Top of the Ticket

Political commentary from the LA Times

« Previous Post | Top of the Ticket Home | Next Post »

Smile! Obama's amazingly consistent facial expression

October 5, 2009 |  4:32 pm

President Barack Obama has had plenty of face time in front of cameras over the last year. With all those hours spent in front of flash bulbs, Obama appears to have perfected his pose.

Like seriously perfected. Like he turns into a wax sculpture.

Take a look at the video shown at the top of this post. Say "Cheese!"

The photos were taken on Sept. 23 at an Obama reception being held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Eric Spiegelman pulled them from U.S. State Department's Flickr page and edited them into the video.

You might remember Spiegelman for another video he did recently -- a time-lapse of the Station fire. In addition to the random Web videos, Spiegelman produces the Internet show Old Jews Telling Jokes.

After clicking through the State Department's photo gallery, Spiegelman almost instantly recognized the humor in the pictures.

"I was looking through them and thought, man, the President's smile looks really similar in each of these photos," Spiegelman wrote in an e-mail. "And he must have held that smile for a couple hours. Amazing."

"Ladies and gentlemen, your President is a robot," Spiegelman wrote on the video's description page. "Or a wax sculpture. Maybe a cardboard cutout. All I know is no human being has a photo smile this amazingly consistent."

Spiegelman later speculated in an e-mail that every U.S. president elected since the camera was invented has similarly developed a trusty smile, but that the Obama administration is the first one to make all of his photos accessible.

Either way, we're searching for a man-sized sheet of cardboard and a pair of scissors. Anyone want a picture with the president?

-- Mark Milian

Give yourself a smile by clicking here for Twitter alerts of each Ticket item click here. Or follow us @latimestot. We're also on Facebook

Comments 

Advertisement










Video