Barack Obama Pirate Photo

Barack Obama dressed as a pirate

This photo of a young Barack Obama with his mother is making the rounds on Twitter:

My 2-year-old has a less-homemade variant of the same pirate costume, although she mostly just wears the hat and whacks things with the sword.

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  1. Chad S says:

    Cue the “ah ha, final proof that Obama was born on a pirate ship and not hawaii” comments/blog posts lol

  2. hey norm says:

    the back of the photo says “Nairobi Photomart”

  3. Scott says:

    Proof that Obama’s family celebrated pagan holidays.

  4. Derrick says:

    Who took this photo and why won’t they show their face? My guess is Bill Ayers.

  5. michael reynolds says:

    He’s from Kanyarrrgh, I tells ya.

  6. hey norm says:

    is it september 19th already?

  7. TG Chicago says:

    Apparently Obama flip-flopped on the pirate issue.

  8. sam says:

    A Barbary Pirate, no doubt.

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  10. Franklin says:

    I think this is already turning into a Caption Contest …

    but I’ve got nothin’.

  11. michael reynolds says:

    Is he supposed to be Barackbeard?

  12. John Peabody says:

    He’s wearing an earring! No wonder why DADT was rescinded…

  13. Christiano says:

    Every post here so far is either racist birther nonsense or homophobic, xenophobic dog waste. It’s a shame there are so many hateful dumb D-bags in this country.

    The President is a great man. I’m betting you all were spoiled rotten selfish kids!

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  15. Franklin says:

    Every post here so far is either racist birther nonsense or homophobic, xenophobic dog waste.

    Not sure if serious.

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