|Photo courtesy of Sodahead.|
Bad punctuation in the caption aside, there's a lot wrong with this picture. The first being that it's Photoshopped and people are passing it around as a way to discredit President Obama and his wife.
There are two things that really trouble me here.
- The Photoshop pro who thinks it's okay to alter photos and pass them off as legitimate as a way to discredit the President. He/she is blatantly lying and thinks it's perfectly okay. Why? No matter what their politics are or what moral high ground they pretend they are walking on, how can they justify lying in this situation?
- The people who mindlessly feel disgusted at the Obamas and hit "share" so the fraudulent image can be spread even further around the Internet. I've seen educated people re-post this photo and others like it. There seems to be a group of people in our country who despise Democrats, liberals and President Obama so much they turn off their sense of reason and critical thinking skills.
Really, the national political rhetoric has gotten quite out of hand. People are doing and saying utterly ridiculous things to discredit the other side. It's time common sense ruled the day again. Before you hit "share" or send on that inflammatory, chain e-mail, do some quick fact checking. If you're not 100% sure something is fact, don't send it on. Don't help the crazies with their cause.
If you don't like President Obama, that's fine. But, find a real reason not to like him. Maybe do a little research. Share that with people. Then, you'll be adding something intelligent to the conversation instead of being a puppet.
It makes some of us wonder who the puppet master is.