Barack Obama has once again memed his presidency by flashing the “Not Impressed” face in a new photograph with gymnast McKayla Maroney.
Team USA met with the president during a White House tour Thursday. Maroney posted a mysterious tweet before the meeting, subtly hinting that she was “off to some place special” while, for reasons I won’t try to understand, including a photograph of her legs.
She posted the explicit explanation a little more than one hour later.
“Did I just do the Not Impressed face with the President..?” she asked.
Unfortunately there was no photograph this time, likely because cameras are banned within the executive premises. The White House Twitter page, though, surprised its 300,000-plus followers early Saturday morning with an official photograph of the duo.
Arms crossed and lips shifted, they looked… well, ‘not impressed.’
The pose alludes to one of this year’s most popular memes, aptly named “McKayla is not impressed.” A fan created the meme after a picture surfaced of Maroney staring unhappily at Romanian gymnast Sandra Izbașa, who won first place in vault at the 2012 Olympics.
This isn’t the first time the Obama administration has tried to modernize its image through Internet references, either.
In August, the president participated in a record-breaking “Ask Me Anything” segment at Reddit. Users asked him questions for about 30 minutes. Afterward, Obama thanked everyone with yet another hint that he is, indeed, aware of the Web.
“By the way, if you want to know what I think about this whole Reddit experience,” he wrote, “NOT BAD,” acknowledging another meme based on a photograph of his face during a visit with the Queen of England in 2011.
But the president’s friendliness toward the online world is debated.
Many Internet advocacy groups like the Electronic Privacy Information Center, which on Wednesday filed a FOIA request regarding Presidential Policy Directive 20, have criticized the administration’s lack of transparency when it comes to the federal government’s role in cybersecurity issues.
The lame duck session should be a tell-all.