There is something amiss with the Camp David photos recently posted by the White House — and it’s not just the clocks.
The White House on Sunday morning posted a photo of Joe Biden at Camp David, where he was vacationing when the news hit that Afghanistan was falling into the hands of the Taliban.
This morning, the President and Vice President met with their national security team and senior officials to hear updates on the draw down of our civilian personnel in Afghanistan, evacuations of SIV applicants and other Afghan allies, and the ongoing security situation in Kabul. pic.twitter.com/U7IpK3Hyj8
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 15, 2021
“This morning, the President and Vice President met with their national security team and senior officials to hear updates on the draw down of our civilian personnel in Afghanistan, evacuations of SIV applicants and other Afghan allies, and the ongoing security situation in Kabul,” the account said.
One of the first things people noticed was the utter lack of Operational Security: It showed on the television that there were camera feeds from both the CIA and Doha Station.
Heck of a job, White House communications shop. I figure you would want to crop out the teleconference screens labeled "CIA" and "Doha Station." You panicking amateur idiots. https://t.co/ZFoICYYVwO
— Jim Geraghty (@jimgeraghty) August 15, 2021
“Heck of a job, White House communications shop. I figure you would want to crop out the teleconference screens labeled ‘CIA’ and ‘Doha Station’,” NRO’s Jim Geraghty tweeted. “You panicking amateur idiots.”
The image also looked somewhat similar to other recent photos of Biden at Camp David.
This is a White House photo of President Biden speaking with Vice President Kamala Harris and members of his national security team from Camp David in Maryland, on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021.
Then it gets odd. The new White House photo issued on Sunday shows the clocks with twenty-six minutes advanced. It is depicted as being from Sunday morning at 11:29 EST. Joe Biden is in a different outfit.
It should be noted that while Tehran is shown as a half-hour difference from Moscow, it is actually an hour and a half difference. For whatever reason, that’s also wrong.
The time difference raised some major questions. One of the first to notice it was Scuba Mike on Twitter.
JOE IS NOTY AT CAMP DAVID!
THE WHOLE TV IS PHOTOSHOPPED INTO THE OLD PICTURE!
The current time difference is 2 hours so this picture could not have been taken today. The whole TV is fake and this was not today. pic.twitter.com/Twzv4PmkpM
— SCUBA MIKE 🤿 (@SCUBA2024) August 16, 2021
“The current time difference is 2 hours so this picture could not have been taken today,” Scuba Mike weighed in. “The whole TV is fake and this was not today.” (It should be noted that this claim has not been confirmed.)
— Justin Hart (@justin_hart) August 16, 2021
“Note the time in London and Moscow on the clocks. Clocks show 3 hour time difference. However, there is currently only a 2 hour difference. Before March, London and Moscow have a 3 hour time difference because of daylight savings. Is this a stock photo?” a user named Real Developments asked.
“Whoa. He’s right,” Justin Hart responded. “Currently, London and Moscow are only 2 hours apart but this shows them as 3!? Is this an old photo?!”
There is more evidence to suggest that something is amiss with the Biden photos presented as being taken this weekend. Namely, the president’s hair.
If you go back to Biden’s first foreign policy speech on February 4th, which would be before the time zone change, you can see that he has more hair covering his bald spot than he does now.
If you fast forward even to March, at his first press briefing, you can see the rapid progression of the president’s balding.
Now, take another look at the photos said to be from this weekend at Camp David. This one is said to be from Saturday. See anything different?
Take a look at the other photo released from Sunday.
Now, take a look at Biden’s hair after this weekend as he left his speech on the Afghanistan withdrawal. Do you see the issue here?
When Politifact attempted to “fact check” the Camp David clocks problem, it reached out to the White House for an explanation. It did not receive any word back.
Maybe there’s a perfectly good explanation for why the Camp David clocks are set to the way they would be in February. Just like there’s a reason why Biden got a bald spot, grew hair back, and then balded again — all in one weekend.
There’s a better explanation: President Biden was indisposed this weekend as Afghanistan fell to the Taliban and a White House staffer posted the unreleased Camp David photos that were on hand from February. Of course, this must seem to be an ‘impossibility’ for a mainstream news media that often fails to be nearly as critical of the Biden administration as they were about the last.
But given the evidence at hand, it is the best available explanation at this point in time.