You know, I'm really beginning to suspect that the White House photographer corps secretly hates the Obama family.
Take this picture, for example: This is an event which, under any circumstances, should be a warm and caring event. And yet, when Samantha Appleton went through her photos to find the right one to upload to the official White House Flickr photostream, she went for a strangely cold Barack Obama, standing next to a nonplussed Michelle.
On its own, it might have been nothing, but I've seen a pretty steady stream of this kind of stuff coming from their Flickr feed over the past few months. A rather unflattering photo of the self-proclaimed new emperor. The befuddled looking Girl Scout reception. The nonchalant seat at the table. A barely-stifled yawn. Some downright juvenile curiosity. And a disembodied piece of insulting paternalism to top it all off.
For it to happen this many times is way outside of the realm of chance, isn't it?
Or could it be that I'm just reading too much into things?
As always, I'll leave it up to you to provide the last word. Don't be shy!
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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama watch as a child lights the Hanukkah candles at a reception in the the White House, Dec. 16, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)