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.)
Sorry, forgot to add link in thread:
The guy to Obama’s rear left even seems to wonder what the hell he’s doing.
Question to group :
How many of you here today don’t know your butt from a tin cup ????
Oooo, I DO, I DOOOO!!!
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!
Who came first Obama or Alfred E. Newman?
Will all the THIRD WORLD COUNTRY leaders please raise your hands!
Maybe someone mentioned taking an oath to destroy America. After all, this was taken at the U.N.
that’s the funniest thing I’ve seen in a while. I LOL’ed.
Maybe the photographer asked the group, Who wants to see Obama re-elected?
Would the most incompetent person in the room please raise their hand?
I'm totally burnt out on seeing this dweebs face. He's like a zit that won't go away!
“If you were born in Kenya please raise your hand.”
Photoshopping “United Nothings” T-shirts on the whole crowd would be cute.
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.
Does this mean our chance of a low interest loan from Mongolia to prop up Obamacare is gone?
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.
I'd like to photoshop him in a Star Trek red shirt.
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