President Obama is very cautious about his presidential image.While on a visit to Vietnam, Obama allowed photo-ops with the president of Vietnam in front of a huge bust of Ho Chi Minh.
In April, 2009, Georgetown University hid a religious inscription representing the name of Jesus during President Obama’s address, FOXNews.com confirmed, because White House staff asked the school to cover up all religious symbols and signs while the president was on stage.
The monogram IHS, whose letters spell out the name of Jesus, and which normally perches above the stage in Gaston Hall where the president spoke, was covered over with what appeared to be black wood during the address.
“In coordinating the logistical arrangements for the event, Georgetown honored the White House staff’s request to cover all of the Georgetown University signage and symbols behind the Gaston Hall stage,” university spokesman Andy Pino told FOXNews.com.
A White House spokesman said the only motivation behind the request was to create a presidential image for TV. “Decisions made about the backdrop for the speech were made to have a consistent background of American flags, which is standard for many presidential events. Any suggestions to the contrary are simply false,” spokesman Shin Inouye told ABC News, the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times.