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15 June 2010updated 27 Sep 2015 2:18am

Obama: Let’s all laugh at Beckham

President grins at Beckham’s reaction to Saturday’s US goal -- or does he?

By Samira Shackle

The photo above appears to show Barack Obama spontaneously reacting to David Beckham’s reaction to the England goalkeeper Robert Green’s epic fail in Saturday’s England-US World Cup match.

The Atlantic blog lauded the “sublime timing (and framing) by the photographer at the White House”.

But — as an update to the blog explains — it was too good to be true. Have a closer look at the picture, and check the reflection on the table. It’s a fake, apparently created by Matt Jordan. Oh well. Anglo-American relations live another day.

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