McKayla Maroney was more than impressed this time.
The photo of the Olympic gymnast doing the “McKayla Maroney is not impressed” face with President Barack Obama quickly went viral on Twitter after the White House posted it Saturday, the Associated Press reported.
The two stood side by side for the picture when she and her Fierce Five Olympic teammates went to the White House on Thursday.
“He was the one who brought it up," Maroney told The Associated Press. "We were about to leave and he said, 'I want to talk to you one second about the face.' He said, 'I pretty much do that face at least once a day.'"
Michael Phelps might be one of the greatest athletes of all time, but Maroney has something he doesn’t, the title of having “the look."
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Maroney was photographed with a crooked scowl and scrunched nose after she won the silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Vaulting was said to be the gymnast’s strong point, so it was thought at first that she was unhappy with only earning a silver medal.
“It wasn’t me being unimpressed, it was me being sad with myself,” Maroney told the Associated Press. “I’ve never fallen on that vault my whole life and so I’m going to be upset.”
“To me at first I thought it was kind of like weird, but I never took it as a bad way,” Maroney said. “But now I kind of like it and embrace it because no Olympic athlete has ever had anything like that happen to them, so it makes me different and I like that.”
Twitter soon erupted with “McKayla Maroney is not impressed” memes and mashups, including one that showed Maroney in the White House after Osama Bin Laden was killed.
The “face” has become a trademark for the athlete, but having the president ask her for a picture with it is something else again.
"I, like, freaked out," Maroney said. "He said, 'Let's do it together.' We took a picture and now it's everywhere."
The Fierce Five talked to the president over the phone after they became the second U.S. women’s gymnastic team to win the Olympic title, but Maroney explained to the AP it was much better to meet him in person.
"He's the coolest person I ever met," she said. "He's got the hardest job in the entire world."
“Did I just do the Not Impressed face with the President..?” Maroney wrote on her Twitter page.
Maroney wasn’t sure if the White House was going to release the picture, but found out when her father sent told her in a text message.
"It's really funny," she said. "Because it's like everywhere."