Nelson Mandela’s funeral was, as many funerals of great men are, a bit of a mixed bag. By nature, funerals are sad affairs, particularly for the family and friends of the deceased. For figures like Mandela, that “family” might number in the millions of people — those he directly affected. However, even a funeral can precede funny moments and smiles, as long-lost friends and associates gather together. Indeed, the somber atmosphere itself can trigger an odd mix of emotions that don’t always square with the occasion.
Mandela’s funeral in Johannesberg drew leaders from all over the world, including British Prime Minister David Cameron, Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt. and the President and First Lady of the United States. The former three posed for a Presidential selfie, but this pic taken from a different angle shows Michelle sitting off to the side and looking decidedly not thrilled.
This pic has been circulating Twitter all day…for what reason, nobody knows. It’s something of a Rorschach test: Some have said Michelle was leaning away, silently fuming while Obama leaned in to pose with the First Fox of Denmark. (Yes, the headline for this article came from a comment on this picture.) Others have said that she was unaware of the impromptu picture being taken; there was a lot going on at the time. More than likely, though, she probably just tuned it out; it’s not as though the spouse of every other world leader is included in group pictures with others, just as Mr. Thorning-Schmidt isn’t in the background of this one:
So, we may never solve this mystery. It will undoubtedly go down in history with Area 51, JFK and the rest of the X-files. But, we can guess at four impending headlines pretty confidently:
- FOX: “Is Obama Cheating on Michelle With White Woman?”
- Breitbart: “Is Michelle Obama ENRAGED at Cheating Barack? No, Seriously…We Can’t Read Black Peoples’ Facial Expressions.”
- Alex Jones: “Michelle Obama Secretly Signals Globalist African Assassins on the Grassy Knoll — ‘Take Him Out NOW! Also buy my sponsor’s survival dome and we’ll throw in 10 free packages of survival seeds PLUS a crate of survival canned creamed corn– act now, supplies are limited!'”
- Glenn Beck: “This is a dire warning. Rabbits square toasters in the canoe because Communism!”