Obama Mourns Notre Dame with a Picture of Himself


Former President Barack Obama issued a response Monday to the inferno that gutted Notre Dame Cathedral, but in classic Obama fashion, he’s at the center of it all.

“Notre Dame is one of the world’s great treasures,” Obama tweeted, “and we’re thinking of the people of France in your time of grief. It’s in our nature to mourn when we see history lost – but it’s also in our nature to rebuild for tomorrow, as strong as we can.”

A picture accompanying the post features Obama front and center, lighting a votive candle in the cathedral.

The interior of Notre Dame is out of focus and in the background, almost as if it’s an afterthought.

Photo: Here's the Creepy Ghislaine Maxwell Moment Court Illustrator Caught - It Will Haunt You

A review of Obama’s previous tweets show this isn’t just a coincidence, but rather standard operating procedure for the former president.

During Mandela Day, a celebration of the late South African apartheid opponent Nelson Mandela, Obama posted a picture with a familiar theme.

The former president sits in the foreground speaking to a group, while international civil rights icon Mandela is relegated to a background prop — a half-finished mural on the side of a building.

Unsurprisingly, Obama doesn’t even need a holiday to wedge himself in the middle of a celebration of others.

In a post where the former president magnanimously honored the sacrifices of American armed forces, he found a way to place himself in the focus of what would otherwise be a powerful image of a military member saluting the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Watch: Twitter Users Notice Something Very Strange About Biden's Voice During Speech This Morning

Even mourning posts for iconic scientists feature Obama front and center.

In a tweet that could have been a celebration of the life and accomplishments of Stephen Hawking, the physicist sits half-facing away from the camera while Obama stands beaming in the middle of the picture.

Need more proof that Obama sees himself as a ruler in the same vein as the Chinese emperors of old, here by divine mandate?

In a 2015 post commemorating 9/11, the former president not only managed to secure the focus of the post yet again, but even quoted himself.

Although it’s been two years since Barack Obama sat in the Oval Office, the sun still rises and sets. The tides still come and go, and the Earth continues to spin round and round.

But as long as Obama continues to tweet, we can surely expect him to be the focus (at least in his mind) of every tragedy, holiday and celebration.

Truth and Accuracy

Submit a Correction →

We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read our editorial standards.

, , , , , , , , ,
Jared has written more than 200 articles and assigned hundreds more since he joined The Western Journal in February 2017. He was an infantryman in the Arkansas and Georgia National Guard and is a husband, dad and aspiring farmer.
Jared has written more than 200 articles and assigned hundreds more since he joined The Western Journal in February 2017. He is a husband, dad, and aspiring farmer. He was an infantryman in the Arkansas and Georgia National Guard. If he's not with his wife and son, then he's either shooting guns or working on his motorcycle.
Languages Spoken
Topics of Expertise
Military, firearms, history


The Western Journal is pleased to bring back comments to our articles! Due to threatened de-monetization by Big Tech, we had temporarily removed comments, but we have now implemented a solution to bring back the conversation that Big Tech doesn't want you to have. If you have any problems using the new commenting platform, please contact customer support at Welcome back!