The New York Times article on how wonderful these newly unveiled paintings are doesn’t mention anything about the Extra Finger Mystery.
It’s not unknown for famous people to have six fingers. Comedian Drew Carey claims to have six toes on one foot, although he could be joking. The Scottish thinker Robert Chambers, whose 1844 book Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation paved the way for Darwinism, had six fingers on each hand. An extra finger is more common among blacks than other races.
But I’ve never heard of Obama having an extra finger before. I can’t find a picture of him with an extra pinky on his left hand:
Homer Simpson has an unusual number of fingers and he likes receding into hedges too:
Also, why is one of the back legs on the chair Obama is sitting upon broken-looking? Or is the famous painter Kehinde Wiley just incompetent at perspective? Or does Kehinde not exactly paint much at all and just outsources the actual painting to his assistants in Beijing?
And here’s the President’s official portraitist’s version of the Biblical tale of Judith beheading Holofernes: a proud African queen decapitating a Becky with the good hair: