Members of the conservative media have been trying to create a fake sex scandal between President Obama and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt.
Their only "evidence" are two pictures on Twitter.
The first picture is President Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Thorning-Schmidt taking a "selfie" picture together while First Lady Michelle Obama is caught during a moment of seriousness during a four-hour long memorial service for the late Nelson Mandela.
Another photo (right) of President Obama and Thorning-Schmidt is supposed to be further evidence of inappropriate sexual flirting, only feet away from Michelle Obama.
The New York Post's Andrea Peyser falsely claimed that President Obama was "using the solemn occasion of Nelson Mandela’s memorial service Tuesday to act like a hormone-ravaged frat boy on a road trip to a strip bar."
Peyser also made an effort to sexualize and objectify Thorning-Schmidt as "voluptuously curvy":
In front of 91 world leaders, the mourning nation of South Africa and Obama’s clearly furious wife, Michelle, the president flirted, giggled, whispered like a recalcitrant child and made a damn fool of himself at first sight of Denmark’s voluptuously curvy and married prime minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt.
Peyser sexually objectified Thorning-Schmidt again, calling her a "Danish tart," while falsely trying to paint President Obama as a lecherous skirt chaser:
Thorning-Schmidt placed her hands dangerously close to Obama’s side. The president’s cackling head moved inches from the Danish tart’s and yards away from his wife’s. Obama then proceeded to absorb body heat from the Dane, which he won’t be feeling at home for a long time.
After demeaning Obama and Thorning-Schmidt with her sick imagination, Peyser claimed that Obama "owes the world an apology."
Peyser also called Thorning-Schmidt a "Danish hellcat" and a "cross-legged Danish cupcake."
Over at The Christian Post, Family Research Council member and self-proclaimed Christian Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison also tried to create a fake scandal between Obama and Thorning-Schmidt.
As Peyser did, Blackwell and Morrison tried to sexualize and objectify Thorning-Schmidt as "Denmark's shapely blonde chief of government."
Blackwell and Morrison added, "They are seen yucking it up like teenagers while First Lady Michelle Obama sits up attentively, the perfect picture of dignity and respect - and keeping her distance from the antics."
But Blackwell and Morrison failed to mention there were several pictures of Michelle Obama smiling with them, as recalled by Agence France-Presse (AFP) photographer Robert Schmidt who took the pictures.
In an AFP article entitled, "The story behind 'that selfie'" Schmidt said the moment was not as sordid as the conservative media have made it out to be.
"For me, the behavior of these leaders in snapping a selfie seems perfectly natural," Schmidt wrote. "I see nothing to complain about, and probably would have done the same in their place."
Schmidt said Obama had just delivered his Mandela eulogy and took his seat. Obama recognized British Prime Minister David Cameron, but did not immediately know the woman sitting to his right, who turned out to be Thorning-Schmidt.
Schmidt photographed the "selfie" two hours into the ceremony, which was expected to last another two hours.
"The atmosphere was totally relaxed -- I didn't see anything shocking in my viewfinder, president of the U.S. or not. We are in Africa," wrote Schmidt.
"I later read on social media that Michelle Obama seemed to be rather peeved on seeing the Danish prime minister take the picture," added Schmidt. "But photos can lie."
According to Schmidt, a few seconds earlier, Michelle Obama was joking with those around her, including Cameron and Thorning-Schmidt: "Her stern look was captured by chance."
Sources: The Christian Post, New York Post, AFP