January 28th, 2013
09:15 PM ET
1 year 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. California Gary

    @independent........the only name calling here was when the good congresswoman from Tennessee called the president a liar. I'm surprised she didn't wag her finger at him. And I think you owe Dominican mama 4 Obama an apology. How could you possibly know if she came from a slum and was on welfare? And even if any of that's true, her comments on here show a lot more intelligence than yours do.

    January 29, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  2. Ax

    @terence doc, Ever heard of the 1st amendment?

    January 29, 2013 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  3. shamsky24

    The fact that this idiot actually thinks she's deserving of 15 seconds of the President's time, let alone an invitation to Camp David, is most amusing.

    Crawl back under your rock, Ms. Blackburn.

    January 29, 2013 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  4. shamsky24

    The fact that this stupid woman actually thinks she's deserving of 15 seconds of the President's time, let alone an invitation to Camp David, is most amusing.

    Crawl back under your rock, Ms. Blackburn

    January 29, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  5. nonami

    ALL the American people were losers when Obama got reelected !

    January 29, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  6. NAM VET

    the fist comment on this article was correct . ob is a compsive liar. he really belives his own lies and that is in it self
    sad-true but sad. lieing habitual in the art of being a fraud is a never ending cycle of dening what is true and on
    with the next lie-never ending---–

    January 29, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  7. Ax

    @David, Failure to fulfill his oath of office

    Failure to fulfill the oath of office, to see that the laws of the United States are faithfully executed, is an impeachable offense.

    January 29, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  8. Robert

    Marsha, Marsha, Marsha. I know you are a Republican and from Tennessee, but surely even you have better things to do with your time than pretend you are Annie Oakley. How about getting down to serious business? That's what the voters of Tennessee elected you to do (God help them).

    January 29, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  9. Mike

    liberals are life long losers..they dont want freedom bc they know theyd end up on the bottom of the barrel again

    January 29, 2013 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  10. choomgang

    Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Only for the haters, and the Birthers, and the Skeeters....lol!
    The majority of us, those who voted him back in, and those who have seen the light since his re-election, for those of us it'll be just but the blink of an eye. He has a lot to accomplish, but at least this time around he knows that we've got his back.

    ------------------------------------------------------
    as opposed to last time when it was just about hope and change? gimme a break

    January 29, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  11. Long

    Who cares is right. We all know Obama is a pathological liar. Just laugh it off as another fairy tail that will never be verified by our voluminous and bound press.

    January 29, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  12. Van

    Dreaming of Obama being launched from the high house on my next trip the range.

    January 29, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  13. bugmetoo

    Obama lies again.

    January 29, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  14. tcidda

    Roland Martin is brain dead.Frankly i don't care whether Bamma is a skeet shooter or not.that has nothing to do with anything.

    January 29, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  15. Bob

    @Ax:
    The Second Amendment, as ratified by the States and authenticated by Thomas Jefferson, Secretary of State:

    A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

    January 29, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  16. Ax

    @Bob, Show me in that amendment where it specifically says you MUST be in a militia to own a gun.

    January 29, 2013 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  17. Mike

    WOW!!! Instead of talking on Gun Control we give this Idiot woman Media Coverage on whether Obama shoots Skeet or not????? Really?????? Is this reallly that important to the American People????? Giving this Idiot woman a chance to say if she could beat Obama in a Skeet shoot????? VS Her trying to say something intelligent for the people who lost love ones due to senseless shooting............and all We come up with for Media coverage is Her beating the president in a Skeet match!!!!

    January 29, 2013 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  18. Darth Cheney

    More skeet shooting debate = less policy debate. Hardly a coincidence.

    January 29, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  19. jack johnson

    I hope the President remembers when Bush'e vice president went hunting

    January 29, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  20. jack johnson

    I think they should lift the law baning guns at congressional hearings, and meetings. They should remove the metal detectors from all Government buildings! THEN MAYBE THEY WOULD PASS SOME BILLS ON GUN CONTROL. I don't like to go shopping where a nut has got a gun. If someone attacks him or her who is to say that I would not get shot in the cross fire?

    January 29, 2013 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  21. Bob

    @Ax. The two clauses are linked by a comma (not separated by a period). It's a simple sentence contstruction (because x is necessary, we must have y). Because a well regulated militia is necessary, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. If my history is correct, this amendment was written before the we had a standing army, so we depended on militias comprised of part-time, volunteer "people" who kept and beared arms. But now we spend billions a year on professional armed forces. So what's the point? Hunting is fine, of course, but a hunter must be pretty bad shot if he or she needs an automatic weapon to kill a deer (name your favorite target - or just skeet).

    January 29, 2013 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  22. bill

    I doubt Iraq had WMD's, I doubt mitt paid his taxes, I doubt the GOP will ever serve America rather than just highest paying special interest groups like the NRA

    January 29, 2013 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  23. Ken in MD

    No wonder Congress has an 8% approval rating. This is the issue they want to discuss?

    January 29, 2013 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  24. what's up

    You ever see Obama throw a baseball? What an embarrassment for him! Doubt if he has the coordination to even follow the target with his eyes.

    January 29, 2013 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  25. susan

    Mitt was right after all! Obama has no idea how to create jobs so the focus shifts to immigration and gun control. Such fools who voted him back in!

    January 29, 2013 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
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