September 27, 2009

The Mechanical Turk: That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain....

Barack Obama's amazingly consistent smile from Eric Spiegelman on Vimeo.

If you're not creeped out, you haven't been paying attention.

Ladies and gentlemen, your President is a robot. Or a wax sculpture. Maybe a cardboard cutout. All I know is no human being has a photo smile this amazingly consistent. On Wednesday, the Obamas hosted a reception at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, during which they stood for 130 photographs with visiting foreign dignitaries in town for the UN meeting. The President has exactly the same smile in every single shot. See for yourself — the pictures are up on the State Department’s flickr. And, of course, compressed into 20 seconds for your viewing pleasure.

Discussing this astounding series with a friend who noted the iron control that has to be maintained not only in expression but in body by people who are fakes, I was reminded of The Mechanical Turk


The Turk was in fact a mechanical illusion that allowed a human chess master hiding inside to operate the machine. With a skilled operator, the Turk won most of the games played during its demonstrations around Europe and the Americas for nearly 84 years, playing and defeating many challengers including statesmen

I leave it to my conspiratorial betters to determine exactly who or what is the chess master inside that operates the machine.

HT: Never Yet Melted サ Barack Obama's Smile


Posted by Vanderleun at September 27, 2009 12:45 PM
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you know what i noticed is that he has had his chin worked on. I notice the telltale scarring (very subtle) of plastic surgery on his front chin. imagine the area a chin strap could cover.

Posted by: drew at September 27, 2009 1:29 PM

No one could survive marriage to Michelle without mastering the mirthless smile.

Posted by: Gagdad Bob at September 27, 2009 3:35 PM

Practice makes perfect.

@Gagdad Bob

I suspect the other way round is even more trying.

Posted by: charris at September 27, 2009 4:27 PM

I saw this on one of the programs yesterday and saw the same thing. When they ran through about 100 photographs, there was only a small movement in his body but absolutely none in his facial expression and smile. I'm happy someone else noticed. Don't know what it means but it is true. Maybe it was a cardboard cutout. Maybe he was too bored with the rest of the worlds leaders to take the time to be civil. After all, he can't give tapes of his speeches to those that do not speak English.

Posted by: MainStreet at September 27, 2009 5:54 PM

Good grief! That's positively spooky! There is no person in there! Talk about puppets - but who pulls the strings? Soros?

Posted by: Josie at September 27, 2009 8:30 PM

From Wikipedia-

"The Cheshire Cat's grin is reminiscent of the vagaries of human character or of a trickster."

You suppose someone stuck that in there today? Too funny!

Posted by: David McKinnis at September 27, 2009 9:18 PM

BO is smiling. Why is he smiling? He is smiling because he is happy. And what is another word for happy? That is right, another word for happy is gay.

Bambi is gay, NTTIAWWT, he is a fudge packer, he is a rump ranger, he like boys, he does not like girls. Marriage? Michelle is a fag hag, a Judy Garland, and like many, if not most, women she thinks sex is icky, and having had her children, has given it up entirely. The Children? King James I, Malcolm Forbes. Some guys will hit anything, some guys need Lance in the room, and some guys need Lance and a turkey baster.

Posted by: Fat Man at September 27, 2009 9:31 PM

Look, I'm no fan of the president but that is not a series of photos, he has the same suit and tie in each.

Posted by: Mark at September 27, 2009 10:04 PM

Disregard above post, I missed the caption.

Posted by: Mark at September 27, 2009 10:07 PM

The man has a dead soul. You can see it in his eyes, you can see it in his "smile".

Posted by: Nahanni at September 28, 2009 9:51 AM

Scary damned guy

Posted by: Wayne Sploot at September 28, 2009 12:08 PM

Stoned. I swear he's always stoned. His eyes are always the same. Blank. Empty.

Posted by: Jan B at September 29, 2009 2:06 PM

If you have to do it, you might as well do it right.,

Posted by: Cadelallan at October 5, 2009 8:43 AM