White House releases photo of Obama-Romney handshake, Twitterers thoroughly weirded out

As Twitchy reported, President Obama and Mitt Romney met today at the White House for a lunch summit. While the media were sadly kept away from the summit and forced to dream up lunch conversations, we were fortunate enough to eventually get a peek at Obama and Romney making nice in the Oval office.



The men reportedly promised to keep in touch. Just like buddies!






The Twitter consensus seemed to be that the photo could best be described as incredibly awkward:









A body language expert apparently agrees with that assessment:


Maybe so. But the body language isn’t the only thing about that picture that didn’t sit well with people. Some notice that there was something else about the photo that seemed … off:




Just who was that mysterious doorway lurker?



Perhaps Photoshop can shed some light on the mystery:


Or maybe it’s this guy:

Definitely could be him. Even though the president is all set to jet off to Hawaii for a three-week vacation, the fiscal cliff is always lurking.

  • pinkelephant22

    It’s “awkward” because Obama’s standing closest to the door w/Romney closest to the desk … as it should’ve been.

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      I just noticed that he’s standing on top of the Seal. I don’t think I could bring myself to do that.

      • Jeff Douglas

        It’s easy to do when you have no respect for the office. Speaking of which he’s probably grinding Clinton’s DNA further into the rug.

  • TwitWit

    Mitt looks good standing next to that desk.. ah. What could’ve been.

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      I’m surprised Baraka had his sleeves rolled down and jacket on.

    • Tony0920

      in a perfect world.

      • Hiraghm

        In a perfect world, Romney would have worn a dress (being Michele Bachmann, instead) and Obama would be wearing pink prison stripes.

  • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

    So what does Obama having his hand in his pocket while shaking hands mean?

    (I mean, other than the obvious “pocket pool”)

    • Hiraghm

      no belt.

    • $18912735

      Because right before the shot, he had his hand in Romney’s pocket. Trust me, he’ll be going back in for more… much more.

  • DRomani

    POTUS, “Hey Mitt, could you give me a few tips on how to straighten out the budget?” Romney, “Sure, just as soon as you leave office!”

  • radjahshelduck

    That’s not a guy creeping in the background. It’s the ghost of the boy who died in the White House right before they started filming Three Men and a Baby.

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      Great pull on that one! You’re in the Dennis Miller Zone now!

  • Tony0920

    Feng Shui bookcase insert. Always the pop Pres.

  • Tony0920

    OK, who’s gonna take credit for all the erroneous “down ones”? Friggin libtrolls

  • Lin Jarvis

    I hope Mitt brought hand sanitizer.

  • jaazee

    That photo explains why Romney lost. He had “lunch” with a man who hates everything he stands for in America, white,& very successful Obama wins again with a great “phony” Christi bi-partisan photo-op. The GOP learned nothing from 2012.

  • DizzyMissL

    There is no way that I would EVER have lunch with Obama. Romney is a fool.

  • KansasGirl

    I see a decent man, and standing next to him is O.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rafael.penariosribero Rafael Eduardo Peña-Rios Riber

    O: you’ll see Mitt, Im gonna make you eat those words that i dont do a thing *romney leaves* whew, having lunch sure takes your energy. Hey family, guess what? VACATION TIME!!!

  • http://treeofmamre.wordpress.com/ John Scotus

    The body language says it all. Obama bows to foreign leaders, but gives a stiff handshake and leaves his other hand in his pocket when greeting a national dignitary.

  • $18912735

    Almost certainly, the “lurker” is Al Gore. He’s been lurking around the White House since 2000.

  • patriot fan

    Mitt looks like he belongs in the office. He should be in the office. If you don’t pay taxes you shouldn’t be able to vote , no skin in the game.

  • patriot fan

    so whomever certifies the electoral votes for the states can still give Romney electoral votes? Can they divide them up like the delegates in the nomination of the candidates? States haven’t offically turned in the electoral votes yet. Yea I know…just a big dream.

  • $23629333

    Where’s the picture of Joe Biden joining them – clad only in shorts and slippers?

    Apparently, Joe joined them after his session with the resident body man.* While Joe and Mitt Romney ate lunch, the President had his session.

    (* is it still Reggie Love?)

  • Stephanie Warren

    looks like obama’s being a sore winner and rubbing it in.