WASHINGTON (TheBlaze/AP) — A photo of the Democratic congresswomen taken Thursday on the Capitol steps has been making its rounds on the Web with House minority leader Nancy Pelosi saying the group of 61 women “makes history as the largest number of women ever in a party Caucus.” But there were only 57 women present for the actual photo, the missing four were photoshopped in.
On Friday, Pelosi defended the altered picture that was posted on her Flickr photo-sharing site.
The photo showed four House members of the 113th Congress who were not in the original picture tacked into the top row. They arrived at the Capitol steps late.
“It was an accurate historical record of who the Democratic women of Congress are,” Pelosi said in a news conference. “It also is an accurate record that it was freezing cold and our members had been waiting a long time for everyone to arrive and … had to get back into the building to greet constituents, family members, to get ready to go to the floor. It wasn’t like they had the rest of the day to stand there.”
Watch Pelosi’s response in this AP report:
Pelosi said the photo reflected the nation’s diversity, because it included women from every community and religious faith.
“So we were pretty excited about it,” Pelosi said. “We got a lot of response back from the country, and one I loved was when they said, `Can the women in Congress hear the people cheering across the country?'”
And in case you were wondering, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-CT, was not among those Photoshopped in — despite her outfit choice that Meredith pointed out on TheBlaze blog.
This story has been updated to reflect that the second photo was not in fact the original photo that was photoshopped to include the four women. It is a different photograph altogether but was still taken that day. Thank you to the Blaze reader who called this to our attention.