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.)
What, me worry?
"Ok, now where is the leader representing Kenya?"
"Ok, now which one of you is the village idiot masquerading as a national leader?"
Apparently his IS that stupid.
My daughter is a professional photographer and a photoshop tutor, and she says that this photo is a composite image and not a real photograph. She says you can tell by the lighting difference between the faces and the bodies, and Obamas arm is too short.
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. The United Nations General Assembly kicks off September 21, with leaders from around the world attending. (Photo by Allan Tannenbaum-Pool/Getty Images)
Your call. I personally doubt that Getty would jeopardize it's standing in the business.
I thought he said the USA is not better than other countries. Yet, he feels necessary to stand out among leaders.
Then you might want to tell the folks at Getty that they’ve been “had”.
Yup, me too.
If there is any doubt that this couple, BO and MO, are the most vulgar, common, disgusting, contemptuous, crassest set of people, maybe this will open some eyes.
MO reminds me of the people at the Golden Corral buffett who arrive at the end of breakfast and sit and drink coffee until lunch so they can gorge themselves twice but only pay once. (Yes, I went to a Golden Corral for lunch at the request of my MIL. And it was good.)
I have to believe that they are both purposefully trying to embarrass the United States of America by being the worst people on earth.
And don’t worry, MO. We WILL bring forth a TRUE First Lady who will show YOU how it is done.
Interesting close up there.
You can see this is a completely different picture than the one with the waving hand as the two in front of Obama have completely different facial expressions.
In the “Obama-waving-hand photo, both the man and the woman in front of Obama are smiling. In THIS picture, that same man and that same woman in front of Obama are NOT smiling and in fact, look just a little Pee-OOOOed.
Obama disgusts me more than anything, but I don’t see the big gaffe here, other than looking goofy as usual.. the bike helmet picture was much more goofy, imo
Haven’t seen that. Link?
Who has the better reputation to protect—Getty Images or Obama?
To think this moron is US Prez !!
I think Obama thinks he’s a Jedi ... waving that hand around to control the thoughts of the weak.
The Liar-in-Chief is IGNORANT beyond words!
He has his hand in the Mongolian’s grill.
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