Video: Did Obama send cardboard cutout to UN?

posted at 3:35 pm on September 25, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Well, if this isn’t an analogy for an empty-suit presidency, nothing will suffice. It’s too good to be true and so almost certainly isn’t, but as this rapid-fire look at 130 photographs from the UN this week shows, it’s hard not to draw the conclusion that the POTUS has a COTUS. Watch the frozen image of Barack Obama’s face on your first pass, and then check the position of his hands on your second pass:

Barack Obama’s amazingly consistent smile from Eric Spiegelman on Vimeo.

The grin is almost Chesire Cat-like, staying in a fixed position in every shot while the angle of the camera moves. The hands stay in exact position in relation to the body. The angle of the head doesn’t change over 130 frames, either. Either that’s a cardboard cutout, or like most politicians, Obama has learned to pose brilliantly, which is how he got elected President, after all. And hey, as an analogy, either option works for me.

My mythbuster rating? I’d say: plausible. However, it would be pretty hard to pull this off without getting complaints from the others posing in the pictures, so I’m skeptical … but laughing pretty hard at it.


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Maybe it’s wax.

JellyToast on September 25, 2009 at 4:26 PM

I think I saw an eyebrow move — once — and his left thumb seems to move.

Y-not on September 25, 2009 at 4:26 PM

Or an Obama love doll. They are getting pretty sophisticated these days.

JellyToast on September 25, 2009 at 4:27 PM

Real or cardboard cutout, what’s the difference?

The cardboard cutout is at least 2 dimentional. More than can be said for Giggles.

crazy_legs on September 25, 2009 at 4:27 PM

Definitely some left hand movement there

Claymation.

Haunches on September 25, 2009 at 4:28 PM

Ah hah, Barry being a robot explains the whole birth certificate and transcripts issue. I see. Right there in plain sight too. Aren’t we dumb?

New from Honda…….The ASSimo.

omnipotent on September 25, 2009 at 4:28 PM

Either way,, it’s just one more creepy video to add to the list.

JellyToast on September 25, 2009 at 4:28 PM

“..it’s hard not to draw the conclusion that the POTUS has a COTUS. “

..but has he had COITUS?

(I am sorry; that was my “evil side” acting up.)

VoyskaPVO on September 25, 2009 at 4:28 PM

The cardboard cutout is at least 2 dimentional. More than can be said for Giggles.

crazy_legs on September 25, 2009 at 4:27 PM

Frankly, that’s awesome! Thanx for the laugh….

omnipotent on September 25, 2009 at 4:29 PM

The President signed a Presidential order today bringing all of the existing defense computers into a single Network, codenamed Sky Net.

and in unrelated news, theres a new name added to the FBIs most wanted list, one Sarah Conner….

Romeo13 on September 25, 2009 at 4:30 PM

A cardboard cutout would have made a better speech.

Let’s send a cardboard cutout of John Bolton next time!

Steve Z on September 25, 2009 at 4:30 PM

I’d call it a fake Obama, but that’d be redundant.

ornery_independent on September 25, 2009 at 4:31 PM

Or an Obama love doll. They are getting pretty sophisticated these days.

Is Chrissy Matthews missing his new toy?

crazy_legs on September 25, 2009 at 4:31 PM

Frankly, that’s awesome! Thanx for the laugh….

:Bows: Thank you thank you!

crazy_legs on September 25, 2009 at 4:32 PM

The right eye is always watching.

joshlbetts on September 25, 2009 at 4:36 PM

Memorex

JusDreamin on September 25, 2009 at 4:37 PM

Domo Alegato, Mr. Roboto!

pilamaye on September 25, 2009 at 4:38 PM

This is Sooooo funny!

deidre on September 25, 2009 at 4:40 PM

I couldn’t resist:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2453/3953451889_967446e17a.jpg

Reenactment of The Far Side…

DrewbieDoo on September 25, 2009 at 4:42 PM

Is it just me or does Michelle just Tower over almost every other dignitary there?

TexasTea on September 25, 2009 at 4:43 PM

This is hilarious, although it can be explained. I’ve said it here before: Obama is a narcissist. I know that because I was raised by one. [By the way, it's been said that no child of a narcissist is afraid of dying and going to hell, because they've already been there. But I digress.]

I could take 130 photos of my mother, over 30 years, and make a video that would be very similar to this one. Her smile is the same in virtually every photo she’s ever taken. She never takes a bad picture by the way–and Obama seldom does, either.

labwriter on September 25, 2009 at 4:49 PM

This is just funny. Why draw anything from it? We have real reasons to dislike the administration.

toliver on September 25, 2009 at 4:51 PM

He does stoop slightly with the short people only.

RobCon on September 25, 2009 at 4:53 PM

If an e-mail that I just received about Barry’s Occidental College school records is true, I may be wrong and the Obama truthers may be correct.

Johan Klaus on September 25, 2009 at 4:56 PM

Maybe it’s not just Obama. Maybe they’re all cutouts. Maybe the UN is so obsolete that no one actually attends any more.

petefrt on September 25, 2009 at 4:58 PM

i bet he practices in the mirror for hours

alexraye on September 25, 2009 at 4:59 PM

Two possibilities:

– Multiple cardboard cutouts.

– Digital imaging/Photoshop

TXUS on September 25, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Rigor TOTUS, master poser. He’s cutthroat, not cutout. A soulless, lifeless, sociopath. Some sociopaths become mass murderers. Some become mass manipulators. Ours is a bitter cipher.

His will be a hard, desperate, Shakespearian fall. Bank on it.

Western_Civ on September 25, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Watch the frozen image of Barack Obama’s face on your first pass, and then check the position of his hands on your second pass:

Just looks strange because they placed each picture on top of the next by positioning it by his face on top of his face. Not the picture edges. Thats why everything else moves around (curtain in the background) while his face is always on top of his face. Looks faked but most likely very real.

Greed on September 25, 2009 at 5:07 PM

Looks like a paper tiger to me.

redwhiteblue on September 25, 2009 at 5:09 PM

Does this mean we should be looking for a manufacturers warranty and not a birth certificate?

katy on September 25, 2009 at 5:09 PM

Well, that’s entertaining, but my older brother as had the exact same expression on his face in every formal pic taken of him for 20 years. And he ot even a politician.

Hucklebuck on September 25, 2009 at 5:23 PM

It’s a very large sock puppet, but Soros had to go to the bathroom.

SPOTUS.

Dhuka on September 25, 2009 at 5:44 PM

This is so funny. I would be hard pressed to have the same smile over two pictures, let alone 130.

kagai on September 25, 2009 at 5:46 PM

No, it’s just a life sized superhero action figure….

jeridhill on September 25, 2009 at 5:53 PM

Positively creepy. Imagine how many hours went to practicing that in front of Bill Ayers’ mirror.

Rational Thought on September 25, 2009 at 5:56 PM

However, it would be pretty hard to pull this off without getting complaints from the others posing in the pictures, so I’m skeptical…

You’re kidding, right? I’ve seen nuts line up to take a photo with a COTUS – what makes you think those tosspots at the UN would be any different?

gopmom on September 25, 2009 at 6:15 PM

He’s like the Cialis Guy.

LibTired on September 25, 2009 at 6:22 PM

Sorry… Smiling Bob… the Enzyte Guy.

LibTired on September 25, 2009 at 6:24 PM

If you watch there are a few where you see the cheeks at very slightly heights — but it is still spooky!

LifeTrek on September 25, 2009 at 6:29 PM

Maybe it’s a doppelganger.

My collie says:

Somebody should check to see if he has a reflection in the mirror.

CyberCipher on September 25, 2009 at 6:57 PM

Who needs cardboard? Obama is as fake as they come!

marklmail on September 25, 2009 at 6:58 PM

One of the creepiest things I’ve seen – evah!

TinMan13 on September 25, 2009 at 7:21 PM

Does this mean we should be looking for a manufacturers warranty and not a birth certificate?

katy on September 25, 2009 at 5:09 PM

+1

SouperConservative on September 25, 2009 at 7:37 PM

It does seem to be real.

Here are the original photos:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/statephotos/sets/72157622444106644/

Alana on September 25, 2009 at 7:57 PM

It’s really him folks.

He really is a flaming narcissist.

Not hard to believe he spent MAJOR TIME in front of a mirror polishing and perfecting his ‘official pose’ so he can mentally be doing something else while posing for endless pictures.

Like thinking about the next thing he can apologize for on behalf of America.

manofaiki on September 25, 2009 at 8:22 PM

Obama has learned to pose brilliantly, which is how he got elected President

The Grand Illuison:

Coached by George Clooney & Oprah. The Greek Collums, AF1 buzz over NYC, the non-stop camera time, plants at his town halls…

TN Mom on September 25, 2009 at 8:43 PM

I’m the originator of Cardboard Cut-out Obama. I’ve done videos on it as well as Hands On Obama. This is the one I did today, but I even have a newer one I just added. BTW, it’s NOT photoshop!

No Niks on September 25, 2009 at 10:52 PM

I’m new to the Harry Potter series since I wanted to wait and read them with my oldest. She is on book one while I have started book two. I’m only 100 pages into it, and I can see plain as day that:

Obama IS Gilderoy Lockhart

What an empty suit!! My other literary character for Obama is

Shift from The Last Battle.

Which do you think is more appropriate, my fellow readers?

WWCathodeRay on September 25, 2009 at 11:40 PM

Gilderoy Lockhart. He’s nowhere as bright as Shift.

theCork on September 26, 2009 at 12:50 AM

Nope…his left thumb moves. Watch it again.

toetotoetotoe on September 25, 2009 at 3:37 PM

Don’t tell Michelle.

unclesmrgol on September 26, 2009 at 12:51 AM

On your third pass pay attention to Michelle’s arms. Actually, just to be on the safe side you should always know where Michelle’s arms are.

Advocate For Change on September 26, 2009 at 4:26 AM

I find the one where Michelle is next to him funny because he looks like he does not even know she is there.

If you look at them all, when Michelle is there, it is actually the biggest gap between him and the person in the middle. I guess someone had some BO.

WoosterOh on September 26, 2009 at 5:32 AM

Gilderoy Lockhart. He’s nowhere as bright as Shift.

theCork on September 26, 2009 at 12:50 AM

Or, could Rahm Emanual or Valerie Jarrett be Shift and Obama be cast as Puzzle?
Also we need someone to play the underhanded brains of the operation, namely Ginger the cat. That is, if the analogy holds that someone is “operating” Obama.

WWCathodeRay on September 26, 2009 at 9:05 AM

Since Friday’s first post about Barack Obama personal checks, I’ve been naming posts using phrases from All Your Base Are Belong to Us.

This proves I was right.

You Have No Chance to Survive Make Your Time

tree hugging sister on September 26, 2009 at 11:28 AM

I love AYBABTU! What a crackup.

WWCathodeRay on September 26, 2009 at 2:50 PM

Testing.

Kralizec on September 26, 2009 at 9:39 PM

Yeah, it`s the Bummer awright.

But I see a bright future for him after his failed presidency.

He would make a great male model for men`s suits in one of those catalogues!

Okay, ONLINE catalogues . . . .

I need to write the White House about what kinda toothpaste Obama is using cuz it is just fabulous!

Yeah, baby, yeah!

Sherman1864 on September 26, 2009 at 10:13 PM

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