Thousands of people have blatantly disregarded the White House's statement that the photograph of Obama skeet shooting should not be edited.
A new trend has hit the internet, and this time it's in defiance of the White House itself! President Obama received criticism following his recent interview with the New Republic, in which he attempted to show sympathy for hunters by saying that he is a frequent skeet shooter. In order to prove the president was telling the truth, the White House released a photo on Saturday of the president, dressed in casual street clothes and firing a gun at Camp David last August 4.
As with anything from the White House, this photograph did not come without a statement, however. In order to insure the photo was used for its intended purpose, (to provide proof of the president's skeet shooting) the White House released the following statement along with the photo: "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."
Regardless and perhaps in blatant disobedience of the White House's specific guidelines of use for the photo, internet users quickly got to work editing their own versions of the White House's photograph. At 8:22AM CST Saturday morning, right wing author and media/political analyst Mark Dice posted the following statement on Twitter: "White House warns not to photoshop the picture of Obama shooting a gun! hahaha!" Soon thereafter, Dice "tweeted" this photo.
But Dice was not the only one to disregard the White House's guidelines. We Are Change NYC, We Are Change Milwaukee, Liberty Battles, and several other organizations and individuals soon provided their own edited versions of the photograph as well.