Glenn Greenwald made the astute observation on Twitter today that the background for President Obama’s big speech announcing his NSA reforms wasn’t nearly patriotic enough.
I feel that President Obama should have had more US flags behind him today, and they should have been more prominent http://t.co/anEuJj6Svg-- Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) January 17, 2014
Greenwald, who of course broke the Edward Snowden story for the Guardian last year, is right that the official photos of the event made the president look lacking in American spirit:
It turns out that Obama’s communications team staged a much showier presentation to demonstrate the president’s zeal for protecting America, but the original background was photoshopped in order to better match our skewed contemporary ideals of feminine beauty.
We were able to get our hands on the unretouched photos of the event. Here is the president at the beginning of the speech walking through the history of the NSA and why he believes this country needs it as a surveillance apparatus:
And here he is announcing his new presidential policy directive:
And finally, here’s the president as he closed the speech with a grand call for an NSA that acts to protect the nation without trampling on individual freedoms:
We hope you like these unaltered photographs, because we paid $10,000 for them. God bless America.