TODAY | January 05, 2013
>>> what is a proud moment for housing minority leader nancy pelosi is also a bit of an awkward one. all 61 democratic women of the house were invited to take a photo c kelly o'donnell report, what happened next had critics' tongues wagging.
>> reporter: picture this -- washington welcomed a new congress to town. a day made for the snapshot of a lifetime. all across the capitol, hundreds of individual photo ops on thursday. some ended up with squirming children, others a surprising squeeze from the vice president. but this class photo made many ask what's wrong with this picture?
>> i think leader pelosi would have been better off to say it's a photograph, get over it.
>> reporter: the call had gone out to all 61 democratic women of the house .
>> one, two, three, one more --
>> reporter: a group shot meant to frame the democrats' record number of women. well, shudder to think there had been stragglers. and in just 33 degrees, the rest were too cold to count heads. funny thing is, no one was missing when the official portrait went out.
>> it was a historical record of who the democratic women of congress are.
>> check out the back row. a few faces were added. their shots taken after the group rushed to the next event.
>> wasn't like we had the rest of the day to stand there.
>> reporter: did a little photoshopping break any rules? more for political spin than historical record .
>> politicians are acting by a different standard. and unless this is supposed to be for the national archives , then the democrats are entitled to photoshop in a nice hawaiian backdrop if they like.
>> reporter: in washington, a doctored photo is worth a thousand words from critics. for "today," kelly o'donnell, nbc news, the capitol.