America Keeps Staring at This Photo of Kellyanne
Some call it disrespectful, some don't see the big deal
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 28, 2017 4:33 AM CST
Updated Feb 28, 2017 6:03 AM CST
President Donald Trump, right, meets with leaders of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017. Also at the meeting...   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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(Newser) – When former President Obama was photographed with his feet propped up on the Oval Office desk, the accusations that he was "desecrating" the office were so loud that Snopes weighed in (and found near-identical shots of George W. Bush and Gerald Ford). The latest accusations of disrespect are now being hurled at Kellyanne Conway, who was photographed Monday with her feet tucked under her legs while tapping on her phone on an Oval Office couch. "Twitter freaks," USA Today declares, with some users suggesting their reaction was exacerbated by the setting: Conway was surrounded by leaders of historically black colleges and universities who were meeting with the president. "Now, you can't expect us to take this 'meeting' seriously when this is the setting," tweeted Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson.

As for what she was doing on her phone, the AFP reports Conway was reviewing a photo she had just snapped of the group. Gateway Pundit suggests the couch position was selected so as to allow her to take picture without blocking the pool cameras (a photo here illustrates that), and it declares the whole thing "yet another example of why the Trump administration has such heartburn in dealing with the media": President Trump was meeting with some 60 black college leaders, and the media's gaze is solely on Conway, it argues. Mother Jones Engagement Editor Ben Dreyfuss was unperturbed by the picture, tweeting, "She was taking a photo. This is the dumbest outrage ever."

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