Obama Defenders Emerge in Photo Flap
By Garance Franke-Ruta
The Drudge Report has been pushing the story, but Stephen Dinan of the Washington Times today is pushing back against interpretations of a photo from the G-8 meeting in L'Aquila, Italy, that suggest Obama was casting a glance at more than the floor.
"There has been interest in a certain photo of the president during this photo-op, and I have mentioned what I saw from my perspective to several of you, so here it is for everyone," Dinan wrote White House reporters in an unusual next-day addendum to his press pool report on the event Thursday.
"Pooler had eyes on Obama for most of the event, and in particular as they group entered and as the juniors (the teenage student that accompanied each leader) were leaving the stage. I did not see anything from my perspective that looked like the president checking out anyone. I did see him act as traffic cop and keep things running. Obama greeted most, if not all, of the juniors."
Good Morning America this morning ran videotape of the president at the photo shoot with leader's families which appeared to show him looking left and right at the steps on which he and the juniors were to pose, and assisting one young woman with descending a step. It was during this transaction that he looked in the same direction as French President Nicolas Sarkozy and was captured on film.
The video, however, makes clear that Sarkozy's eyes were not as focused as the president's on the stage set-up. See for yourself below:
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