Now you see her, now you don’t – The disappearing Hillary Clinton

And you thought the Muslims were uptight about women.

Hillary Clinton’s expression, right hand clasped over her mouth in astonishment, is largely responsible for making the above photo iconic–and, to at least one newspaper, sexually suggestive.

In the photo, President Obama and his national security team are huddled around a conference table in the White House Situation Room, watching CIA director Leon Panetta narrate last Sunday’s raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound. The mood is clearly tense.

When Women’s Wear Daily consulted a coterie of photo editors and designers about why the image is “destined to be one for the history books,” Clinton was foremost in their responses.

“The Hillary Clinton expression is the one that holds the photograph fully,” Time’s photo director told the magazine. “You can see 10 years of tension and heartache and anger in Hillary’s face,” Conde Nast’s Scott Dadich agreed.

Turns out she was probably just coughing during that crucial moment captured by White House photographer Pete Souza. But nevertheless, the image still proved a bit too racy for at least one of the many newspapers that printed it.

That would be the Ultra-Orthodox Hasidic broadsheet Der Tzitung. The paper photoshopped Clinton, as well at the only other woman who could be seen in the room–Audrey Tomason, the national director of counterterrorism–out of the frame.


“Apparently the presence of a woman, any woman, being all womanly and sexy all over the United States’ counterterrorism efforts was too much for the editors of Der Tzitung to handle,” noted the prominent women’s blog Jezebel.

Indeed, “The Hasidic newspaper will not intentionally include any images of women in the paper because it could be considered sexually suggestive,” Rabbi Jason Miller explains in The Jewish Week. Though he notes that the publication’s “fauxtograpphing” may in fact be a graver act against their religious tenets: “To my mind, this act of censorship is actually a violation of the Jewish legal principle of g’neivat da’at (deceit).”

Beyond that, Der Tzitung’s editors apparently missed or blatantly ignored the guidelines stipulated on the official White House Flickr page, where the photo was released for use by news organizations: “The photograph may not be manipulated in any way.”

The White House has not issued a response on the altered image.

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5 Responses to Now you see her, now you don’t – The disappearing Hillary Clinton

  1. Jihad punk

    May 9, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Let’s give it up for religion! It never lets us down eh?

    Just found the ‘Julia Gillard’ post I missed first time around…


  2. Holte Ender

    May 9, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Good find RJ, we have these nutters right here in the United States, wackos.

  3. BigHarryH

    May 9, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Religions are such retarded institutions.

  4. Chris Buescher

    May 9, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    This is a travesty! Women who are not only not segregated from the men (if you have ever seen one of their parties, you would know what I’m talking about) but also in a place of equal standing to men and power over other men? God will surly send another round of plagues to punish us unless edit the image so his sensitive eyes don’t see such an abomination.

  5. Eddie

    May 9, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    The only person that finds this Clinton sexy is my old history professor. Mind you, he thinks a woman’s expiration date is about 72.