Video: Did Obama send cardboard cutout to UN?

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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David Strom 10:41 AM on February 02, 2023