June 4th, 2009
02:52 PM ET

Look like an Egyptian – Obama sees his ancient twin

Joe Von Kanel
CNN Writer and Editor

President Obama got an “up close and personal” —VERY personal as it turns out— look at the pyramids before leaving Egypt today. One of the tombs contains a 4,600-year-old relief portrait of a man named Kar, who was a priest, scholar and judge. He also looked exactly like Mr. Obama – big ears and all. Take a look!

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/06/04/firstframe.jpg caption="President Obama's Egyptian look-alike."]

Now, check out the President’s reaction.

Guide: This is a tomb dated four thousand 600 years ago. And the person who is back here, his name is Kar. His name is written in hyroglypic and it looks like Kar.

Obama: That looks like me! Look at those ears.

He even brought Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and Senior Counselor David Axelrod over to show them the resemblance.

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/06/04/lastframe.jpg caption="President Obama showing his aides the resemblance."]

Obama to Gibbs and Axelrod: I want to show you something.

Guide: Mister President, you look like King Tut. It’s true. I said this the whole time – two years ago. You were a king in ancient Egypt.

Filed under: 360° Radar • President Barack Obama
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Martha

    tour guide indeed; but Dr. Hawass is a very generous fellow, he so loves his job. And our President – priceless

    June 5, 2009 at 9:35 am |
  2. Chris

    I'm not sure who's dumber – Brian Williams or Anderson Cooper.

    His "tour guide" was Dr. Zahi Hawass! I'm sure Dr. Hawass will be happy to know that he has been demoted from Secretary General of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities to "tour guide".

    How embarassing is that?

    June 4, 2009 at 8:34 pm |
  3. de'

    WOW! Very interesting, and eerie!

    June 4, 2009 at 7:57 pm |
  4. Janiece

    All I can say is that I Love That Man. He and his family are awesome.

    June 4, 2009 at 7:42 pm |
  5. Tarek Nassr


    He must of been a king in ancient Egypt times....

    June 4, 2009 at 7:27 pm |
  6. Annie Kate

    Oh man that is funny? Does this make Michelle Cleopatra? And do we call Obama Mr. President or Mr. Pharaoh now?? I love it!

    June 4, 2009 at 7:12 pm |
  7. susan

    But did Kar have that great Duchenne smile?

    June 4, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  8. Girl.

    I cannot believe it! Thats sooo cool.

    June 4, 2009 at 5:47 pm |
  9. Cadum

    This so funny!

    June 4, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  10. Meredith

    "hyroglyphic," really?

    June 4, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  11. JRQ

    I haven't laughed this hard in years!

    June 4, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  12. Kenn Taber

    Kar is the Alfred E. Newman of the ancient Egyptian world

    June 4, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  13. Boo Boo Romero

    Holy cow! It does look like Obama! That's great! Luv it...LOL LOL LOL

    June 4, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  14. MaryEllen Benvenuto-Rendine

    ...could be but not because the drawing has big ears! I seriously doubt we would return for another shot at the game and choose to reincarnate looking the same 😉

    June 4, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  15. james

    Twin... or alien bretheren?!

    June 4, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  16. Joe- San Mateo, California

    Wow....who knows maybe Obama 1 was into chariot racing, before Obama 2 took up hoops!

    June 4, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  17. Carol, Evanston, IL

    Fantastic! And eerie!

    June 4, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  18. Chinemenma


    June 4, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  19. Mondesir!

    Hilarious! Love it.

    June 4, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  20. kendle71

    This is funny. Love the Presidents humor

    June 4, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  21. PJ Granieri, San Diego, CA

    That's great, l am glad you are doing all this for the world an our country to come together. Yes King Tut looks like you alot. Enjoy your trip and thanks for sharing...

    June 4, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  22. Robyn


    It's good to know that our new president as a sense of humor about himself!

    June 4, 2009 at 3:59 pm |
  23. Sandy

    So nice to see that he has such a great sense of humor.

    June 4, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  24. andreanicole

    that is pretty funny!!! it does look like him!

    June 4, 2009 at 3:57 pm |
  25. Michele

    That's hilarious. Love the sense of humor. It does look like him though.

    June 4, 2009 at 3:55 pm |
  26. Alyzabeth

    How funny!

    June 4, 2009 at 3:55 pm |
  27. Susan Williamson

    This is so neat, yet very strange. It is hard to believe, but all of us are always told we have a twin out there somewhere. We are never told if the twin is alive or dead. Thank you so much for sharing these photos and information!!

    June 4, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  28. Patrice Wullschleger

    So it is written So it will be done!

    June 4, 2009 at 3:51 pm |
  29. Scott

    The man has a sense of humor. Good for him!

    June 4, 2009 at 3:51 pm |
  30. Mari

    Funny! I am glad our president has a sense of humor!

    June 4, 2009 at 3:51 pm |
  31. Esma

    See, even the Almost-Ancient Egyptians predicted the coming of Obama! 🙂

    June 4, 2009 at 3:51 pm |
  32. Sharon Kitchen

    This is a great story.

    June 4, 2009 at 3:46 pm |
  33. Joanne Pacicca, Solvay, NY

    So great! Thanks for this!~

    June 4, 2009 at 3:11 pm |