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The link: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/..._language.html

The Heading: Obama's revealing body language (updated and expanded)

I know the writer doesn't care for Obama - but, really - I was saddened when I saw this picture, then the contrast of Bush in a picture later in the article.
post #2 of 27
Typical American Thinker piece.
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Does anyone know the full context of this picture, perhaps consisting of the previous 30 seconds or so? Or do we just get to pride ourselves on our remarkable abilities to draw a moral conclusion from an ambiguous still-shot?
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Originally Posted by Keycube View Post
Does anyone know the full context of this picture, perhaps consisting of the previous 30 seconds or so? Or do we just get to pride ourselves on our remarkable abilities to draw a moral conclusion from an ambiguous still shot?
You have put into words precisely the thought that was trying to form in my head. Thank you.
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HMMMM - and no one would listen when I tried to tell them about the "real" Obama - he's only out for himself and lying about everything to the people that did vote for him.

Sad!
post #6 of 27
Thread Starter 
the White House posted this - maybe they have other pics, too?
http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/Over-Beers/
post #7 of 27
The man is on the Prof. Gate's cane side. How pray tell is he suppose to help him down without knocking his cane out from under him?
post #8 of 27
Substitute Bush for Obama and Obama for Bush and every major media station in this country would have this as their lead story for days.

And there is Officer Crowley, the cop that Barack said acted "stupidly" helping the Professor while His Royal Highness leads the way.
post #9 of 27
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The man is on the Prof. Gate's cane side. How pray tell is he suppose to help him down without knocking his cane out from under him?
I guess Officer Crowley did not "knock his cane out from under him" or we would have heard about it for sure.
post #10 of 27
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Originally Posted by jcat View Post
Typical American Thinker piece.
Bless your heart Tricia.

Now, comment on the subject.
post #11 of 27
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Originally Posted by ckblv View Post
I guess Officer Crowley did not "knock his cane out from under him" or we would have heard about it for sure.
You'll notice Officer Crowley is on Prof. Gatess non cane side, so he is supporting his free arm. On the president's side, Gates is using his cane. It's kind of hard to offer support on the cane side, at least in my experience.
post #12 of 27
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Originally Posted by ckblv View Post
Bless your heart Tricia.

Now, comment on the subject.
At the risk of sounding cynical , the whole photo op looks staged to me, i.e., intended to show that Gates and Crowley had made their peace, but Obama didn't get out of the shot as fast as planned.
post #13 of 27
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45 View Post
HMMMM - and no one would listen when I tried to tell them about the "real" Obama - he's only out for himself and lying about everything to the people that did vote for him.

Sad!
I disagree 110%. I love Obama and mostly agree with the way he's trying to rectify all the problems that were created by the previous administration. I don't see how he is only looking out for himself and lying to the people that voted for him. I voted for him, and I haven't seen any of the lying that Bush did. And this is coming from a person that used to refuse to say the Pledge of Allegiance at school and never truly respected this country until recently (take into consideration my age, and that I wasn't interested in politics when I was like 7 when Clinton was pres ). I can't see how a picture like this would make him look like he's a liar and that he's only looking out for himself. I personally hate pictures like this, who knows what he was doing 15 seconds before/after this picture was taken. He could've tried to help, he could've been doing anything. And how is he going to help him walk with a cane at his side??? . It's like saying one picture tells his life story

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Originally Posted by rahma View Post
The man is on the Prof. Gate's cane side. How pray tell is he suppose to help him down without knocking his cane out from under him?
EXACTLY!!! I'm sure if they were switched he would be helping him get around. What's he going to do, take away his cane to help him walk?

I don't get why everyone is so fueled over this, it's not like he kicked the cane out from under him and pushed him down a flight of stairs and walked away
post #14 of 27
How do you help someone on their cane side? Especially if someone is helping on the other side?

Obviously, a lot of people will have knee-jerk reactions to anything - lots of people did to Bush/Cheney, and now lots of folks have the same reactions to Obama. But, I keep thinking if Gates is like a lot of older folks with canes that I know, he would have bopped Obama on the head if someone messed with his cane!
post #15 of 27
Barack is walking five paces in front not on Gates "cane side".


One would think that Barack would be helping his friend "Skip Gates", but, perhaps Tricia is right.
post #16 of 27
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Originally Posted by darlili View Post
How do you help someone on their cane side? Especially if someone is helping on the other side?

Obviously, a lot of people will have knee-jerk reactions to anything - lots of people did to Bush/Cheney, and now lots of folks have the same reactions to Obama. But, I keep thinking if Gates is like a lot of older folks with canes that I know, he would have bopped Obama on the head if someone messed with his cane!
Haha! That's a good one- reminds me of my grandpa . Don't mess with old people's canes ! You're right, there's always going to be someone that doesn't like what's going on or doesn't agree. We will never have universal agreement (just imagine how boring our world would be then!)
post #17 of 27
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I disagree 110%. I love Obama and mostly agree with the way he's trying to rectify all the problems that were created by the previous administration. I don't see how he is only looking out for himself and lying to the people that voted for him. I voted for him, and I haven't seen any of the lying that Bush did. And this is coming from a person that used to refuse to say the Pledge of Allegiance at school and never truly respected this country until recently (take into consideration my age, and that I wasn't interested in politics when I was like 7 when Clinton was pres ).

:
http://bighollywood.breitbart.com/jj...obama-told-me/

Here is a few of his lies.

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4) “My immediate task is making sure that the second half of that money, $350 billion, is spent properly. That’s my first job.†Press conference February 9, 2009, talking about TARP money.

5) â€It also contains an unprecedented level of transparency and accountability, so that every American will be able to go online and see where and how we’re spending every dime. What it does not contain, however, is a single pet project, not a single earmark, and it has been stripped of the projects members of both parties found most objectionable.†Press conference February 9, 2009 talking about his own economic bill.

6) “Second is recognition of the limits of the judicial role, an understanding that a judge’s job is to interpret, not make law, to approach decisions without any particular ideology or agenda, but rather a commitment to impartial justice…†I thought about putting this first because he was introducing Sotomayor who is on tape saying judges make policy, among other things.

7) “It’s not just enough to change the players. We’ve gotta change the game.†He has appointed over 150 recycled Clintionistas

8) â€I opposed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. It should be repealed and I will vote for its repeal on the Senate floor. I will also oppose any proposal to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban gays and lesbians from marrying.†Either this is a lie or his later position where he opposes gay marriage, take your pick for number eight.

9) “I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community.†In reference to Rev. Wright 42 days before he disowned him.

10) “To those Americans whose support I have yet to earn: I may not have won your vote, but I hear your voices, I need your help, and I will be your President, too.â€
http://www.forbes.com/2009/06/30/oba...-medicare.html

Here is some of his health care lies.

We could go on and on, the shorter question to ask is, when has Barack ever told the truth?
post #18 of 27
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Originally Posted by ckblv View Post
http://bighollywood.breitbart.com/jj...obama-told-me/

Here is a few of his lies.



http://www.forbes.com/2009/06/30/oba...-medicare.html

Here is some of his health care lies.

We could go on and on, the shorter question to ask is, when has Barack ever told the truth?
Wow, didn't know someone would try and change my opinions. Think about it- has there ever been a president or leader of any country that has NEVER told a lie? The best way I can see this is to compare Obama to Bush- who was the bigger liar? Definitely not Obama thus far. There are things that he has done that I don't agree with, but the majority of his presidency this far along I am very happy with. He's trying, he's doing everything in his power to try and get change here as quick as possible. Everyone knows we need some type of change in this country, he took on a very heavy load when he took over for Bush.

Okay, sorry about that little "diddy"- back to the topic.....
post #19 of 27
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Originally Posted by mismaris777 View Post
Wow, didn't know someone would try and change my opinions. Think about it- has there ever been a president or leader of any country that has NEVER told a lie? The best way I can see this is to compare Obama to Bush- who was the bigger liar? Definitely not Obama thus far. There are things that he has done that I don't agree with, but the majority of his presidency this far along I am very happy with. He's trying, he's doing everything in his power to try and get change here as quick as possible. Everyone knows we need some type of change in this country, he took on a very heavy load when he took over for Bush.

Okay, sorry about that little "diddy"- back to the topic.....

NOT all "change" is good change. Taking this country to its' knees is "change", just not good change.

I am not even going to address the comparison you make with President Bush, suffice it to say I disagree.
post #20 of 27
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Originally Posted by mismaris777 View Post
Wow, didn't know someone would try and change my opinions. Think about it- has there ever been a president or leader of any country that has NEVER told a lie? The best way I can see this is to compare Obama to Bush- who was the bigger liar? Definitely not Obama thus far. There are things that he has done that I don't agree with, but the majority of his presidency this far along I am very happy with. He's trying, he's doing everything in his power to try and get change here as quick as possible. Everyone knows we need some type of change in this country, he took on a very heavy load when he took over for Bush.

Okay, sorry about that little "diddy"- back to the topic.....
Just wanted to point out that Bush was in office for 8 years, Obama only 6 months so far. Just give it a few more years before deciding "who was the bigger liar."

And as for the picture...there's no way to tell exactly why each person is in each position. That picture is like a work of art...depending on how you feel about the subjects, your interpretation will be altered.
post #21 of 27
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And as for the picture...there's no way to tell exactly why each person is in each position. That picture is like a work of art...depending on how you feel about the subjects, your interpretation will be altered.

Jupp, that's also how I see it.

Personally I like to think that 15 seconds earlier he held open the door for Sergeant Crowley and Professor Gates and in this picture he's rushing forwards to open the car door for Prof. Gates. Or maybe Obama really is "self-involved and arrogant" and oblivious of his friends needs- this picture won't be able to tell you.

The only thing that can be said about the picture is that the person responsible for the White House Blog didn't do his or her job properly and choose the wrong picture for the site.


... as for the picture of Bush- I'm pretty sure you could find a picure of Bush being self- involved or arrogant, depending on which picture of him out of the millions made you choose.

regards,

Christine
post #22 of 27
Well in the past 6 months, Obama has increased the spending that he claimed he would not do to over 1.5 TRILLION dollars in bail out money, etc. How much more will we be paying in the 4 yrs he will be in office?????

Where does he think the money will come from to pay for all his radical health care costs let alone the other stuff he's poured money in? That's right - the TAXPAYER - you and me and your next door neighbor.

He's lied so much you can't see the truth any more.
post #23 of 27
For all you people who are giving Obama a pass because he's walking on the "cane side" of Prof. Gates...well, obviously you've never walked with a cane. I have, and do when my MS flairs up in my legs. I can tell you that it's actually more helpful to have assistance on the "cane side" as that's used to equal out the weight distribution so that leg/foot/ankle/knee isn't supporting as much. It's easier to use the arm of a person as support than to push on a cane for support.

I guess this photo just really shows that if you profess to already "love him" than whatever he's doing is understandable and/or explained away.

Forget the opinion piece that accompanies the original link. Obama said that Prof. Gates is an old friend of his. The man who is helping him down the stairs, before the "beer summit" to iron out their differences (it says on the White House blog that they were going to the Rose Garden) is the man who arrested him due to supposed "racial profiling" days earlier. I can't imagine treating an old friend that way on the way out to the garden for drinks, whether they be beer or tea or fruit punch. At the very least even if he didn't want assistance I would walk with him, at his pace. Maybe that's just me.
post #24 of 27
So, I guess it is safe to say that Barack wasn't rushing to open a car door for his friend Skip Gates?

Yes, I have always thought it was good manners to adjust your pace to the disabled person's pace.
post #25 of 27
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Originally Posted by valanhb View Post
For all you people who are giving Obama a pass because he's walking on the "cane side" of Prof. Gates...well, obviously you've never walked with a cane. I have, and do when my MS flairs up in my legs. I can tell you that it's actually more helpful to have assistance on the "cane side" as that's used to equal out the weight distribution so that leg/foot/ankle/knee isn't supporting as much. It's easier to use the arm of a person as support than to push on a cane for support.

I guess this photo just really shows that if you profess to already "love him" than whatever he's doing is understandable and/or explained away.

Forget the opinion piece that accompanies the original link. Obama said that Prof. Gates is an old friend of his. The man who is helping him down the stairs, before the "beer summit" to iron out their differences (it says on the White House blog that they were going to the Rose Garden) is the man who arrested him due to supposed "racial profiling" days earlier. I can't imagine treating an old friend that way on the way out to the garden for drinks, whether they be beer or tea or fruit punch. At the very least even if he didn't want assistance I would walk with him, at his pace. Maybe that's just me.
No, it's not just you. It is what any compassionate person would do. Character does matter, and it shows over and over again that Obama is a man out for himself.

Hey, I thought they were meeting at the picnic table? What happened to that plan?
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So, I guess it is safe to say that Barack wasn't rushing to open a car door for his friend Skip Gates?
Thanks! In that case I'll presume he was rushing ahead to offer his friend a chair for their tea time in the Rose Garden

regards,

Christine
post #27 of 27
A picture may be worth a thousand words (looks like we are over that now!) but the truth is priceless. God knows none of us has it in regards to this picture.

How infantile to second guess.

What's next, a random picture of a car accident and we all decide which driver was at fault?
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