Yesterday, I wrote about President Obama posing for Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt’s “selfy” at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service.
The article I based that post on was from the UK’s Daily Mail, a site I’m well used to by now. I’m comfortable with the quality of journalism there that I oftentimes use it as reliable source.
But that doesn’t mean I trust it completely. I don’t give any news outlet – or person, for that matter – my full faith. Everyone’s fallible with some level of agenda, which is why God gave us individual brains to use instead of one giant collective, socialist think tank.
I try to use my own personal individual brain whenever possible, even when reading dirt about people I don’t care for.
So I remained somewhat skeptical while I read the following paragraphs from the Daily Mail piece:
“As the trio posed for the mobile phone snap, Obama's wife Michelle sat alongside her husband looking somewhat stony faced.
“Her mood didn't improve as Mr Obama and Ms Thorning-Schmidt talked through the order of service and shared a joke.
“And it seems that the frosty faced First Lady was so unimpressed with her husband's behaviour that she eventually put an end to the fun.
“A photo sequence which later went viral online appears to show Michelle swapping seats to sit between Barack and Ms Thorning-Schmidt.”
(Sorry about the spelling and grammar “mistakes;” it is British after all.)
The article showed plenty of proof of Mrs. Obama looking rigidly irritated with the conduct, so I threw mention of that factoid into my blog. But it didn’t have any visual account of the “photo sequence which later went viral online… show[ing] Michelle swapping seats to sit between Barack and Ms Thorning-Schmidt.” So I refrained from making any such mention myself, figuring that the conservative publication was spreading rumors instead of reporting facts.
Thanks to today’s New York Post, however, it seems that my caution was understandable but ultimately incorrect. It has a snapshot of Michelle Obama sitting cheerlessly between her suddenly solemn husband and a Danish prime minister who’s engrossed with her phone.
And judging by the hundreds of hits my insignificant little blog post got yesterday, the whole entire world is talking about it.
Looks like somebody’s going to be sleeping on the presidential couch for a while.