-- By the time Barack Obama become a private citizen last week, his portrait had already been destroyed at a health clinic in Florida.
At Bay Pines, officials collected 18 photos from nine facilities. “We were shredding the photos as they were coming,” Jason Dangel, a spokesman for the health care system, told ABC News.
Federal regulations stipulated that the portraits of Obama and the outgoing veterans affairs secretary – posted at the entrances of the system’s nine facilities – be removed by 12:01 p.m. Jan. 20, when Donald J. Trump assumed the presidency, then recycled or shredded, he said.
The frames holding the old photos have been saved, the GSA spokesman said in a statement.
Trump and Vice President Mike Pence’s portraits will be put on display as soon as they are available, “which should be in late February or early March,” the spokesman, Matthew Burrell, said.
The White House said Trump was scheduled to sit Friday for his portrait (it had said previously he would have the photo taken Wednesday). The vice president’s office has not said when Pence’s would take place.
Government agencies hang presidential portraits -- and often the vice presidential portrait, too -- alongside pictures of their departmental heads.
Public buildings at the local level sometimes display the presidential portrait, too.
In Vinton, Iowa, just outside Cedar Rapids, the county courthouse switched the portraits without much fanfare, according to the county auditor.
“I had a couple people comment to me about putting the new one up that day,” Hayley Rippel, the county auditor, told ABC News.
She said she found a photograph of the newly inaugurated president on the White House website, adding, “We got Trump’s picture, printed it out, and went and changed it.”
ABC News’ Luis Martinez contributed reporting.