A picture of what appears to be a pint-sized version of the Carters posing with the jumbo-sized Bidens is triggering a gigantic reaction online.
The Carter Center released a photo Monday night of President BidenJoe Biden1.6 million US air passengers fly in a day for first time since last March Biden administration eyeing long-term increase in food stamps: report Conspiracy against the poor MORE and first lady Jill BidenJill BidenThe Hill’s 12:30 Report – Presented by ExxonMobil – Trump, Cheney trade jabs The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Emergent BioSolutions – Biden sales pitch heads to Virginia and Louisiana Biden offers well wishes on Orthodox Easter, notes progress in coronavirus fight MORE smiling alongside former President Carter and former first lady Rosalyn Carter in the ex-first family’s Plains, Ga., home during a visit last week.
Thank you President and Mrs. Biden! pic.twitter.com/QcA33iUev4
— The Carter Center (@CarterCenter) May 4, 2021
But the seemingly funhouse-like perspective of the snapshot — which made the current executive mansion residents look humongous and the 96-year-old former commander in chief and first lady appear miniscule — left many observers baffled.
okay i cannot stop staring at this picture pic.twitter.com/pC24zbviW5
— Evan Smith (@evanasmith) May 4, 2021
I absolutely love the Carters and Bidens, but this is the most insane photo ever. It’s like the Biden’s in Wonderland. Seriously, wtf!
— (((NoSympathy4ThisDevil)))❄✊ (@NoSympathy4) May 4, 2021
Fun fact: Jimmy CarterJimmy CarterBiden marks 100th day plugging jobs plan in Georgia The Hill’s 12:30 Report – Fauci predicts significant ‘drop’ in COVID cases as vaccinations near threshold Biden picks dandelion flower for Jill from White House lawn MORE and his wife are both now somehow the size of first graders. pic.twitter.com/jADjgNDF99
— Super 70s Sports (@Super70sSports) May 4, 2021
I think the world of these 4 people, but dang, the Carters seem no bigger than these vintage porcelain replicas of George & Martha Washington. pic.twitter.com/5UsvetCBJk
— Joel Richmond (@jcrsaltman) May 4, 2021
Sorry. Not sorry. pic.twitter.com/lhsLrZwe4T
— Jesse Ferguson (@JesseFFerguson) May 4, 2021
Some photographers chalked up the head-turning visual to an optical illusion of sorts, caused by both the wide-angle lens that was likely used to capture the photo in the small space and the positioning of the couples.
Others questioned the height of both presidents and first ladies. Carter biographer Jonathan Alter told The Washington Post that the nonagenarian former president, who’s 5 foot 10 inches, and Rosalyn Carter, who’s 5 foot 5 inches, aren’t “tiny people, but they are in the medium to smaller size among presidents and first ladies.”
Plus, Alter told the paper, “the fact that when you’re very old, you shrink.”
Biden is about 6 feet tall, according to his physician.
For those questioning the perspective, this is me with President Carter in 2015. I’m behind him and the girls beside of him are probably 5’2-5’6. His height hasn’t deteriorated that much in 5.5 years. It’s definitely the photo perspective. pic.twitter.com/Rs5Kn5byc5
— Collan Lee McCoy (@CollanMcCoy) May 4, 2021
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Carters didn’t travel to Washington for Biden’s inauguration in January. The get-together last week in the Peach State was the first time the foursome had met since Biden became president.