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Barack Obama dances as world burns, picture deleted after going viral

Photo shows Obama dancing as the world burns.
Photo shows Obama dancing as the world burns.
Twitter/Elliot Schwartz

Apparently, it's good to be the king. A picture of Barack Obama dancing in Martha's Vineyard was discovered on Instagram Thursday, Breitbart.com reported. It was one of two photos reportedly taken by editorial and fine art photographer Elizabeth Cecil.

But the photos were deleted after going viral, Charles Spiering said. According to Spiering, the party where the photos were taken was closed to the press.

A summary provided by the White House said the party was a birthday celebration for Mrs. Ann Jordan at the Farm Neck Golf Club. Approximately 150 guests, including President Obama were in attendance.

"The President and First Lady also were happy to have the chance to spend time with Secretary Clinton and former President Clinton," the White House said. Attendees dined on "surf and turf and pasta," a far cry from what some children in Iraq have reportedly been forced to consume.

"The Obamas danced nearly every song," the White House added. "A good time was had by all."

Republican National Committee War Room staffer Elliott Schwartz discovered the picture and posted it on Twitter. The Weekly Standard also published the photo, which hit the popular Drudge Report. Shortly thereafter, it was deleted from Instagram, but not before being captured and seen by many.

"#Nero fiddled while rome burned, #Obama danced," one person said on Twitter. Many others concurred.

"Obama Wobbles while the world burns," another person said. "Dancing late into the night."

"Glad to see obama (sic) enjoying himself while the country circles the toilet bowl," tweeted "JustKoz." "What an inspirational leader he is."

It's not the first time Obama has been seen "fiddling" during periods of major crises. In June, we reported that Obama decided to play golf in Southern California even as the terror group ISIS threatens Iraq. We also noted that in March 2011, Obama was seen filling the role of a modern-day Nero, "fiddling" as crises erupted around the world.

Spiering said Cecil did not return phone calls and has not responded to Breitbart's requests for comments about the photos. The damage, however, has already been done.