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Obama photo-op FAIL: “Door of No Return” actually a garbage chute

by 1389AD ( 80 Comments › )
Filed under Africa, Cult of Obama, History at July 5th, 2013 - 6:00 pm

Obama stands at his own ‘door of no return’

Obama at 'Door of No Return'

They call it “optics.”

The White House has a team of people – you taxpayers foot the bill, of course – that spends its days thinking of the best way to portray the president in the most favorable light.

(“Maybe we should snap him riding a bike in Hawaii?” “Let’s snap him playing hoops!” “His 122nd round of golf? No cameras please.”)

But sometimes, they snooze. Like last week, when The Team let the president step out – for the cameras – at the Door of No Return.

Now, President George W. Bush stood at the very same spot in 2003, but at a different place entirely – stunning party pickups in the 2002 midterms, majority in the House and Senate, headed to re- election, on the top of the world. It was a picture, nothing more.

Thursday, though, was some very bad “optics.” President Obama, standing alone, morose, looking down, sullen, mock contemplative, within the Door of No Return. Below him, rust-stained cinder blocks, craggy rocks of a shallow port, the Atlantic Ocean.

At another time, meaningless. But at this precise moment, a few frames that encapsulate the president, now, and his plight in millions of ways – far beyond the few million megapixels.

First, the scene wasn’t what it seemed. While the Huffington Post called it “very powerful moment” – the president standing at a doorway in Senegal from which Africans were said to have been shipped across the ocean into American slavery – it was not that at all.

He was, in fact, standing at a garbage chute.

“Pictures on Thursday,” The Telegraph newspaper reported, “showed Mr. Obama standing with his wife Michelle at Goree’s so-called Door of No Return, a dark passageway from where the fort’s human cargo is said to have been loaded via gangplanks onto ships. However, despite the claims that millions of slaves passed through the door, its most likely use is now thought to have been for disposing of rubbish. Likewise, the waters it overlooks are too rocky and shallow for a slave ship to have used it as a loading bay.”

So, like so many things with the president, all was not as it seemed. “There are literally no historians who believe the Slave House is what they’re claiming it to be, or that believe Goree was statistically significant in terms of the slave trade,” said Ralph Austen, a professor at the University of Chicago.
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80 Responses to “Obama photo-op FAIL: “Door of No Return” actually a garbage chute”
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  1. eaglesoars
    1 | July 5, 2013 6:17 pm

    just another lie from the liar in chief


  2. brookly red
    2 | July 5, 2013 6:36 pm

    Well if he wanted to make a point about slavery while in Africa there are plenty of places where he could have posed with actual slaves, but then I guess his security wouldn’t want him in the proximity of muzz war lords.


  3. eaglesoars
    3 | July 5, 2013 6:39 pm

    brookly red wrote:

    I guess his security wouldn’t want him in the proximity of muzz war lords.

    why the hell not? He invites them to the White House.


  4. buzzsawmonkey
    4 | July 5, 2013 7:45 pm

    Obama standing in a garbage chute is an excellent metaphor for his presidency.


  5. 5 | July 5, 2013 7:47 pm

    IIRC, The Amazing Race went to the “Door of No Return” some seasons back and I remember getting weepy when the Black contestant had a GENUINE moment standing there and looking out over the ocean. This is a man whose ancestors were touched by slavery. At the time, no one had done the right research, of course, so he believed it was what it was.

    Obama has no slave blood. He isn’t a descendent of those taken by force and shipped to America as human cargo to become part of the most shameful aspect of our history. This was indeed an optic and nothing more.

    Except the notation of it being a garbage chute. If it wasn’t before, it became one the minute he stepped in the doorway.


  6. 6 | July 5, 2013 7:48 pm

    @ buzzsawmonkey:

    We keep sharing the same brain cell, Buzzy!


  7. buzzsawmonkey
    7 | July 5, 2013 7:48 pm

    Obama wasn’t interested in the Goree details.


  8. buzzsawmonkey
    8 | July 5, 2013 7:49 pm

    @ Carolina Girl:

    Heh.


  9. 9 | July 5, 2013 7:54 pm

    @ buzzsawmonkey:

    You’re rubbing off on me…today I heard the song “The Night has a Thousand Eyes” and I immediately thought “Cause Barack tells a Thousand Lies” – I should try to do something with it but if you can do something, feel free…


  10. heysoos
    10 | July 5, 2013 7:55 pm

    how fitting….
    BO standing in a fake door to nowhere


  11. buzzsawmonkey
    11 | July 5, 2013 7:56 pm

    @ Carolina Girl:

    Go for it. We need a Conservative “Folk Music Revival.” Let a thousand troubadors bloom!


  12. heysoos
    12 | July 5, 2013 7:56 pm

    @ buzzsawmonkey:
    everybody must get stoned


  13. buzzsawmonkey
    13 | July 5, 2013 7:58 pm

    gotta git.


  14. waldensianspirit
    14 | July 5, 2013 7:58 pm

    The destination of sitting around Harvard going over and over the same tired grievances


  15. 15 | July 5, 2013 8:03 pm

    @ buzzsawmonkey:

    I’ll get Flyboy to help – he’s 10 times the clever I ever try to be.


  16. song_and_dance_man
    16 | July 5, 2013 8:12 pm

    Too bad the septic flotsam wasn’t running.


  17. song_and_dance_man
    17 | July 5, 2013 8:14 pm

    Carolina Girl wrote:

    The Night has a Thousand Eyes

    I love that song


  18. 18 | July 5, 2013 8:16 pm

    @ song_and_dance_man:

    Me too. I am stuck on 80′s musick.


  19. heysoos
    19 | July 5, 2013 8:16 pm

    waldensianspirit wrote:

    The destination of sitting around Harvard going over and over the same tired grievances

    grievance puts me to sleep after a bit


  20. eaglesoars
    20 | July 5, 2013 8:24 pm

    heysoos wrote:

    grievance puts me to sleep after a bit

    Michelle Obama thinks it makes her glamorous and intelligent.

    Nothing on the planet could ever do that.


  21. AZfederalist
    21 | July 5, 2013 8:33 pm

    First, it’s funny anyone ever thought that was a loading dock. Just looking at the picture, there is no way someone would moor to something that shallow and rocky.

    The real irony is tha BHO’s ancestors would have been at such a place, but they would have been the ones helping with the roundup and loading.


  22. rain of lead
    22 | July 5, 2013 8:38 pm

    hey ya’ll
    got a bellyfull of beer and bbq and
    it’s FRIDAY
    screw Washington and that stuttering clusterfuck of a malignant traitor
    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wA_zGuafb-M


  23. RIX
    23 | July 5, 2013 8:41 pm

    brookly red wrote:

    Well if he wanted to make a point about slavery while in Africa there are plenty of places where he could have posed with actual slaves, but then I guess his security wouldn’t want him in the proximity of muzz war lords.

    Maybe Obama should have gotten nostalgic about his
    Kenyan , Muslim ancestors that were huge in the slave
    trade.


  24. brookly red
    24 | July 5, 2013 8:43 pm

    eaglesoars wrote:

    heysoos wrote:

    grievance puts me to sleep after a bit

    Michelle Obama thinks it makes her glamorous and intelligent.

    Nothing on the planet could ever do that.

    Sorry, incredibly lowered standards have done that


  25. eaglesoars
    25 | July 5, 2013 8:45 pm

    brookly red wrote:

    Sorry, incredibly lowered standards have done that

    point taken


  26. brookly red
    26 | July 5, 2013 8:45 pm

    RIX wrote:

    brookly red wrote:

    Well if he wanted to make a point about slavery while in Africa there are plenty of places where he could have posed with actual slaves, but then I guess his security wouldn’t want him in the proximity of muzz war lords.

    Maybe Obama should have gotten nostalgic about his
    Kenyan , Muslim ancestors that were huge in the slave
    trade.

    well he wants to keep that under wraps as so many of them are still in the country illegally at a great expense to taxpayers.


  27. RIX
    27 | July 5, 2013 8:48 pm

    well he wants to keep that under wraps as so many of them are still in the country illegally at a great expense to taxpayers.
    @ brookly red:
    Yes he does. Imo,this is the most vulgar , low class presidency
    in our history.It is an embarrassment.


  28. Buffalobob
    28 | July 5, 2013 8:52 pm

    Surprised the environmental global warmers haven’t used this photo as proof the oceans are rising/falling.


  29. brookly red
    29 | July 5, 2013 8:53 pm

    eaglesoars wrote:

    brookly red wrote:

    Sorry, incredibly lowered standards have done that

    point taken

    well it is kinda good in a way… there was a time when women were judged on their physical appearance. beauty was preferred over intelligence… Mooch has leveled the playing field, no longer does a woman need to look good or be intelligent to be successful.


  30. RIX
    30 | July 5, 2013 8:57 pm
    well it is kinda good in a way… there was a time when women were judged on their physical appearance. beauty was preferred over intelligence… Mooch has leveled the playing field, no longer does a woman need to look good or be intelligent to be successful.
    @ brookly red:

    Michelle is somehow the new Jackie Kennedy.
    They sound silly when the Media tries that.


  31. 31 | July 5, 2013 9:00 pm

    @ Carolina Girl:

    Perhaps he tells more like a MILLION!


  32. eaglesoars
    32 | July 5, 2013 9:00 pm

    RIX wrote:

    Imo,this is the most vulgar , low class presidency
    in our history.It is an embarrassment.

    You forgot racist


  33. RIX
    33 | July 5, 2013 9:03 pm

    eaglesoars wrote:

    RIX wrote:

    Imo,this is the most vulgar , low class presidency
    in our history.It is an embarrassment.

    You forgot racist

    That too.


  34. eaglesoars
    34 | July 5, 2013 9:03 pm

    RIX wrote:

    Michelle is somehow the new Jackie Kennedy.

    Jackie actually had class. The comparison is stunning


  35. 35 | July 5, 2013 9:05 pm

    @ eaglesoars:

    He tried to give a Patriotic July 4th speech which was an epic fail. And everyone around him had that “all this for a flag” look, including the First Fatass. No real applause for it either.


  36. RIX
    36 | July 5, 2013 9:09 pm

    eaglesoars wrote:

    RIX wrote:

    Michelle is somehow the new Jackie Kennedy.

    Jackie actually had class. The comparison is stunning

    Agreed. It is a tortured comparison.


  37. brookly red
    37 | July 5, 2013 9:10 pm

    RIX wrote:

    well he wants to keep that under wraps as so many of them are still in the country illegally at a great expense to taxpayers.
    @ brookly red:
    Yes he does. Imo,this is the most vulgar , low class presidency
    in our history.It is an embarrassment.

    /Grasshopper. Only the proud can be embarrassed. The Buddha tells us that one who is not proud of their country can not embarrass it… you must embrace your inner low-life and denounce the pride and self respect of your white-ness. Only when others pay for your carnal indulgences with the sweat of their brows can you hope to achieve the perfection of the Mooch.


  38. eaglesoars
    38 | July 5, 2013 9:11 pm

    Carolina Girl wrote:

    @ eaglesoars:
    He tried to give a Patriotic July 4th speech which was an epic fail. And everyone around him had that “all this for a flag” look, including the First Fatass. No real applause for it either.

    I wonder if he knows he’s failing. This whole Camp David trip to deal with Egypt is a fraud. They’ve never spent time there, they go to Hawaii, Africa, etc. to vacation. And what was with the all white outfit. Sartorial panache it wasn’t.


  39. waldensianspirit
    39 | July 5, 2013 9:11 pm

    @ Carolina Girl:
    Reggie must not have been there


  40. brookly red
    40 | July 5, 2013 9:11 pm

    eaglesoars wrote:

    RIX wrote:

    Michelle is somehow the new Jackie Kennedy.

    Jackie actually had class. The comparison is stunning

    Mooch has class. In India they call it untouchable.


  41. brookly red
    41 | July 5, 2013 9:14 pm

    eaglesoars wrote:

    Carolina Girl wrote:

    @ eaglesoars:
    He tried to give a Patriotic July 4th speech which was an epic fail. And everyone around him had that “all this for a flag” look, including the First Fatass. No real applause for it either.

    I wonder if he knows he’s failing. This whole Camp David trip to deal with Egypt is a fraud. They’ve never spent time there, they go to Hawaii, Africa, etc. to vacation. And what was with the all white outfit. Sartorial panache it wasn’t.

    SLAP

    he is not failing he is achieving his goals in leaps and bounds. you assume his goals are the same as yours. they are not.


  42. RIX
    42 | July 5, 2013 9:17 pm

    /Grasshopper. Only the proud can be embarrassed. The Buddha tells us that one who is not proud of their country can not embarrass it… you must embrace your inner low-life and denounce the pride and self respect of your white-ness. Only when others pay for your carnal indulgences with the sweat of their brows can you hope to achieve the perfection of the Mooch. -@ brookly red:

    You are wise Master.


  43. eaglesoars
    43 | July 5, 2013 9:18 pm

    brookly red wrote:

    he is not failing he is achieving his goals in leaps and bounds. you assume his goals are the same as yours. they are not.

    brookly you know me better than that. What I was thinking of when I wrote that was Egypt/Middle East. He wanted to be loved by the muzzies. And they despise him.


  44. 44 | July 5, 2013 9:18 pm

    One wonders if Zimmerman is acquitted or there is a hung jury if Prezdint Putz will come to the microphone and tell people to be calm – or will he advise his national thugs that don’t worry – he’ll try to see if there’s a way to try Zimmerman in Federal Court.


  45. brookly red
    45 | July 5, 2013 9:19 pm

    eaglesoars wrote:

    brookly red wrote:

    he is not failing he is achieving his goals in leaps and bounds. you assume his goals are the same as yours. they are not.

    brookly you know me better than that. What I was thinking of when I wrote that was Egypt/Middle East. He wanted to be loved by the muzzies. And they despise him.

    no the common muzz people despise him , the MB radicals who hate America LOVE him


  46. 46 | July 5, 2013 9:20 pm

    Judge denied motion to dismiss charges on Zimmerman. Yeah – he’ll make sure the jury takes all the heat.


  47. 47 | July 5, 2013 9:22 pm

    Looking forward to the next photo op, where Obama is posing by a ‘slave cabin for oppressed Muslims’… with that moon symbol on the door


  48. brookly red
    48 | July 5, 2013 9:23 pm

    brookly red wrote:

    eaglesoars wrote:

    brookly red wrote:

    he is not failing he is achieving his goals in leaps and bounds. you assume his goals are the same as yours. they are not.

    brookly you know me better than that. What I was thinking of when I wrote that was Egypt/Middle East. He wanted to be loved by the muzzies. And they despise him.

    no the common muzz people despise him , the MB radicals who hate America LOVE him

    In fact this may be his Waterloo


  49. brookly red
    49 | July 5, 2013 9:24 pm

    Carolina Girl wrote:

    Judge denied motion to dismiss charges on Zimmerman. Yeah — he’ll make sure the jury takes all the heat.

    She


  50. eaglesoars
    50 | July 5, 2013 9:25 pm

    brookly red wrote:

    the MB radicals who hate America LOVE him

    Well I think they find him a useful idiot. I doubt love has much to do with it.


  51. brookly red
    51 | July 5, 2013 9:26 pm

    Carolina Girl wrote:

    One wonders if Zimmerman is acquitted or there is a hung jury if Prezdint Putz will come to the microphone and tell people to be calm — or will he advise his national thugs that don’t worry — he’ll try to see if there’s a way to try Zimmerman in Federal Court.

    Judge Holder is contacting the new black panthers in philly to provide a jury as we speak… hey they do owe him a favor.


  52. RIX
    52 | July 5, 2013 9:26 pm

    Carolina Girl wrote:

    One wonders if Zimmerman is acquitted or there is a hung jury if Prezdint Putz will come to the microphone and tell people to be calm — or will he advise his national thugs that don’t worry — he’ll try to see if there’s a way to try Zimmerman in Federal Court.

    Holder has already threatened a Civil Rights suit if
    Zimmerman is acquited.


  53. Calo
    53 | July 5, 2013 9:30 pm

    @ Carolina Girl:
    It amazes me to see TwitIdiots post Zimmerman’s address, calling for “justice” and still hold onto their Twitter accounts.


  54. Da_Beerfreak
    54 | July 5, 2013 9:30 pm

    Forget about Snowden.
    Zimmerman is the one in real need of asylum…


  55. Bumr50
    55 | July 5, 2013 9:33 pm

    ONLY 47% OF ADULTS HAVE FULL-TIME JOB

    ht – Breitbart


  56. eaglesoars
    56 | July 5, 2013 9:36 pm

    Da_Beerfreak wrote:

    Forget about Snowden.
    Zimmerman is the one in real need of asylum…

    is he still in the airport in Moscow?


  57. lobo91
    57 | July 5, 2013 9:38 pm

    Video: Crowd On MSNBC Cheers As Motion To Dismiss Charges Against Zimmerman Denied…

    On Friday, the state of Florida wrapped up its presentation of the case against George Zimmerman for the 2012 murder of Trayvon Martin. Following the state resting, Zimmerman’s counselors argued a motion before the judge to acquit Zimmerman due to a lack of evidence. What that motion was dismissed by the presiding judge, a crowd attending the Essence Festival in New Orleans where MSNBC is broadcasting live burst into cheers and applause.


  58. Da_Beerfreak
    58 | July 5, 2013 9:40 pm

    @ eaglesoars:
    Most likely, don’t know for sure.


  59. Calo
    59 | July 5, 2013 9:42 pm

    @ lobo91:
    Because, bussed in riff raff are there to stir the racial pot once a verdict goes out.

    Even me, a novice at all this political maneuvering, can see through this .


  60. eaglesoars
    60 | July 5, 2013 9:44 pm

    Da_Beerfreak wrote:

    @ eaglesoars:
    Most likely, don’t know for sure.

    I hope so. I hope he’s there for the rest of a very long very miserable life.


  61. lobo91
    61 | July 5, 2013 9:45 pm

    eaglesoars wrote:

    Da_Beerfreak wrote:
    Forget about Snowden.
    Zimmerman is the one in real need of asylum…
    is he still in the airport in Moscow?

    Either that or he’s hanging out with new friends:

    Anna Chapman Tweets Marriage Proposal to Edward Snowden, Jabs NSA

    Anna Chapman, the former Russian spy, proposed to Edward Snowden via Twitter Wednesday in what’s sure to seem like a welcome proposition now that a handful of countries have denied the NSA leaker’s request for asylum.

    Chapman, 31, was posing as a real estate agent in the U.S. in 2010 when she was accused of being a Russian spy. She was ultimately deported in the largest prisoner swap since the Cold War and later became a pseudo-celebrity, posing for Russia’s version of Maxim magazine and Playboy.

    Her tweet to Snowden, the National Security Agency contractor who has been on the run ever since he spilled the news that the U.S. government has been running an Internet surveillance program, was followed up by a playful dig aimed at the NSA.


  62. eaglesoars
    62 | July 5, 2013 9:48 pm

    @ lobo91:

    hey lobo91!

    We brought a beagle home. Molly’s vet took her out of a kill shelter and called me. She’s about 2 yrs old. I named her Willow

    And to make a crazy situation crazier, one of Hubby’s dairy farmers called and said he had a friend with a 2 week old litter. A basket of 3 puppies. One was the troublemaker. I’ve named her Bonnie. We’ll bring her home in 5 weeks

    The house isn’t quiet any more


  63. eaglesoars
    63 | July 5, 2013 9:49 pm

    lobo91 wrote:

    Either that or he’s hanging out with new friends:

    she’s a publicity whore. She won’t marry Snowden.


  64. lobo91
    64 | July 5, 2013 9:49 pm

    @ eaglesoars:

    Good for you!


  65. lobo91
    65 | July 5, 2013 9:50 pm

    eaglesoars wrote:

    lobo91 wrote:
    Either that or he’s hanging out with new friends:
    she’s a publicity whore. She won’t marry Snowden.

    She could just be the regular kind, too


  66. lobo91
    66 | July 5, 2013 9:54 pm

    Calo wrote:

    @ lobo91:
    Because, bussed in riff raff are there to stir the racial pot once a verdict goes out.
    Even me, a novice at all this political maneuvering, can see through this .

    St. Skittles Supporters Start “Riot For Trayvon” Facebook Page…

    The group’s description: “They don’t think we will tear this mutha fucka up! LIKE IF YOU READY TO RIDE! LETS FLEX OUR MUSCLE! WHAT, YOU SCARED?”

    Sanford police tell 10 News they’re looking into a Facebook page that has popped up under the heading of Riot for Trayvon.

    The page includes posts like; “Justice in an eye for an eye.”

    The page also includes a graphic photo of Trayvon Martin that appeared in court last week of the 17-year-old taken shortly after he was shot by George Zimmerman.

    Thursday marked the eighth day of testimony in Zimmerman’s second degree murder trial.


  67. eaglesoars
    67 | July 5, 2013 9:55 pm

    lobo91 wrote:

    She could just be the regular kind, too

    Well now that you mention it, they’re not mutually exclusive


  68. eaglesoars
    68 | July 5, 2013 10:01 pm

    lobo91 wrote:

    The group’s description: “They don’t think we will tear this mutha fucka up! LIKE IF YOU READY TO RIDE! LETS FLEX OUR MUSCLE! WHAT, YOU SCARED?

    Somehow I doubt there will be any riots. These are just punk-ass kids


  69. lobo91
    69 | July 5, 2013 10:10 pm

    @ eaglesoars:

    Maybe this trial will help me sell my new product line:

    Second Call Defense

    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDPgiOLP3Fg


  70. eaglesoars
    70 | July 5, 2013 10:15 pm

    lobo91 wrote:

    Maybe this trial will help me sell my new product line:

    whoa.

    I don’t want to intrude, but would you mind exchanging emails? I don’t want to conduct a commercial transaction in public


  71. Calo
    71 | July 5, 2013 10:16 pm

    @ eaglesoars:
    Yes, they are punk ass kids but one imbicile tweeted out GZ’s home address a few days ago anticipating a not guilty verdict.

    *tweet is edited*

    MT @Mindfulthoughtz “George W. Zimmerman 159 Sanford, Florida. 32773, y’all know what to do..

    He gone learn today. <—block&report


  72. lobo91
    72 | July 5, 2013 10:18 pm

    @ eaglesoars:

    Sent


  73. lobo91
    73 | July 5, 2013 10:19 pm

    @ eaglesoars:

    It’s a new product. I attended a training session with them while I was in Houston.


  74. eaglesoars
    74 | July 5, 2013 10:22 pm

    Calo wrote:

    Yes, they are punk ass kids but one imbicile tweeted out GZ’s home address a few days ago anticipating a not guilty verdict.

    Is Zimmerman still permitted to carry a gun?


  75. lobo91
    75 | July 5, 2013 10:25 pm

    @ eaglesoars:

    Is Zimmerman still permitted to carry a gun?

    Good question. He’s out on $1 million bail at the moment. Depends on whether his permit was suspended or not.


  76. eaglesoars
    76 | July 5, 2013 10:32 pm

    lobo91 wrote:

    @ eaglesoars:
    Is Zimmerman still permitted to carry a gun?
    Good question. He’s out on $1 million bail at the moment. Depends on whether his permit was suspended or not.

    Well if I were a member of his family I’d be packing and not letting him out of my sight


  77. eaglesoars
    77 | July 5, 2013 10:34 pm

    lobo91 wrote:

    @ eaglesoars:
    It’s a new product. I attended a training session with them while I was in Houston.

    I trust you and your judgement.

    I’m going to bed. Long day


  78. lobo91
    78 | July 5, 2013 10:43 pm

    @ eaglesoars:

    Good night


  79. 79 | July 5, 2013 10:54 pm

    Carolina Girl wrote:

    Judge denied motion to dismiss charges on Zimmerman. Yeah — he’ll make sure the jury takes all the heat.

    Will the jury be Target #1 for the Brothas who riot for Trayvon?


  80. texasam7
    80 | July 6, 2013 6:07 am

    @ Macker:
    Bullies do enjoy beating on women.


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