Obama His Own Hero? (Updated)
Kate McMillan has discovered a treasure trove of photos at whitehouse.gov placed in a sub-subdirectory called “hero.” All of the photos in that subdirectory include a certain resident of the White House. Bob McCarty and Jeff Emanuel discovered the same thing independently.
Now, I’m pretty sure Obama doesn’t have time to upload photos to the White House website and that file naming conventions are delegated to some lower level official, such as Joe Biden. But, seriously, What the Hell?
Above, our hero watches the Super Bowl on television. (Oddly, the original has the embedded caption “Basketball on South Grounds Super Bowl Party.”)
UPDATE: A little more digging finds plenty of photos in the directory not featuring Obama; some, including this one, include no people at all.
For the record, the Bush White House used a more standard nomenclature. For example, this one is at /news/releases/2009/01/images/20090115_d-0376-6-515h.html.
UPDATE 2: Commenter Urbaniac may have solved our little mystery:
“Hero: When viewing a proof sheet or selection of images, the Hero image is the image selected for final use i.e. typically the best image from the selection.”-Photography terms glossary
Not necessarily the most efficient way of cataloging the images but it makes some sense. The folder is protected (as it should be) so I can’t review the images collectively but it would indeed be useful to have the “heroes” in a separate folder.