skin tone and smile,” but ultimately decided to make him the center of attention anyway.
The print was gifted to Trump by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), and he was apparently so chuffed that he personally called Thomas to gush about it.
Still, having the thing hanging there right in the Oval Office certainly speaks to Trump’s ego — I mean, does he even think it’s odd that he’s seated right next to Nixon?? — and people were quick to roast him on Twitter.
And Trump didn’t even notice that the painting actually apparently contains a hidden feminist message:
Trump ignoring subtext? Now I’ve heard everything.