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. Elle

    What is noteworthy in post like this one that Obama supporter have hateful things to say even when the topic is of laughter and off the usual political subject matter.
    Why is there a need to bash and insult when this was a lighthearted moment shared for the sake that all politicians have a personal and witty side to them.
    I see most of the Hillary topics here as an invititation to bloggers to vent their anger .This time seems no difference even though this story should make everybody smile within .

    April 7, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  2. tutu

    Man, you never, ever really repeat the weakness of your enemy. Joke about it, but make sure you don't do it..... You should fire Penn, instead of letting him quit, for letting this happen – to bowl a gutter.

    April 7, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  3. True

    "Hillary earned 109 million over 7 years and donated 40% to charity. Obama only donated 2% of his income to charity and most of that was to his racist church."

    What a joke!... Pathological liar!!!!

    April 7, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  4. smart grrl in ls mo

    Obama supporters are quite an immature bunch... and mean too.

    April 7, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  5. enoughalready

    hillary 2008

    April 7, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  6. BJ

    yeah clintons she trying to catch up with obama in everything to march him,coz obama did bowling she has to do too,if obama go to play soccer she will pplay to,my question is obama is leading for her to follow,so she is learning from obama and thats good she should learn how to become anice president from obama ,once obama wins.people learn fromthere peer so she is learning from obama.monkey see monkey do.
    obama 08

    April 7, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  7. Joe

    Obviously, she lied about being an "avid" bowler. Anything to make uneducated white people feel she can identify with them. I truly believe an avid bowler can figure out the correct way to hold a bowling ball. Look at her fingers!

    April 7, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  8. Chip

    Discretion is the better part of valor. She isn't wise enough to see that she has basically given this campaign to Obama by mis-speaks, mis-steps, etc. etc.

    Her credibility is in the tubes and her campaign strategist, Penn, has NOT been fired but is still around n an avising role, just not with an official title.

    She touts how "Bush should use diplomacy..." but as for her and her perceived "birthright" (the nomination) she will fight to the death and humiliate not only herself, but provide enough fodder for McCain to smear on Obama that he won't have to do any digging for himself.

    There's definitely a lot to be said about someone wise enough to accept defeat and live to fight another day than a narcissistic egomaniac that won't stop, regardless of the price.

    Yeah, she's a good fighter, but so is Mike Tyson, I don't think I'd want him as my president.

    April 7, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  9. John

    Stay with the Mark Penn story CNN, or are you all at CNN is affraid of the Clintons. Who cares about bowling anyway, stay with Hillbilly campaign falling apart.

    April 7, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  10. hannah

    ok hillary so along with your truth telling skills you have to work on your bowling skills as well.
    and why do we care? even though you can't put your $ where your mouth is in your silly bowl off it doesn't matter. I don't care whether my President can bowl. But I do care about whether my President can face conflict, maintain integrity and act like a leader. Oh and the blatant lying is a bit of a turn off too.
    More importantly why aren't we talking about Bill's $15 million from a foreign source CNN?

    Obama 2008

    April 7, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  11. Monica

    People come on. Hillary doesn't have to do whatever Obama does, she has much more experience at politics than he does – it was a joke, a fun time with Ellen. Obama can have some fun but Hillary can't. Why? Why are you so threatened by her? She only wants to see some good things happen with this country again. Obama wants to give speeches. Obamabots are nasty and critical. It is time for Hillary.

    Hillary '08

    April 7, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  12. Warren Richart

    Looks like Cheryl is working overtime

    April 7, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  13. Bill

    OBAMA SUPPORTERS = HATERS

    Sad Sad Sad for the man for Change and Hope

    Period.

    April 7, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  14. A GEORGIA MAMA THAT LOVES OBAMA!!!!

    CAN'T SHE COME UP WITH HER OWN IDEAS TO GET THE ATTENTION OF THE PUBLIC? HE BOWLED TWO WEEKS AGO AND NOW YOU'RE COPYING HIM???

    SHE'S DEFINITELY BITING OBAMA'S STYLE!!! BUT SORRY HILLARY!

    EVEN THOUGH OBAMA WAS ALSO TERRIBLE AT BOWLING, HE JUST LOOKS BETTER DOING IT THAN YOU! HE ALSO AT THIS POINT LOOKS BETTER AT BEING THE PRESIDENT THAN YOU DO!!

    GO HOME!! YOU HAD YOUR EIGHT YEARS!! I DON'T WANT A HUSBAND AND WIFE RULING OVER ME AND MY FAMILY ANYMORE!!! I FEEL THAT I AM THE ONLY GETTING THAT THERE IS A CONFLICT OF INTEREST ISSUE WITH THAT, JUST LIKE IT WAS WITH THE DADDY/SON BUSHES!!!!

    SOMETHING NEW , FRESH, AND GOOD-LOOKING EYE CANDY PLEEEASE!!!! OBAMA -08

    April 7, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  15. CarolRose

    Hillary Bashers????
    We don't HAVE to be Hillary Bashers, when she's doing such a great job on her OWN!!!

    hahahahah

    April 7, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  16. A.A.

    It's hard to bowl when you're under sniper fire!

    April 7, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  17. Hillary to the White House

    How can anyone criticize Hillary Clinton for this.

    Obama and his folk are a sad lot.

    April 7, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  18. Angela, Miami , FL

    That doesn't look like a bowling alley to me...i don't think anyone can do better in the studio.

    April 7, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  19. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    Brad, I agree with you. Easy to talk, hard to act, Hillary will make the solution, not words. I don't trust Obama because he was with Wright over 20 years who is anti-white and anti-America. Michelle is proud of being American first time. The Obamas do not love America. He is not qualified for the President, he needs 10 more years for the practice. Hillary will win, she will be the best President in our history.

    April 7, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  20. Eileen from Portland, Maine

    She was jealous that Obama was getting some press about his bowling.. He's getting more attention than me. waaaaaa

    April 7, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  21. Kathy

    I am left to wonder why Hillary won't do a serious news interview?

    April 7, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  22. HRC

    I am an expert bowler! My own balls and everything! Ignore the gutter balls I am bowling in on national TV! I am an expert!!!!

    April 7, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  23. Tjaye

    How is it that Hillary supporters are so unaware that they believe her saying that Obama is stopping the re-vote in Florida and Michigan and accusing him of disenfranchising voters by not letting their votes count, but you are supporting HRC who wants the superdelegates to overturn the popular votes already cast and certified by each state? Is that not disenfranchising the voters? Should our votes not count?

    April 7, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  24. let te truth be known

    Hillary Clinton is ANTI-UNION. Don't Be fooled. Hillary Clinton is trying to Get Wal-Mart in Columbia and Cuba. She is really for Big Business Dont Be a Fooled. She have no Ethnic, and She will Lie.

    April 7, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  25. Danielle

    Only CNN would try to put a negative spin on bowling on a talk show. Good grief!

    April 7, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
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