Social media users had fun with an oddly set photo of President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden posing with former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter that was released by The Carter Center, the 39th president’s NGO he and his wife founded in 1982 after his term in office.
Specifically, social media users were mocking the photo’s perspective; the Bidens, who are kneeling next to the seated Carters, appear to be much larger than their hosts.
Thank you President and Mrs. Biden! pic.twitter.com/QcA33iUev4
— The Carter Center (@CarterCenter) May 4, 2021
The Bidens met up with the Carters on Thursday as the former marked his 100th day in office. Reports noted that the meeting was the first between the couples since Biden became president because Carter and his wife missed the Jan. 20 inauguration over concerns about COVID-19.
“It was great to see President Carter,” Joe Biden said following his visit to the Carters’ Georgia home.
“It reminded me that I was the first person to endorse him outside of Georgia. And we sat and talked about the old days and he introduced me to a friend of his, a reverend he wanted me to get to know, and Rosalynn was great, too. We just had a nice time. We’re old friends,” Biden, who had been a U.S. senator for about four years when Carter, a former U.S. naval officer and Georgia governor, was elected president in 1976.
But it was the seemingly out-of-proportion photo that got the most attention.
“i hope the bidens enjoyed their trip to the shire,” wrote Allahpundit, the anonymous blogger and the senior editor of HotAir, wrote, a reference to fictional Middle Earth in J. R. R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” book and film series.
i hope the bidens enjoyed their trip to the shire https://t.co/KhkR05j47s
— Allahpundit (@allahpundit) May 4, 2021
“How the Hell did they get the Bidens INTO the Carters’ house?” said another user who posted a side-by-side of The Carter Center photo and a dollhouse.
How the Hell did they get the Bidens INTO the Carters’ house? pic.twitter.com/p4cSIm255l
— Xi Jinping’s Bat Dealer (@GameOnJD) May 4, 2021
“In which we learn that Joe and Jill Biden could both play center in the NBA,” The Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro added.
In which we learn that Joe and Jill Biden could both play center in the NBA https://t.co/FegpMMpYUp
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) May 4, 2021
“This is not wonderful. This is creepy and bizarre. IDK if it’s the perspective or what, but the size disparity here is shocking. The Carters have the feel of 3/4 size dolls in a wax museum. The only thing that could make this worse was if Joe was sniffing Mrs. Carter’s hair,” conservative writer Michele Blood noted.
This is not wonderful.
This is creepy and bizarre.
IDK if it’s the perspective or what, but the size disparity here is shocking. The Carters have the feel of 3/4 size dolls in a wax museum.
The only thing that could make this worse was if Joe was sniffing Mrs. Carter’s hair.
— Michele Blood (@BloodBrief) May 4, 2021
Several others left comments as well, most focusing on the optics of the photo.
How the hell are the Biden’s 2x the size of the Carters, and why does Old Joe FINALLY take his stupid mask off when he’s around a 100 year old couple, then put it back on to go *outside*?
And Jimmy is still the worst POTUS ever since Joe doesn’t count.
— JD 🇺🇸 (@m5drummer) May 4, 2021
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) May 4, 2021
Apologies in advance pic.twitter.com/DnrMKFmkHE
— Cranky "Wild West Pimp" Gordon (@StillCrankyAF) May 4, 2021
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) May 4, 2021
In terms of why there appears to be such a disparity in size, some speculated that it is merely an optical illusion based on the way in which the photo was taken or perhaps due to the camera itself.
“Social media users have shared theories such as the photographer who shot the photo used a wide-angle lens in a tight space, which can distort the proportions of an image. Additionally, if the Bidens are leaning forwards, while the Carters are leaning back in the chairs, the distortion may be emphasized, making the Bidens appear larger,” Newsweek reported.
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