DC Restaurant Will Not Add Donald Trump To Presidential Mural

Posted: Dec 30, 2016 2:00 PM

Mama Ayesha's, a restaurant in D.C., will not add President-elect Donald Trump to its mural of presidents on the side of the building. The mural currently features every president from Dwight Eisenhower to Barack Obama posed with restaurant founder Ayesha Abraham, but will not add Trump. According to the current owner, Abraham's great-nephew, there isn't money in the budget to add Trump to the mural.

The mural is supposed to represent "Mama Ayesha" welcoming the various presidents to DC. Apparently, this doesn't include Trump.

Since 2009, Mama Ayesha’s restaurant in Adams Morgan has featured every US president from Eisenhower to Obama on a large mural on the side of the restaurant. President-elect Donald Trump won’t be joining them: “Our official position is that it is not in the budget,” says Amir Abu-El-Hawa, whose family owns the restaurant.

Mama Ayesha’s has been at the same location since it opened its doors as the Calvert Cafe in 1960. The mural depicts founder “Mama” Ayesha Abraham with the US leaders. “This is Mama welcoming the presidents to DC,” says Abu-El-Hawa, who is her great-nephew. “She was the American dream. For a Muslim and Arab woman immigrant from Palestine to come here on her own and build this business, is a remarkable legacy.

While nobody is technically forced to include anyone on a mural, it does seem like a rather odd omission to exclude the president-elect.