posted on May, 3 2011 @ 12:43 PM
I don't think it's a photoshop job, let me address some of the questions posed thusfar:
1. Reactions. Everyone reacts differently to traumatic events. It's really hard to judge the veracity of the photo on that basis. We don't even
know exactly what is happening on the screen. This could be any point in the op, from gate crashing to inspecting the corpse(s).
I would venture to guess (being too lazy to research, that is) that many of those people have sat in on live ops before, and having done so would
'steel their nerves' so to speak.
2. Lighting. Pres.Obama's right side is against the wall. You can see on the wall there is a directed lightsource running down the wall. This is going
to change the lighting on him compared to others in different positions, especially those standing who are closer to overhead lighting. Wiki has a
good picture of the lighting scheme of the room:
Sit. Room Lighting
3. Height/Position. This was my first question as well. If photoshopped, it was done with no strange pixels left over, no incongruities to see. But
why have him low in the corner? Also, I saw the back of a chair behind him. Why is there a kiddie chair in the Situation Room? So in researching the
room, wikicommons had the answer:
I imagine the low chairs are for aides and the like, who are positioned lower/out of the line of sight of the people directly involved in the
briefing. (Most likely to minimize distractions). Since this was clearly not a normal/formal meeting, Pres. Obama probably grabbed the low chair so
he could sit right next to the uniformed IT/Comm guy, and see his screen up close at some point. The big armed chair would have been awkward in the
corner, and the President wouldn't have had as good a view of the screen.
Sometimes a picture is just a picture. While much of what they give us is lies, not everything is.
edit on 3-5-2011 by blamethegreys because: strange leftover words from my draft