Slight of Hand
Date Added: March 28, 2003
When you or I make a mistake, it's usually forgiven and forgotten pretty quickly. But when a highly visible official like Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle makes a supposed mistake, it becomes immortalized - even when it's not true.
Pointing out the silly things our elected officials do is a popular online pastime. I guess we can probably blame Dan Quayle's infamous spelling bee gaffe for our perverse interest in the stupid things our leaders do. So, what's the story behind this photo?
The traditional civilian salute to the flag during the Pledge of Allegiance calls for a person to place his right hand over his left chest. But, if Daschle is truly guilty of saluting the flag with the wrong hand, he's also guilty of wearing women's clothes.
Let me explain.
Men's shirts and jackets are traditionally made so that the left flap lies on top of the right when buttoned. Women's clothes are just the opposite with the right flap on top. Compare Daschle's jacket in the photo above with the gentlemen to either side of him - his jacket is backwards, indicating that his image has been "flipped" to create the illusion that he is saluting with his left hand. Either that, or his $680 "Brooks Brothers Suit" is from the Women's collection.
Another dead giveaway that there is digital trickery behind this tale is the lack of jewelry. Most photos of Daschle clearly show him sporting a gold wedding band on his left hand. If this picture were real, we would have to question why he removed his ring at this particular moment. Break this chain.