June 8th, 2009
05:13 AM ET
13 years ago

Axelrod: 'It's me,' Obama said of stone carving

(CNN)– President Barack Obama got a welcome surprise during a short sightseeing jaunt that capped off his recent visit to Egypt.

While touring the pyramids at Giza, Obama came across a hieroglyphic that bore a striking resemblance to the 44th president – especially Obama’s prominent ears which Obama himself has pointed out many times since arriving on the national political stage.

“’It’s me,’” White House senior adviser David Axelrod says Obama said when the presidential entourage came across the hieroglyphic.

“And I have to confess that the ears were a giveaway,” Axelrod said in an interview that aired Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union.

“It really did look like him. I was wondering whether someone chiseled that in there in honor of our visit. But apparently this was done some thousands of years ago.”

“We didn’t know what to make of it. But our guide said he thinks the president might be descended from King Tut,” Axelrod also told John King.

“We have no proof of that. We’re not claiming that. We think perhaps he says that to all the visiting dignitaries,” Axelrod quickly added perhaps trying to head off another partisan attack on Obama’s global celebrity status.

“But the ears were unmistakable, I must say.”

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