Image Credits: Andy Thomas

Andy Thomas, a painter famous for his depictions of presidents playing poker, recently updated his paintings to include President Trump as well as another important figure.

Thomas originally painted “The Grand Old Gang” in 2008 and painting a “True Blues,” the Democratic version, shortly thereafter. Each painting included eight presidents with small touches like FDR “The New Dealer” dealing cards and Ronald Reagan eating jelly beans.

Thomas later painted two versions of the presidents playing pool. Those versions were entitled “Callin’ the Red” (Democrats) and “Callin’ the Blue” (Republicans) respectively. As he watched the 2016 presidential election, TIME reported two years ago, Thomas knew that he was going to rework his paintings once again.

Newly named “The Republican Club” and “The Democratic Club,” the new 2018 versions of the paintings were originally reported on by TIME. President Trump was obviously added to the group of Republican presidents. Both groups’ setting changed from a poker table to a restaurant-bar. Thomas has stayed largely apolitical with his depictions, although he did express that he wasn’t sure how the other Republican presidents would have realistically received Trump.

In both of the new paintings, there is a prominent female figure walking toward the table. Unlike the rest of the background, she doesn’t blend in. Most of her is seen as she approaches the table of presidents.

As TIME reported, Thomas explained the figure by saying, “That will be the first Republican female president and the first Democratic female president. As I was doing the painting, I was thinking that these guys are kind of intimidating in a way. That’s the kind of woman that will be our first woman president; she’ll walk right up to that table.”

Thomas considers himself an Independent. He favors both Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, TIME reported, although he did briefly wish for a Rand Paul presidency in 2016. The figure, although generic, seems to resemble UN Ambassador Nikki Haley just a bit. The figure looks determined, prepared and courageous. That seems like a striking resemblance to Ambassador Haley when the UN is in session. To be clear, we are not fueling a conspiracy theory here as much as we are expressing a sincere hope. 

Thomas admits that he was inspired by one of his three daughters, Jenny, who he thought would “walk right up there” to a table of eight presidents. Of course, the female figure is bipartisan. She appears in both paintings. It looks like Thomas is looking forward to our first two female presidents, one on each side of the aisle.

Prints of both versions of Thomas’s painting will go on sale sometime this summer.

Karly M.
Karly Matthews is a student at Temple University, where she is majoring in political science and journalism while minoring in Spanish. At any given moment, Karly can be found talking about Marco Rubio and advocating for conservative values with a large coffee mug and color-coded planner in hand.

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