Soon John Boehner will be gone from the House of Representatives. But he’s already absent from another high-profile post—the walls of the Trader Joe’s in Foggy Bottom.
A cartoonish depiction of Boehner, as well as pictures of fellow former House members Michele Bachmann and Barney Frank, had been up on the wall by the store’s checkout area for nearly two years. But around five months ago, store manager Locke Eldridge decided to take them down. Here’s what they used to look like:
The Foggy Bottom Trader Joe’s has new murals of Barney Frank, Michele Bachmann, and a weeping John Boehner. pic.twitter.com/UE1oPxoZI7
— Sophie Gilbert (@sophieGG) July 23, 2013
Eldridge says that despite the clearly unflattering depictions of the politicians, his decision to remove the murals wasn’t a political decision. Instead, he just wanted the shift the focus of the store’s décor away from government figures. “We just love to have a refreshed look,” says Eldridge, who plans on putting “Warhol-esque iconic product labels” into the empty wall spaces.
For now, murals of the Clintons, the Carters, and Ronald Reagan have survived the cut. The founding fathers are also hanging on.