The picture of President Barack Obama putting his hand in front of the head of state next to him during a UN photo shoot Tuesday night has circulated on the Internet, and FNC’s Bret Baier on Wednesday evening ran video, of what he described as Obama’s “photo fail,” taking place.
Baier explained how “Obama’s hand completely obscured the man standing next to him who happened to be the President of Mongolia. The well-timed shot was so good, a lot of folks actually thought it was photo-shopped. It was not.”
Obama’s wave happens 15 seconds into the video below.
ABC and NBC came to Obama’s defense in showing the still shot Wednesday night, with NBC anchor Brian Williams asserting “you can call this photo the cost of good intentions.” On ABC’s World News, Diane Sawyer insisted there was “no harm,” announcing:
One funny moment from a formal photo at the United Nations. President Obama decided to wave to someone during a photo of heads of state. His hand completely blocking the President of Mongolia standing next to him. No harm. In the next picture you can see everybody’s smile.
Baier, during his September 21 “Grapevine” segment:
President Obama had a photo fail during a United Nations group picture Tuesday night. The attendees smiled, the cameras flashed, as you see here, but after a while President Obama had enough of the flash bulbs. He raised his hand and joked photographers had to have gotten at least one good shot.
But at that exact moment, President Obama's hand completely obscured the man standing next to him who happened to be the President of Mongolia. The well-timed shot was so good, a lot of folks actually thought it was photo-shopped. It was not.