Great news: Obama shot a skeet once, or something

posted at 2:31 pm on February 2, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama recently told the New Republic that he understands the concerns of gun owners, because “in fact, up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time.”  As critics chortled over both the notion that skeet shooting is what concerns gun owners and the idea that Obama shoots clay pigeons “all the time,” the White House has finally released a photo to back up its claim … and only one photo, dated August 12, 2012:

That led to a barrage of questions from journalists about whether the White House could offer proof that the president had gone shooting. It also led a Republican congresswoman to issue a challenge for a shoot-off. The White House has not responded to the challenge, but it has now uploaded this image[.]

And here it is:

Fox News reported earlier this week that there’s not likely to be more photos:

News of President Obama’s apparently long-secret fondness for skeet shooting came as a surprise to those who say they have witnessed the president’s “awkward” attempts at pinging the (clay) pigeons.

This has only happened with the president at Camp David, at most, a couple of times, according to a source who says he has been to the retreat on a half-dozen visits with Obama.

“The only time he shot skeet was for President’s Cup,” said the source, referring to a shooting competition tradition involving the presidential Marine guards. “I was there. He stayed for about five minutes, and couldn’t leave fast enough.”

Skeet shooting “is very hard,” said the source. “Especially for someone not used to guns … He couldn’t have been more uncomfortable.”

The source said a friend of his recalled Obama skeet shooting one other time at Camp David — very early on in his first term.

That didn’t stop Obama’s advisers from bragging about the photo this morning, though, and sneering at “skeeters” (via Twitchy and Weekly Standard):

I’ve done plenty of target shooting, but I’ve never gone skeet shooting. Nor is that the reason why most gun owners want their rights respected.  The publication of the photo, and especially the defensive attitude of Obama’s advisers, speaks volumes about their insecurity on the gun-rights issue.

But this certainly makes for a great weekend Caption Contest.  Have at it in the comments!


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…J O K E !

KOOLAID2 on February 2, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Ouch! My cheek is broken!

myrenovations on February 2, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Run for the hills bho has a gun! If bho shoots them thar skeets as bad as he throws a baseball, football, and probably basketball, anyone in bho’s range is sol!
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letget on February 2, 2013 at 2:35 PM

…skeet are a little low!

KOOLAID2 on February 2, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Aren’t skeet normally thrown into the air to simulate a bird flying?

Why is he shooting horizontally?

Galt2009 on February 2, 2013 at 2:35 PM

…shooting at Mooches a$$?

KOOLAID2 on February 2, 2013 at 2:35 PM

That looks like a nice gun, an expensive one. Our POTUS for the people is using a damn one percenter gun, while I’m stuck hunting turkey, deer, pheasant, and shooting clays with my Remington 870 I bought at Dick’s. Where’s Occupy?

Pope Linus on February 2, 2013 at 2:36 PM

I’d love to see the next photo where Barky is on the ground from the recoil.

BTW, that clay pigeon must have been flying very low as Barky is aiming pretty much parallel to the ground. It looks more like he’s shooting at a standing target (which he missed, I’m sure … with a friggin shotgun!).

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 2, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Shotgun – “I’m so mad right now.”

Steve Eggleston on February 2, 2013 at 2:37 PM

“You can’t escape me, Boehner!”

irishspy on February 2, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Ouch! My cheek is broken!

myrenovations on February 2, 2013 at 2:35 PM

…wasn’t that in a basketball game?

KOOLAID2 on February 2, 2013 at 2:37 PM

KOOLAID2 on February 2, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Galt2009 on February 2, 2013 at 2:35 PM

You two beat me to it! Dang!

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 2, 2013 at 2:38 PM

I bet he missed what he was shooting at and killed his neighbors dog.

birdwatcher on February 2, 2013 at 2:38 PM

He can’t even shoot from the hip.

Schadenfreude on February 2, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Here’s your caption contest: Obama’s Got A Gun

BigGator5 on February 2, 2013 at 2:38 PM

is there no choke tube in the bottom barrel?

Trap maybe?

WryTrvllr on February 2, 2013 at 2:38 PM

“I`ll smoke when I want!” *BOOM!* “I`ll eat WHAT I want!” *BOOM!*

ThePrez on February 2, 2013 at 2:38 PM

…shooting at Mooches a$$?

KOOLAID2 on February 2, 2013 at 2:35 PM

He missed, and then got kicked off for missing such a big target!

22044 on February 2, 2013 at 2:38 PM

…he has those glasses…you can see fish under the water with?

KOOLAID2 on February 2, 2013 at 2:38 PM

His caly targets are the 47% gun owners of America.

Schadenfreude on February 2, 2013 at 2:38 PM

“I’m watching my teeth – I usually shoot from the mouth” –I’m your president

Schadenfreude on February 2, 2013 at 2:39 PM

So, he gets guns and bodyguards with guns and we get the screwjob.

If this gun legislation passes, our citizenship has ended. We will become subjects, not citizens.

john1schn on February 2, 2013 at 2:40 PM

….what’s that sh!t coming out of the front of the barrel?

KOOLAID2 on February 2, 2013 at 2:40 PM

“You didn’t shoot that.”

Brat on February 2, 2013 at 2:40 PM

I love my people. PULL!

WryTrvllr on February 2, 2013 at 2:40 PM

His caly clay targets are the 47% gun owners of America.

Schadenfreude on February 2, 2013 at 2:40 PM

Question: who shoots skeets with a shotgun level to the ground?

…..and frankly we should be impressed that WE BEAT THE WHITE HOUSE on this one. They felt compelled (insecure) enough to have to “prove” that President Whistle-all-the-Time actually knows how to shoot a gun.

So why the shotgun level to the ground? Could the White House produce a video? :-)

PappyD61 on February 2, 2013 at 2:40 PM

For shame Dear Liar!

That’s an “Assault Weapon” according to the definition…

Galt2009 on February 2, 2013 at 2:41 PM

The Secret Service probably had to tackle him the first time he picked that smoke wagon up. I hear the charges of pointing a gun at the President of the United States were dropped shortly thereafter.

Meople on February 2, 2013 at 2:41 PM

So the two big accomplishments of Obama’s presidency are that he has been able to produce a birth certificate and a picture of him firing a gun? Talk about the tyranny of low expectations. My 8 year old can produce a birth certificate and a BB gun shooting belt loop from Boy Scouts. He should be President. I know for a fact that he couldn’t be more of an incompetent disaster than what we’ve got now.

besser tot als rot on February 2, 2013 at 2:41 PM

…the gun farted from the front?

KOOLAID2 on February 2, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Obama sets his sites on and targets US. Constitution.

katy on February 2, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Caption reads OK Hillary I’ll give you a 10 second headstart… BOOM… I lied!

HAExpert on February 2, 2013 at 2:41 PM

He is pretending he is shooting the bitter clingers. Or law abiding citizens, all the same.

birdwatcher on February 2, 2013 at 2:42 PM

“David Plouffe, I’ll make you go poof” — Obama

Schadenfreude on February 2, 2013 at 2:42 PM

Galt2009 on February 2, 2013 at 2:35 PM

He’s shooting ‘lower’ because he couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn if he were standing inside with the doors closed.

DanaSmiles on February 2, 2013 at 2:42 PM

“I’ll brace this stock with my jaw if I want too. I’m Obama, for Obama’s sake. I’m sure this right. I’ve seen this on TV.”

Axe on February 2, 2013 at 2:42 PM

When the WH comes out with a statement saying it’s not photo shopped…. It means it’s photo shopped.

They’re so transparent it’s embarrassing.

katy on February 2, 2013 at 2:43 PM

Ummm.. Isn’t Plouffe due for a swirly?? Smarmy a** who probably asked for extra homework. As for Obama, gosh are we thin skinned on this? As I proposed in the headlines, a better natured politicians would propose a skeet shooting contest for charity.. Republicans vs. Democrats. Apparently, Wounded Warriors is anti-gun, but I’m sure that there is another military charity that would be happy for the money.

Illinidiva on February 2, 2013 at 2:43 PM

The reason he’s not pointing the gun up is he’s shooting an apple off of Joe Biden’s head.

HAExpert on February 2, 2013 at 2:43 PM

Big diversion from the economic/jobs and other foreign/domestic miseries of the big failure which is Obama…

1001 reasons why to shoot from the mouth.

Goebbels loves Obama. His wildest dreams are realized.

Schadenfreude on February 2, 2013 at 2:44 PM

…was he in a sand trap?…on the fourth hole?

KOOLAID2 on February 2, 2013 at 2:44 PM

“Take this, Marsha Blackburn”

Schadenfreude on February 2, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Can anyone identify the make and model of the gun?

HAExpert on February 2, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Looks like the top of the barrel is above his eye level but that’s alright because his eyes are closed anyway. His shoulder is in for some damage the way he’s holding the shotgun.
Bet he yelled and threw it on the ground after he fired it.

countrybumpkin on February 2, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Caption Contest: “Rhode and Hancock are lucky I wasn’t there. I can do this better.”

Dusty on February 2, 2013 at 2:47 PM

KOOLAID2 on February 2, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Galt2009 on February 2, 2013 at 2:35 PM

You two beat me to it! Dang!

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 2, 2013 at 2:38 PM

I must confess I picked that up from somewhere else.

As I understand it, clay pigeons are thrown up at an angle from the skeet thrower – if he’s aiming that low it would have been at the thrower instead of the clay pigeon – or he was shooting at a fixed target.

Galt2009 on February 2, 2013 at 2:48 PM

The dog eating marxist could make rodeo look gay.

The bath houses of south chicago suit this ****** better.

tom daschle concerned on February 2, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Can anyone identify the make and model of the gun?

HAExpert on February 2, 2013 at 2:46 PM

…Ralphies Red Ryder BB gun?

KOOLAID2 on February 2, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Not “all of the time,” which was the most laughable part of his original statement. So laughable, in fact, that even the CNN White House correspondent, Jessica Yellin, incredulously asked The Spokeskid about it.

Obama uses Camp David less than any other President and skeet shooting isn’t something high on the list of usual daily activities in Martha’s Vineyard or Hawaii. At most, according to the WH reporter at the WaPo, who studies the President’s diary, he’s done it twice.

“All of the time” = Twice

“A middle class family will see their health insurance premiums DECREASE by 3,000%” = “The cheapest policy under Obamacare will cost $20,000″

BTW, David Plouffe, let’s not forget who the original “Skeeters” were:

The New Republic Pushes Fake Picture of Obama Skeet Shooting…Then Blames Twitter. (UPDATED: Original Golf Photo Included)

Resist We Much on February 2, 2013 at 2:50 PM

I love my people. PULL!

WryTrvllr on February 2, 2013 at 2:40 PM

“Drifting to the left…”

Khun Joe on February 2, 2013 at 2:50 PM

I love my people. PULL!

WryTrvllr on February 2, 2013 at 2:40 PM

:) I dunno if Morrissey will let this slide . . . please don’t ban me though, either way.

O, piss boy!

Axe on February 2, 2013 at 2:50 PM

The way he is holding that gun means he is left handed. What a shock!

birdwatcher on February 2, 2013 at 2:52 PM

President Obama goes on a shooting spree.

BDavis on February 2, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Hey Guys …… Watch me give myself
a black eye !
Sorry ….. that was racist of me ?

Lucano on February 2, 2013 at 2:54 PM

not firing on all cylinders

WryTrvllr on February 2, 2013 at 2:54 PM

:) I dunno if Morrissey will let this slide . . . please don’t ban me though, either way.

O, piss boy!

Axe on February 2, 2013 at 2:50 PM

…it’s okay!…Biden was holding the bucket!

KOOLAID2 on February 2, 2013 at 2:54 PM

If that’s an over under double-barreled gun – why is there something on the muzzle of the top barrel?

And why is there smoke coming out from the side of the gun way back from the muzzle?

Usually you want to keep that kind of stuff moving Forward…

Galt2009 on February 2, 2013 at 2:54 PM

He’s firing, but what did he hit? It’s like his first pitch at the All-Star game in St. Louis, where the cameras only showed him throwing the ball (delicately), then doing a fist-pump. Joe Buck told everyone that it was a perfect strike, but in footage shown after the game, Pujols (acting as catcher) lunged in front of the plate to scoop up the ball.

Whenever I’ve shot skeet, if a clay got down to eye level, it’s because it was being allowed to drop, so as to be used again. He’s shooting, but only low-information morons (guys with names like “Plouffe,” for example) would accept it as shooting skeet.

86 on February 2, 2013 at 2:54 PM

“Americans have a long tradition of cleaning their guns. That’s why I, President Obama, in a common sense and and balanced approach to the matter, will confiscate ALL GUNS, and in return give everyone a sooty metal pipe which they may sit at home and clean so they may continue this long American tradition of cleaning guns.”

Every time you hear a gun control advocate talk about their “respect” for the tradition of hunting or the sport of skeet shooting, they are missing the point. Obama might as well said my invented quote above.

Glenn Jericho on February 2, 2013 at 2:55 PM

He might be holding that gun left handed, but he is under handed.

birdwatcher on February 2, 2013 at 2:56 PM

President Obama goes on a shooting spree.

BDavis on February 2, 2013 at 2:52 PM

…Cuomo would have used a clip!

KOOLAID2 on February 2, 2013 at 2:56 PM

*****NRA Weighs In Alert**************

NRA on skeet shooting photo: ‘One picture does not erase a lifetime of supporting every gun ban and every gun control scheme imaginable’ – @NBCNews

4 mins ago by editor
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canopfor on February 2, 2013 at 2:50 PM

canopfor on February 2, 2013 at 2:54 PM

canopfor on February 2, 2013 at 2:57 PM

It wouldn’t surprise me if he took the time to get this photo-op done, then decided against using it because the opportune time had passed to use it. It had already been almost a week since Rhode and Hancock won their gold medals in skeet shooting and he’d mentioned them specifically in his Saturday radio address earlier that day.

I suppose he’s also got some photos of him doing some rowing, judo, gymnastics and maybe a pole vault or two. Jumping off the couch while watching a close contest doesn’t compare to winning it handily in your own backyard.

Dusty on February 2, 2013 at 2:57 PM

because the barrels are ported, and he only has one extended choke tube in.

he’s shooting trap, not skeet

WryTrvllr on February 2, 2013 at 2:58 PM

“Michelle said I could play with the big gun but only for a little”.

dddave on February 2, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Because you can’t shoot skeet…leading from behind

WryTrvllr on February 2, 2013 at 3:00 PM

“All of the time” = Twice

“A middle class family will see their health insurance premiums DECREASE by 3,000%” = “The cheapest policy under Obamacare will cost $20,000″

Resist We Much on February 2, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Honestly, if that’s how I thought you fired a shotgun, after I pulled my teeth back through my cheek, you’d never get that second shot out of me. :)

All the time = Twice

Free = $20,000.

. . . maybe war = peace, freedom = slavery, ignorance = strength? :)

Axe on February 2, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Someone on a Britt site mentioned the smoke coming
out of the top of the barrel indicated the kick was suppressed
or the barrel was suppressed to eliminate the kick .
I plead gun ignorance …….. this week .

Lucano on February 2, 2013 at 3:02 PM

And one wonders why no one has seen Bo lately…

(Seriously though, never seen a shotgun vent smoke that far back and out of the top of the barrel)

theflyonthewall on February 2, 2013 at 3:02 PM

is there no choke tube in the bottom barrel?

Trap maybe?

WryTrvllr on February 2, 2013 at 2:38 PM

All snarkiness aside, it’s cool picture. The gun looks to be ported and although the gun appears to have an extended choke tube….my guess is that is the shotcup exiting the barrel.

Buck_Nekkid on February 2, 2013 at 3:02 PM

I personally think he’s shooting condoms at those skeet things, so they won’t multiply.

Someone needs to tell him to stop shooting like a girl (sorry Sarah–nothing personal)

Don L on February 2, 2013 at 3:04 PM

then why is it gold?

WryTrvllr on February 2, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Why is the dog eater shooting a ported shotgun?

tom daschle concerned on February 2, 2013 at 3:05 PM

and behind the gas?

WryTrvllr on February 2, 2013 at 3:05 PM

So the rat-eared wonder likes to shoot! Great. Let’s have Dick Cheney take him out quail hunting sometime (soon).

Happy Nomad on February 2, 2013 at 3:06 PM

If that’s an over under double-barreled gun – why is there something on the muzzle of the top barrel?

And why is there smoke coming out from the side of the gun way back from the muzzle?

Usually you want to keep that kind of stuff moving Forward…

Galt2009 on February 2, 2013 at 2:54 PM

My thoughts too. And, it looks like he’s shooting a black powder shotgun with all that smoke. It’s obvious the morons that put this pic up know squat about guns. Looks like a Pigeon Grade Winchester Model 101 though. And what’s with the little dealie on the upper barrel?

chewmeister on February 2, 2013 at 3:06 PM

…the gun farted from the front?

KOOLAID2 on February 2, 2013 at 2:41 PM

No, it’s exhaust gas from the muzzle brake. Muzzle brakes are fine line ports cut into the barrel to vent exhaust gas and counter act the upward recoil of the rifle or hand gun. Muzzle brakes have the side affect of making the weapons report almost 3 times as loud as the rifle or hand gun was before the muzzle brake is introduced. Some muzzle brakes are cut into the weapons barrel, while others are an extension that screws into the end of the barrel.

SWalker on February 2, 2013 at 3:06 PM

I want to see a picture of Obama field dressing a buck.

Mark1971 on February 2, 2013 at 3:06 PM

That “Skeet” he is shooting at must be the tallest dog in history.
Enough for dinner for a whole week.

LegendHasIt on February 2, 2013 at 3:06 PM

also, his stance sucks

WryTrvllr on February 2, 2013 at 3:07 PM

.my guess is that is the shotcup exiting the barrel.

Buck_Nekkid on February 2, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Uh, the smoke would come after the shot cup, yes?

chewmeister on February 2, 2013 at 3:08 PM

The gun looks to be ported and although the gun appears to have an extended choke tube….my guess is that is the shotcup exiting the barrel.

Buck_Nekkid on February 2, 2013 at 3:02 PM

It’s a muzzle brake.

SWalker on February 2, 2013 at 3:08 PM

What are those strings attached to his shoulders? Oh yeah, those are his arms.

shanimal on February 2, 2013 at 3:09 PM

I want to see a picture of Obama field dressing a buck.

Mark1971 on February 2, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Need Palin for that kind of thing.

Axe on February 2, 2013 at 3:09 PM

$*^% missed……..again!

Ah, Mr President, maybe if you kept your head UP! you could see the target.

GarandFan on February 2, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Anyone know what the waiting period is for skeet guns in Maryland?

Del Dolemonte on February 2, 2013 at 3:10 PM

It’s a muzzle brake.

SWalker on February 2, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Whis is the ported gas coming out of the barrel 4-5″ back from the end of the barrel?

tom daschle concerned on February 2, 2013 at 3:11 PM

CAPTIONS

“The Shotty Presidency…”

“The shotty president”

“Good thing I don’t have to protect myself ever… It took hours to pin my ears into these muffs…”

“You’ve been targeted for Obama-nation…”

“Hunting… for excuses…”

“Obama to Israel: Muzzle Tov…”

“Pimpin ain’t uzi…”

Washington Fancy on February 2, 2013 at 3:11 PM

no muzzle breaks on shotguns. rifles only.

WryTrvllr on February 2, 2013 at 3:11 PM

whis=why is lol

tom daschle concerned on February 2, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Blackburn challenged Obama to hold a skeet-shooting contest with her.

“I think he should invite me to Camp David, and I’ll go skeet shooting with him,” she said. “I bet I’ll beat him.”

Schadenfreude on February 2, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Ugh,some idiot,must of spilled(accidently),
KOOL_AID,down one or both barrels!

hence,KOOL_AID juice,converted to a new
Liberal BrainWashing gas!
(snark)

canopfor on February 2, 2013 at 3:12 PM

“uhh, you mean I only get one option?”

WryTrvllr on February 2, 2013 at 3:12 PM

“No need for a scope at 100yds, that is Michelle/s ass we are talkin’ bout.”

wsucoug on February 2, 2013 at 3:13 PM

SWalker on February 2, 2013 at 3:06 PM

…told you!…I learn on these threads!

KOOLAID2 on February 2, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Wondering why this photo didn’t come out LONG ago. Perhaps they were afraid to show it & upset their base?

Holding a shotgun that close to your face isn’t the wisest thing to do barry.

poppieseeds on February 2, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Muzzle Poof

Muzzle Tool

Schadenfreude on February 2, 2013 at 3:14 PM

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