Description: Viral image
Circulating since: Dec. 2009
Status: Fake / False (see details below)
Text example #1:
Email contributed by Dora K., Dec. 28, 2009:
Now is it just me, are both of them as dumb as they appear. I guess this could have been taken in a mirror which would screw it up, or maybe it is authentic. I would not doubt it being authentic!!!! Note both have rings on their ring finger and most likely on their left hand. I think they are truly clueless!!!!
His suit coat is buttened correctly, so it is not a mirror image.
These people are so clueless. They are not Americans.
GOD BLESS AMERICA
Text example #2:
Email contributed by Bill, Sep. 6, 2010:
Subject: FW: Unbelievable!
A picture is worth a Thousand Words????
DING BAT AND DUMBO
I can't believe these two! Amazing!
YOUR RIGHT HANDS DUMBO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mr And Mrs. Clueless! What's wrong with this picture?
Gotta be the dumbest fools to ever hold the office of President, anywhere.
How embarrassing to have this as our President and first lady? When you've never done the pledge allegiance, you don't know what to do!
Must be the Muslim way.
At first I thought the picture was reversed, but the wedding rings indicate that it’s right. (Unless they have them on the wrong hands too.)
(THE LAPEL PIN IS ALSO A PRETTY GOOD INDICATION.)
It's in our hands, November 2010 & 2012!
Analysis: The picture above is a doctored mirror image of a press photo taken during a ceremony commemorating the victims of 9/11 on the South Lawn of the White House, September 11, 2009. The original is credited to AP photographer Charles Dharapak.
The doctored version boasts Photoshopped wedding bands and reversed jacket buttons to make it appear as though the image hasn't been tinkered with. The ruse is spoiled by the medals on the uniform of the Marine standing in soft focus behind the President, however. They're on the wrong side of his chest.
Nor was Mr. Dharapak the only photographer present at the occasion. Other images of the same ceremony clearly show the President and Mrs. Obama standing with their right hands over their hearts during the playing of Taps.
Note: A similar hoax circulating in 2002 purported to show Sen. Tom Daschle saying the Pledge with his left hand over his heart.
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Sources and further reading:
First Lady's First Year - Photo Gallery
Commercial Appeal, 10 January 2010
In Pictures: '9/11 Anniversary'
Monsters and Critics, 11 September 2009
President and Mrs. Obama Observe Moment of Silence for 9/11 Anniversary
Zimbio.com, 11 September 2009
Obama Honors 9/11 Victims, Those Who Serve
CBS News, 11 September 2009
Last updated 09/06/13