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. Name lynn

    Why would obama do skeet shooting with congresswoman, why she didn ask michell obama to skeet shooting with her an see how far her a michell gets

    January 29, 2013 05:16 am at 5:16 am |
  2. Bob

    Marsha Blackburn forever proving she is as dumb as Palin.

    January 29, 2013 05:19 am at 5:19 am |
  3. Gregory M. Newbold

    Ignore the shiny thing.

    It is wholely irrelevant whether the Prez has fired a gun or not. It says something about this woman`s [or any other conservative critic`s] pyche if they believe the POTUS has to have gunpowder residue on his hands [or in his nostrils] to effectively lead on the topic of GUN VIOLENCE.

    I`ll bet this Republican woman is a lot like most GOP politicians – neither she nor her husband [if she has one] nor her kids have ever served in the military. And yet, I`m willing to bet she is very pro-military-intervention in places like Iraq/Afghanistan/Libya/ Syria/ Iran / North Korea.

    I`ll bet the President has shot a clay disks with a shotgun, otherwise he wouldn`t have said so. He strikes me as a man that ALWAYS welcomes the benefits of a diverse experience base whenever he can get it. Marsha, have you ever worked in a health clinic, a soup kitchen, ever lived on foodstamps, ever paid off 1 credit card by borrowing against another, ever gone hungry so your child could eat.

    January 29, 2013 05:20 am at 5:20 am |
  4. Bob

    Oh no.
    Please King Obama, please tell me you didn't lie, just to make yourself look like you understand something you don't.

    January 29, 2013 05:35 am at 5:35 am |
  5. snowdogg

    Please, let's have a firestorm of controversy – ignited by the GOP – about this non-issue.

    January 29, 2013 05:59 am at 5:59 am |
  6. Kenneth

    A man skeet shoots or at the very least tries it a few times ... what's the issue? He didn't tell anyone during the debate about assault weapons? President Obama did not state that he was a "champion" skeet shooter Congresswoman, simply that he has done it or implied that he enjoys the sport. What is the big issue? Why does he have to prove or show pictures of the event? Heck I like to bowl, fish, hunt, and a host of other activities but there are no pictures of most of them. Why prove something that one does simply for the enjoyment?

    January 29, 2013 06:02 am at 6:02 am |
  7. Epidi

    Why is it so hard to believe a Democrat ,or the current president, would know how to use a gun? I own 4 – 3 rifles and 1 handgun & I am registered as a Dem and a woman as well. I firmly believe in my right to bear arms wether for hunting or self defense. I'm originaly from the south & this fellow southerner who's a Repub from Tenn is sounding like a real redneck challenging the prez to a shooting match. I hope he DOES invite her for a round or two & show her where the bear does his biz in the woods lol.

    January 29, 2013 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  8. Marie MD

    Maybe the President doesn't need a gun, even for skeet shooting, to prove his manhood or womanhood (since so many women are lacking something nowadays)?
    Can this woman dunk a basketball? That's so much more fun!

    January 29, 2013 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  9. Chubjack

    Blackburn just wants some publicity time and a free vacation to Camp David.

    January 29, 2013 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  10. Joey

    WT* do this has to do with anything, NRA got you ppl brainwashed, Nobody and I mean nobody going to your sorry excuse of a house to take your guns, when Bush did regulation on guns nobody cried this much, geeezzz!

    January 29, 2013 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  11. david mann

    I haven't heard any mention of how he ties his shoes, either. Doesn't mean he doesn't know how. Repugnicants are sooo desperate.

    January 29, 2013 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  12. Frank St. Clair

    Really doesn't matter. If this is a lie, it's one of his least damaging to date.

    January 29, 2013 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  13. The Other Dale

    Becuase if there were pictures then all we would hear about from conservatives is how it's a photo-op.

    But I think it's more to do with some conservatives having to deal with the idea that not only is the president a black man, but a black man who may know how to handle a gun.

    January 29, 2013 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  14. rconatser1

    He better come up with a picture! Otherwise, he wasn't born in America and has never fired a gun!!! Ah, it is so enjoyable watching the GOP in their irrelevance.

    January 29, 2013 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  15. O, did he say that?

    Skeet shooter or not, the shooting of little clay discs has nothing to do with the laws they are proposing or the 2nd Amendment.

    January 29, 2013 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  16. O, did he say that?

    More like scat shooter then skeet shooter.

    January 29, 2013 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  17. Tam

    No business of that Blackburn what the Pres. does at Camp David. The birther thing is over, she needs a new issue?

    January 29, 2013 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  18. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    She also doubted his birth certificate.

    January 29, 2013 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  19. Washington Is Out Of Touch with reality

    more lies and a photo op for the wanna be dictator, just remember gonzalas and molon labe

    January 29, 2013 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  20. Free Man in the Republic of Texas

    It's OK to lie to infidels.
    You know... NON-LIB/PROGRESSIVE types
    OBAMA skeet shooting... LOL !!! !!! !!!

    January 29, 2013 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  21. Washington Is Out Of Touch with reality

    more and more lies from an arrogant wanna be, a storm is coming and the wind is blowing with support of Freedom and the Constitution and American Patriotism.

    January 29, 2013 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  22. Here we go again

    What are we in kindergarten? And this lady (woman) is supposed to be a professional. Unbelievable!

    January 29, 2013 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  23. NoTags

    B.O. wouldn't know which end of a shotgun he should insert the shell.

    January 29, 2013 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  24. Rob

    How to tell when Obama is lying? Easy, his mouth is moving

    January 29, 2013 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  25. ToldUso

    Sure. Then he'll challenge her to a game of hoops. Use your elbows, Mr. President!

    January 29, 2013 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
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