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A pictures speaks a thousand words, none of them true

By auguste
Friday, July 10, 2009 17:08 EDT
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Hey, have you seen that picture of Barack Obama checking out the young woman’s ass?

No. No, you haven’t. There is no such picture, because that’s not what was happening.

Yesterday, bloggers on the right, from Ed Morrissey to Ann Althouse, gleefully posted pictures of Obama (and Sarkozy) purportedly staring at what Wikipedia calls “rounded portions of the anatomy located on the posterior of the pelvic region” as they passed by on their way to a group photo lineup. Althouse, the most ridiculously puerile analyzer of still photographs ever*:

The foot closest to the woman, like Sarkozy’s, is planted and aimed forward, but the other steps off in the direction of the woman, bending the knee upward into a bit of a crotch-squeeze and forming the base of a dramatic tilt of the entire body into a flexible S-shape that leans toward the woman…His mouth is open as if to say: That’s what I want.

“Crotch-squeeze”? Is Althouse accusing Obama of playing hands-free pocket pool?

Morrissey, for his part, chickens out when he finds out the woman may be under 18, and switches to another photograph, supposedly showing Obama staring at a staffer of some sort as she bends over in front of him: image

Of course, in doing so, he inadvertantly makes obvious what was admittedly not obvious in the original photo (which I’m not going to reproduce here, by the way): Obama was doing no such thing. In the second photo especially, Obama is obviously committing the sin of failing to avert his eyes from a woman who enters his personal space. I’ll bet a paycheck that exactly what happened is that she dropped something near his foot, reached down to grab it and he watched her to make sure he didn’t have to – oh God, why am I analyzing this bullshit?

As for the first photo, Greta van Susteren debunked the still photo with a video showing no such leering as the young woman walked by, but her “colleagues” at Fox News aren’t having it.

They really have. got. nothing.

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* I’d say this answers the question “So, Althouse, any embarrassment over your unfair and sexist co-opting of Jessica Valenti’s body for president-mocking purposes?” quite handily.

 
 
 
 
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