Mitt Romney's motorcade was passing Fairfield Elementary School in Virginia when the Governor saw kids waiving and decided to make a U-turn and pull over. The kids were excited to meet Romney, according reporters on the scene:
As you can see in this ABC video, Romney shook hands with a long line of 4th and 5th graders and got a big "Thank you" when he was done. Sometime before leaving, a member of his staff took this photo:
"Are you Mitt Romney?" asked one awed student.
"I am Mitt Romney," he replied. "And that's your governor. That's Governor McDonnell."
"I just saw you on TV!" exclaimed one little girl who was almost overcome with excitement.
Is this a big moment in the race? Of course not. If Romney had kept driving no one would have mentioned it. But it's nice that Romney pulled over and spent a few minutes with the kids. It humanizes him and makes him even seem sort of likable.
Enter the AP's Evan Vucci.
Just before the previous image was taken, AP photographer Vucci snapped a shot of Romney mid-crouch. The girl behind him is looking at something in surprise which we can't see from this angle. But it looks like, well, like she's staring at his butt:
So instead of a nice moment, which this actually was for the kids and for Mitt Romney, we now have an embarrassing photo guaranteed to make an appearance on Gawker. But not just at Gawker. It was the highlighted photo of the day at ABC. It was the top of the otherwise favorable story at the NY Daily News. It appeared on the websites of local papers around the country.
The silly part is that parents (who have the ability to see what their kids are looking at) will look at the photo and immediately realize the girl is NOT looking at Mr. Romney’s posterior. Her eyelids are in the way. Whatever she is looking at is lower to the ground and off to the side (out of the crop).
The liberal media has always been biased in its photo selection, but there is something Norman Rockwell-esque about the photo in question.