Hosni Mubarak goes 4th in photoshop

Hosbi Mubarak, in full control

Mubarak in command...as he appeared today in Al Ahram.

This may be the best thing to come out of the Middle East peace talks in the US.

When Egyptian readers of state daily Al-Ahram woke up this morning, all was right in the world; imperious and commanding, Hosni Mubarak appeared in a large photograph of the talks, with lesser luminaries such as Barack Obama, Mahmoud Abbas, and Binyamin Netanyahu trailing in his wake. Mubarak was demonstrating once again – as he does so often in the pages of Al Ahram – the prominence of his, and Egypt’s, position in the world.

But it didn’t take long for blogger Wael Khalil to notice that the photo bore a strange resemblance to another picture, in which the order of the subjects was somewhat different; in fact, it appeared that Mubarak was lagging a bit behind, and to the side, and not looking at all commanding or imperious.

Perhaps a more accurate reflection of Mubarak's place in the hierarchy

One can imagine the reaction of the Al Ahram picture editor when this photo came in: “Thank god for photoshop”, he thought, breathing a sigh of relief.

Another victory for the blogosphere. Thanks to Wael Khalil (Arabic) for the great spot.


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