‘Brandishes phone at Putin!’ WH releases baffling pic of Obama phone call; Most disturbing part?

The Guardian’s Paul Lewis and India Knight of The Sunday Times were both baffled by the White House’s release of a photo of President Obama’s phone call with Vladimir Putin. Why release it? Because, he’s super serious you guys! See, he’s totally on the case, even if only his empty chair attended the national security meeting on Saturday.

But what did the White House neglect to mention?

Ha!

Still, he’s super scary and strong, right?

Boom. Next up: Sternly worded letter.

Giggles.

Wall Street Journal columnist and AEI fellow Sadanand Dhume  attempted to explain why the photo was released.

Snort. So there’s that. What an accomplishment.

Others noticed something awfully disturbing about the photo.

Jeans diplomacy.

Aside from the jeans and the phone, what else does the president have?

Heh.

Where is it?

And Asian News International editor Smita Prakash ties it all into “House of Cards” for the exit win:

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