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Should I wear a shirt when I meet Obama? Whatever.

Sep 7, 2011 By Abraham

I’m trying to think of a good excuse that this guy could have for meeting the president half-dressed.

I can’t come up with one, can you?

(via NYMag)


  1. Jason Hooper says:

    You misunderstand. Obama showed up with no shirt on at this guy’s house to fight him (for talking shit behind his back, I’ve heard). The man was able to calm Obama down, and, noting how cold Obama looked, was generous enough to give him the shirt off his own back.

    Obama then thanked the now-shirtless man and, noting the fine sheen of the silk, asked where he was able to obtain such a nice garment. The man pointed down the street to the shirt-maker he bought it from. This picture was taken at that moment. I thought everybody knew?

      1. Evil Creamsicle says:

        Celebrities are just people too. If you come to my house, I’m dressed how I’m dressed. The most I would do is put on a pair of shades and tell you to deal with it.

  2. Andrew says:

    I’m thinking Obama is survey a disaster area and this guy probably lost everything including the shirt off his back…*buzzkill*

  3. Stephen says:

    Looking at the picture, and nothing else, I assume he is working construction (see the mailbox post with no box as well as the pile of debris)also note the President is in his “look I’m an everyday joe” outfit. So, probably meeting with people who are on the job and such.

  4. Carol Stepp says:

    I suspect that Obama was checking out hurricane damage, and he met up with this guy unplanned, and it looks like the man is pointing out a direction Obama asked about, or is explaining something to him. I pretty much doubt the man was undressed as a sign of disrepect, and that Obama probably initiated the conversation.

    1. Jorge Johnson says:

      I agree. I’m guessing it went something like this.

      Obama: “Hey… You there… the guy without the shirt and the girl with the sweet buns. Come over here. I want to talk with you for a moment.”

  5. Lynnette says:

    I think he’s saying, “Yeah, so this is where my house used to be. Now, if you don’t mind, I’m going to go back to trying to find any of my possessions that may have survived.”

  6. Phil says:

    Mr Obama came to get some weed from his favorite dealer but as it was very early for him (15am) the man woke from his bed with his girlfriend and receive the president in the casual mode. On this picture he shows where his very good plantation is. Obama seems to be a very cool person.

  7. Brad Williams says:

    It appears that they are looking at something on the shirtless guy’s cell phone. Perhaps the President is going to say, “Nice. Couldn’t save a shirt, but you did manage to grab your iPhone. Good decision.”

  8. Rdebecca Miller says:

    This was the best thread I’ve read in a very long time…Kudos for all the wit displayed! The best entertainment…..

  9. vicky says:

    At a glance it almost looks like Obama is lost and stopping to ask for directions…”Yeah uh Mr. President the White House is about 5 blocks back that way”…

  10. Kyrzkastan says:

    Oh come, they were either on their way to Wal-Mart or they just survived a tornado. Cut them some slack…

  11. Amanda says:

    My guess is that Obama has already redistributed this man’s shirt to another person or perhaps that gentleman was formerly considered “rich” by the Democrats therefore they literally taxed the shirt right off of his back!

  12. Tolderian says:

    I wasn’t aware that I needed to dress special for someone with a title in their name, regardless of its assigned significance. I thought this was ‘merica! In ‘merica, I’m free to do what I want. Damn shirt nazis! Or shirt commies… or shirt terrorists… whatever it is we hate now.

  13. Dave says:

    Maybe because he respects Obama as a person and not a President, so treats him like any other person he would meet; shirtless. He does not pander to the President like everyone else just because he’s the President.

  14. Rach says:

    He was working all day, clearing the damage to his house caused by the flood in New Jersey brought on by Hurricane Irene. And that’s a fact.

  15. Kevin Sweeney says:

    This person is an American. So is Obama. Equal citizens. Neither of them gives a rat’s hindquarters because they are at a disaster scene and The loss of their whole house is what is first on this couple’s mind. Try to keep up, folks

  16. Sara says:

    I think everything’s cool since his nipples look so respectful of the Office of the President, and the three of them aren’t all touching each other and stuff .

  17. Joolz says:

    Redistribution; the Fed decided this man had too many shirts in his home and that just wasn’t fair. So they took the on off his back — literally — and gave it to someone else.

    Or, this guy wants Obama’s shirt since he doesn’t have one. IIK! A shirtless Obama- No one wants to see that!

  18. TLGS Inc says:

    Lets forget for a second that somehow being a black man gives some people pause and see the president of our country instead regardless of his race or sex. Give respect to the office for patriotic reasons. If the president walked up on this couple as I suspect he did, then there is no disrespect to the man or the office.

    My patriotism makes me ashamed when those of another country reads most of the remarks on this forum. But then again it shows them who and what America really is about. Many abroad have expressed how great it must be now that America has gotten over it’s race problem. Psych!

  19. Rosemary says:

    Maybe he was talking to people who had a tornado rip through their town or some other kind of disaster. They guy was probably working on his damaged house and property

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