During President Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony in Washington D.C., Amy Klobuchar was seen taking a selfie with Bernie Sanders and John McCain.
A bit of camaraderie...my seat mates at the inauguration: Senators Sanders and McCain. pic.twitter.com/2iJK3Tev2y— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) January 20, 2017
While she was clicking a selfie, the three senators were pictured by Getty Images as well. The picture caused a stir on social media as people noticed a problem with the caption. The caption written by Getty Images and republished by SFGate.com read, “A woman takes a selfie with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) (R) on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20, 2017 in Washington, D.C.”
Klobuchar, who can easily be seen wearing the gold coat and red scarf, was simply identified as “a woman.”
A woman takes a picture with two identified male senators.— Joanna Simkin (@JoannaSimkin) January 22, 2017
A woman named Senator Amy Klobuchar. pic.twitter.com/j38kwWOYlq
Don't believe that sexism in politics is still a thing? That unidentified woman is SENATOR AMY KLOBUCHAR with same title as Sanders/McCain. pic.twitter.com/0I6EXYIQl0— Kendally Brown ?? (@kendallybrown) January 23, 2017
Who is this fun lady taking a selfie with all those powerful male Senators?!— Laurel Ruza (@lauruza) January 23, 2017
Oh right, it's the senior Senator from MN, Amy Klobuchar pic.twitter.com/5PglGeOLvI
After screenshot of the photo went viral on social media, the caption was changed and a correction was run saying, “SFGate updated this caption after spotting the photographer’s mistake and is reviewing procedures for automatically ingesting captions. We apologize for publishing the original inappropriate caption, and have apologized to Sen. Klobuchar for using the original Getty caption in the first place.”
An apology was also sent out from Getty Images spokeswoman Kelly Goucher.
However, the senator thinks the backlash surrounding the original caption is endearing and amusing. “Since only senators were seated in that section (with many layers of security) it did seem a bit odd that they didn’t try to pin down who the random 'woman' was sitting next to Senators McCain and Sanders. Next time I will wear a big name tag or better yet a Vikings jersey with my name on the back.”
Klobuchar has been serving in Congress since 2007 and was the first woman from Minnesota elected to the Senate.
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