President Obama at a meeting of world leaders at the UN:
A. Is that even real?
B. It’s still funny, even if it isn’t.
C. It would be even better if he was rabbit-earring the guy in front, while simultaneously blocking the other guy’s face.
Fake. Obama’s upper right arm would have to be really, really long to meet the spot where the angle of the right forearm indicates the elbow would be.
Why didn’t the faker instead show the President sneaking up behind someone – like, say, Angela Merkel – and giving her shoulders a schoolboy pinch? THAT would be funny! 😀
I don’t think its fake at all. Look at others in the picture. It is clear that some were prepared for the picture and others weren’t That just means that either the photographer didn’t give a clear signal or there were multiple cameras going off at different times.
And it is no big deal. Who hasn’t had a picture taken that looked silly or foolish. I just want to know who he was waving to.
I was wrong. Here’s video of the group assembled for the photo:
Notice that the President is saying something as he waves, and it makes everyone in the group laugh. Obviously not a bad moment for the President, or for our foreign relations.
I reject your explanation and insist that this is indeed a gaff for the president. It must be. I need it to be.
Kirk@6: Actually, it’s real. Not that I’m bothered by it: don’t photographers tend to take multiple shots at moments like these? Is it a gaffe, for instance, if someone accidentally blinks during one of the shots? The only reason it’s a “gaffe” is because it got out. Yeah, he probably shouldn’t have waved, because, yeah, he kind of looks like a doofus.
Meanwhile, that would have been a great moment for a dirty bomb to go off somewhere in NYC. The world would be much better off without it’s “leaders.”
If you don’t think Steve Dunham’s “Alfred E. Neuman handwave” was a gaffe, you can pick another one from this (obviously partial) list of Barry gaffes.
Wait, our foreign relations are in such bad shape because … “conservatives”, while ostensibly repudiating the petty mockery that liberals lobbed at Bush, have largely decided to recapitulate that behavior vis-a-vis Obama? With the help of the media they also ostensibly loathe?
Hey everyone, wanna know why we’re in the position we are with respect to China, debt, etc.?
Cincinnatus, speaking of those who ostensibly repudiate behavior, yet seem inclined to recapitulate it in some form, um … Comment #7, meet commenter #8.
tODD: I was only 75% serious!
Cosmopolitanism is the enemy.
But tODD, we would have already been out of Iraq and Afghanistan if it weren’t for the self-destructive behaviors of this previous president:
Man, Reagan. What an embarrassing failure of a President:
Well, then. I now understand why world ecumenical efforts are in such a shambles.
And we wonder why he didn’t win a second term…
Tom Hering: “Obviously not a bad moment for the President, or for our foreign relations.”
A stopped clock is right twice a day.
J. Dean, since that moment in the photo shoot had nothing to do with the President being right or wrong about anything, I’m not sure how the aphorism applies. Unless, like the conservative echosphere, you’re desperately trying to turn a non-gaffe into a gaffe. (The appearance of a gaffe is entirely the result of still photography in this case, whereas the video makes it clear that no gaffe occurred.)
If this had been George w, it would be on every network.
Purple Koolaid: I’m not really sure that excuse works any more. It did during the 2008 election, of course, but the media, if there is such a thing, doesn’t view Obama through rose-colored glasses any longer.
Fact: This isn’t a gaffe.
Fact: It already is being reported as if it were. It’s all over DrudgeReport. What more do you want?
Plenty of gaffes to go around:
“We’re the country that built the Intercontinental Railroad” (presumably covering all “57 states”)
Signing the guest book in England with the wrong year (even after being told the right date)
“My muslim faith” (possibly not a gaffe)
Carl, is this your way of requesting that we provide an extensive list–and it would be quite extensive–of Republican gaffes? Your choice: Palin, Bachmann, or Bush?
“‘My muslim faith’ (possibly not a gaffe)”
Yeah, and the Humane Society is out to destroy the family farm.
Good grief, you guys. Do you have to take everything so seriously? Don’t you think it is a funny photo? As for “why our foreign relations are in such bad shape,” that too is mostly a joke. But it does suggest that our president may be a little self-absorbed–waving at the camera as if the photo were all about him, forgetting that other people are in the picture–something our critics have said about our foreign policy.
Uh, Dr. Veith, you’ve just made it clear you think the photo reveals a character flaw in the President. Which is the serious point I thought you were making, in the first place, by posting the photo.
(P.S. Watch the video @ 4. Obama wasn’t “waving” to the photographers. He was raising his hand to ask the photographers a question, along the lines of “Are you guys done yet – can we go?” The other leaders, equally tired of the photo shoot, thought it was funny.)
Who’s taking it seriously again, Dr. Veith (@24)?
I think it’s a funny photo. Sure. But you’re the one arguing it’s more than that:
But it does suggest that our president may be a little self-absorbed–waving at the camera as if the photo were all about him, forgetting that other people are in the picture–something our critics have said about our foreign policy.
So, again, who’s the one reading too much into this, and in the process not sounding all that humorous? Pretty sure it’s not me.
Do you have to take everything so seriously, Dr. Veith?
Dr. Veith, did you ever watch the video Tom #4 posted, showing what actually happened?
How are you able to extract that ridiculous nonsense about it showing self-absorption and being a commentary on his foreign policy???
@25 -“He was raising his hand to ask the photographers a question, along the lines of ‘Are you guys done yet – can we go?’ The other leaders, equally tired of the photo shoot, thought it was funny.)”
Yup. It’s all about him. Self-absorbed indeed.
The gaffes just keep flowing out of the Steve Dunham White House. But hey, as CNN notes, some of those 57 states all look alike anyway.