January 28th, 2013
09:15 PM ET
2 years ago

Skeptical congresswoman challenges Obama to skeet shooting match

(CNN) - It's about time for some bipartisan...skeet shooting?

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee, joined a chorus of skeptics who questioned President Barack Obama's recent comments about his hobby of skeet shooting, a sport where participants fire shotguns to break airborne clay disks.

"If he is a skeet shooter, why have we not heard of this? Why have we not seen photos? Why hasn't he referenced this at any point in time?" Blackburn said Monday on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront."

"I tell you what I do think," she later added. "I think he should invite me to Camp David, and I'll go skeet shooting with him and I bet I'll beat him."

Obama said in an interview published Sunday by The New Republic that he won't ignore the concerns of hunters and sportsmen as his administration pushes for tighter gun laws. To illustrate his point, he added an anecdote about his previously unknown penchant for shooting.

"Up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time," he said, responding to a question about whether he had ever fired a gun. He also added he has included guests on his skeet shooting outings.

Some found the comments puzzling and wondered why he hadn't mentioned his gun experience in the high-profile firearm debate over the past six weeks. The remarks especially fired up some conservative blogs and news outlets.

"We had this debate that is ongoing," Blackburn said. "You would have thought it would have been a point of reference."

When asked by Jessica Yellin, CNN's chief White House correspondent, how often the president goes skeet shooting, White House press secretary Jay Carney said earlier Monday that he doesn't know.

"He does go to Camp David with some regularity, but I'm not sure how often he's done that," Carney said during the daily press briefing.

Pressed further if there was a photograph of the president taking part in the sport, Carney said "There may be, but I haven't seen it."

"Why haven't we heard about it before?" Yellin continued.

"Because when he goes to Camp David, he goes to spend time with his family and friends and relax, not to produce photographs," Carney said.

- CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.


Filed under: Gun control • Marsha Blackburn • President Obama
soundoff (613 Responses)
  1. Lisa P.

    JustAGuy

    Everyone knows Obama is lying. He already told a University of Chicago colleague many years ago when the cameras weren't rolling that he believes nobody should be owning firearms.
    January 29, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm
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    And of course nothing has happened since then. People never ever try new things or learn new things or change their ideas. Good luck with that. If you ever wonder why America is in decline look in the mirror - we can evolve and grow or we can stagnate and die. Suddenly I understand why the know-nothings hate evolution.

    January 29, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  2. Thomas

    I use to shoot skeet. Gave it up. No maytter how long you soak them and no matter how you cook them, they taste gritty.

    January 29, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  3. sjlucas

    Maybe this "conspiracy" can prompt a whole new Donald Trump $5 million pledge. WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE? If the man says he's gone skeet shooting, I'll assume curiosity and his competitive edge leads me to probably believe he has. What does this have to do with stopping the INSANE thought that people other than law enforcement and military personnel need access to semi-automatic assault weapons?

    January 29, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  4. Yonni

    @Nodack

    "In news today thousands of Republicans lost their lives from suffocation after Obama came out in favor of breathing oxygen."
    In another news: Obama said drinking water is good for your health. alcohol price in a red state doubled with in an hour

    January 29, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  5. Facts don't Lie

    @ Thomas.....

    now THAT was funny! We need more humor like that thank you!

    January 29, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Rudy NYC

    Anthony in California wrote:

    They doubted his Christianity.
    They doubted his citizenship/birthplace.
    They doubted his patriotism.
    They doubted his confirmation of Osama's death.
    They doubted his legitimacy in the oath he took as President.
    They doubted his Benghazi knowledge.
    They doubted his skeet shooting at Camp David.

    Anyone see a trend here?
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    Yupper. They doubt that they will survive as a party until 2016, and I don't doubt it
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    Let me co-sign that.

    January 29, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  7. Bud

    groan...24 news cycle stuff here. The only thing more silly than Obama claiming he is a skeet shooter, is that Blackburn commenting on it. I dont care if he is or isn't or if he collects fish in his spare time.

    January 29, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  8. Ed

    "Up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time," he said.
    Does he mean he, his wife, and the girls? It is family vacation, after all.

    January 29, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  9. str009

    He probably tried it once, and that constitutes "all the time" for this conversation.

    January 29, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  10. Middle O' the Road

    @ tess
    uh oh – his mouth is moving again and it's lying!! i bet he thinks a skeet is some kind of bird
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    Wellllll......it IS a clay pigeon.

    January 29, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    One can only hope this ridiculous, fabricated non-controversy is what finally convinces Dave Chappelle to do some more stand-up.

    Skeet skeet skeet!

    January 29, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  12. jj

    Obama better not fall into the trap and be seen with a gun in his hands or he'll lose support of the radical left.

    January 29, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  13. kylefromohio

    Must We the People say it again, Create Jobs Congress (Do your Job) and the Debt issue will be much clear to see for all Americans!!!

    January 29, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  14. J C Nix

    The President should tell Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee to "shoot his skeet"!

    January 29, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  15. Lisa P.

    Guest

    He throws a baseball like a girl. So I doubt he can do any shooting.
    January 29, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am
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    That's a good enough reason for all the other "macho" gun owners (including Rep. Blackburn, who is, after all, a girl) - why not President Obama?

    January 29, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  16. Triple A

    Even going as far as putting up a fake picture of him skeet shooting and as soon as it got out that it was faked... Poof it was gone.

    January 29, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  17. EatRunDive

    Obama should invite Blackburn to Camp David for some shooting. And make sure to get a picture with her so that her next Republican challenger can use it against her.

    January 29, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  18. llamasrunningfree

    Who cares about this. Hey CNN, why don't you cover real news...oh that's right you are so far left you don't want to make the President look bad.

    January 29, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  19. Wake up People!

    @Yonni. Good one!!!

    January 29, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  20. choomgang

    typical progs...attack anyone who dares question the president. btw it is a consitutional republic NOT a democracy. look it up.

    January 29, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  21. Rosemary

    The saddest and scariest part of all this, is the Liberals who are believing this lie, or are justifying it, or just don't think there is anything wrong with the President telling this whopper. And we are supposed to believe ANYTHING he says?

    January 29, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  22. paula

    The republicans conservative fringe gets more paranoid and crazier every single day They all need a good brainwashing.

    January 29, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  23. Dick

    Why do we, the American public, have a right to know whether or not the man shoots skeet in his spare time? If he says he shoots skeet, why would someone call him a liar without the evidence to prove otherwise? The Republicans would call him a liar if he said the sun rose this morning and the testosterone-laden gun owners can't believe that anyone who has ever pulled a trigger could then call for controls on their accumulations of massive firepower.

    January 29, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  24. Conservative Liberal

    What a goofball! He didn't say he was good at it.

    January 29, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  25. California Gary

    @Thomas......you're not preparing your skeet properly. You have to dip them in beer batter and deep fry those babies. Add a little tabasco sauce, and them skeets are good eating.

    January 29, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
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