(Thanks, EOS). Stung by the laughter from the non mainstream press at the Kenyan’s claim to be an avid skeet shooter, the White House has ginned up a picture purporting to show the Golfer in Chief firing at his bodyguards. So far so normal, but the lackeys released their effort to the press accompanied by this warning:
“This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.”
I don’t own a PhotoShop program yet – a situation I’ve been meaning to remedy, but I guarantee you that there are many bloggers out there ready to respond to the White House’s dare, and I’ll post the results as they become available.
(Do check out the position of the gun stock as painted in by his handlers. They could at least tuck it away low into the shoulder where it belongs. And what’s with the steam kettle thing going on around the barrel – two little clouds of smoke? One from the side-mounted muzzle, perhaps? Now that’s an assault weapon!)
UPDATE: AJ notices something else: “What’s interesting about that photo is that the gun is pointed up and his line of vision (the tilt of the head) is pointed down, almost as if he closed his eyes when he pulled the trigger.”
UPDATE II: A reader informs me that the side vent is from a muzzle break which, unlike a flash suppresser is, as of now, still legal. But here’s another question: why is the normally politically astute White House bothering with this unless the backlash against his gun demonization campaign is growing out of control? Certainly his own supporters will give him no points for pretending to love guns, and gun owners know exactly who he is and won’t join his game of pretend even if he poses with an Abrams tank, so what’s the point? Gotta be that he’s hearing from Democrats in the hinterlands (Al Franken, anyone?) who are getting clobbered by their constituents.