President Barack Obama has created controversy with an ad attacking rival Mitt Romney for his perceived animosity toward Sesame Street icon Big Bird. Though the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and fellow Democrats have advised against the tactic, the President has held firm in his defense of the substantial yellow puppet.
Why would Obama choose this as the battle line for his reelection campaign? It didn't quite make sense, which led inquisitive journalists to keep digging. Unbeknownst to many, Obama's relationship with the feathered giant extends far beyond the past two weeks. From his youth to the present, the 44th president and Big Bird have carried on an intimate relationship, which has made them what anthropologists refer to as "BFFs."
But what has kept this illuminating truth a secret for so long? Big Bird has been visible only to Obama as a pooka, the mythical creature made popular by the Jimmy Stewart film "Harvey." Using high-tech photo processing technology to unearth UV frequencies invisible to the human eye, Breitbart News has uncovered historical evidence of Big Bird's presence in Obama's formative years and political career.
President Obama signs the historic Affordable Care Act as Big Bird looks on.
Obama visits solar panel company Solyndra upon Big Bird's advice to create a stimulus project brought to taxpayers by the color green.
President Obama and key Cabinet members monitor news of the SEAL Team raid on Osama bin Laden's Pakistan compound. Big Bird (left of door) writes a song differentiating the spelling differences between "Obama" and "Osama" for toddlers.
Big Bird leads the choir of Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ in a rendition of Waylon Jennings' "Ain't No Road Too Long" while Obama poses with controversial pastor Jeremiah Wright.
Barack and Big dress in traditional Indonesian garb. While Obama's conversion to Christianity superseded his Muslim upbringing, Big Bird remained inclusively secular to avoid state funding of any particular religion.
On a sunny day chasin' the George W. Bush clouds away, Obama takes his oath of office with Big Bird in attendance.
Obama addresses his Cabinet and White House staff members, Big Bird seated across from then-Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.
Obama's senior high school yearbook photo. It remains unknown whether Big Bird was a member of the "Choom Gang."
Obama and Big Bird pose for a high school club photo.
President Obama strikes a goofy pose with foreign heads of state while Big Bird goes for a more "traditional" look, in keeping with his limited axes of facial movement.
Obama talks on the phone in the Oval Office. Big Bird appears among pictures of the President's close family; this photo was previously presumed to be blank.
Many thanks to John Ekdahl for creating these Photoshops. John is a co-blogger at Ace of Spades; follow him on Twitter @JohnEkdahl.