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Claim: Photographs show Presidents Clinton and Bush peering through binoculars with the lens caps still in place.
Origins: The photographs above have been a favorite item of political humor on web sites since for years, the first appearing in 2001 and the next one following a year later.
Also, there are reasons why binoculars (especially types used by the military) shown in a photograph might appear to be capped when they really aren't: the lenses could be coated with a non-reflective material to cut down on glare and prevent gleams of light from reflecting off the lens and revealing one's position to the enemy, or the binoculars could be NVD (night vision devices) which also work in daylight (provided they have caps with small holes in place to block out most of the light).
Another photograph of President Bush taken from the same sequence as the one above demonstrates that even if his binoculars did initially have their lens caps in place, they weren't there for long:
In February 2007, Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz was ridiculed in the press for reportedly viewing military maneuvers through binoculars with the lens caps still in place:
According to the BBC, the photographer who snapped the picture said that Peretz peered through the capped binoculars several times, on each occasion nodding as
Last updated: 23 February 2007
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