Off Teleprompter: Obama's Suck-Up Joke To Clooney Fails Fact Check
More proof our brilliant president is absolutely lost without his teleprompter:
You might have heard that President Barack Obama attended a $40,000-a-head fundraiser at George Clooney’s Hollywood home last night. And did you hear the story the president told about the iconic “Hope” poster that became the emblem of his 2008 campaign and that hangs in Clooney’s house? Obama recounted how it was based on a photo of him and Clooney at an event for the humanitarian crisis in Darfur. “This is the first time that George Clooney has actually been photoshopped out of a picture,” the president quipped. “Never happened before, will never happen again.”
Funny, right? There was just one problem. Obama was wrong.
AP via Fishbowl DC:
In fact, the artist who created the poster, Shepard Fairey, used another photograph of Obama but said he relied on the Obama-Clooney picture to avoid a copyright infringement case with The Associated Press. He pleaded guilty in February to criminal contempt for fabricating and destroying evidence.
Don't hold your breath waiting for comedy cowards Jon Stewart and 'SNL' to jump all over this. Way too much comedy fodder surrounding the Washington Post's discredited story about what Mitt Romney did a half-century ago in high school.