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Stop Obamicizing your photography

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Scroll through your Facebook account and doubtless there are dozens of your “friends” with profile pictures which have been Obamicized like the picture above of my dog Guiness.

These so-called friends of yours need to stop. They need to switch back to their previous profile picture…the picture in which they look fabulous but are trying too hard to be unaware how fabulous they look, as if they haven’t already deleted the other two dozen horrible photos of the day they went base-jumping or kayaking or met one of the cast members of “Real World: Brooklyn.”

Whatever they do, just stop going to and uploading your photo into their template and creating an image in a style inspired by Shepard Fairey’s iconic poster. Because you are deflating the historical value of the original image. YOU’RE RUINING IT! I don’t want to see your face superimposed on the Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington. And I wish you all would stop defacing what should have been a sacred image.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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