The Photoshop Presidency

Russ Steele

It looks like the Obama Administration has issued yet again another photoshopped photo of the “Situation Room”  Mara Zebest has another example at the American Thinker. Another attempt to show that the O was in change, when in fact he was on the golf course. Details HERE

This presidency will be know in history as the Photoshop Presidency.

And now another attempt to show the O’s leadership with yet again another photoshopped product.  When will the hacks on Obama staff learn that there are much smarter people out here in the hinterlands with more skills than they do?  Oh!

Here is a segment of the discussion I found most interesting:

 Obama’s entire “Composite Presidency” and administration are orchestrated in this fashion.  Not only is the photo’s legitimacy in question, but so is the narrative illusion behind it.  Obama knew of OBL’s location for a year and refused to act.  The CIA admits that there was “no live video feed,” as implied by the iconic White House photo.  It is anyone’s guess what the captive audience was looking at, but it wasn’t the OBL raid.  It was recently reported that a highly lawyered CYA memo was drafted that made it clear that the military would take all blame for any errors, while Obama would claim all glory for successes.  Not surprisingly, the real heroes seem to have a problem with this form of spiking the ball and using our brave SEALs for political gain.  Why would Obama need to Photoshop the Situation Room photos?  For the same reason behind everything else he does: to influence perception in which everything is about Obama


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

8 Responses to The Photoshop Presidency

  1. It is interesting that each time there is a release it is a copy of a copy. I recall Neil Abecrombie, now Governor of Hawaii, stating he would clear all this up when he got elected in 2010 then reality hit him. He stated he was unable to find the “real” certificate. He has said nothing since then.

  2. Michael Anderson says:

    Since when did the marketing of the president become news? This crap started with golfin’ Gerry Ford (to clean up the tawdry mess created by Sweaty Dick), and was honed to a fine pitch with Reagan riding horsies and such.

    I mean really, do we have nothing else to talk about in this country? Seriously?

    • We all seem to be busy talking about a whole lot of issues. One of them is the US Constitution. Try and get involved and stop whining MichaelA. Sheesh!

    • Ryan Mount says:

      It’s the novelization of the Presidency. You know, how they write a novel to capitalize on a popular movie or to extend the film’s enterprise? The Star Wars series had several dreadful novelizations.

      There’s the President and then there’s the story of the President. We tend to like the story more than the actual President. In the case of Obama, we have the interesting phenomena of him writing his own novelizations prior to running.

      • Interesting analysis. I had not thought about it that way.

      • benjaminemery says:

        It is a hell of a story though. I generally vote on issues and was lured by the historical context of a Obama presidency. Although much better than George W Bush on many issues the Obama administration gets an F in my book on restoring our civil liberties and standing up to big business, he invited them into the cabinet while expanding all the stripping of our civil liberties. Those who caused the financial crisis are the heads of his financial team, Ken Salazar and Tom Vilsack are corporate reps for a couple more examples. Its incredible and it makes perfect sense why our government is broken.

      • Ryan Mount says:

        Hi Ben-

        Usually the novelization happens during the campaign and certainly afterwards. You see the partisan romanticizing with players like Reagan (the Great Communicator) and Clinton (our first Black President). I find both Bush II and Obama’s “stories” a fascinating narrative with the body politic.

        Let me pick on Bush II for a moment. Here you have an Ivy League educated, millionaire, Texas transplant, running as the non-elitist guy you want to have a beer with. WTF? I can’t count the number of times I heard supporters proclaim that they would love to “have a beer” with him. Barf. I wanted to step on his foot, hard, and ask him what the hell are you doing?

        Obama is an enigma, but in mind a more perfect novelized President, even surpassing the post-presidency narratives about Reagan. We can’t seem to get a straight answer out of him other than what he wrote in his autobiographies, which sections are admitted fabrications (lies). And as a “Constitutional Law Professor,” he doesn’t seem to understand basic, well, Constitutional Law. Yet, people flock to defend him. He even tried the Bush II “beer” meme as an attempt to ground him, which IMO just looked contrived.

  3. Arthur M. Day. says:

    An admonition that’s making the rounds up here in the upper left corner. If you voted for him in ’08 to prove you weren’t racist, you need to vote against him in ’12 to prove you can learn from your mistakes.

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