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Weirdest presidential photo op yet…

Drudge ran this picture at the top for a while today. My eyeballs rejected it.

At first I thought, “fake! No way those two are really painting that; brush lettering is *hard*.” So I looked up the original large AP photo, and actually, the quotes are sketched out in pencil on the wall in a shaky hand, and the painted version isn’t any better, so they could easily be painting it to the standard it’s being painted.

So then I thought, “whoa! POTUS and FLOTUS are actually standing all by themselves on two separate little ladders in a school library painting signage? Isn’t that even weirder?”

I don’t mean to be a jerk about it. The President and First Lady visited an elementary school and helped paint inspirational MLK quotes on the library wall. That’s nice. I’m just having fun with the appalling stagecraft.

The two of them. Totally alone in the room. Backs to the camera. Facing away from each other. Ten feet apart. Chundering away at their separate work assignments like they’re doing community service for a DUI or something. Bad, BAD presidential optics.

By the way, Mister and Mrs Sooper Genius, you’re doing it backwards. Right handers should work left to right, left handers should work right to left. Otherwise, you have to brace your hand or you’ll drag it through wet paint.

Original huge color version here, if you’d like to snark for yourself.


Comment from mojo
Time: January 17, 2012, 10:08 pm

I’ll be impressed when he does pin-striping and scrollwork freehand, with a feather.

Comment from Alice
Time: January 17, 2012, 10:17 pm

I just assumed I was seeing this [right to left] through the looking glass.

Comment from Mysterion
Time: January 17, 2012, 11:05 pm

Kind of a risky photo op too if you think about it. Imagine George Bush doing this and then imagine what would have happened if he had spilled paint all over his shirt and the floor. A democrat can take these kinds of risks though because the AP is basically their public relations firm.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: January 17, 2012, 11:41 pm

It’s nice to see they’ve finally found their employment level.

Though a mop and bucket might have been closer still.

Comment from Mrs. Compton
Time: January 18, 2012, 12:44 am

Yeah, I was thinking she’s getting paint on her super duper expensive designer shirt and I hope he’s dragging his tie in paint as well.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: January 18, 2012, 1:07 am

…”[T]he quotes are sketched out in pencil on the wall”…

President Teleprompter rides writes again!

Comment from Redd
Time: January 18, 2012, 1:59 am

They should have used a stencil.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: January 18, 2012, 2:11 am

I claim bullshit. This is OBVIOUSLY a phony effort to add credibility to their resumes.

Comment from JeffS
Time: January 18, 2012, 2:11 am

Though a mop and bucket might have been closer still.

I was thinking of rubber gloves and a toilet brush, myself.

Comment from beasn
Time: January 18, 2012, 2:25 am

No way they are risking splotching paint anywhere. They weren’t on the ladder that long.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: January 18, 2012, 4:05 pm

“How many more of these stupid campaign photo-ops do I have to stand around for? I am an African Queen, damnit!”

“Barry, please, just a few more pictures and we can go.”

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: January 18, 2012, 6:12 pm

Working backward also helps you focus on the lines and shapes rather than what you assume is right in the word.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: January 18, 2012, 11:53 pm

Careful, Flash. Sickie is watching you……

Comment from unkawill
Time: January 19, 2012, 1:55 am

Oceania,you are quite vile. Please FOAD.

Comment from Oceania
Time: January 19, 2012, 2:16 am

I’m not at all vile – just amused.
You have a word that offends you, and your fellow white countrymen.
It doesn’t offend anyone else, including Africans. I’ve even heard it in your country at the Country Fare Golf Club – Where only the Balls are White.

Comment from Oceania
Time: January 19, 2012, 7:58 am

Something for Sickie 🙂


Comment from original signed
Time: January 19, 2012, 4:46 pm

yeah, looked at the full size and wow that really is shoddy work.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: January 19, 2012, 9:39 pm

That’s right, Oceania, I have a word that offends me. And I have asked you not to use it. Let’s not have an escalating contest of trollery here, mmm?

Comment from Oceania
Time: January 20, 2012, 7:18 am

Hmmm is that an invitation?

Hey Scube!

I found footage of SCAs mum and him in the early days!

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