Regular visitors to federal buildings may have noticed recently that the familiar photographs of former President George W. Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney have been replaced with a photograph of President Barack Obama alone.
So where’s Joe Biden?
When the old photographs were "removed and respectfully disposed of" from 8,600 federal facilities January 20, the new ones were expected to be in place by March, according to the Federal Times. But while Obama’s official portrait (below) was readied during inauguration and promptly distributed, a spokeswoman for the General Services Administration, Sahar Wali, said they’re still waiting.
"t’s my understanding that we haven’t physically actually gotten them yet," she said, referring me to Biden’s office.
But a spokesman for Biden, Jay Carney, said GSA has the picture.
The photo "was approved several weeks ago and is in GSA’s hands now," he said. "I don’t believe they are waiting on us. I think the process of getting the photos produced, framed and hung takes a bit of time."
UPDATE: Here’s what the White House is currently using as Biden’s official portrait, but I’m told the new version will be less, er, piratical.