34 comments for “Controversy, photoshopped.

  1. Tom Foolery
    May 4, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Biden wore it best.

  2. Emeryn
    May 4, 2011 at 3:48 pm


    I was totally not expecting that and now have to clean Diet Pepsi off of my monitor.

  3. May 4, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Oh holy hell. I love it.

  4. Florence
    May 4, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Obama is way serious about his hat.

  5. Elisabeth
    May 4, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    How dare you post a photo celebrating the monarchy-industrial complex which rules the US under the iron fist of our hereditary demi-god Obama??

  6. Bushfire
    May 4, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Ok, that picture is making my day.

    I had no idea there were 200+ comment threads on those posts. Jeezis.

  7. May 4, 2011 at 4:43 pm


  8. Raja
    May 4, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    haha this is pure awesome

  9. FashionablyEvil
    May 4, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Love love love Obama in the hat. Mike Mullen actually looks sort of cute in it–I feel like he could be one of my British aunts.

  10. preying mantis
    May 4, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    hi5 to that pic. I mean, just goddamn.

  11. Athenia
    May 4, 2011 at 5:53 pm


  12. prefer not to say
    May 4, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    I’m sure this offends me in some way of which I will notify you, as soon as I figure it out.

  13. Opheelia
    May 4, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    I <3 the two people poking their heads around in the back. It now looks like each of them is trying to see around the fabulous hats.

  14. Iris
    May 4, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Wicked good. You made my day by posting this.
    Now, I’m going to be imagining this on the heads of many different people.
    I love hats. Especially ones that look like a uterus!

  15. Karen
    May 4, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    I would pay to use that picture as my Facebook profile. That’s beautiful. Also, how did we get 200+ posts on Beatrice’s hat? I mean, how is that anything but fun?

  16. ellid
    May 4, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Hillary doesn’t look too happy about it. The President, OTOH, rocks the hat big-time.

  17. Juke
    May 4, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Serious Obama is Serious

  18. May 4, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Just to give the image proper attribution, it’s by twolf, and stored here. More background here.

  19. Marksman2010
    May 5, 2011 at 12:03 am

    Those hats reach almost as high as the Federal deficit.

  20. Bagelsan
    May 5, 2011 at 12:18 am

    Equal representation and fairness and social justice and anti-racism aside, as a person who haaates matchy-matchy clothes that blend in with the wearer’s skin color I think this is quite a good argument for having more POC in government! True, Biden’s looking pretty stylish, but you know someone with dark skin would look the most smashing in that hat. :D

  21. Lis
    May 5, 2011 at 12:45 am

    That is an excellent photoshop! The different angles of the hat are matched perfectly to the people wearing it. Quality work.

  22. RacyT
    May 5, 2011 at 1:07 am

    Jill, I’m very offended by your frivolous posting of this picture without appropriate commentary on why almost all these people are men. Where is your outrage and analysis on this…? You are clearly not a *real* feminist.

    I shant be back.

  23. Medea
    May 5, 2011 at 2:18 am

    I like to imagine Very Important People in the White House actually wearing those hats as a required ceremonial costume. Every day.

  24. Mandolin
    May 5, 2011 at 7:04 am

    So awesome.

  25. May 5, 2011 at 7:40 am

    What the White House didn’t tell you is that this was snapped as they watched the live feed of the royal wedding — and the exact moment when aged Prince Philip nearly fell as he climbed into the carriage that would carry him and the Queen from the Abbey back to the palace. The concern and anxiety is written on all their faces, save for Adm. Mullen, who is on Facebook.

  26. May 5, 2011 at 8:22 am


  27. Ellie
    May 5, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Serious note about this photo (the un-photoshopped version):



  28. Jim
    May 5, 2011 at 3:31 pm


    I have no idea what they were actually watching, but I guess it might have been a live feed from head cameras of some sort, which means they were watching the raid in progress. So she could be putting her hand over her mouth at someone getting his head blown off, but frankly that doesn’t sit with my read of her personally; she strikes me as not a bit squeamish – or more likely it was a particularly suspenseful part of the action.

  29. ACG
    May 5, 2011 at 3:45 pm


    Anxiety? Surprise? Deep concentration? Hiding a yawn? Covering a burp? Scratching an itch? Checking her breath? Realizing she had nachos for lunch and she forgot to check her teeth for cilantro and now there’s a photographer standing right there?

  30. Jim
    May 5, 2011 at 5:47 pm


    Clinton says she was stifling a sneeze. It looks like that, like she has stifled a sneeze and not yet taken her hand away.

  31. preying mantis
    May 5, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Secretary of State makes gesture of deep concentration while watching raid on compound of No. 1 Enemy of State while obviously still being a lady, news at eleven.

  32. Bombus
    May 6, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Token general updating facebook status:

    “is about to get AWESOME” or something suitably gung-ho

  33. pollymathic
    May 6, 2011 at 8:26 am

    ……helps to explain why the media flow seemed to fit so neatly and chronologically: the pictured elements of the news-orchestrating complex, mindful of the Royal Dress and Hat Extravaganza being senior to the Bad Guy-Rubout event, politely and efficiently sequenced the next-in-line story for maximum effect.

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