A photo of former President Barack Obama has gone viral on social media showing him at the construction site of his and former First Lady Michelle Obama’s expensive new mansion in Hawaii without wearing a mask, though workers around him are masked up.
“Scowling Barack Obama inspects the construction of his new multimillion-dollar Hawaii mansion,” The Daily Mail noted in a tweeted picture.
The report stated:
Barack Obama has been pictured at his new multimillion-dollar Hawaii mansion for the very first time, but he did not yet appear to be on island time. Far from being in beach mode, Obama appeared to be deep in conversation as he spoke with workers from local building firm Armstrong Builders, who are currently constructing his beachfront compound on the island of Oahu.
Dressed in beige pants and a grey polo shirt, Obama looked tense as he was pictured speaking with builders and architects. The former president could be seen scowling as he chatted Saturday with at least four developers who were working on the project.
Obama, 60, had his arms crossed the entire time the group were discussing the next steps in building the massive compound, while at one point he appeared to be gesturing as he pointed out things that presumably needed to be addressed.
Construction has been mired in controversy because the project used a planning loophole to retain a sea wall that is almost certainly causing beach erosion.
Many on social media sounded off:
Interestingly, this property appears to be the Obamas’ second one along a beachfront — the couple purchased another multimillion-dollar mansion on Martha’s Vineyard within site of the ocean, though Obama has repeatedly pushed the climate change narrative that melting arctic ice will raise sea levels and thus endanger or envelope shorelines.
But also, it is noteworthy that Obama is the only one pictured with the construction crew not wearing a mask. Currently, Hawaii does not have an absolute outdoor mask mandate, but Obama has been a staunch supporter of them.
“It might be Labor Day weekend, but let’s all remember that we’re still in the middle of a pandemic. Wear a mask, practice social distancing, and follow the experts. It’ll save lives,” he wrote in September 2020.
“This shameless hypocrisy occurred the same weekend that failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams was called out for being maskless while posing for a group photo surrounded by small children who were dutifully masked,” The Western Journal noted, pointing out her refusal to don a mask in a room full of masked kids, teachers, and adults last week.