Guidance for Presidential Portraits in VA facilities

| March 17, 2017

The Veterans’ Affairs blog posts guidance for VA facilities in regards to the Presidential Portraits;

By direction of the secretary, VA facilities have been instructed to temporarily display an image from the White House’s website until an official portrait of President Trump is released.

All VA facilities have been directed to download and print photos of both the president and Secretary Shulkin, and every facility is expected to have them appropriately displayed immediately. The president’s photo, while not his official portrait, is currently used by the White House on its website and social media platforms. Once VA receives the official photo of President Trump, facilities will replace the temporary version.

I happened to have an orderly room when President Clinton took office on January 20, 1993 and we had his portrait ready to hang weeks before the inauguration and at the moment he took the oath of office I replaced the portrait of GHW Bush with William Jefferson Clinton’s portrait. So what’s the hold up, VA?

The President really needs a less angry portrait as his official picture, though.

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  1. ChipNASA says:

    Actually I like the Angry Donald.
    It says to me:
    1. I mean fucking business
    2. You don’t get with the program You’re Fired I’ll put my proverbial foot up your ass.

    • Aysel says:

      I would add
      3. Spot screwing around and get back to work

    • Commissar says:

      The picture may say that but his actions say this:

      “If you don’t get with the program I will backtrack, alt-fact, distract the narrative with ridiculous tweets, lower expectations, claim that people should take me seriously but not literally, and then pretend I never said what I said but meant something entirely different.”

      • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

        “…and I will make Babbles McButthead the poodle boy bawl by sheer willpower alone.”

      • SFC D says:

        “If you don’t get with the program I will backtrack, alt-fact, distract the narrative with ridiculous tweets, lower expectations, claim that people should take me seriously but not literally, and then pretend I never said what I said but meant something entirely different.”

        That sounds very similar to your tactics here, Commissar.

        • swormy says:

          Lars pontificates on and on, doesn’t matter that he’s full of shit most of the time.

          He’s of a mind that we lesser beings should marvel at his intellect.

          • rgr769 says:

            “Most of the time”–how about all of the time. Has he ever posted anything that wasn’t progtard/leftard propaganda talking points? If so, I have never seen it. All he does is regurgitate the hate-America horshit from his crypto-commie perfessor propagandist indoctrinators. Fuck him and the horse he could never ride.

            • swormy says:

              To be fair, he has on occasion stated something that I could agree with (when he has a lucid moment), but he usually reverts to his old self.

              I guess it’s hard for him to break his Commie roots.

      • 26Limabeans says:

        Grow up.

      • Silentium Est Aureum says:

        So how bad do your menstrual cramps get?

      • Pinto Nag says:

        Have you ever given any consideration to the idea that it’s not what he said, but what you WANTED him to say, that is the problem?

    • AW1Ed says:

      Unlike the SCoaMF, who would simply lie in our faces, then act surprised when caught. Keep you doctor, Lars?

    • jonp says:

      ^^ Unlike the Eunuch In Chief who’s portrait of him in mom jeans wearing a helmet riding a beach bike would invite invasion from friggen Canada

  2. Joe Mama says:

    ^Right On^

  3. Deckie says:

    He does kind of look like Vigo the Carpathian from Ghostbusters 2 in a suit and tie in that photo.

  4. Ex-PH2 says:

    Less angry? Oh, I don’t know. It looks like ‘mess with me and you’ll soon find out who’s on first’, or something.

  5. Kevin says:

    He is an idiot and I don’t want to see his portrait at my VA.

    • Deplorable B Woodman says:

      Then don’t go the VA. Problem solved. See how easy that was? Why do I have to do all your heavy thinking for you? Some people and their children……

      • Kevin says:

        You don’t have to do my thinking Deplorable. Facts are facts. Do you listen to him talk? BTW, I am a Republican

      • Commissar says:

        I think we can agree on a few things:

        1. He is an idiot.
        2. He is the President.
        3. As the President, his picture should be in the President’s portrait position on VA walls.
        4. You don’t have to look at it.

        • David says:

          y’know, I don’t like the guy all. My wife doesn’t like Jessica Simpson, and calls her stupid. But somehow Simpson’s made millions of dollars off what she has, and the wife works a boring and not terribly high paying job. Similarly, Trump managed to get himself elected President, whereas the only accomplishment anyone here seems to note in your writings is an incredible ability to piss off everyone in the place. So…. in parting, I ask you – who’s the idiot?

        • Ex-PH2 says:

          I think we can agree on several things:
          1 – Pres. Trump dresses better than Commissar Poodledick the Piuperdink.
          2 – Pres. Trump has deflected Rachel the Madcow several times now.
          3 – Pres. Trump is the President, whether anyone likes it or not, as were Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton.
          4 – Spring is barely 3 days away and I still have snow on the grass in my front yard, but the grackles are back at my feeding station.
          5 – If Donald Trump is an idiot, how come all the people who think they’re so much smarter than he is are NOT the President of the US right now?

        • USMC Steve says:

          No dickhead. He is not an idiot. That is your opinion. You are wrong. The rest of it is good though

        • HMCS(FMF) ret says:

          Did you come to that conclusion using empiric data, Lars Taylor?

          This coming from someone that was BALLS DEEP FOR BERNIE last year!

        • SFC D says:

          It’s a new record. 75% agreement rate. He’s no idiot.

        • rgr769 says:

          Compared to you, he is a genius first class. How much money have you made in the private sector? I would speculate $0.00.

    • Hondo says:

      What you want is immaterial. He is the President, and the President’s portrait is displayed at Federal facilities.

    • Jonn Lilyea says:

      And I wanted a portrait of Bill Clinton in my orderly room?

    • Blaster says:

      I guess that’s tough sh!t. The CinC’s photo has always been up, even the ones I didn’t like. I have had to look at jug ears for 8 years. If i remember right, he even had a photo of himself with a seal that read “president elect” until his swearing in.

      I think that people need to find their respect for the office and the position, even if they don’t like the man.

    • Dave Hardin says:

      Here ya go, keep a picture of this guy with you at all times, when you feel triggered…sniff it.

    • Just An Old Dog says:

      It’s not YOUR VA. It’s a government facility. As a matter of course it is policy to display elected officials and those in charge of that VA.
      If you don’t like it feel free to no use the VA health care system.

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      Well go cry for a *WAAAAHHHHH*mbulance and cry for another Popsicle, I sure as hell didn’t enjoy seeing pics of President Trump’s predecessor during the past eight years, but I didn’t bawl like you’re doing right now!

    • Rb325th says:

      Not “your VA”, but even is your President. Just like Obama, Bush,Clinton, Bush, Reagan, were all mine.
      He’ll, and didn’t like my 1sg much… had to show the man the respect his rank required of me though.
      In other words Kevin, grow the fuck up.

    • jonp says:

      Then don’t fucking go, shithead. He is the President. If you don’t like that then Yeman would welcome you.

    • Commissioner Wretched says:

      I wasn’t aware it was YOUR Veterans’ Administration. So when are you going to fix all of the problems with it?

  6. AZtoVA says:

    Could use a Gaussian blur on top of his head so the comb-over/rat’s nest isn’t so distracting. Of course, it could just be a result of pulling his hair out over the asinine Left?

  7. Hondo says:

    It is SO damned nice to see adults who understand both common sense and how to make things happen in charge again.

  8. Commissar says:

    The hold up is there is no official photo yet because he never took one. And in absence of an official photo and without specific guidance of which photo is authorized a great many orginizations in the military and VA had nothing in the portrait area.

    Attempts to use unnofficial photos by various units has caused issues so people just decided to wait until an official photo was released.

    This is not a conspiracy. This is just a minor aspect of the larger more systemic lack of preperation of the Trump team to assume the office of the President.

    • Davi says:

      and I am sure the foot dragging and “he’s not my President” etc. has had nothing to do with it? Many of these details are supposed to be handled by the careerists as part of their jobs – which they are not doing as a form of passive resistance. Nice try… your score at its usual subpar consistency.

    • Perry Gaskill says:

      It might cause a squadron of porkers to lift off from the nearest airfield, Lars, but I’m going to agree with you.

      Some people would find a conspiracy if a pack of cub scouts crossed the street on the left side of a crosswalk. Sort of like opening a case of C-Rats, finding no P-38s and yelling, “Some REMFy asshole is trying to starve me to death!”

      Point being that sometimes the simplest correct explanation is that shit happens.

      • Blaster says:

        That might have been true (“shit happens”) if it wasn’t for the fact that after the picture was put up and the vets and politician left, the admin removed the picture, and thereby showing their cards.

        Sometimes shit happens and sometimes shit happens due to the actions taken.

        This was not an accident.

    • USMC Steve says:

      My understanding is that a Congressman brought them a photo and they took it back down, claiming it is not the official one. Sounds like childish petulance to me.

      • MSGT_RET says:

        Actually they were correct at the time. The Congressman didn’t have the authority to dictate that an unofficial photo of the POTUS that he provided be displayed in the VA facility.

        • Blaster says:

          He shouldn’t have had to, should he?

          If this had happened to that POS Obama, they would have been racist bigots and would have been summarily dismissed.

          But since it’s President Trump, it boils down to “shit happens”, right? BULLSH!T

          • Perry Gaskill says:

            Maybe you’re right, Blaster.

            Or maybe there’s a top secret shadow group within the VA carrying out clandestine meetings to determine classified operational plans, and so far, the group’s main hidden agenda item for its covert action teams is this: How do we fuck with Blaster?

            • Blaster says:

              Or maybe they’re are a bunch of left leaning crybabies with their panties in a bunch over the election and the best they can do is be petty little children playing immature and disrespectful games because their side lost.

              Conspiracy? No. Ridiculous immaturity? Yes!

      • Perry Gaskill says:

        Personally, I sort of like the photo from the White House website. It should have a caption that reads, “You mad, bro?”

    • IDC SARC says:

      Funny, I didn’t see any lag time in getting the portraits up on fort bragg

      • MSGT_RET says:

        You didn’t see the official portrait up at Ft. Bragg, because it doesn’t exist yet. If he spent a little less time issuing executive orders and jetting down to Mar-a-Lago every weekend to play golf on the taxpayers dime agencies might have the photos already.

        • jonp says:

          IF he didn’t have to spend his time fighting shithead democrats blocking his every cabinet pick he would have time. He doesn’t take a paycheck and is donating all of the pay to charity. You going to do the same? Didn’t think so, little dick

          • 2/17 Air Cav says:

            Sucks that he’s the president, eh MSGT-RET? Yep, the President of the United States of America, Chief Executive. Commander in Chief. Heads up the entire executive branch. Nominates and, where permitted, appoints gov’t officials. Been on the job for two whole months. At least 46 more months to go.

        • IDC SARC says:

          Dunno about official…don’t care..the ones up that I’ve seen are the current CinC…they may update it, but I won’t care then either.

        • swormy says:

          Obama spent 85 million of those taxpayer dollars on personal vacations during his tenure, don’t even get me started on his Executive Orders.

          • RMCS (SW) says:

            Looks like he’s trying to emulate his predecessor with his weekly vacations and his executive orders. We’re only 60 days in. At this rate he’s bound to exceed the previous POTUS.

        • Blaster says:

          Yeah, and the last one didn’t write executive order or play golf!

          Get real

    • Thunderstixx says:

      Oh for crying out loud lars… Go piss up a rope….

    • Just An Old Dog says:

      Lars poodle balls,
      The excuse given by the assflakes at he VA was that they simply had no picture.
      They didnt say a fucking thing about not having an OFFICIAL picture.
      Knowing how the jizz-yodelers that have infested the government under Obongo work they probably had an O SHIT!! moment when they realized their nuts were on the chopping block and came up with the ” we didn’t have an OFFICIAL Photo” as an ass saving measure.
      They are trying to salvage their jobs.
      I hope they get canned, whiney little bitches.

  9. Bill M says:

    So long as Obozo’s picture is down, I’m good.

  10. Roger in Republic says:

    A simple fix would be to download a photo of George Reeves in his Superman suit and photoshop a “T” on his chest. The picture I have in mind is the iconic pose used at the end of the 50’s television show. Feet spread, elbows out, cape billowing, backed by the American flag.

  11. Ex-PH2 says:

    See, this wouldn’t be an issue if NPC hadn’t been replaced by a ridiculous and unnecessary oversized building for NCIS over at Anacostia.

    We’re approaching the 20th of the 3rd month and no one can find a suitable image to put into those empty frames on the walls at VA centers?

    I didn’t like Nixon, either, but that didn’t mean I had to look at his official image or salute it. I could just ignore it and go on my way.

  12. Skyjumper says:

    , . ; : ‘ ”

    ^^^^ CommieCzar, see those thingies above the “^”‘s?
    They are called “punctuation marks. There are 14 of them commonly used in English Grammar.

    Not that it would make any more sense out of your pompous ramblings, but at least you might not look like a total idiot if you used them occasionally.

    What’s that? He attended Berzerkley?
    Ahhhh, never mind.

  13. 26Limabeans says:

    Susan Collins is all over this. Not!
    Susan Collins wants to be Maine’s next Guvnah.
    That is why she is all agog about her record
    of introducing bills to help veterans.
    Her bills go no where. Her hate for Trump is her mantra to the leftists of southern Maine.
    Look for her to appear at Togus real soon with an entourage of photographers. But don’t look for her standing under Trumps portrait.

    • Silentium Est Aureum says:

      I used to refer to her and Snowe as, “Obama’s Comfort Girls.”

      Certainly accurate from my POV.

  14. jonp says:

    You know what I love? People that say President Trump is stupid, he is an idiot, etc…Newsflash, someone that has made billions is not an idiot. How much money do you have?

    • 2/17 Air Cav says:

      I enjoy it b/c it reflects their anger and frustration. Makes me all warm inside. Sure, he’s an idiot. So is the Repubican majority in the House, the Senate, and the goverships across the land. All idiots. Not at all like the guy who, thankfully, left the White House in January. Not at all like Harry (The Embalmed) Reid or Nancy (Am I Dead Yet?) Pelosi or countless other geniuses.

      • OWB says:

        The only conclusion the sane among us can draw is that “idiot” is another of the words that doesn’t mean what they think I means.

    • FatCircles0311 says:

      But my liberal feminism in the arts degree says I’m smarter!

  15. FatCircles0311 says:

    If anyone needed more confirmation that one of the worst s swamps is the VA here it is.

  16. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    We had a Ph.D. as president. He was a very smart man. Name of Wilson. We had another smart man as president. Name of Carter. Then there was the Rhodes scholar. Talk about smart. Of course, more recently we had our first black president. He was really smart. Perhaps the smartest of the smart was a woman named Hillary. She was sharp, well educated, and savvy. She was not a president. She wanted to be, but some idiot beat her.

  17. Kevin says:

    This is what is wrong with boards like this, no one can have an intelligent conversation! It just gets down to name calling and such. Maybe I shoul not have called him an idiot but you have to look at the facts. Sure he has made millions but 6 bankruptcies, etc. look at all the trouble he is doing to our country now and our reputation.

    • HMCS(FMF) ret says:

      Well, Kevin… I hate to say this, but the “idiot” won the election over the one that the press had anointed to be President.

      BTW – if you come to TAH with an open mind, you’ll be treated fairly. Show up here with a SJW/holier than thou attitude, and be prepared for an ass whoopin’.

    • Blaster says:

      I don’t see how he is ruining the country or its rep.
      6 bankruptcies from actually doing something, Obama never did anything to earn a living besides organize trouble or teach impressionable youngsters how terrible this country was/is. He was terrible for this country. Due to him and the rest of the democrats, the “idiot ” won the election. It would be nice to see the CURRENT president get some respect. The last president got it undeservedly due to the color of his skin instead of the content of his leadership.

      • Airdale (AW) USN ret. says:

        That’s totally B/S!!!

        • 2/17 Air Cav says:

          Here Airdale. This is for you. I just know you’ll appreciate it:

          “Montgomery County Police and other local police agencies do not enforce federal immigration law and do not ask about an individual’s immigration status, which is ICE’s job,” said Montgomery county Director of Public Information Patrick Lacefield. Jan 2017

          Rockville is a city in that county. Know what happened a few days ago in Rockville High School. A little girl was raped. The suspects, 17-year-old Jose Montano and 18-year-old Henry Sanchez, are not US citizens. They are illegal aliens and students at the high school. Right now they are guests of the county, charged with 1st degree rape and assorted other crimes. Nice. Many thanks to the dream weaver–the SOB who left the White House in January– and his fellow dreamers.

    • Fjardeson says:

      Kevin, if you knew anything about business, you’d know that successful startups are rarer than failures. It’s coming out in the black (minimize risk, maximize profit) that counts.

  18. Kevin says:

    I am not holier than thou hmcs. Far from it. I have been working for the Federal Government for the past 13 years and will retire this year and will be helping vets get the benefits they deserve. I served in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division and am humble for the most part.

    • Dennis - not chevy says:

      HMCS in lower case letters? Federal Government in upper case? This is telling. As for humble; I will agree you are so proud to be so humble.

    • rgr769 says:

      Prolly as a fucking REMF. Got CIB? And I am amazed Trump’s companies have only filed for BK six times, considering he and his family have started over 200 businesses. But you can’t help yourself because you are a federal government drone who worked for King Putt’s regime for the past 8 years. You are looking forward to your paycheck and sweet retirement, which you earned for likely doing little real work. Something I know a little about as I have worked with state employees at several agencies for many years. You will prolly be advising some vets and posers they need to claim PTSD even though the don’t have it, so they get all those benefits you think they “deserve.”

  19. Kevin says:

    I was in Army, I don’t know what hmcs is.

    • OWB says:

      Meanwhile you come here, call our president an idiot and then whine because others also use your name calling tactic?

      btw, how many books have you had published? Trump’s count is up to something like 17. Do you have a degree of some sort that allows you to diagnose someone as an idiot?

      Strange. But you should already have known that.

    • ex-OS2 says:

      Kevin, Google HMCS and you will see what Rate and Rank that is. Also Google FMF.

      Show some respect and you will receive it.

  20. Kevin says:

    I am done. You can’t have an intelligent conversation here!