Mr. President, you were totally asking for this photo of you “skeet shooting” to be edited the minute you told us not to do it. You know Americans, we are incorrigible and we really like our 1st amendment rights.
So this comment:
“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 photography 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 suggest approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.”
was sort of like waving a giant red sheet in front of the raging bull of conservative disdain.
What exactly did you think was going to happen?
First of all, you are a public figure. Everything you do and every photo you put out of the public, no matter what nicely worded request you tack on to it, is open for public shows of adoration and scorn to anyone who cares to make one.
Secondly, parody is protected under the 1st amendment (as someone who taught constitutional law, you’d think you would know that). So what are you going to do? Spank us for photoshopping your photo? We’ve been doing that for upwards of 4 years, did you really think that this time would be any different?
In fact, conservatives probably made more photoshopped images as a result of this directive from the White House, as a giant middle finger salute to you and your administration.
As I have no artistic ability whatsoever (the extent of my editing ability is the fact that I can doodle a little, make business cards on Vistaprint, and print brochures and flyers for my office) I’ll just share a few of my favorite photoshopped salutes to the 1st amendment and parody.