I’ve always felt this is the most disturbing pic from Hussein’s past. No man... NO man... would ever sit in this configuration with another man. If the space next to Hussein were empty, you could think that perhaps someone left for a minute and would return soon. The space is not empty. This is two gay guys — a couple — enjoying a moment together. Gag me.
I looked at the picture again of zero and some hairy M.E. guy. I know when I am with other guys like watching a f-ball game, I sit in a way where there is space in between me and another guy.
They look a little too close ! On that couch, if there are three spaces, it would be where one guy is at one end and the other at the other end and empty in the middle.
Even in the bathroom, there is certain etiquette like with urinals and toilet stalls. I would not take the urinal next to another guy and I would put at least one in between myself and another guy. Same with a toilet stall. This is in the case of three or more and the middle plumbing fixture is empty.
> No man... NO man... would ever sit in this configuration with another man.
I don't have the same reaction to this picture and I think you're most likely reading too much into it. If it were a gay couple "enjoying a moment", I don't think Obama would have his foot facing his roommate as he does and be leaning his head away as he is. Likewise the roommate's leg crossed away from Obama and the cigarette facing him seem like body language that is expressing a degree of separation rather than closeness.
I'm not sure what you are saying about the space next to Obama. It looks to me as if there was a bunch of stuff on the couch, and they are posing for a picture in the remaining space. There may be nothing more to it than that. And we don't know if this lasted more than a moment.