Saturday, April 27, 2013

President Obama Wears The First Lady's Bangs

At Correspondent's Dinner, "one of Michelle’s tricks"...
As part of his speech on Saturday night at the 2013 White House Correspondents' Dinner to a crowd of about 2,700 gathered in the ballroom at the Washington Hilton, President Obama showed photoshopped images of himself, including three photos where he sported First Lady Michelle Obama's now-trademark bangs.  The images were flashed on four screens in the ballroom.

"Second term, you need a burst of new energy, try some new things.  And my team and I talked about it.  We were willing to try anything.  So we borrowed one of Michelle’s tricks," the President said to laughter and applause.  

"I thought this looked pretty good, but no bounce," the President said to more laughter.

The bangin' photo above is a manipulated image of the President's first official portrait by chief White House photographer Pete Souza, while the photo at top is a manipulated image of another Souza photo.

Photographs from the White House "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," reads a notice on the official White House Flickr with each posted photograph.

Above, a third photo from the dinner showed the President wearing bangs while seated with former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. 

The First Lady said recently that her bangs are "irritating," and in an interview jokingly credited them to a "mid-life crisis." Unveiled on her 49th birthday in January, Mrs. Obama's bangs got loads of attention at the President's second inauguration.

The President also showed a photo during his remarks that spoofed a White House photo showing him shooting skeet at Camp David.  The speech included the playing of "Obama," a White House video made by director Steven Spielberg, spoofing the movie "Lincoln." Comic Conan O'Brien hosted the dinner.

The video of the President's remarks:

The full transcript.

*Top two photos by White House; third a screengrab