This photo came to me via a Facebook story link late Wednesday. The story itself was a bit of White House manipulation attempting to portray First Lady Michelle Obama as a darker toned version of Jackie Kennedy – as if wearing nearly 50 thousand dollars worth of garish diamond jewelry during a lavish New York City DNC fundraiser at a time when the nation is mired in the worst economy in generations, would go over well with average just-trying-to-survive America.
Beyond the inane attempted purpose of the story, was the photo itself – for it was the photo that left me contemplating the clearly forced body language of the First Couple. I was also struck by the rather shocking outline of President Obama’s hunched back, an image in stark contrast to the young, athletic, soon-to-be-leader-of-the-free-world that voters were repeatedly hammered with by the mainstream media throughout the 2008 election cycle. But let us stick with the First Couple for now, and what appears to be a photo showing a relationship having grown very-very cold.
Note the distance between their bodies, the side kiss, the near grimace of Michelle Obama, how stiff the shoulders and arms of the president appear. (Steve Urkel anyone?) Trouble in paradise? Certainly there have been whispers and the occasional speculative news reports of such. No photo yet though has so clearly captured the seeming truth of such speculation. It is the kind of kiss most often seen given unwillingly by suffering children to the odd and strange smelling older family member during the holidays.
It would appear the economy is not the only thing failing President Obama these days…
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