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from Oddly Enough Blog:

That’s really subtle, dudes!

It's time once again for an episode of our popular feature, Stuff Maybe We Should Have Mentioned in the Caption, But Didn't.

Yesterday they shot the group photo of the world leaders who participated in a summit in L'Aquila, Italy.

Our actual caption on this photo here tells us that President Barack Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy  "take their places with junior G8 delegates for a family photo..."

I guess it didn't occur to us to mention that something far more interesting is going on here, and that Obama and Sarkozy aren't giving their fullest attention to finding their places for the group photo.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Abe Lincoln, the Big Cheese!

Happy July 4th, Blog Guy. I just saw an Abe Lincoln statue made of cheese. Isn't that disrespectful?

No. If you know your history, you know Lincoln was a passionate cheese enthusiast.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Don’t turn around, Mr. President!

It's me, Blog Guy, the aspiring photojournalist you've been mentoring. Congratulate me, I just shot my first presidential event, and here's my shot! What do you think?

Um, it's pretty much in focus, I'll say that for it.


Good use of depth-of-field. I like those lights in the background.

Thanks. What else? Don't be afraid to be critical.

Well, I was just wondering, did  you shoot from the same angle as the other photographers?

from Oddly Enough Blog:

SWAT team at the White House?

Blog Guy, have you seen that video of President Barack Obama killing a fly with his bare hands?

Sure. I've watched it 82 times so far. It's important footage because of the history of presidents and insects.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Let’s take a load off until a taxi comes by…

Ooookay, guys, I'll admit it was a dumb idea to just drop by the ambassador's residence here in Paris without calling first, but who knew he'd be out on a weeknight?

Y'know, he told me to come by if I was ever in France, but I guess folks always say that.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Indiana Obama and the Bail-Out of Gold!

Mr. Spielberg, I know we didn't plan to make any more Indiana Jones movies, but this opportunity is just too good to pass up.

Forget about Harrison Ford. We're recasting the part with - are you ready? - President Barack Obama!

from Oddly Enough Blog:

What’s wrong with this picture?

Blog Guy, can you clear something up for me? I saw photos of President Barack Obama and other major European leaders at the D-Day ceremonies in France, but there is one guy in a uniform who isn't identified.

Yes, I noticed that, too. I believe he is Captain Kangaroo.

Excuse me? Why would Captain Kangaroo be with world leaders?

He was a war hero in World War II, fighting alongside actor Lee Marvin. So it makes sense.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Just drive in circles while I finish my candy bar!

This photo from yesterday, showing a presidential snack, has me baffled.

See, the president just landed in Germany on Air Force One. He gets off the plane and into his limo, and suddenly, HE'S EATING A CANDY BAR!

Hold on! They don't have food for him on his plane? Was there a vending machine on the tarmac and he just couldn't resist some rich chocolaty nougat goodness, or what?

from DealZone:

Driven to the brink

fritz1In Detroit, it is a fact of life that you are what you drive.

GM and Chrysler have staked their future -- and some $20 billion of taxpayer-backed loans -- on the idea that they can reinvent themselves as lean, green and mean manufacturers of small and fuel-efficient cars and electric-drive vehicles.

That's a vision that resonates with the Obama administration, which has announced an ambitious target of putting 1 million plug-in hybrid cars like the much-touted Chevy Volt on the road by 2010.

from Tales from the Trail:

Gaffes and protocol slips in the Obama/”Buden” White House

It's May 4th, but the White House decided to celebrate Cinco de Mayo (the fifth of May) a day early.
    That's not exactly a breach of protocol, but introducing the Mexican ambassador and then not letting him speak kind of is.
USA/OBAMA    That's what President Barack Obama did on Monday at a White House ceremony to highlight the Mexican holiday.
    "Welcome to Cinco de Cuatro -- Cinco de Mayo at the White House," Obama told a group of mostly Hispanic guests at the executive mansion. "We are a day early, but we always like to get a head start here at the Obama White House."
    After making brief remarks Obama introduced the Mexican ambassador, Arturo Sarukhan, and his wife, Valencia.
    But as Sarukhan made his way to the podium, the president and first lady Michelle Obama made their way into the crowd and started shaking hands.
    As crowds go, shaking hands with Barack Obama has a way of trumping speeches from Mexican ambassadors, so the noise level in the White House's Grand Foyer rose and the ambassador looked like he wasn't going to get to that speech.
    Whoops. The president realized his mistake, stopped shaking hands, and came back to the podium to urge quiet.
    "In an incredible breach of protocol, I introduced my good friend, the Ambassador, but he has greetings from the people of Mexico," Obama said. "So I take complete responsibility for that.  I apologize.  Will everybody please settle down, and let's hear from our Ambassador from Mexico."
    Applause, applause, and all was well. Sarukhan delivered his remarks and the crowd went back to partying.
    The gaffe was not the only one to come out of the White House on Monday. Earlier in the day Vice President Biden's office sent out a statement that it had to correct minutes later. The mistake? The boss's name was misspelled.
    "Vice President Buden Kicks Off $32 million Renovation and Restoration of Wilimington Train Station" the announcement read.

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Photo credit: Reuters/Yuri Gripas (Obama with Sarukhan)