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That thing about “the photograph may not be manipulated in any way…” is standard boilerplate for the White House Flickr stream. It gives me a little thrill of pleasure whenever I pinch one of their photos for ‘Shopping, but for all I know, it’s been there since the Bush White House (assuming the White House had a Flickr stream then).

But, you know. Fun’s fun.

Say, ummm…what is this supposed to prove, exactly? Thanks to Twitter, I think, our national political conversation is something like



Comment from QuasiModo
Time: February 2, 2013, 11:19 pm

First! 🙂

Posting on a Saturday?

Comment from USCitizen
Time: February 2, 2013, 11:42 pm

Dija see Soopermexican’s version?


Comment from USCitizen
Time: February 2, 2013, 11:45 pm


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 3, 2013, 12:25 am

I liked the unanimated version. The animated version got away from him a little bit.

Comment from Tim
Time: February 3, 2013, 1:07 am


Comment from Gromulin
Time: February 3, 2013, 1:09 am

Someone showed him how to hold a shotgun like a rifle. Nice form, probably had a Marine pose him. G.I. Barry! Movable arms and legs! You just don’t shoot at a moving clay holding a tight cheek-weld like that. Or parallel to the ground…

I swear the dark area in the front of those mom-jeans looks like he’s peed hisself.

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: February 3, 2013, 5:22 am

It proves he holds his shotgun like an idiot, and it proves something else:

He felt it was necessary to show himself using a gun – that’s how badly they stumbled on this gun control stuff.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: February 3, 2013, 3:30 pm

Sure looks like that butt is a little high on his shoulder ( heh, did you see what I did there ?] and the muscles in his left arm look awfully tensed…like he knows he’s going to get an unpleasant surprise whien he yanks at that trigger.

Weasel, is that weapon he’s holding called a blunderbuss? Cause if it’s not, it should be

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 3, 2013, 4:46 pm

I was going for the classic Bugs Bunnyesque knot-in-the-barrel-gun-explodes ploy, but it didn’t come out all that well.

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Comment from Mojo
Time: February 3, 2013, 6:06 pm

Saying it’s forbidden simply insures that someone will ‘shop. Haven’t these folks ever dealt with a six year old?

Comment from Ghost
Time: February 3, 2013, 7:47 pm

Anyone else feel bad for the poor sucker launching the skeet who Obama seems to be aiming at? He’s probably pulled a few Cheney’s while he’s there, and that’s why they tried to keep these photos hidden.

Protip, Barack: when shooting something in the air, aim up…

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: February 3, 2013, 8:07 pm

Just gotta do it. The original image released by the White House is itself almost surely faked.

1) After over a week of insisting that he “shot skeet”; now they are saying that they meant that he was trap shooting, because if you are shooting skeet you have to aim up. The picture showed him firing horizontally. Here is a drawing of how a skeet range is set up.

A trap range can have a low flight path for some birds, but most will be rising. You have to lead above and ahead in the flight path.


Now either the White House [and maybe Obama himself] did not know what sport he was engaging in, or they were lying. And they doubled down on the mis-statement for a week.

2) Obama’s posture and the position of the butt of the shotgun have already been noted. If he fired a full charge shotgun round in that position; he would look like he had been backhanded by Michelle with her left hand. And probably have his left arm in a sling, and likely would have landed on the orifice he speaks out of. I will say that in both sports, you are swinging to lead. This posture does not look like he was doing that. It is theoretically possible that the still was taken just as he swung to that position, but not likely. He looks as stiff as some of the Airfix toy soldiers I had when I was a kid.

3) I mentioned “full charge”. Modern shotgun [and all firearm] rounds are loaded with what is referred to as smokeless powder. It burns faster and more completely than the old black powder [which I burn in multiples of a quarter pound at a time in muzzle loading cannons]. There is a lot less smoke at the muzzle of modern arms. Granting that once again, it may be an artifact of the still, but this still seems to have more smoke than normal. If you want to reduce the recoil for the shooter, or do a posed picture, you remove the shot from the round and possibly reduce the powder charge. Which limits the risk to the clay birds, drastically.

In the absence of the shot in the round, the powder is not held in long enough to burn completely, so you get more visible smoke.

Taken together, this has a high probability of being a posed publicity shot of the type that Kim Jong-Il would understand. http://tinyurl.com/axw7yxp

That type of press release is fair game for any kind of visual or verbal ridicule applied.

Subotai Bahadur

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: February 3, 2013, 8:12 pm

Sweas; I’ve got a post in the spam trap. Yeah, 3 links. Two of which are necessary, one is appropriate. Hope you get around to cleaning up the spam trap and save me from durance vile.

Subotai Bahadur

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 3, 2013, 8:48 pm

Sorry ’bout that.

Comment from BJM
Time: February 3, 2013, 10:08 pm

This one cracks me up every time I see it.

Pres Mom Jeans is prolly the only male on the planet who doesn’t look macho firing a shotgun. Rack this one up with his girlie bike cycling pics and even Urkle looks more studly.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: February 3, 2013, 10:38 pm

Weas; just for the record I was going for the Blunder/Obama association, not actually making any reference to the artist’s rendering of the weapon…. you see this whole charade was a typical blunder by THEONE© which will not help him with gun lovers and ( if there IS a God, will hurt him with his anti-gun base).

Comment from Deborah
Time: February 3, 2013, 10:42 pm

I laughed myself silly when I read the warning about the photograph. I knew we could count on you Stoaty! Splendid work, as always.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 4, 2013, 12:04 am

Oh yeah, BJM. The one with Her Maj is my favorite.

Comment from Feynmangroupie
Time: February 4, 2013, 6:15 am

SooperMexican’s version shows just how light,bright, and nearly white Pres.Jan Brady really is.

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Comment from Oh Hell
Time: February 5, 2013, 2:08 am

If he was really shooting, I want to see the bruises…..cause he doesn’t have a clue how to hold that shotgun. And by the way, how did the background check go, bo?

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: February 5, 2013, 7:22 pm

Final proof that the original photo released by the White House was faked. It was supposedly taken at Camp David on August 4, 2012. Which is “Teh Won”‘s birthday. During the day. The White House releases detailed schedules of the President’s activities. The press prints it.


Absent a time machine, this being a guest appearance on Ghost Hunters, or this being his long lost twin brother [Diety help our species gene pool]; it is fake. There is an interesting discussion of lights, shadows, and time of day in the comments.

Subotai Bahadur

Comment from p2
Time: February 6, 2013, 3:42 am

Just to beat a dead moose a little harder, if you look closely (get a stiff drink or 3 and embiggen the pic if you must) at the barrels, you’ll see what is known as porting about 4 inches back from the muzzle. That’s where the odd sideways puff is supposedly coming from. The trouble here is: there are ports on both sides, they’re oriented just slightly up from horizontal, and there’s smoke emitting vertically from only the one side. I own and frequently use a ported shotgun, amazingly similar to the one pictured, for doing exactly what our lad Barry is reportedly doing. In three dcades of shooting clay targets, I’ve not once seen gasses exit barrel porting quite like that. For the amount of taxes I pay each year, I’d at least expect the Dewey, Cheatum, & Howe Research Firm to get their fakery somewhat close to realistic.

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Comment from Fransisco
Time: May 14, 2014, 11:56 am

All you are snake holders to hell with each and eyvreone of you R.E Howard is rolling in his grave with this butchered Conan both are Clonans let’s get this fact in the open Conan is not out for revenge his family was never murdered Conan left his village tp see the world to live the tales that his grandfather told him 2011 raped Howards writing with its mentions of his great adventures the 1982 made Conan seem.dumb and only wanted sex Conan is what you call a noble savage .._Conan was not a dumb barbarian to hell with you all read the books Watch the movie the whole world wide It’s about R. E Howard and it shows how crazy he was about Conan here is the true score .winner None of them Kull felt more like a Conan movie hell it was suppose to be the third movie but was changed to Kull because Arnold couldn’t do the movie but if i had to watch either or its the 1982 because of the muiscal score well done Basil Poledouris

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