Photoshop President Obama at your peril, White House warns — but plenty of fodder is available

  • President Obama engages in target practice in a shot dated Aug. 4, 2012. (White House)President Obama engages in target practice in a shot dated Aug. 4, 2012. (White House)
  • President Obama, wearing a Washington Nationals jacket and a Chicago White Sox hat, delivers the ceremonial first pitch during Opening Day ceremonies for a baseball game between the Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals on Monday, April 5, 2010, at Nationals Park in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)President Obama, wearing a Washington Nationals jacket and a Chicago White Sox hat, delivers the ceremonial first pitch during Opening Day ceremonies for a baseball game between the Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals on Monday, April 5, 2010, at Nationals Park in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
  • ** FILE ** President Obama’s bicycle ride on June 8. (Associated Press)
  • **FILE** In this photo from July 14, 2009, President Obama throws out the first pitch before the All-Star baseball game in St. Louis. (Associated Press)**FILE** In this photo from July 14, 2009, President Obama throws out the first pitch before the All-Star baseball game in St. Louis. (Associated Press)
  • President Obama gets ready to toss a football in this photo posted on his Twitter feed moments before the Super Bowl kickoff between the Ravens and 49ers. It was taken in 2010.President Obama gets ready to toss a football in this photo posted on his Twitter feed moments before the Super Bowl kickoff between the Ravens and 49ers. It was taken in 2010.
  • President Obama tosses the rock in 2012 at Soldier Field in Chicago.President Obama tosses the rock in 2012 at Soldier Field in Chicago.
  • ** FILE ** Then-Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama plays basketball with the University of North Carolina's Jack Wooten in Chapel Hill, N.C., on April 29. (Associated Press)** FILE ** Then-Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama plays basketball with the University of North Carolina's Jack Wooten in Chapel Hill, N.C., on April 29. (Associated Press)
  • President Barack Obama is handed a personalized basketball by a military aide as he arrives for a private game of basketball at Fort McNair in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)President Barack Obama is handed a personalized basketball by a military aide as he arrives for a private game of basketball at Fort McNair in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
  • Obama golfingObama golfing
  • President Barack Obama, left, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, right, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich are on the first green as they play golf at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Saturday, June 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)President Barack Obama, left, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, right, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich are on the first green as they play golf at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Saturday, June 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
  • President Obama reaches for his beer on the bar as he greets patrons during an unscheduled visit to the Common Man Merrimack restaurant on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, in Merrimack, N.H. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Obama reaches for his beer on the bar as he greets patrons during an unscheduled visit to the Common Man Merrimack restaurant on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, in Merrimack, N.H. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
  • U.S. President Barack Obama drinks Guinness beer as he meets with local residents at Ollie Hayes pub in Moneygall, Ireland, the ancestral homeland of his great-great-great grandfather, Monday, May 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)U.S. President Barack Obama drinks Guinness beer as he meets with local residents at Ollie Hayes pub in Moneygall, Ireland, the ancestral homeland of his great-great-great grandfather, Monday, May 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
  • Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama is on vacation this week in Honolulu. But his campaign has not taken a break; 16 of the 18 states it deems as battlegrounds will see the new ad. (Associated Press)Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama is on vacation this week in Honolulu. But his campaign has not taken a break; 16 of the 18 states it deems as battlegrounds will see the new ad. (Associated Press)
  • President Obama kisses first lady Michelle as they and daughter Malia (right) take in an exhibition game July 16, 2012, between the U.S. men's basketball team and Brazil at Verizon Center in D.C. (Ryan M.L. Young/The Washington Times)President Obama kisses first lady Michelle as they and daughter Malia (right) take in an exhibition game July 16, 2012, between the U.S. men's basketball team and Brazil at Verizon Center in D.C. (Ryan M.L. Young/The Washington Times)

A thinly veiled White House threat to Americans against altering a photograph of the president supposedly skeet shooting has pretty much fallen on deaf ears.

The White House released the now nearly-iconic photo of President Obama holding a shotgun with this caveat: “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 photograph may not be manipulated in any way.”

White House adviser David Plouffe followed the photo’s release with a Twitter alert: ‘Attn skeet birthers. Make our day – let the photoshop conspiracies begin!” That’s according to a story from The Blaze.

In the hours since the tweet, the American public has taken up Mr. Plouffe’s challenge, The Blaze reports, and hundreds of altered photographs have surfaced on the Internet.

Some examples: Mr. Obama is seen blasting a hole in a copy of the Constitution. Mr. Obama is seen wearing a crown and pink tutu. Mr. Obama is seen taking on Bugs Bunny, who plugs the barrel with his finger.

Still, others are wondering why bother?

Mr. Obama has been captured in plenty of real photos during his leisure time worth another look. See for yourself by clicking on the gallery.

 

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