(from 2007, I believe). The excuse floated at the time was sometimes he did and sometimes he didn't (prior to ascending to the presidency).
But it wasn't a "statement"??? Of course it was a statement. As the late veteran, Harold Estes said in his open letter in 2009 [link below]... "Shape up and start acting like an American."
The photo is sad, but prophetic, in terms of the thinly veiled contempt for this country as a whole that many Americans believe they see displayed, to this day.