Earlier this week, New York Times columnist David Brooks declared that Barack Obama was bringing dignity back to America. Yesterday, by contrast, a photo taken in Italy emerged that shows Obama doing like the locals, practically spinning out of his shoes while checking out a young lady's shapely rump. So some say ... (Update: Uh-oh, she's a teenager! Conflicting reports say she's either 16 or 17)

French President Nicolas Sarkozy, whose more subtly lecherous gaze was completely overshadowed, thanks Obama for all the attention on the leader of the free world. (Though Sarkozy wasn't so smooth here.)

After the jump, watch the video that may debunk the whole Rumpgate affair.

As the story keeps developing, MSNBC is reporting that Obama may have just been turning to offer a gentlemanly arm. Sarkozy, on the other hand, still seems to be enthralled. Let's study the replay:

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What do you think? Was this an Obama oops or is Rumpgate simply a case of too much telephoto? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

From the Web:

Whooty and Proud?
While we're on the subject of rumpage. (Lemondrop)

The 4 Craziest Right-Wing Fears About Obama
Copping a stare isn't one of them. (Cracked)