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Fri., May 9, 2014, 3:04 p.m.

‘Outrage’ of the day

This photo from the White House is photoshopped shows President Obama on the
This photo from the White House is photoshopped shows President Obama on the "Iron Throne" from the HBO series "Game of Thrones." It was first shown at the White House Correspondents Dinner and later tweeted by the White House. It also showed up on a Tea Party web site. (White House)

The Tea Party is outraged at President Obama. And it's not about the fact that he was born in Kenya or that Obamacare is assembling death panels to kill our grandparents or he's issuing orders to send all gun owners to FEMA camps. Or any of the other outrages that have filled the Tea Party web sites over the years.

This time the group is outraged over a photo Obama himself produced at the White House Correspondent's dinner, which shows him sitting on the Iron Throne of Westeros. Not funny, complained the Tea Party said on its web site, contending the "gag that cuts a little too close to the bone for some critics given Obama's lust for executive power."

Not to mention the fact that the picture has in its foreground a crossbow, obviously confiscated from someone in violation of the 2nd Amendment protection of the right to keep and bear arms.

For those who don't have HBO, and therefore don't get the joke of the picture dubbed Westeros Wing, the Iron Throne is the seat of power from which the king of the Seven Kingdoms rules in "Game of Thrones." 

Some might not see the funny side of the image given that Obama is actually behaving like a king by flouting the constitution and pursuing his agenda by executive fiat on a number of different issues.

Indeed, representations of the President as a king have been used by some of his fiercest critics for years as a way of highlighting Obama’s disregard for the constitution.

Of course anyone who has watched the series might point out that the Tea Party would have reason to rejoice at Obama on the Iron Throne, considering no one who has sat on it during the last four seasons has managed to stay in power for very long. Something bad always seems to happen to the occupant of the throne and the folks around him.

But why spoil a perfectly good rant?


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Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981. He is currently the political reporter and state government reporter in the newspaper's Olympia bureau office.

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