Gary He once got clocked by Danny Glover, when he worked as a photographer for the New York Daily News. Today, the native New Yorker is famous for something equally weird: He created the image of Obama as Harry Truman, clutching a tablet computer displaying CNN’s homepage mistake on Thursday morning.
After initially saying “I’m trying not to comment on it,” when reached by telephone, He relented and talked a little bit: “I was following the conversation on Twitter and I made a comment about how CNN’s gaffe was this generation’s Dewey Defeats Truman moment,” he said. Lightbulb: On! He threw together the illustration and tweeted it, thinking “maybe I’ll get a few laughs.”
His image, posted on Yfrog, has been viewed more than 28,000 times. And it’s not just dominating your Facebook feed: In Salon, Alex Pareene used it as the lead image for a blog post. Marc Ambinder tweeted to He that the White House had seen the image. The New York Times ran the darn thing!
He, 27, said he works in PR, and his portfolio is full of intriguing moments like this photo of Jason Segel and Paul Rudd. The NYU grad, who majored in journalism and history, has never had a photo go viral before, and on Twitter at least, he appears to be having a ball.
@heoj all fun and games. glad i was able to make so many people smile (also drop some history…josh did not know the history of the photo!)
— Gary He (@garyhe) June 28, 2012
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