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Altered Obama photo sends social media into a frenzy

Do Obama's retirement plans include joining the #BeardGang movement? Not quite.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) — Former President Barack Obama was trending on social media the last few days but it wasn't particularly about politics.

A viral photo posted on Twitter showed the ex-president sporting a salt and pepper beard and sending many into a frenzy thinking Obama finally joined the #BeardGang movement.

One user said, "WHAAAAAAAT?!!?! Obama grew a beard?"

Twitter user Wizdomisms said, "While folks are playing games, Obama’s out here infiltrating & dominating the whole beard gang and looking like 'The Most Interesting Man In The World.' #StayThirstyMyFriends."

While many were infatuated with President Obama’s new look, there were some who knew it wasn't real.

"I don’t like Obama with the beard he’s been given on Twitter. If he’s going to have a beard, give him a better one," user Broderick Greer said.

The photo is indeed altered. The picture in question comes from a September 2017 speaking engagement where President Obama spoke at the Goalkeepers conference, organized by Bill and Melinda Gates.

President Barack Obama speaks at Goalkeepers 2017, at Jazz at Lincoln Center on September 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)

Since leaving office more than a year ago, many have wanted President Obama to grow a post-presidential beard. He’s said throughout his time in office that it’s difficult for him to grow a beard and it’s the reason why he’s always cleanly shaven.

Men's magazine GQ also dedicated an article during his last week in office titled, "Let's Help Barack Obama Choose His Retirement Beard." The article displayed various looks for the Hawaii native.

The beard photo has been heavily shared thousands of times between Facebook and Twitter.

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