President Barack Obama answered reporters’ questions during a joint press conference with the British Prime Minister David Cameron Monday. And now a photo from the media event is sparking conversation regarding if the president shed a tear during questions.
Here are two pictures from Getty and the Associated Press from the presser:
Buzzfeed reported Reuters’ description of the same photo taken by its photographer, Jim Bourg, referencing the moisture on the president’s cheek as a “tear” that came while he answered press questions about Benghazi.
“A tear runs down the face of President Barack Obama as he answers questions about the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi during a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington,” Reuters’ description read.
Descriptions from other outlets did not include mention of a tear.
U.S. President Barack Obama answers a reporter’s questions during a joint news conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron in the East Room at the White House May 13, 2013 in Washington, DC. The two leaders discussed the prospect of an European Union-United States trade deal and the ongoing civil war in Syria. During his three-day visit to the United States, Cameron will also be briefed by the FBI about the Boston Marathon Bombings and will travel to New York to take part in United Nations talks on new development goals.
President Barack Obama speaks during a joint news conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron, Monday, May 13, 2013, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, where they talked about various topics including Syria’s civil war and the IRS.
Here are some other photos that appear emotionally charged from the conference.
Topics at the press conference ranged from Syria, the IRS targeting conservative groups and Benghazi. Regarding Benghazi, Obama said “the whole issue of talking points …has been a sideshow.”
“What we have been very clear about throughout was that immediately after this event happened we were not clear who exactly had carried it out, how it has occurred, what the motivations were,” Obama continued.
Read more about the press conference here.
Now if this was a tear, it wouldn’t be the first Obama has shed at press conference. Obama became emotional when issuing his statement after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December. Here’s a clip: