The original version of the photo by AP's Carolyn Kaster
was not Photoshopped. It shows Obama addressing supporters during a campaign event at Bayliss Park on Monday, August 13, in Council Bluffs, during a three-day campaign bus tour through the state of Iowa. The photo shows the Sun in the background, and Obama appears to be holding the solar-orb in his fingers like Hogwarts wizard Professor Dumbledore looking into a crystal ball to cast a binding spell on his enthralled dumb-muggle audience.
The Huffington Post
reports the image was first reported by Dan Amira of New York Magazine
, who speculates tongue-in-cheek that the photo was probably taken at a moment in his speech where Obama told the crowd: "Can Paul Ryan do this? Don't think so."
is churning out "Wizard Obama" meme versions of Kaster's original photo. See a few below: