The PJ Tatler

New Photo Caption Contest: 'Obama The Fly Swatter Strikes Again'

(Reuters photo and caption)
A fly lands between Barack Obama’s eyes as he speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington.


You just can not make this stuff up!

“Obama The Fly Swatter Strikes Again,” is the actual headline from this Reuters piece featuring the above photo and caption with a copy line that begins:

There was a buzz at the White House on Thursday when President Barack Obama announced the nomination of two top financial regulatory officials.

Just in case you think Reuters is really The Onion, here is the official White House transcript staring this little winged announcement crasher:

For Immediate Release

January 24, 2013

Remarks by the President at a Personnel Announcement

State Dining Room

2:38 P.M. EST

But it’s not enough to change the law.  We also need cops on the beat to enforce the law.  And that’s why, today, I am nominating Mary Jo White to lead the Security and Exchange Commission, and Richard Cordray to continue leading the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

This guy is bothering me here — (swatting at a fly.)

So all this “buzz” means it’s time for another Tatler Photo Caption Contest

Certainly our stable of  “caption kings” or any newcomer, can write a better caption than Reuters, or a more clever headline, than “Obama’s uninvited guest: a pesky housefly,” which accompanied this video on the NBC Nightly News web site.

Now, you all know the rules, “be nice and stay classy because the media is watching.”

However, with this contest photo I know you might be slightly more tempted to violate them, so STOP YOURSELF. There will be “no fly-ing” off the handle during this contest.

Furthermore, the contest winner will NOT receive a new fly swatter because our mature and sophisticated caption contest winners need nothing more than the honor and glory that comes with reading their name in the winner’s post, like this one from our last contest.

So good luck, make me proud and fly (like an eagle) even though Washington is full of turkeys.