Obama Discovers the Glorious Creepiness that is the Horse-Head Mask

US President Barack Obama (R) jokingly reacts as he shakes hands with a man wearing a horse head mask on a street in Denver, Colorado, on July 8, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Jewel SamadJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
President Obama, meet Horse-Head Man. Horse-Head Man, Obama.
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President Obama shook hands with a man in a horse-head mask while strolling down the streets of Denver on Tuesday. It was weird.

The unidentified man in a red shirt waited in the crowd like the rest of the prospective onlookers, and reached out his hand to give Obama a good shake. It’s clear from the photos the president kept his distance during the handshake.

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Thankfully, the White House pool report treated the shake with the seriousness it deserved. “One onlooker wore a large horse head, but it’s unclear what message he hoped to convey,” the story read.

The horse-head mask has become something of a thing over the past few years among young jokesters. It made several appearances during the ‘Harlem Shake’ video fad of early 2013, and was memorably worn by a shirtless jogger in the background of a local weather report during Hurricane Sandy.

And just in case you’d like to have nightmares tonight, here’s the creation of noted Twitter Photoshop artist Darth.