Example: [Collected via e-mail, May 2014]
President Barack Obama addresses the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Origins: It's quite common (especially with the speedy distribution of material the Internet makes possible) for politically-oriented jokes, photographs, and other put-downs to "jump parties," with partisans of one side altering names and other details to associate the same material with the personalities and politics of the other side. (The same set of
The item cited at the head of this page is another example of this phenomenon. The displayed image is an altered version of a photograph distributed by the Associated Press, it has no connection to President Barack Obama. It was originally circulated on the Internet back in 2005 as an image supposedly depicting the disdain of a veteran for Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts:
Senator Ted Kennedy addresses the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
But the photo in its original context actually accompanied news accounts of a speech delivered by President
The original photograph and caption were released as shown below:
Bill Moyer, 73, wears a "Bullshit Protector" flap over his ear while President
In May 2012 this photograph was circulated (in its original form) with text associating it with members of the Obama administration:
Last updated: 26 May 2014
CBSNews.com. "Bush Urges Support for Iraq War." 22 August 2005. CNN.com. "Bush Vows to Stay Course in Iraq." 23 August 2005.