Saturday, April 27, 2013

Skeetgate At White House Correspondents' Dinner

President Obama spoofs his Camp David shooting photo...
As part of his speech on Saturday night at the 2013 White House Correspondents' Dinner President Obama aired photoshopped images of himself, including what he said was the "actual" version of a photo showing him shooting skeet at Camp David, the woodsy presidential retreat in Maryland.  The real photo, released by the White House in February, was widely criticized and analyzed in social media, with doubters saying it was manipulated, in what was dubbed "Skeetgate."  The President joked that critics were right, and presented the photoshopped image, above

It features the President holding a gun and kneeling atop a racecar with Vice President Joe Biden in the passenger seat, a rainbow and an eagle, and a kitten with laser-beam eyes.

"You remember a few months ago, my administration put out a photograph of me going skeet shooting at Camp David?  You remember that?  And quite a number of people insisted that this had been photoshopped," President Obama said.  

"But tonight I have something to confess:  You were right.  Guys, can we show them the actual photo?  We were just trying to tone it down a little bit."  

"That was an awesome day," the President said as the crowd of about 2,700 gathered in the ballroom at the Washington Hilton laughed and applauded.
Above, the real skeet photo, taken by chief White House photographer Pete Souza on August 4th, 2012, the President's 51st birthday.  During his speech, the President also showed photoshopped images of himself sporting First Lady Michelle Obama's now-trademark bangs.  All of the images were flashed on screens in the ballroom.

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 page with each official posted photograph.

 "President Barack Obama shoots clay targets on the range at Camp David, Md., Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012," read the caption with the real shooting photo on the White House Flickr.

The video of the President's remarks:

The full transcript.

*Top photo from the White House; second by Pete Souza/White House