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Strange Anomalies in the Famous Situation Room Photo
American Thinker ^ | 5/9/2012 | Mara Zebest

Posted on 05/09/2012 9:26:07 AM PDT by GregNH

Recently, the MSM were shocked by the news that a girlfriend in Obama's Dreams book was a composite. For many, such news comes as no surprise. The concept of a composite presidency certainly comes as no shock as someone who participated as a contributor and authored evidence presented at Sheriff Joe Arpaio's press conference on Obama's long-form birth certificate report. On the heels of these events -- and taking advantage of an anniversary of the bin Laden raid -- are recent campaign tactics to politicize the killing of Osama bin Laden. With the re-emergence of another round of gutsy call faux heroism regarding Obama's decision, it may also be a good time to revisit the famous "Situation Room" photo released by the White House. Is it Photoshopped? Like everything else Obama does to make a political point, is the photo a composite as well?

Beyond the obvious blurred photo in front of Hillary Clinton, are there other hints of manipulation? A Swedish paper makes the observation that Obama looks like a midget in the chair despite his six-foot-plus stature. When comparing the size of the surrounding people in the photo to Obama, the photo certainly gives the impression that Obama's head (or possibly the entire body) was placed into the photo and resized a tad too small. And as a side-note observation: why is everyone in the room dressed in work attire -- as if they went to work that day -- except for Obama?

Compare the size of surrounding heads in the "Situation Room" photo to the size of Obama's head. Even if you use a perspective argument -- in which objects appear smaller at a greater distance -- then why are the faces behind Obama still larger?

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: naturalborncitizen; obama; osamabinladen; situationroom
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

Yes, I did. Sorry. Ctrl C malfunction.

This link is better, anyway:

http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,2069208_2271482,00.html

Check the first four photos.

He wears two jackets. The one with green lining is Nike and appears to have set-in sleeves. The one with gray lining has raglan sleeves and some other emblem on the left side.

These were all taken that day by Pete Souza, White House photographer.


51 posted on 05/09/2012 11:35:40 AM PDT by Jedidah
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To: Jedidah

That is two different jackets. One has green collar and one doesn’t, one has Nike Swoosh and other doesn’t, one has tight knit cuff at end of sleeve and the other doesn’t. So...the question is: Why two different jackets?


52 posted on 05/09/2012 11:36:59 AM PDT by LivingNet
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To: econjack

Even if the Photo is real, even if Obama did make the call, even if the story is real—ITS ONE GOOD CALL IN THREE YEARS! One lucky break does not a president make. Remember BP spill? The fires in Texas? The Obamacare, The other mess ups???


53 posted on 05/09/2012 11:37:08 AM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: evets

Now I’m going to have nightmares... more than I’m already having!


54 posted on 05/09/2012 11:38:28 AM PDT by Bookwoman ("...and I am unanimous in this...")
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To: yoe

This was discussed on FR months ago. It is not just coming to light.


55 posted on 05/09/2012 11:38:56 AM PDT by matthew fuller (Mitt Romney is the supreme exemplification of the word SMARMY.)
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To: piroque
Barry is long-legged, but short-waisted. This disproportion makes the photo with the composite girl a fake in addition to the overly large head.

However, the short-waist does make the short-appearing aspect of the Situation Room photo more plausible. I have a son and a stepson the same total height but one has Barry's ratio of leg to waist. When he sits at a table he seems like a much shorter person compared to his short-legged but long-waisted brother. Head size could still be of, of course in the SR photo compared to the others.

56 posted on 05/09/2012 11:58:36 AM PDT by Seizethecarp
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To: GregNH

It makes sense that he was photoshopped into the photo! At the time of this picture, he was physically on the Osama compound taking dead aim a Osama’s head with his 50-cal snipper [sic] rifle.


57 posted on 05/09/2012 12:38:05 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: GregNH

I think what may have happened here is that in the original photo Obama had an inappropriate expression on his face.

Perhaps he was staring off into space or chuckling to himself or whatever.

The photographer apparently liked everything else about the original photo, and perhaps in particular Hillary’s gasp captured the message intended to be conveyed.

But Barry’s facial expression did not cooperate. So perhaps they took an image taken a few minutes earlier or later (perhaps they were showing SportsCenter highlights before the meeting?) when Barry was actually paying attention, and photo-shopped it into the other picture on top of his shoulders.

But they didn’t quite get the perspective right or the bit of the collar just below the ear.

As to the two figures in the back, I think the different lighting source accounts for that. You can see part of this other lighting source reflecting off the back top part of Daley’s head.


58 posted on 05/09/2012 12:41:56 PM PDT by Meet the New Boss
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To: wiggen

Aside from Hillary, who in that room would dare not swap seats with Obamugabe once they see he’s goiong to sit in a ^folding chair^?


59 posted on 05/09/2012 12:47:54 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: LivingNet

:: Why two different jackets? ::

BO?


60 posted on 05/09/2012 12:51:52 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

I don’t disagree but what else is he sitting on.


61 posted on 05/09/2012 12:59:12 PM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: evets

Outstanding! LMAO


62 posted on 05/09/2012 1:00:57 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: wiggen

Larry Sinclair’s lap?


63 posted on 05/09/2012 1:07:21 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade
Even if the Photo is real, even if Obama did make the call, even if the story is real—ITS ONE GOOD CALL IN THREE YEARS! One lucky break does not a president make. Remember BP spill? The fires in Texas? The Obamacare, The other mess ups???

Obama deserves as much credit for killing Bin Laden as Nixon did for the Apollo Program. Neither started it, both were actually opposed for political reasons (because their respective political enemies started it), both assumed office after it had started and had political momentum, and neither could politically stop it - even if they legally could have. IOW, neither deserves credit - yet you didn't see Nixon trumpeting his role in the Moon landing, etc. like an opportunistic, egotistical child.

64 posted on 05/09/2012 1:08:42 PM PDT by Ancesthntr (Bibi to Odumbo: Its not going to happen.)
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
I definitely agree with GeorgeWashingtonsGhost.....
It looks like his head was added to a person that was actually sitting in the room. His neck, in the circled area, overlaps his collar.
65 posted on 05/09/2012 1:29:27 PM PDT by Jemini ("I noticed when you get to disliking someone they ain't around for long neither")
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To: Jedidah

66 posted on 05/09/2012 1:43:21 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: woodbutcher1963

Obviously, because he just came from the golf course.”””

They had to find him and drag him off the 10th tee.


67 posted on 05/09/2012 2:15:41 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: Jemini

Here's a side-by-side comparison of the jackets. They don't look the same to me but Tom Donilon has the same shirt on in both of these photos.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1382649/Osama-bin-Laden-dead-Photo-Obama-watching-special-forces-shoot-him.html

68 posted on 05/09/2012 2:20:19 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: SparkyBass

Don’t remove the cork from the fork, Ruprecht!


69 posted on 05/09/2012 3:07:04 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: layman

No it doesn’t. It just changes direction with the wall at the corner behind Obama. You can see a small section of it between Obama’s chair and the man to his left.


70 posted on 05/09/2012 3:09:50 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost; PhilDragoo

Whoops! That’s some serious stoop he’s got there...he’s hunch-back?


71 posted on 05/09/2012 3:12:23 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum!)
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

Great find!


72 posted on 05/09/2012 3:16:20 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: matthew fuller

I don’t understand your point - it’s still interesting. We’re somewhat between a newspaper and a library... ‘old news’ can be just fine...


73 posted on 05/09/2012 4:38:29 PM PDT by GOPJ ( "A Dog In Every Pot" - freeper ETL)
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

74 posted on 05/09/2012 4:40:16 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Meet the New Boss
Perhaps he was staring off into space or chuckling to himself or whatever.

As mentioned earlier - why would the President of the United States be sitting in the back in a small chair?

75 posted on 05/09/2012 4:40:54 PM PDT by GOPJ ( "A Dog In Every Pot" - freeper ETL)
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To: dfwgator

I love that one.


76 posted on 05/09/2012 4:49:08 PM PDT by little jeremiah
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To: SparkyBass

LOL!!


77 posted on 05/09/2012 4:54:46 PM PDT by Cuttnhorse
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To: GOPJ

I was replying to yoe, who said that he/she did not understand why this was just now coming to light- I just said that this subject had been discussed before, it is not just now coming to light. What don’t you understand about that?


78 posted on 05/09/2012 6:57:03 PM PDT by matthew fuller (Mitt Romney is the supreme exemplification of the word SMARMY.)
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To: wtd; GregNH

The Bin Ladin photo has many issues.

There are plenty of ‘Situation Room’ photos on the web. The Bin Ladin Photo is simply not THAT room.

1. Table location and size. The situation room table is a large conference room table and all chairs around it are high backs with low backs along the wall. There is plenty of room around that table and it does NOT slide around. It has wiring and a console on it. And it heavy. The Bin Ladin photo looks like they are crunched into a corner in a small room. Obama is in a low back chair. Something is not right. Its the same room. Or its a photoshop job.

2. Presidential Seal. In the ‘real’ situation room it is in the middle of the large featureless wall. In the Bin Ladin photo it is next to a door jam. No - not the same at all.

3. No computers in the Situation Room in any other photos. Seems reasonable. Computers are problems security wise - virus, recording secretly. Nope. What is needed is brought up on all the large screens around the room in a controlled manner. Unlike a business meeting people are obviously not allowed to drag their favorite laptop into the Situation Room.

4. Harsh lighting washing out wall. Not sure why that is happening in the Bin Ladin photo. The light is not that bad in the ‘real room’.

Something is amiss with the photo. It is simply not the real Situation Room.


79 posted on 05/09/2012 6:57:43 PM PDT by bluecat6 ( "A non-denial denial. They doubt our heritage, but they don't say the story is not accurate.")
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To: dfwgator

80 posted on 05/09/2012 7:50:12 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Meet the New Boss

Barry was probably covering his eyes, so they had to p-shop another head shot over that.


81 posted on 05/09/2012 11:52:47 PM PDT by edge919
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To: SparkyBass

ROTFLOL!!


82 posted on 05/10/2012 12:21:52 AM PDT by nutmeg (Rest in peace, and thank you, Andrew Breitbart)
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To: Trueblackman; kristinn; BufordP; Tammy Cat; Tolerance Sucks Rocks; Fraxinus; stratman1969; ...

Check out the “Snoopy Surprise” pic in #5! ;-D


83 posted on 05/10/2012 12:25:33 AM PDT by nutmeg (Rest in peace, and thank you, Andrew Breitbart)
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To: Roscoe Karns

ping


84 posted on 05/10/2012 10:55:12 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
Here's a side-by-side comparison of the jackets.

Your comparison got me thinking again that it's not two different jackets, it's two different people.

85 posted on 05/10/2012 3:27:46 PM PDT by Rona_Badger (Heeds the Calling Wind)
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To: Rona_Badger

Yes indeedy! Wouldn’t surprise me in the least bit. Notice the difference in the white collars as well, especially in the front and the sharpness of the neck on one and flatness on the other.


86 posted on 05/10/2012 3:32:59 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: smoothsailing

That is very well done. Biden still looks like the America-hating pr!ck that he is though.


87 posted on 05/10/2012 3:35:06 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

Heh... where is Lisbeth Salander when we need her?! If only we could get into that photo archive (or someone’s wardrobe).


88 posted on 05/10/2012 4:00:31 PM PDT by Rona_Badger (Heeds the Calling Wind)
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To: smoothsailing

he he! That is the best one yet!


89 posted on 05/10/2012 4:06:18 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost; GregNH; Fred Nerks

Notice who is NOT in the ‘situation room’ photo....

Leon Panetta.

Where was he? Apparently CIA headquarters.

https://www.cia.gov/news-information/cia-the-war-on-terrorism/usama-bin-ladin-operation/usama-bin-ladin-photos.html

Under first photo:
“CIA Director Leon E. Panetta receives an update on the operation against Usama Bin Ladin in a planning meeting at CIA Headquarters on May 1, 2011.”

Under second photo:
“CIA Director Leon E. Panetta smiles in his command center at CIA Headquarters after giving the “go” order to carry out the operation against Usama Bin Ladin on May 1, 2011.”

Panetta gave the ‘go’ order? So where was the real control point for this operation - White House or Langley?


90 posted on 05/10/2012 6:14:27 PM PDT by bluecat6 ( "A non-denial denial. They doubt our heritage, but they don't say the story is not accurate.")
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To: bluecat6

Those flags are damn near touching the ground. Liberals don’t give a crap about things like that.


91 posted on 05/10/2012 6:22:14 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

Here you go.

A great review of the photography. Basically the first picture was taken 20+ hours AFTER the raid.

Given the scenario that the WH aid Jarrett tried to reverse the ‘go decision’ this all falls into place. Panetta was defacto top CoC during the actual raid - in Langley.

http://cryptome.org/info/wh-obl-gaps/wh-obl-gaps.htm

Interesting timing of events. Go order given on Friday.

http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/05/01/the_timeline_of_the_mission_to_kill_osama_bin_laden

“Last week Obama finally had enough intelligence last to take action. The final decision to go forward with the operation was made at 8:20 AM on Friday, April 29 in the White House’s Diplomatic Room.”

I think the tenseness on Obama’s face is ‘oh @#$#$, they really did it. Now what?” The raid was over 20 hours ago. This operation was not real time monitored by all those people! It was staged photo op. Case closed.


92 posted on 05/10/2012 6:38:27 PM PDT by bluecat6 ( "A non-denial denial. They doubt our heritage, but they don't say the story is not accurate.")
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To: bluecat6

So, in essence, Obama was being given a briefing for something that had already happened and his look reveals a mixture of emotions.. It’s one of those ‘now that it was a success I’m a bit upset I didn’t okay it in the first place’ kind of moments. LOL


93 posted on 05/10/2012 6:50:29 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost; GregNH; LucyT

I looked at this some more and compared the well publicized photo vs. other situation room photos.

-The table appears to the situation room table.
-The General is sitting in the only ‘executive chair’ in the room. It is a highback that is higher and taller than the others at the table.
-Hillary is sitting in a low back chair. That can be determined by the armrest. It is not leather covered. It is wood. So this is a ‘along the wall’ chair for those not at the conference table. Since the conference room table has highbacks all around it - this is odd that anyone would be in a lowback and at the table. Obama is also in a lowback.
-The worst thing in this photo is the background is obviously manufactured. The corner of the room is way to close to the table in the released Bin Laden Photo and the Presidential seal in the real situation room is not near any trim. It is alone on the wall and in the middle of it. There is no door or hall where those it back appear to be.

So this photo is manufactured for some reason.

Here is a link with the wall with the seal.

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2010/03/the_rapper_and_the_white_house.html

Another:

http://robzombie.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/rob-sheri-white-house1.jpg

It seems the ‘Situation Room’ is used for photo ops for the rappers who visit...

But it easy to see the seal is isolated and not next to a door or hallway.

As for the left hand side. Here is a view of the corner of the Situation room.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/whitehouse/5610345991/

It is not as cramped as the Bin Laden photo and there is window or display with shutters that should have been in the Bin Laden photo. Also, unlike the Bin Ladin photo there is plenty of room in the corner with a row of lowbacks along the wall and room to walk in between them and the highbacks at the table.

The entire background of the Bin Ladin photo is a manufactured image.


94 posted on 05/12/2012 10:58:13 AM PDT by bluecat6 ( "A non-denial denial. They doubt our heritage, but they don't say the story is not accurate.")
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To: bluecat6; GeorgeWashingtonsGhost; GregNH; LucyT; butterdezillion

For sake of accuracy I need to retract my conclusions. A like that with a video featuring the ‘small’ Situation Room was forwarded to me.

It is here:

http://video.msnbc.msn.com/rock-center/47272339#47272339

It shows the room where the photo was taken.


95 posted on 05/14/2012 11:03:53 AM PDT by bluecat6 ( "A non-denial denial. They doubt our heritage, but they don't say the story is not accurate.")
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To: bluecat6

I wouldn’t retract the conclusion that a photo of Obama’s head was placed on someone else’s body. See ‘jacket comparison’ photos.


96 posted on 05/14/2012 2:56:01 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

I have compared head sizes in the photo just using pixel height. From a pure size comparison its not really off.

Obama head is around 295 pixels +/- a few. Mullen and Donilon’s heads are around 280 pixels +/-. So just from size its not off.

But all this ‘we watched it real time’ seems improbable.

The CIA has posted the photos of Panetta running the show - from Langly!

The pictures all show Sunday afternoon timestamps with people in the same clothes they had on late Sunday night - indicating staged photos during the working day Sunday.

Pretty well documented here:

http://cryptome.org/info/wh-obl-gaps/wh-obl-gaps.htm


97 posted on 05/15/2012 4:59:39 AM PDT by bluecat6 ( "A non-denial denial. They doubt our heritage, but they don't say the story is not accurate.")
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To: PGR88

FWIW, he’s answered that. He said that Adm. Mullen was in this room running the operation while the political folks were across the hall. They could not watch the minute by minute action across the hall so Obama came to this room to watch. When Obama entered Adm. Mullen offered his seat but Obama refused and sat next to him.


98 posted on 05/15/2012 5:19:10 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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