As millions anticipate watching the 48th annual Super Bowl match between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks, President Barack Obama got into the spirit in a way that invited comparison his previous attempts at bonhomie. In the hours before kick-off, the White House released a photograph of the chief executive throwing a football at a lighted stadium. The date of the photograph was not released. It appears to have been taken at a soccer stadium where appear the acronyms 'NATO' and 'OTAN' - the abbreviations for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in English and French.
Obama is seen inexpertly throwing a football, while remaining equipped with his ever-present Blackberry and dressed in suit trousers and necktie.
The photograph, transmitted on Obama's White House Twitter account, was accompanied with the sole comment: 'Game day.'
Comment on the photograph was swift. Among those on Twitter were:
Aaron @a_ryan88 wrote: Right on schedule, the White House releases a propaganda photo of Obama for the Super Bowl.
Jeff Yeah! @JeffOutLoud wrote: Oh FFS! Not everything has to be about him!