“Look at the size of his head compared to the size of the head of everybody else in the room. Even people standing in the back of the room, their heads are bigger than his head,” Fischer said on his show Focal Point. “And it looks teeny-tiny next to the people that he’s sitting next to. He looks kind of hunched over and small.”
He continued: “Frankly I think that got photoshopped in after deal. I think Obama’s approach was, ‘Hey, if this thing goes south, I don’t want to be in the room. I don’t want to be anywhere near this thing if it blows up. If it succeeds, if it’s an outstanding success, then photoshop me in there.’”
Obama photoshopped into Bin Laden situation room photo.
FACT: Photoshop is a program that can be used to alter photos.
FACT: Judging by what Fox News says about Obama’s vacations and golfing, it’s completely believable that Obama would’ve been slacking off during one of the most critical moments of his presidency.
ALLEGATION: It is alleged Obama was on the couch sleeping off a big night of partying instead of calling in the Marines during Benghazi, which would also suggest that he was AWOL during the Bin Laden raid. Though it should be pointed out that some theories attribute Obama’s unwillingness to call in the Marines to allegations that Obama himself planned and orchestrated Benghazi as global head of Al Qaeda.
The Onion was able to photoshop Romney into the same photo, so clearly it can be done:
The Onion put Romney into this photo. Can you tell it’s a fake?
These are the facts of the case. Are there counterfactuals that disprove Fischer’s theory?
No. There are none.
The Obama administration has offered NO PROOF that they didn’t photoshop the photo in question.
The only proof that Obama was in the situation room, other than the photo, is the statements of senior administration and military figures, all of whom report to Obama and would cover for him. For all we know, they could be covering to hide the fact that Cheney is still running the military and intelligence community through his shadow government, something the Democrats certainly wouldn’t want to come out, as it would make Obama look weak.
If Obama really were responsible for killing Bin Laden, well then certainly he would have had some huge ceremony and declared MISSION ACCOMPLISHED, as per precedent. Since he didn’t do this, there’s obviously something fishy.
The choice is between believing that Obama orchestrated and was responsible for the successful killing of Bin Laden, something that Bush and Cheney were unable to do in 7 years, and that somehow Obama wasn’t involved despite being commander-in-cheif. While Bryan Fischer may not be technically accurate, there are no counterfactuals to disprove his theory that Obama was photoshopped into the Bin Laden situation room. And furthermore it fits with what many in the Tea Party already believe. So we rate his claim Sure, Why Not.
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