Paula Bolyard at Pajamas Media:
Asked by MSNBC’s Kristen Welker why he included a photo of President Obama donning tiara in a his collection of “2014: A Year in Photos,“ White House photographer Pete Souza said, “I thought it showed a very human side of him. He has a lot of fun with babies and young kids and I think he just got caught up in the moment that if they are wearing their tiaras, he is going to wear one too. I asked him to do it and he went along.”
“Was there a lot of urging?” Welker asked. “Can you take us behind the scenes?”
“Not much urging at all,” said Souza. “I think he said something like this picture is just for us.”
According to Tulsa World, an 8-year old Brownie named Miriam was the one who asked the president to put on the tiara during a brief meeting with her scout troop in May.
“I was like, ‘I have a tiara for you. Do you want to put it on?’” Miriam said she asked the president.
“He said, ‘No, thank you. I’ll give it to my girls,’ ” she recalled.
“Once the press left the room, he said, ‘Don’t tell anyone, but I’ll put on the tiara,’ ” Miriam said.
Apparently some people are bothered by this story. I’m not one of them. There is a long list of things to criticize Obama for, but this is just silly. Some people think he needs to project strength but at this point in his presidency I doubt another picture would change anyone’s opinion of him one iota.