Not to be frozen out: Pelosi explains 'Photoshopped' photo
January 4th, 2013
01:51 PM ET
10 years ago

Not to be frozen out: Pelosi explains 'Photoshopped' photo

(CNN) - It's a historical photo which shows the 61 Democratic Congresswomen who were sworn in on Thursday.

Except it never (fully) happened.

Pelosi explained why the photo her office released and posted online shows four more faces - all members of Congress - than does one taken by other photographers at the photo opportunity.

"Is that what they did?" she asked when a reporter questioned her about the apparent technical addition - "Photoshopping" - of (left to right) Reps. Yvette Clarke, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Shelia Jackson Lee, and Corrine Brown to the official photo.

Pressed further as to whether the photo she distributed was an accurate historical record, she said, "Yeah, but [it's a] historical record of who the Democratic women of Congress are.

"And also is an accurate record that it was freezing cold, and our members had been waiting a long time for everyone to arrive, and that I had to get back into the building to greet constituents, family members to get ready to the - go to the floor," she said a press conference. "It wasn't like we had the rest of the day to stand there."

Instead of holding the entire group for the absent four members, Reps. Clarke, Wasserman Schultz, Lee, and Brown posed for a separate photo together, which was apparently added to the official photo.

From the Facebook page of Rep. Yvette Clarke

Pelosi said the photo "was an accurate reflection of who the 61 members - the Democratic women members of Congress are."

"And not only were they women, but they reflected the beautiful diversity of our - our country. Women who are - from every community, as well as every religious faith. So we were pretty excited about it," she said.

The newly inaugurated Congress includes 78 women voting members. Nineteen of the congresswomen are freshmen. Pelosi's count included three non-voting delegates to Congress.

- CNN's Gregory Wallace, Kevin Liptak, and Robert Yoon contributed to this report

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soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. Rick

    I work with Photoshop every day of my life–I don't know what's being reported here, but these two particular photos are not the same photo with people Photoshopped into the second photo–they are two completely different photos. I'm not saying that people weren't photoshopped into a photo, but the first one is not the one where people have been placed. Look at all of the other people in the picture in each photo–they all have slightly different angles, appearances to their faces–even heads turned. Two different photos.

    January 5, 2013 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  2. batjones

    OK – this is a non-issue. The group of women could not schedule one time for everyone, so they had two shifts of photographs and merged the two results. Yawn

    January 5, 2013 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
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