Conservative Writer Explains Why White House ‘Game Of Thrones’ Photo Was ‘Disturbing’

So, you were amused by the “Game of Thrones” themed photo that the White House tweeted out the other day? Did you get a kick out of the “Westeros Wing” pun that accompanied the photoshopped image of President Obama seated on the Iron Throne?

Allow conservative writer Michael Lotfi to detail the “multiple reasons” why the photo was actually “disturbing.”

With all the humorlessness of Tywin Lannister, Lotfi explained Wednesday on why he was offended by the photo.

First, those familiar with the series know all too well the nature of kings found within Game of Thrones. The kings have all been ignorant, insane and ruthless murderers, as Tywin Lannister, a central antagonist, puts it.
Second, why the president of a constitutional republic would find such an image appropriate is beyond understanding. Could you imagine if George Bush’s administration posted such a picture?

Finally, a crossbow sitting on the coffee table of the West Wing? Why didn’t the “most transparent administration in history” just photoshop a drone in? In the name of transparency, of course. Perhaps they will find this image more suitable for next week’s episode.


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