Friday night, the White House posted on its website a photo of Vice President Joe Biden and National Security Advisor Susan Rice entitled "National Security Advisor Rice Helps Vice President Biden," which I noted here. Twitchy also picked up on the photo, but from the Twitter account of official White House photographer Pete Souza. And that's where the trouble begins.
Note Souza's description: "Natl Sec Adv Susan E. Rice cleans a stain on VP Joe Biden's suitcoat today." But when the White House posted the photo, the caption was different: "National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice helps Vice President Joe Biden with his pocket handkerchief, in a hall outside the Oval Office." All traces of a "stain" have been scrubbed (so to speak.)
So where does the truth lie? Did the vice president's suitcoat literally have a stain? Is the administration preparing talking points even as we speak? Will Susan Rice once again hit the Sunday talks shows to try to tamp down rumors of a coverup? As details leak out, we may learn that Hankygate is nothing to sneeze at.