A photo of a Utah man, who accidentally attended a meeting with President Barack Obama, is getting a lot of attention online.
The poor man was told that he was meeting with a “senior White House official” by his employer and had no idea that the said official would be the U.S. commander-in-chief himself.
The viral picture, titled “My friend at work was accidentally sent to a special round table meeting with President Obama. Guess which one he is,” was first posted on Reddit along with a back-story.
“The Obama administration sent an invitation to his speech in Utah at Hill Air Force Base. We thought they wanted a representative from our company in the audience,” the Reddit use wrote in the comments. “Turns out, they wanted the representative for a special round table with the president. Due to this mix up we sent my friend (a leader in our CAD dept) instead of the CEO.”
For those unaware, the CAD leader is the one wearing a baggy white polo shirt and a warm smile. Although noticeably underdressed, he almost blends in with his confident posture.
The man’s name is Lance Futch and along with being a Solar CAD designer at Vivint Solar Company, he is an active member of Utah National Guard.
“We were told I may have an interview with a senior White House official. I was told this is going to be an informal event, wear business casual,” said Futch in an interview. “I see the name tags and I see President Obama, I see Senator Orrin Hatch ... and my name, two seats down from President Obama.”
Now, it could’ve been a nice anecdote to tell the grandchildren, but sadly, the story didn’t end here.
As it appears, the president wasn’t pleased with the mix up because this is the official image of the very same meeting that the Air Force later published online.
“I didn’t even know that I was cropped out of a picture until earlier today,” Futch added. “... [It] might have been spatial issues, trying to focus more on the president; also, I do admit, I was in a white polo.”