President Obama shares his take on finger-pointing picture


by Marie Saavedra

Posted on January 27, 2012 at 6:15 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 27 at 8:48 AM

PHOENIX -- What were President Obama and Governor Jan Brewer saying in that now infamous picture? 24 hours later, it seems we're no closer to the truth.

"He changed the subject to my book, 'Scorpions for Breakfast,' and was a little disenchanted if you will about how he was portrayed," said Gov. Brewer in an interview Thursday.

In her book, the governor wrote that the president was patronizing, lecturing her during their meeting in 2010. But that's not quite how she described it that day.

"I thought it was a very cordial discussion. I feel like it was a successful meeting. And I'm encouraged by that," she said in June 2010.

Apparently that is what the president brought up, but he downplayed the pointing today in an interview with ABC, calling it a political opportunity.

"I think it's always good publicity for a Republican if they're in an argument with me," the president said. "This was really not a big deal."

His words are only adding to the picture's appeal.

"It's not cut and dry. What did happen? It's mystery, it's intrigue, it's every element you want in a news story," said Dr. Bill Silcock with the Cronkite School of Journalism. He cites the power of the picture capturing one quick moment.

"We don't know enough about the truth related to this picture. What's really being said. If she really was having a heated argument about something or that's just what she does when she gestures," he said.

And that's what the photo leaves you to decide -- whether you believe the subjects or not.