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Obama waving-hand gaffe picture NOT a hoax or a Photoshop after all!

Posted on 09/21/2011 5:30:20 AM PDT by Lucky9teen

Edited 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.

Here’s a link to the MSNBC photoblog where most bloggers first noticed the image; and here’s the URL of the image itself:

http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/125682969/Getty-Images-News

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 Obama’s 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 image’s 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

Here’s how it appears on the Getty Images page, with their watermark over the picture:


And here’s 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 image’s 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 neighbor’s face:

Getty Images — Title: United Nations General Assembly Coverage:

And then there’s 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, that’d be even more newsworthy than the already-known fact that our President is a clueless narcissist.)


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1 posted on 09/21/2011 5:30:28 AM PDT by Lucky9teen
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To: Lucky9teen

Sorry, forgot to add link in thread:

http://pajamasmedia.com/tatler/2011/09/20/obama-waving-hand-gaffe-picture-not-a-hoax-or-a-photoshop-after-all/


2 posted on 09/21/2011 5:32:15 AM PDT by Lucky9teen (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.~Thomas Jeffer)
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To: Lucky9teen

The guy to Obama’s rear left even seems to wonder what the hell he’s doing.


3 posted on 09/21/2011 5:32:45 AM PDT by edpc (Former Normalcy Bias Victim)
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To: Lucky9teen

Question to group :

How many of you here today don’t know your butt from a tin cup ????


4 posted on 09/21/2011 5:32:57 AM PDT by Lionheartusa1 (-: Socialism is the equal distribution of misery :-)
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To: Lucky9teen
"Who here wants to be a fire truck?"

Oooo, I DO, I DOOOO!!!

5 posted on 09/21/2011 5:37:12 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Lucky9teen

What an embarrassment to have such a representative for this country. This has to be the greatest mistake of a Presidential election that this country has ever seen. What a fraud!


6 posted on 09/21/2011 5:37:51 AM PDT by LibFreeUSA (Show me what Obama brought that was new and there you will find things only radical and destructive.)
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To: Lucky9teen

Who came first Obama or Alfred E. Newman?


7 posted on 09/21/2011 5:39:23 AM PDT by monocle
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To: Lucky9teen

Will all the THIRD WORLD COUNTRY leaders please raise your hands!


8 posted on 09/21/2011 5:40:44 AM PDT by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals Crazy!)
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To: Lucky9teen

Maybe someone mentioned taking an oath to destroy America. After all, this was taken at the U.N.


9 posted on 09/21/2011 5:41:18 AM PDT by liberalh8ter
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To: Lucky9teen

that’s the funniest thing I’ve seen in a while. I LOL’ed.


10 posted on 09/21/2011 5:44:23 AM PDT by RC one (Voting isn't a simple act of civic duty anymore, it's a complex act of civil war.)
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To: Lucky9teen
Funniest comment on the PJ site:

Maybe the photographer asked the group, “Who wants to see Obama re-elected?”

11 posted on 09/21/2011 5:44:43 AM PDT by CASchack
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To: Lucky9teen

Would the most incompetent person in the room please raise their hand?


12 posted on 09/21/2011 5:46:41 AM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: Lucky9teen
I don't know if the picture is real or not, but if it is....it looks like Oboma is waving "I'm right here everyone. Me! Here I am! Wonderful me!"

I'm totally burnt out on seeing this dweebs face. He's like a zit that won't go away!

13 posted on 09/21/2011 5:49:38 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: Lucky9teen

“If you were born in Kenya please raise your hand.”


14 posted on 09/21/2011 5:53:18 AM PDT by Portcall24
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To: Lucky9teen

Photoshopping “United Nothings” T-shirts on the whole crowd would be cute.


15 posted on 09/21/2011 5:53:54 AM PDT by nkycincinnatikid
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To: Lucky9teen

Check out the woman on the second row from the top, two people in—she’s looking at Obama like, “what a twit!” Two more people over is a man looking at Obama like, “someone is dumber than Abbas here!”

What a foolish man occupies our national House.


16 posted on 09/21/2011 5:55:02 AM PDT by ElenaM
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To: Lucky9teen

Does this mean our chance of a low interest loan from Mongolia to prop up Obamacare is gone?


17 posted on 09/21/2011 5:57:33 AM PDT by MadJack ("Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet." (Afghan proverb))
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To: Lucky9teen

I’d love for someone to Photoshop the 9-11 kid in this photo. You know, the guy who was supposedly atop the Towers that morning.


18 posted on 09/21/2011 5:57:55 AM PDT by YourAdHere (How about a game show like Hollywood Squares, but with kids? Gary Coleman could host.)
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To: nkycincinnatikid
Photoshopping “United Nothings” T-shirts on the whole crowd would be cute.

I'd like to photoshop him in a Star Trek red shirt.

19 posted on 09/21/2011 5:59:16 AM PDT by DejaJude (Obama - in over his head and above his pay grade.)
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To: Lucky9teen

Jerk.


20 posted on 09/21/2011 5:59:52 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Today, I will only post in one word answers.)
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To: Lucky9teen

Jug eared idiot. When did he get his ears fixed, anyway?


21 posted on 09/21/2011 6:00:09 AM PDT by winodog
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To: Lucky9teen
There's always one in the group...:


22 posted on 09/21/2011 6:02:40 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: winodog
Jug eared idiot. When did he get his ears fixed, anyway?


23 posted on 09/21/2011 6:03:31 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: Lucky9teen

24 posted on 09/21/2011 6:03:31 AM PDT by hflynn
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To: YourAdHere
I’d love for someone to Photoshop the 9-11 kid in this photo. You know, the guy who was supposedly atop the Towers that morning.

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.

25 posted on 09/21/2011 6:04:03 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: Lucky9teen

“If you would like to see the U.S. become a mooslime nation please raise your hand.”


26 posted on 09/21/2011 6:06:14 AM PDT by Portcall24
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To: andy58-in-nh

The blonde, naturally.


27 posted on 09/21/2011 6:06:49 AM PDT by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: Lucky9teen

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!


28 posted on 09/21/2011 6:07:53 AM PDT by rcrngroup
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To: hflynn

Different photo entirely.


29 posted on 09/21/2011 6:08:25 AM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: The flash mob who wonÂ’t leave.)
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To: hflynn
Caption for your photo: The black guy to the right of Obama (on Obama's left) "Man, why did I have to be put next to this jerk?"
30 posted on 09/21/2011 6:09:23 AM PDT by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: andy58-in-nh

How did Alfred E. Newman get into the UN ?


31 posted on 09/21/2011 6:10:07 AM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: andy58-in-nh

I wonder if her name is Peaches or Bubbles, or something like that!


32 posted on 09/21/2011 6:10:35 AM PDT by rcrngroup
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To: hflynn

Wow, even the photo you posted is telling. Obama just shouts “gravitas” doesn’t he? Embarrassing.


33 posted on 09/21/2011 6:12:50 AM PDT by JimSEA (The future ain't what it used to be.)
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To: Lucky9teen

“When the bough breaks”:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/bloggers/2777476/posts?page=72#72

The puppet obama is truly “gaffe-tastic”, and altogether FAKE!!!!


34 posted on 09/21/2011 6:14:53 AM PDT by Honorary Serb (Kosovo is Serbia! Free Srpska! Abolish ICTY!)
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To: Lucky9teen

I dunno why, but it reminds me of the Sgt. Pepper’s album cover.


35 posted on 09/21/2011 6:15:46 AM PDT by ozark hilljilly ("Hit 'em again, Todd!!")
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To: JimSEA
Wow, even the photo you posted is telling. Obama just shouts “gravitas” doesn’t he? Embarrassing.

One quick look at the picture, and you know exactly which one is the village idiot.

36 posted on 09/21/2011 6:16:37 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: monocle

That is a trick question. They are twins.


37 posted on 09/21/2011 6:21:44 AM PDT by thethirddegree
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To: Lucky9teen
Ok Now! ... Who Has To Go To The Potty?


38 posted on 09/21/2011 6:30:38 AM PDT by TexasCajun (Fast & Furious , Solyndra & Light Squared would be enough to impeach any White President !!)
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To: Lucky9teen

That is NOT a real picture. As much as I detest Obama, even HE isn’t that stupid.


39 posted on 09/21/2011 6:34:15 AM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: thethirddegree

Even twins have a birth order.


40 posted on 09/21/2011 6:38:58 AM PDT by monocle
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To: Col Frank Slade
How did Alfred E. Newman get into the UN ?

What, me worry?

41 posted on 09/21/2011 6:45:16 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: Lucky9teen

"Ok, now where is the leader representing Kenya?"

42 posted on 09/21/2011 6:45:51 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. - Prov 22:3)
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To: Lucky9teen

"Ok, now which one of you is the village idiot masquerading as a national leader?"

43 posted on 09/21/2011 6:47:36 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. - Prov 22:3)
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To: Ann Archy

Apparently his IS that stupid.

http://www.daylife.com/photo/0aoGfDQfbd3rD?q=Open+Government+Partnership


44 posted on 09/21/2011 6:49:53 AM PDT by maggief
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To: Ann Archy
That is NOT a real picture. As much as I detest Obama, even HE isn’t 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.

45 posted on 09/21/2011 6:50:22 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: concerned about politics
http://news.yahoo.com/photos/obama-meets-world-leaders-united-20110920-132240-236.html

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)

46 posted on 09/21/2011 6:54:18 AM PDT by maggief
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To: Ann Archy
If you go to the Getty images website, per the article, you will discover that: Our f__kwad-in-chief is actually that stupid, childish and a diplomatic catastrophe, or, that Getty has gone into the photo shopped news photo for sale business.

Your call. I personally doubt that Getty would jeopardize it's standing in the business.

47 posted on 09/21/2011 6:54:29 AM PDT by jonascord (Politicians should be pelted with human manure, weekly, to remind them of their worth to society.)
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To: LibFreeUSA

I thought he said the USA is not better than other countries. Yet, he feels necessary to stand out among leaders.


48 posted on 09/21/2011 6:59:05 AM PDT by BunnySlippers
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To: concerned about politics

Then you might want to tell the folks at Getty that they’ve been “had”.


49 posted on 09/21/2011 7:00:49 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: RC one

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.


50 posted on 09/21/2011 7:01:49 AM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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