- President Donald Trump decorated the White House with a painting of himself hanging out and laughing with former Republican presidents, including Ronald Reagan, Teddy Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln.
- The artist, Andy Thomas, told The Daily Beast that Trump called him and was “very complimentary,” adding that Trump “made a comment that he’d seen a lot of paintings of himself and he rarely liked them.”
- A post on Thomas’ website said the painting had a “subtle feminist message” and that he found it hard to give Trump a “genuine smile.”
- Thomas made a similar version of the painting with Barack Obama and other Democratic presidents.
President Donald Trump has a painting in the White House depicting a fantasy scene of himself hanging out with former Republican presidents.
The scene shows Trump sitting between Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon and looking at Abraham Lincoln across from him. Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford, Teddy Roosevelt, and both Bushes are also laughing and drinking.
The painting could be seen in Sunday night’s episode of “60 Minutes,” which interviewed Trump at the White House.
oh my god, it's hanging in the white house pic.twitter.com/wrq8eo7Bvx
— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) October 15, 2018
The painting, called “The Republican Club,” is by Andy Thomas, who reacted to seeing his painting on the White House wall in a Facebook post.
“Wow, during the 60 Minutes interview this evening look what is on the wall!” he said.
A post on Thomas’ website said the painting had a “subtle feminist message” because there is a woman in the background walking toward the table.
“As I was doing the painting, I was thinking that these guys are kind of intimidating in a way,” he was quoted as saying in the post. “That’s the kind of woman that will be our first woman president; she’ll walk right up to that table.”
The post also said Thomas “found it hard to give Trump a ‘genuine smile’ and had to redo the painting after his first take seemed off.”
Thomas told The Daily Beast that Trump had called him to say how much he liked the painting.
“He had actually given a me real gracious call to tell me how much he liked it,” Thomas said. “He was very complimentary. He made a comment that he’d seen a lot of paintings of himself and he rarely liked them.”
Thomas told the Daily Beast that Republican Rep. Darrell Issa gave Trump the painting, which costs $US155 to $US1,700, depending on the size and edition.
Thomas’ website also offers a similar version of the painting, called “The Democratic Club,” where Barack Obama is sitting where Trump sits in the Republican version.
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