PHOTOS CHANGE BEFORE OUR EYES
by Sharon Rondeau
(May 11, 2012) — As scheduled, Michelle Obama delivered the commencement address at 12:00 EDT at Virginia Tech, something she reportedly chose to do “because of the university community’s resilience in the face of several incidents of campus violence.” The event is reportedly the first time that a (putative) first lady has spoken at a the school. Her commitment to speak was made at the end of March.
The Virginia Tech website banner contains a thin orange vertical band alongside a brownish-red horizontal banner featuring the institution’s name and motto, “Invent the Future.”
Questions were raised earlier this week by Mara Zebest, a graphics professional, regarding the “Situation Room” photo from May 1, 2011 purportedly showing Obama with military and civilian staff observing the raid on Osama bin Laden’s hideout. Now the AP is reporting that the photo was “digitally altered by the source,” which is stated in the caption as “The White House.” In a caption to the right of the photo, the AP editorialized:
In this May 1, 2011, image released by the White House and digitally altered by the source to obscure the details of a document in front of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, at right with hand covering mouth, President Barack Obama, second from left, Vice President Joe Biden, left, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, right, and members of the national security team watch an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House in Washington. When Obama first spoke of bin Laden’s demise, he asked the nation to think back to the unity of Sept. 11. Now the killing of America’s most wanted is something else: a concentrated campaign weapon against Mitt Romney, even a bumper sticker message.
The AP was apparently referring to Obama’s campaign video which featured Bill Clinton praising him for making the “difficult decision” to have bin Laden killed and claiming that Mitt Romney would not have done the same.
Was Obama “photoshopped” into the Situation Room photo? Is it possible that he was not there or that the event, as it is portrayed pictorially, never occurred?
Bill Clinton was reportedly one of the first people to say that Obama was not eligible for the office of the president. Numerous state judges have stated that nevertheless, Obama’s name will be placed on the ballot because of his alleged birth in Hawaii, which purportedly makes him a “natural born Citizen.”
The Post & Email has reported on several instances of photos of members of the Obama family appearing and then disappearing, being reduced in size within a short time frame, outdated, or simply not being there at all. The White House admitted to asking various press outlets to remove a story about Malia Obama, who visited Mexico in March accompanied by a friend and 25 Secret Service agents for which the American taxpayer covered the costs.
Is “The White House” also the source of Obama’s long-form birth certificate which is said to be a “computer-generated forgery?” What else has been “digitally altered?”
Update, 4:50 p.m.: A video of Michelle Obama’s address to Virginia Tech is now available using the lower backdrop in the later photo.