It's all very easy for me to say so now, I freely admit.
But I honestly, honestly, honestly did wonder at the time why, in the famous picture of Obama looking butch and resolute during the Bin Laden raid, it appeared to be a slightly smaller-than-life-sized cardboard cut-out of the glorious leader, rather than the man himself.
And also why he was sat unimportantly at the back, like the equally fake-looking 'ordinary Joe' standing witnesses, rather than round the big table, next to the one unoccupied laptop.
It simply never occurred to me to take that idle reflection any further, and speculate that he might be photoshopped because... well, why would he be? Where the hell else could he have been?
Now we know that he was out of the room playing cards with a pal because he didn't fancy all that nasty, boring presidential stuff, it all becomes clear, and the really interesting question becomes: did he deliberately pose for the fake shot, or did they use the best one they could find already in existence?
The fact that he's not round the table where he should be suggests the latter. On the other hand, there's no way they could possibly risk reusing a shot that's already in the public domain. So why waste time searching through already extant unpublished shots of him, even assuming they could find one with his head and eyes at the right angle, and the right kind of gritty expression on his face?
The irresistible conclusion is that he sat down and posed for it, and it's quite something, taking that as your premise, to ponder just what kind of a man that would mean we're dealing with here.
And that brings me back to the same old indecision I've been nursing over this character from day one.
Does he know exactly what he is doing? Is he in control, deliberately and knowingly and systematically conducting the course of his presidency?
Or is he the ultimate puppet: the idol to whom the Left must inevitably flock, pop icon of the Leftist media, impossible for them to attack no matter what he does, a political and conceptual masterstroke behind whom the real players do their thing?
I can't even decide if he's incredibly clever or incredibly stupid: everything he's done is pretty much open to either interpretation. Yet it is one or the other; no inbetweens, I'm sure of that.
He is a genuine mystery.
At the moment, thinking of him taking it easy elsewhere while the real leaders masterminded the Bin Laden attack, I'm back to thinking he's Peter Sellers in Being There.
Tomorrow, I may well change my mind again.
A tragedy for his people, certainly. But what an interesting chap.