Conservatives have had a ball with a recent photo released by the White House. The photo illustrates Barack Obama discharging a shotgun. Conservative media has demonstrated how easy the photo could have been altered to position a shotgun with the President.
Let's get beyond the hype of the media and the frolics of the right mocking the photo shop work of art.
This is a disturbing display of the extent of the White House to smoke and mirror Obama's supposed gun wielding savvy.
A Reuters News Service report on the same day Obama was golfing at Andrews Air Force Base, throws mud on the premise he was shooting clay pigeons at Camp David in the mountains of Maryland. The date of the occurrence was Saturday, August 4, 2012. This was the President's 51st birthday. Reuters reported the President spent his birthday 'on the course'. Reuters continued saying Obama 'helicoptered to the Camp David presidential retreat for a quiet evening off the campaign trail.' His evening activities consisted of 'a birthday meal he expected to shared with his wife, Michelle.' There was no mention by Reuters about Barack Obama shooting a shotgun at Camp David on August 4th.
The photo presented by the White House shows Obama in the act of shooting a shotgun. The photo has several imperfections. Most notably is the discharge of smoke or gas above the barrel. This upper gas discharge is extremely atypical of how a shotgun operates. The recoil from this shotgun would be more noticeable at this point of the firing. Typically shooting clay pigeons would mean a low or high angle for the shotgun. The photo depicts a straight firing position. In addition, the President is wearing a dark shirt and jeans in this photo. Compare below with his outfit on the golf course, then another boarding Marine One.
A photo places Barack Obama on the Andrews Air Force Base golf course on August 4, 2012. This was a mid-day round of golf. An additional photo following the round of golf showed the President dressed in a white sport shirt and tan pants as he boarded Marine One to Camp David.
Sources: Reuters, NY Daily News