How stupid is Jay Carney, the president’s Press Secretary? The president has been under fire (pun intended) recently for comments related to his use of shotguns for skeet shooting at Camp David. When pressed for more information (pun NOT intended), Carney produced this photo for members of the media.

Carney went on to add:

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 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.

Doesn’t he know this basically means that people everywhere WILL photoshop this file? They’ll make fun of the president in a hundred different ways using this photo. There are examples out there already. Here are a few for your amusement:

PETA may be very unhappy with the president for this little escapade…
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Whoa, look, the president is testing some cool new weapon at Camp David! Who knew he was so kewl?
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Actually, I think this may be real…
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This is the kind of skeet shooting liberals prefer…
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This one is definitely my favorite…
photoshopped image.

This whole thing reminds me of something from the book Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix. At one point in the book, Harry, who has been called a liar by some in the Ministry of Magic for his attempts to warn of Lord Voldemort’s return, gives an interview to a magazine called the Quibbler. In the interview, Harry is finally able to tell his side of the story after months of unrelenting attacks by Ministry officials. The response from the Ministry is predictable; they ban not only the article, but the magazine itself at Hogwarts school:

Any student found in possession of the magazine The Quibbler will be expelled.
The above is in accordance with Educational Decree Number Twenty-seven. Signed: Dolores Jane Umbridge, High Inquisitor

For some reason, every time Hermione caught sight of one of these signs she beamed with

“What exactly are you so happy about?” Harry asked her.

“Oh, Harry, don’t you see?” Hermione breathed. “If she could have done one thing to make
absolutely sure that every single person in this school will read your interview, it was banning

If Carney could have done one thing to make absolutely sure that the president’s photo would be photoshopped a million times, it was warning people not to do so. Too bad Carney never read any Harry Potter.