McKayla Maroney may not have been impressed with her silver medal for vault at the London Olympics, but she was sure impressed by President Barack Obama. Maroney and her teammates visited the White House on Thursday and talked with the President, and went away starstruck after Obama asked her to pose with him, both sporting the “not impressed” face. There is a lot of things that people criticize President Barack Obama about, but he certainly seems to be able to relate with young adults, and those were likely one of the voting groups that made sure he had a second term.
Maroney tweeted, “Did I just do the Not Impressed face with the President..?”
Maroney and her “Fierce Five” teammates visited the White House, posing with the President after he asked her to. “He was the one who brought it up,” Maroney said in an interview with the Associated Press. “We were about to leave and he said, ‘I want to talk to you one second about the face. I pretty much do that face at least once a day.'” Obama certainly had occasion to make that face during recent weeks, particularly during Mitt Romney’s concession speech, which, like the campaign itself, had the ring of BS to it.
So, she posed with the President, making the same scowl that made her famous, and him making the same scowl. The original photo that showed her making that face at the London Olympics went instantly viral and became an Internet meme, sporting the message “McKayla Maroney is not impressed” in a variety of different settings. This new picture has already gone viral and is sure to spark more Internet humor as a result, as well as some YouTube videos.
Maroney certainly didn’t expect President Obama to bring it up. “I, like, freaked out,” Maroney said. “He said, ‘Let’s do it together.’ We took a picture and now it’s everywhere.” However, she was pleased by the President’s attention. “He’s the coolest person I ever met,” she said. “He’s got the hardest job in the entire world.”
Photo: White House Photographer Pete Souza
Gabriel Legend covers current events for Gather News, and writes horror fiction as well. He is participating in this year’s National Novel Writing Month Challenge. You can follow him on Twitter (@GabeLegend).