Thursday, May 21, 2009

Weird picture of President Barack Obama with hankie from Great Britain paper

This picture of President Barack Obama from TimesOnline, Great Britain, is so odd that I wondered if was the president or one of his look-a-likes. He looks tired and drawn, but we expect our presidents to show more wear and tear than the average bear after a while. Still, it's an odd picture that I haven't seen elsewhere. Even placement of the hand with the hankie looks odd.

There's no photo credit with the picture either. It is posted with a story about Obama's troubles with shutting down Guantanamo Bay and his potential to key campaign promises as he tries to do what he thinks is right. So, it's the right picture to go with the story, but when was the photo taken and who took it? It's definitely not one of his O-cool shots.


PPR_Scribe said...

It is an odd-looking image from the usually incredibly photogenic POTUS. At first I thought that was someone else's hand but I think this impression is incorrect. He is a lefty (and you can see his wedding band) so probably would wipe his face with that hand. Plus the skin tones match.

I think there are more than enough great pics to make up for a few clunkers. Some people (I include myself) seem to always get caught in an odd pose by a camera. He does not seem to be one of those folks.

By the way, have you been checking out the White House's official Flickr photostream? Not only are the images incredible, but I find it telling that they are being offered with a Creative Commons license allowing sharing and adapting.

Vérité Parlant said...

Oh, I decided it was definitely him and his hand, which is why I posted it. It just looks odd.

Yes, I've mentioned the WH Flickr stream a couple of times. It actually helps us bloggers since the AP and others are starting to pitch fits about us using their stuff, even in thumbnails or just links.

Thanks for the visit. BTW, I know you like photography, but do you also take lots of photos. I've assumed some of the good photos on your blog are yours.

Blue State Cowgirl said...

Very odd photo. His skin tone looks different to me although PPR Scribe thinks it looks the same. (Looks too light). And the hand is oddly feminine. Hate to be another conspiracy nut, but was this doctored?

PPR_Scribe said...

VP, yes some of the photography on the blog was taken by me. Check out my Flickr photostream linked to on the side bar. I am trying to get up a non-PPR Scribe photostream set up with my color photography. I'll drop you am email with the link when it is up.

Blue State, Obama definitely has...what I would call expressive (not feminine LOL) hands.

msladydeborah said...

Obama's complexion tone does not seem correct. I've seen him in person and this photo seems to be too light.