Obama shooting image gets blasted on the Web
February 4th, 2013
01:46 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama shooting image gets blasted on the Web

Washington (CNN) - The photo that the White House released Saturday of President Barack Obama skeet shooting at Camp David did little to shoot down skepticism that he has fired a gun before – instead inspiring conspiracy theorists, critics and comedians on the Web.

The controversy circles around the timing of the photo release, which occurred after Obama responded to a question about whether he had fired a gun before. "Up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time," Obama said in an interview published January 27th by The New Republic.

The following day, Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn challenged Obama's comment during a CNN interview.

"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 asked on "Erin Burnett OutFront."

Blackburn said she thinks Obama "should invite me to Camp David, and I'll go skeet shooting with him and I bet I'll beat him."

Five days later, the White House posted the image of Obama shooting a gun wearing a black polo and blue jeans. Within minutes, the validity of the photo was questioned, some calling it staged and others saying it was edited.

National Rifle Association spokesman Andrew Arulanandam told CNN, "One picture does not erase a lifetime of supporting every gun ban and every gun control scheme imaginable."

When asked in Monday's press gaggle aboard Air Force One about the photo's release, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said "there were persistent questions about this so we decided to release a photo of the president shooting at Camp David. He has enjoyed competing with friends up there at Camp David. As you probably know, the president likes competition of all kinds."

A follow up question asked Carney how good of a shot the president is, his response: "he has gotten better."

Here are how readers and tweeters have responded to the image:

TWITTER:

COMMENTS:

Squigman wrote:
As long as it's not Cheney (then-Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot a hunting companion in 2006).

Zane
Of course I believe President Obama is an avid skeet shooter. I bet he's also a huge rodeo fan, and I've seen him participating in several tractor pulls.

MrManhattan wrote:
OK, we've seen Obama with a gun. Now how about we get to see a Republican with a brain?

Collin wrote:
Who cares if he shot skeet, he's the elected president, he has to be held accountable but he doesn't need to pander to some congressperson. If Obama was an avid shooter and had a skeet shooting blog you Republicans would still be after him because he's attempting to take away your assault rifles.

ArthurDent
I'm not sure President Obama drink beer, either. He should invite ME to Camp David for a cold one, so we'll know for sure.

ams wrote:
I hope Obama goes skeet shooting with Blackburn. Not to prove he does, but perhaps the two can leave with a better impressions of the other. Maybe even respect each other.

jerome wrote:
Is he shooting at the targets or the man working the trap?

Alex wrote:
Amazing, the first time the right wing has doubted a black man with a gun.

PraiseTheLard wrote:
So Rep. Marsha Blackburn asked "Why have we not seen photos?"... I guess she was trying to beat out Donald Trump in being first in line for this particular bit of stupidity....

MagicPanties wrote:
Hey, I think that photo was taken in Kenya, beside a mosque, while some Marxist music was playing...

iBod wrote:
John Doe: "He's going to take away our guns!"
*WH Releases a picture of President shooting shotgun to shut up critics*
John Doe: "He's going to take away our guns so he can use them against us!"

Red Dog
Thomas Jefferson and John Adams enjoyed skeet shooting too. That's why they wrote the 2nd Amendment. To protect the right of all Americans to shoot skeet. Isn't that a fact? (Well, that's what the President would have us believe, anyway.)

Sheepleherder wrote:
Where's the picture of him defending himself from a gang of home invaders?

Old White Conservative Male wrote:
Has he completed a gun safety course yet? The NRA has a very good course to offer if not.

ps wrote:
Can you say photo op

SmartMom wrote:
What a horrible thing to show off his shooting when 20 babies were just killed by guns. I will not be
voting for Obama again!

Spencer wrote:
Wait he's left handed.

Norman
If only the caption was: "Joe, Nancy, come back. I was only kidding..."

Let's hear your best line in the comments


Filed under: Gun rights • President Obama
soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. Peter

    He looks ready to go to war in the same tank as Dukakis.

    February 4, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  2. Allen

    Why is he shooting straight if he's skeet shooting?
    Second...he is shooting a rifle not a shotgun...so he isn't shooting skeets.

    Hahaha @smartmom that's what you get for voting for a liar.

    February 4, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  3. Jerry

    Are people so moronic they can't accept the fact that the photo released by the White House was staged/doctored?! Just one of many, many clues: when you shoot clay pigeons; you shoot UP at an angle, NOT horizontally.

    The president and his minions lie to the Américan people, AGAIN!!!

    February 4, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  4. thetexan

    From what i can remember, I thought the clay pigeons flew in the air not coming straight at him, I doubt he is skeet shooting.

    February 4, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  5. ST

    Someone at the White House has to be careful. If you will engage yourself in proving to every individual claim, you won't reach anywhere.

    February 4, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  6. ghostriter

    Typical conservatives. They don't believe he shoots because they have not seen any photos. A photo is released. Now they don't believe the photo.

    February 4, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  7. Mikey

    The picture is obviously the President target shooting with a rifle, not skeet shooting with a shotgun. The funny thing is that the image of this President with a gun caused yet another run at the gun stores. I think I know how to get NRA types to support gun control. Start militias in every city in America – a Black militia, a Hispanic militia, an Asian militia, and gay militia. They'll be screaming that the second Amendment should be repealed. LOL

    February 4, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  8. Sam Drake

    He's going to need Obama Care to repair his left shoulder the way he is shown shooting the shotgun.

    February 4, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  9. Stanley

    Maybe he was shooting cans on rail instead of clay pigeons because you use a different gun and you point upwards when you skeet shoot.

    February 4, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  10. nothing new here

    And where is the outrage over hardened criminals WITH guns roaming the streets?

    February 4, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  11. Stanley

    Or it was the first time he tried skeet shooting and didn't have a sense of where the clay pigeons were coming from yet.

    February 4, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  12. Bill from GA

    I hope Barry is laughing his but off over the Hooplah over this pic.

    February 4, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  13. Mike

    This is rediculous. First I am not a fan of Pres. Obama, but who cares whether he shots skeet or not. Secondly @ Allen, he is shooting an over and under double barrel shotgun that is frequently used for sporting clays and skeet. We should move on and not worry about whether the President enjoys shooting skeet or not.

    It is of no consequence and sounds like it started from a stupid "gotcha" question that would imply that his position on gun control would be influenced by whether he has ever shot a gun before or not. I disagree with his position on gun control, but this is a non issue.

    February 4, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  14. montani42

    Apparently, when they staged this photo, no one there knew that skeet shooting normally is done pointing at an upward angle following the target, not horizontally and straight ahead!. What a fraud! Just add one more lie to the list.

    February 4, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  15. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    20 children and others died at Sandy Hook, all killed with assault weapons, there wasn't no "skeet" shooting for fun on that deadly day. Focus people, focus.

    February 4, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  16. Rick in OP

    One look at that photograph and you can tell he has little if any experience in shooting skeet or trap. Bad stance, bad hold on the gun, etc.. It is just an amateurish attempt to make the President look like something he isn't.
    I saw another photo of Obama posing with a bolt-action hunting rifle...very creepy, it reminded by of one of those creepy photos of Lee Harvey Oswald posing with all of his guns.

    February 4, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  17. Rick in OP

    @Mikey

    "The picture is obviously the President target shooting with a rifle, not skeet shooting with a shotgun. The funny thing is that the image of this President with a gun caused yet another run at the gun stores. I think I know how to get NRA types to support gun control. Start militias in every city in America – a Black militia, a Hispanic militia, an Asian militia, and gay militia. They'll be screaming that the second Amendment should be repealed. LOL".
    -------------------------------------------

    The President is shooting an ported, over and under shotgun, probably a Browning Citori.

    February 4, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  18. Fareed

    "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 asked on "Erin Burnett OutFront."

    Blackburn said she thinks Obama "should invite me to Camp David, and I'll go skeet shooting with him and I bet I'll beat him."

    Blackbum will never be invited to Camp David. She can't get a Security Clearance because she has something to hide.

    February 4, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  19. California Gary

    @allen & thetexan & jerry........I'm not a skeet shooter myself, but it seems to me that even though they are flung into the air.....they eventually fall to earth, do they not? So if a shooter failed to hit one at it's high point, might not a shooter try again just before the pidgeon hits the ground? First, you said he didn't shoot at all......now there's a picture, so you say he is not shooting correctly.........why can't you just get off the man's case and let him go about his business? Why is it so important to you to denigrate our president in some fashion.....especially over such trivial stuff?

    February 4, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  20. Frank

    @Allen – That's an over and under shotgun, not a rifle, and you can see the choke coming out the end of the top barrel for instance.

    @Allen & @Jerry – You can shoot up at an angle, straight, or down at an angle depending on what type of skeet you are shooting. Go look up the different types of throws, ex rabbit, turkey, squirrel.

    February 4, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  21. Richard

    From those of us that REALLY shoot skeet and trap, that pic is a fake. The butt of the shotgun would hammer his shoulder to huge bruises. He is holding it Way Too High. Skeet is a matter of leading your target, loose and relaxed. Not tight and gripping with muscles popping out. ...........No different than the fake birth certificate. Nuff said

    February 4, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  22. montani42

    The president and his staff apparently do not even know what skeet shooting is! Note the ported barrel on the gun he is using and the vertical release from it? Since when do you port a shotgun barrel? When do you shoot skeet aiming straight ahead and level? What a fraud. I figure this photo is a result of Obama telling his staff "Quick, take a photo of me shooting some sort of firearm." Note only the bottom half of the stock set into his shoulder. This guy has never shot a gun for fun in his life. He is the constant scam artist and his staff aids him in the frauds.

    February 4, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  23. Tony

    Look at the way his face is laying up against the barrel. Only a fool who doesn't shoot any type of gun will do that. Yeah right, this guy was skeet shooting. Believe that one and I'll sell you some nice dry land smack in the middle of the Everglades.

    February 4, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    People accept truth provided that the facts do not contradict their belief systems.

    February 4, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  25. BG

    I hope he shoots better than he bowls..

    February 4, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
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