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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Obama's Photo Gaffe, Real Or Fake?

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The photo going around the blogosphere, shown above, has the caption "U.S. President Barack Obama waves while standing with other leaders during the Open Government Partnership event at the United Nations September 20 in New York City. The United Nations General Assembly kicks off September 21, with leaders from around the world attending."

People expressed doubt that this Obama photo gaffe was real and not photoshopped and PJ Tatler dug a little deeper, went to the original source and found the image is indeed from Getty Images and can be found on their site.

Tatler concludes:

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, that’d be even more newsworthy than the already-known fact that our President is a clueless narcissist.)

As gaffes go, this is harmless and simple entertainment.

Others having a bit of fun with this are JustOneMinute,, New York Magazine, The Jawa Report, Weasel Zippers and Photoblog.

H/T Memeorandum.