Romney Family 'RMoney' Picture

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Greatest Freudian Slip in History?

Netlore Archive: Image circulating on Facebook and elsewhere purports to show presidential candidate Mitt Romney and family wearing T-shirts that spell out 'MONEY' or 'R MONEY'. Image source: unknown, circulating via social media

Description: Viral image / Joke
Circulating since: Feb. 2012
Status: Fake (see details below)

Example caption:
As posted on Facebook, March 7, 2012:

Romney’s family misspell their last name in the greatest Freudian slip in history.

Analysis: The adult male in the above image is indeed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, but those are not his children standing in front of him, nor, in the original, unretouched AP photo by Gerald Herbert, do the letters on the shirts they're wearing spell out "MONEY" (or "RMONEY"). They spell "ROMNEY." An unknown prankster manipulated the image to switch the positions of the "M" and the "O," and voila — a visual joke needling Mitt Romney for his wealth (estimates say he's worth between $85 million and $264 million).

According to the original Associated Press caption, the folks accompanying Romney are members of the Fisher family of Nevada, all fervent Romney supporters, apparently.

The Photoshopped version first appeared in a forum on Feb. 4, 2012, the day after the AP photo was taken.