Bush’s Potty Break

Ken AshfordBush & Co., Right Wing Punditry/IdiocyLeave a Comment

PottybreakI wasn’t going to touch it, but now I must.

By now, I’m sure many of you have heard about the Reuters photo, which shows Bush writing an important message to Condi Rice as the two of them are sitting in conference at the U.N.  Just in case you haven’t, I will (against my better judgment) post it here.

This is the "zoomed" version of the photo.

I don’t find it all that hysterical, except maybe for the fact that Bush’s first sentence ("I think I may need a bathroom break") is in the form of a question.  What’s Condi going to say?  "Yes, George, you are in need of a bathroom break"?

But the reason I’ve decided to post about it, and the thing I find truly hysterical, is how the posters at The Free Republic (the "Freepers") are deadly serious in their belief that the photo is fake.  Here’s one typical comment:

Saved the file to disk and opened with Phtotshop Elements.

The first thing that appears odd is a "shadow" next to the ear. It is visible at 100% zomm – but – if you can, zoom in!! You will notice that it is only the ear – the cheek doe not cast a similar "shadow" – furthermore at 1600% zoom – the "shadow" has white space between the ear and the shadow . . .

The next things that bothers me is the size of the hand. It seems to be out of proportion.

AND – the ONLY two things that are "in focus" is the "note" and the hand with a pencil – however – the papers leading away from the the bottom are uniformly blurred (should get more blurry the farther away from the lens (IIRC has something to do with focal length and appature settings)

just noticed one more point – there is white space between the finger and the letters printed behind it – the should just "run into" the finger, instead there is a gap.

One more point reagrding the "shadow" – look at the shadow cast by the pencil – and the papers – all of them appear to indicate that the light source is directly above – the "shadow" from the "president’s" ear however would have been caused by a sorce from behind – however, notice that the back of the "president" is dark – not brightly lit!

Now that’s comedy…

Freepers, get a life.