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Our first photo caption contest of the year got off to a roaring start with our usual “Caption Kings” doing that thing they do. But actually, it was a newcomer who beat all the old veterans at their usual game.

So congratulations “fortibus85” for taking the top honors with:

“I think I’ll have the Marines start saluting me like this.”

“Fortibus 85” also had two more Honorable Mentions:

“Hmmm, maybe during the next National Anthem…”

 “Romney could never pull this off, ’cause I’ve got the grimace!”

Now here are the rest of the best with many of our star players showing off.

Chris Henderson had these three gems:

“Little do they know, I call it ‘Ayres Force One’.”

“Oh, they said, ‘Fiscal Cliff.’ I thought they said, ‘Make a fist that is stiff.’”

“I’ll punch someone if I don’t get another Nobel Peace Prize.”

RockThisTown made a terrific showing with these two:

“There’s not a liberal Air Force One or a Conservative Air Force One. There’s my Air Force One.”

“Is there anything left I can blame Bush for?”

Cfbleachers starts the year off getting inside Obama’s brain with:

I hit the taxpayers in the gut like this…I just can’t look at them when I’m doing it.

Thanks to all who played along. I can already tell that in 2013 the competition will be stiff, the stakes high and more than likely, “there will be (virtual) blood.”

So we will see you all next time a photo is worthy of a Tatler Photo Caption Contest!