The Democratic women of the House, sworn in on Thursday, first gathered that morning for a photo. Except four didn’t make it by the appointed hour.
So House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office came up with a solution worthy of Stalinist Russia: photoshopping in the missing four.
The four, including U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, are shown in the last row, added after the photo shoot. They’re in the official version of the photo released by Pelosi’s office and on the leader’s Flicker photostream.
A news photo, taken by Getty Images, shows the women minus the four.
Here’s how the New York Times described it on its Caucus blog:
As latecomers wandered up, the women called for the photographer to wait, pointing out the stragglers.
“Here comes Rosa! Here comes Rosa!” they cheered, referring to Representative Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, who came jogging up from the left side.
They urged Representative Gwen Moore of Wisconsin to hurry, as she made her way down the steps and to the group. “I’m coming!” she said, to laughter.
But Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida emerged from the House moments too late, just as the group was dispersing. However, all was not lost; the photographer took some shots of the late arrivals, and the caucus plans to Photoshop them in.
Wasserman Schultz spokeswoman Mara Sloan said Friday that her boss was at the Congressional Black Caucus swearing-in ceremony, along with several other members of Congress, and was held up by people stopping to talk with her.
South Florida's newest congresswoman, Lois Frankel of West Palm Beach, is visible in a pink jacket in the second row.