April 8th, 2008
09:00 AM ET
11 years ago

Clinton's bowling skills a bit rusty

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/07/art.clintonbowl.ap.jpg caption=" Clinton had a tough time bowling on the Ellen show."]

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton is lucky Barack Obama didn't bite on her April Fools Day wager.

Appearing on the talk show Ellen Monday, the New York senator showed her bowling skills may be every bit as lacking as those of her chief rival. On a makeshift bowling alley on the show's set, Clinton missed the pins entirely on her first try, and only knocked out one on her second and final attempt.

Her bowling performance follows that of Obama, who scored only a 37 at a Pennsylvania bowling alley earlier this month. Obama later called that score "terrible," and joked, "My economic plan is better than my bowling," to which a fellow bowler quipped, "It has to be."

Clinton herself later ribbed Obama for the display, challenging him to a "bowl-off" for the Democratic presidential nomination.

"A bowling night. Right here in Pennsylvania. The winner take all," she said. "I'll even spot him two frames." Clinton quickly revealed that was an April Fools Day joke.

She told reporters later on her campaign plane she even has her own bowling ball, bag, and shoes from her days in the White House, though acknowledged she hasn't bowled since those days.

soundoff (326 Responses)
  1. JFK

    For all the Obama people out there, I think you guys need to relax and act like civilized adults. These childish postings do nothing for your cause. Obama calling himself a uniter is a joke and a disgrace to those who truly united. Martin Luther King would not agree with Mr Obama's behavior or tactics. Frankly, while these venomous postings toward Hillary go to show how sexism and deep hatred is alive and well in America. Peace loving Obama supporters would not need to post disgusting comments unless they were in real fear of Hillary. And what for? Nothing but pure media politics! Ignorance is bliss in America!

    April 7, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  2. marty from Indiana

    She took her bowling ball and bag with her when she left the White House? I'm surprised there was room in the moving vans. It is a well documented fact of history that Bill and Hillary stole $190,000 worth of furniture and artwork when they left he White House. The National Forest Service forced them to return the stolen property. Check it out on the internet. It is a historical fact. What a crook!

    April 7, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  3. BJ Atlanta

    I checked this out just to see what comments were posted. Wow, as Jack Cafferty says "It's getting ugly out there". The fact that people are making such hateful, distasteful and just plain mean comments is disgusting to me! The whole bowling thing was a joke, and never meant to be taken seriously. If democrats want to win the election come November, they better stop bashing Clinton, she very well may be the nominee. If you are truly a democrat, stop this hateful rhetoric towards both candidates, and start pulling together as a united party!!

    April 7, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  4. Ardnuas

    All of the people saying we don't want a female president....please understand we just don't want HILLARY.... We would LOVE to vote for any other women!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 7, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  5. Bridgette

    Is this what applying for the so called most powerful job in the world has come to.

    April 7, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  6. kathy in ohio

    You obama supporters are NUTS

    April 7, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  7. Huh?

    Wow! No matter what the two top candidates try to do, they are neck and neck.

    For those who have said "we" are scared of a woman president, please take a breath. No one is afraid of Hillary What we're afraid of is the damage she and her cronies will do to the government. I personally would be just fine with a woman president. Women in other countries have proved time and time again that they are just as capable as men to lead countries. There is no fear of the gender. The fear is of what a PERSON like Hillary will do. No one is going to riot. We're just going to sit back, make some popcorn, and watch Hillary's adminstration collapse under the weight of special prosecutors, indictments, and Republican attacks.

    April 7, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  8. Beverly, Houston

    TO: OlvrWhit – Hillary has not lied and anyone that believs she has, thats pathetic.

    Where in the Heck have you been for the last 20 years, in a crib? The Clintons are nothing BUT liars.

    April 7, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |







    WE WANT HILLARY!!!!!!!!!

    April 7, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  10. Rich in Seattle

    She even lied about her bowling skills!!!!!!!!

    April 7, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  11. Chile

    Oops! Just another blunder from Hillary. Too bad this is not showing all over the news like Obama's bad bowl was. How did you guys miss this comparison. Oh Yeah most news networks are in hillary's pocket too.

    April 7, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  12. CHERYL





    April 7, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  13. hugo

    No problem with the bowling. Not a skill she'll need as POTUS. But at least she's a good sport, unlike that cranky child Obama who sulks when someone wants a photo. thank goodness that guy in PA has photos with adults like Bill, Hillary and Poppy Bush. Obama is unkind and uncivil. Hillary definatley wins in those categories. Send her $$$!!

    April 7, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  14. Norman

    Who cares if she is a lying, exaggerating, maniacal, psychotic, power hungry weasel who will stop at nothing to become president. You're the best Hillary!!

    April 7, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  15. skylark

    Watched the show. Hillary wants to find a cure for breast cancer. Duh... Who doesn't?
    Also gay rights. Duh..Who doesn't? (Well, there are a few of those, I guess.) She only said that because Ellen is lesbian. So transparent.
    She also mentioned Bosnia. Said she recently talked to the ex-president. But still hasn't apologized for lying about sniper fire.Told a few more sob stories.
    What a piece of work. !
    Ellen was impressed. The word fawning comes to mind.

    April 7, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  16. Lena

    This bowling issue is meaningless, Hillary is a liar and will do what ever it takes to win the election, as if it were not enough when Florida cheated and selcted Bush for president. She lied about the sniper fire, that lie will really help her when she has to negotiate with that country she lied about, her taxes were padded, she claims she will Michigan, but she did it anyway, hoping that everyone would have symphathy on a dumb board who doe not know how to follow rules; however, she wants to rule the country. Liar Liar Liar and most of all a cheater.

    April 7, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  17. deb

    To Oregon Independent – You talk about democrats raising taxes and "wasting money" but how about the current administration! When President Clinton left office we had a SURPLUS of money. We are so far in debt now it's pitiful! Hillary will make taxes FAIR! EVERYONE should pay the SAME percentage of their income. I'm sick of all the loopholes rich people use. And as far as taxes go...who do you think is supposed to PAY for police, firemen, schools, roadwork, etc., etc. The American people (the government) SHOULD pay for these services. If not us, who???

    Obama people (boy, these people are soooo hateful) are still trashing Hillary for any silly reason. Bowling on Ellen's show was just that, people! Why are you all making a big thing about something so trivial? CNN should be reporting on the issues, not silly stuff like this.

    April 7, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  18. Anne E.

    Let's see her go up against Barack in a game of one-on-one hoops; he can even spot her a couple of free throws......

    April 7, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  19. Dave in Houston

    OMG! OMG! OMG!

    Neither Hillary nor Barack can bowl?!?!?!?! I'm a lifelong Democrat, but once I heard that both of my potential candidates stink at bowling, I'm throwing my full support to Senator John Sidney McCain! (Psych! Just kidding!) If the mainstream media didn't do a Presidential bowling story for the next eight centuries, then the average amount of coverage would return to a tolerable level.

    April 7, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  20. John Smith

    People, I believe, are not biased against "women" as Joanne may have us think. People are calling on "this particular woman" not to misrepresent this gender!! We all owe a lot to women, not this one!!

    April 7, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  21. Child of God

    May the Lord bless those reading this and bless the next president of the US :)!

    April 7, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  22. Steve

    Yet another case of Hillary embellishing her abilities.

    April 7, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  23. Deb

    Obama supporters, read the truth about Hillary. She has been a tireless worker for poor people – particularly minorities. She IS who Obama wants to be. These negative blogs make me think either you are all stupid and hateful or you just haven't done your homework. Probably both.

    April 7, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  24. Democrat for Unity

    Whoever wrote that Hillary Clinton was lying and is actually a very good bowler, I'm not gonna lie, that is hilarious.

    On the topic of presidential candidates bowling, is this really what happens during a slow news day? I mean, I know we're in a dry-period of the election right now, but how about reporting on the speeches that the candidates are making, the stances that they're taking on the issues?

    Or, y'know, bowling's good too I guess...

    April 7, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  25. John

    Well,a bit rusty is a lot better than "I was terrible" Hillary wins the battle-April fools day or not!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 7, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
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