“NO INTEREST”: Barack Obama Refused to Allow Trump to Unveil His Official White House Portrait


For decades, it’s been a gesture of the peaceful transition of power from president to president, regardless of party politics. But, according to a report from NBC News, President Donald Trump will not be unveiling his predecessor Barack Obama’s official White House portrait – because Obama won’t allow it.

For 40 years, a first-term president has hosted his immediate predecessor in the East Room for the first public showing of the portrait of the former president. NBC reports that Obama has “no interest” in taking part in the tradition as long as Trump occupies the White House.

Both Katie Hill, a spokesperson for Obama, and the White House declined to comment on NBC’s report. Read more at NBC News.



  1. He probably cannot choose to not have his pic, but i think he should hold the unveiling without obama, that would be like boycotting your own funeral, but once buried the ceremony cannot happen again! 🙂

      • Quit trashing Obama’s accomplishments. He has done more than any other President before him. Here is a list of his impressive accomplishments:

        1. First President to be photographed smoking a joint.

        2. First President to apply for college aid as a foreign student, then deny he was a foreigner.

        3. First President to have a social security number from a state he has never lived in.

        4. First President to preside over a cut to the credit-rating of the United States.

        5. First President to violate the War Powers Act.

        6. First President to be held in contempt of court for illegally obstructing oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

        7. First President to require all Americans to purchase a product from a third party.

        8. First President to spend a trillion dollars on “shovel-ready” jobs when there was no such thing as “shovel-ready” jobs.

        9. First President to abrogate bankruptcy law to turn over control of companies to his union supporters.

        10. First President to by-pass Congress and implement the Dream Act through executive fiat.

        11. First President to order a secret amnesty program that stopped the deportation of illegal immigrants across the U.S., including those with criminal convictions.

        12. First President to demand a company hand-over $20 billion to one of his political appointees.

        13. First President to tell a CEO of a major corporation (Chrysler) to resign.

        14. First President to terminate America’s ability to put a man in space.

        15. First President to cancel the National Day of Prayer and to say that America is no longer a Christian nation.

        16. First President to have a law signed by an auto-pen without being present.

        17. First President to arbitrarily declare an existing law unconstitutional and refuse to enforce it.

        18. First President to threaten insurance companies if they publicly spoke out on the reasons for their rate increases.

        19. First President to tell a major manufacturing company in which state it is allowed to locate a factory.

        20. First President to file lawsuits against the states he swore an oath to protect (AZ, WI, OH, IN).

        21. First President to withdraw an existing coal permit that had been properly issued years ago.

        22. First President to actively try to bankrupt an American industry (coal).

        23. First President to fire an inspector general of AmeriCorps for catching one of his friends in a corruption case.

        24. First President to appoint 45 czars to replace elected officials in his office.

        25. First President to surround himself with radical left wing anarchists.

        26. First President to golf more than 150 separate times in his five years in office.

        27. First President to hide his birth, medical, educational and travel records.

        28. First President to win a Nobel Peace Prize for doing NOTHING to earn it.

        29. First President to go on multiple “global apology tours” and concurrent “insult our friends” tours.

        30. First President to go on over 17 lavish vacations, in addition to date nights and Wednesday evening White House parties for his friends paid for by the taxpayers.

        31. First President to have personal servants (taxpayer funded) for his wife.

        32. First President to keep a dog trainer on retainer for $102,000 a year at taxpayer expense.

        33. First President to fly in a personal trainer from Chicago at least once a week at taxpayer expense.

        34. First President to repeat the Quran and tell us the early morning call of the Azan (Islamic call to worship) is the most beautiful sound on earth.

        35. First President to side with a foreign nation over one of the American 50 states (Mexico vs Arizona).

        36. First President to tell the military men and women that they should pay for their own private insurance because they “volunteered to go to war and knew the consequences.”

        37. Then he was the First President to tell the members of the military that THEY were UNPATRIOTIC for balking at the last suggestion.

        I feel much better now. I had been under the impression he hadn’t been doing ANYTHING… Such an accomplished individual… in the eyes of the ignorant maybe.!.

  2. Good: I hope that arrogant portrait will never hang in the White house, He might even have been an illegal president born somewhere in a third world country.

    • being born in another country doesn’t stop you from being president otherwise ted cruz could not have been president if he would have won either.

  3. Very appropriate for a man-child like Barack Obama.

    The up-side, Trump will not have to see Obama’s portrait all the time !

    • and what is your opinion of trump? is he a spoiled rich kid who never grew up? or is politics a team sport for you?

        • it’s not class warfare. when the his actions are severely affected because of his upbringing. class warfare would be attacking somebody just because of wealth!

  4. I expect they will spin this into blaming Trump for (allegedly) blocking Obama’s portrait, especially if Trump’s successor refuses to unveil Trump’s portrait.

  5. The headline reads “refused to allow Trump to unveil…”.
    Obama has no ability to allow/disallow anything . He is refusing to take part in the traditional unveiling. The unveiling will go on whenever and however Trump wants.

  6. I actually totally get both of them. They’ve both said such terrible things about each other in the past that it would be super awkward if they would be in any room together, let alone in front of a hundred cameras.

  7. To Anonymous:
    Get your facts straight, before stating your opinion!!
    Ted Cruz, who was born in the Canadian Province of Alberta, relinquished his Canadian citizenship, before declaring his candidacy for President of the United States, during the 2016 election. Thus, making him eligible as a candidate for
    This is a fact!!

    • a child of an american can run for president if they are born outside of the usa. a child born outside of the usa to American parents is automatically American


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