Washington DC - US President Barack Obama has shocked British TV viewers after revealing much of his face is pitted with blackheads.
Speaking to White House reporters during a meeting with UK Prime Minister David Cameron the President displayed a well-entrenched colony of facial zits that pepper his cheeks like little bugs on a flower.
A close-up of the presidential acne sparked torrents of complaints from UK viewers demanding to know why the Commander-in-Chief of the Free World hasn't been given 'a damn good facial' by his wife Michelle.
Or whatever White House minion is normally assigned to the task.
A similar occurrence in 2002 saw horrified London audiences reel with horror as a one inch long nasal hair sprouting from President George W Bush's blush-red hooter was seen quivering when Dubya addressed the American nation on TV.
Dubya's facial zoom shot was subsequently much parodied by UK comics who compared the hair to a bit of alien antenna that receives remote control signals from the Pentagon each time the President strays from an agreed agenda.
This week's Obama close-ups are bound to reignite that particular conspiracy theory agenda amid calls for Barack to be Vulcan mind-melded by FBI X-Files agents to check for some sort of a voodoo zit spell.
A one hour laser session at a reputable skin clinic could easily zap those pesky blackheads in one fell swoop.