The photo is a computer
manipulation from a picture taken of President Barack Obama and First
Lady Michelle Obama during a commemoration ceremony honoring the
victims of the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. The photo
simply reversed to make it appear as
though they were using their left hands.
The original picture was taken on
September 11, 2009 on
the South Lawn at the White House in Washington DC.
The above photos
are the original on the left and the manipulated flipped version on the
shows both the President and the First Lady with their right hands over
their hearts in traditional salute in remembrance of those who
perished in the attack on America.
With the above side by
side comparison we can see how a prankster manipulated photo with
computer software. Important details were
missed in the process.
1 The hair
of First Lady was parted on the other side in comparison to the
2 At the lower
right of the flipped photo in comparison to the lower left of the
original photo notice the decorations on the US Marine standing behind
the President. On
proper military uniforms ribbons are worn on the left side.
3 Both the President
and Mrs. Obama wear wedding rings on their left hands, which would have
been visible on the original had they used those hands for the salute.
The rings on the right photo were painted onto the fingers.
4 The area in the
yellow circle on the flipped photo looks like the grey tones on the
President's coat are off. The reason for this is that a
rectangular section was selected and flipped to make the buttons on the
coat appear to be on the right side.
5 The final touch at
the yellow arrow was simply selecting the lapel pin and pasting it on
the other lapel and then shading in the area of the right lapel with a
sample of the grey color from that area.
The above photograph
was taken from
a different camera angle of the President and the first lady saluting