Skip to comments.Obama waving-hand gaffe picture NOT a hoax or a Photoshop after all!
Posted on 09/21/2011 5:30:20 AM PDT by Lucky9teenEdited on 09/21/2011 12:38:49 PM PDT by Sidebar Moderator. [history]
Over the last few hours a photo has begun to circulate on the blogs showing Obama supposedly at the Open Government Partnership conference today committing an egregious gaffe by raising his hand to block the face of another world leader.
Heres a link to the MSNBC photoblog where most bloggers first noticed the image; and heres the URL of the image itself:
Now, many veterans of the Great Photoshop Wars of 2003-2010 will take one look at this photo and see about a hundred things wrong with it. Not only does Obamas hand seem Photoshopped into the image, but Obama himself seems to have been awkwardly pasted in. In fact, under closer inspection, about half the people in the image appear to have been inserted artificially; in other words, the whole scene looks to be constructed almost from scratch.
But I wondered: Since this photo can be found on an MSNBC site, are they punking the blogs or did somebody manage to punk MSNBC and pass off a hoax photo as the real thing?
So, following the lead in the images credit line Allan Tannenbaum-Pool / Getty Images I went straight to the supposed source and to my utter astonishment, I discovered that the image is indeed from Getty Images and can be found on their site:
Getty Images Title: Obama Meets With World Leaders At The United Nations
Heres how it appears on the Getty Images page, with their watermark over the picture:
And heres the official Getty caption:
Caption: NEW YORK SEPTEMBER 20: U.S. President Barack Obama waves while standing with aother leaders during the Open Government Partnership event at the United Nations September 20, 2011 in New York City.
It still looks fake to me, but that would mean that Getty itself is now putting out faked photos which is extremely unlikely, especially after the number of times other news wire services were burned by untrustworthy stringers.
The images authenticity is further confirmed by the existence on the Getty site which serves as sort of a raw feed of news photos which subscribing editors can browse through of an alternate take photo showing a slight close-up of Obama in the group shot, this time with his hand not blocking his neighbors face:
Getty Images Title: United Nations General Assembly Coverage:
And then theres this shot, another out-take without the offending hand:
So, what this all means is:
Unless this is some kind of hoax of unparalleled proportions, the gaffe-tastic photo of Obama idiotically waving his hand in a group shot of world leaders, blocking the face of one of them (Tsakhia Elbegdorj, the president of Mongolia, as far as I can tell), really is an authentic photo, and is worthy of Internet infamy.
Have at it!
(And if you have any evidence to the contrary, that it really is Photoshopped somehow, and that the hoax fooled Getty Images, MSNBC, and several other news outlets, please present your evidence in the comments section; in a sense, thatd be even more newsworthy than the already-known fact that our President is a clueless narcissist.)
Jug eared idiot. When did he get his ears fixed, anyway?
Oh yeah! The Tourist guy! He was a lot of fun, wasn't he? He should come back for the next election. He's a classic.
“If you would like to see the U.S. become a mooslime nation please raise your hand.”
The blonde, naturally.
Typical for a dip shit like 0dumb0!!! Is there anything this commie pig does that isn’t just plain stupid or idiotic. God help our nation! If we cannot remove this commie pig RAT bastard from office in Nov 2012, then our nation is truly on its way to demise & hell! At least for 0dumb0 and all those who voted for the commie pig!
Different photo entirely.
How did Alfred E. Newman get into the UN ?
I wonder if her name is Peaches or Bubbles, or something like that!
Wow, even the photo you posted is telling. Obama just shouts “gravitas” doesn’t he? Embarrassing.
“When the bough breaks”:
The puppet obama is truly “gaffe-tastic”, and altogether FAKE!!!!
I dunno why, but it reminds me of the Sgt. Pepper’s album cover.
One quick look at the picture, and you know exactly which one is the village idiot.
That is a trick question. They are twins.
That is NOT a real picture. As much as I detest Obama, even HE isn’t that stupid.
Even twins have a birth order.