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. Gina

    Hillary is just trying to take the attention of the Penn Case so the PA voters won't notice.. Sorry its too late Hillary, Penn is caught with his hand in the cookie jar.
    Hillary told a lie to the OHIO voters
    Hillary can't hide the truth this time, because PA is watching

    Who cares if she can bowl are not, its about a election, and her lieing at this point in the game.

    CNN, POST MY COMMENTS.. PLEASE,

    April 7, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  2. Veterans for Obama

    I just puked in my mouth.

    April 7, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  3. Andre

    A bowling bag, and bowling shoes, but you haven't bowled since the White house? In almost 10 years now an avid bowler doesn't bowl. Does this woman even know what the truth is? I wish she would stop lying so much. I like how her supporters say that it is not important that she lies, but how she can legislate. Do you they really know if she can legislate or are they listening to her tell them she can legislate?

    April 7, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  4. CHICANO ART, ARIZONA

    That is not really bowing. I think the headline is bias. I also believe that the media's bias is forcing a lot of Americans to gather their understanding of current events in alternative forms of education. I myself have begun hitting the history books in an effort to find out what is best for this country on my own. The media, especially CNN kiss Obama butt constantly because they are afraid of Rodney King like riots if Obama is not elected.

    April 7, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  5. Sharon

    Hillary is Pathetic !!

    Laughing on late night TV about sniper fire when we have men and women under Real sniper fire that she voted for in Iraq.

    Hillary is a disgrace to this country.

    April 7, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  6. Its 3 am..where's Bill?

    not the first Blue ball to come her way.

    April 7, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  7. john williams san diego, ca.

    Fools for Hillary...another HRC failure, just like Bubba playing golf but it's harder to kick a bowling ball out of the gutter.

    April 7, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  8. Barackstar, CO

    Someone call Sinbad to verify the existence of said bowling gear.

    April 7, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  9. Its 3 am..where's Bill?

    Ellen looks pretty feminine next to Old Hillbilly.

    April 7, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  10. Barrista

    Why isn't CNN looking at the continued relationship between Mark Penn and the HRC campaign? Why no 24-hour coverage of that? What about her lies? If it had been Barack Obama, we'd have sensationalism at its best courtesy of CNN. Give me a break!

    April 7, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  11. ARC

    Another misrepresentation by Hillary about her ability as compared to that of her opponent. She doesn't miss an opportunity to lie.

    April 7, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  12. Joey, MN

    She's an experienced bowler, right?
    A bowl of is her best chance at a nomination.

    April 7, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  13. Pam

    Is it true that she told the story (lie) about the pregnant woman who lost her baby and then died, on Ellen today?

    April 7, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  14. libby

    I have a three year contract with Bally's gym, expensive workout clothes and three pairs of athetic shoes for running, cross-training and walking.

    I have not done any exercise or used any of the above in two years.

    Go Hillary!!!

    April 7, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  15. Sly in Seattle

    LOL.. this is funny. neither of them can bowl well. It would be the funniest thing in America to see a bowl-off between Hill and Obama.

    OBAMA 08!

    April 7, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  16. Jen-0-palooza

    Oh, bowlers, TAKE NOTE:
    Hillary has her own shoes and ball and bag. That means you should vote for her. She's one of you.
    Right?
    No, just another lie or a bad joke.
    GO HOME< HILLARY, you are making jokes that are not funny!
    Running for President is:
    ~Not a Joke
    ~No place for a liar
    ~No place for someone who puts too much thought into "getting ready" to be presentable to ANYONE.
    ~No place for a cheater who changes her opinion of 'the DNC rules to follow' according to where she is in the race.
    ~No place for someone who tells everyone you may NOT play the gender card, yet plays it herself if she thinks it will score a vote.
    ~No place for a mother who has dragged her adult daughter in front of the country to campaign with her mouth taped shut, unable to talk to the press or unwilling to answer questions she doesn't like.

    April 7, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  17. Former Hillary Supporter

    I LOVE YOU BARACK!!!!

    (note to "Former Barack Supporter": I just thought you would want to see how stupid it looks)

    April 7, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  18. Joe

    Given her performance on the lanes, I just have to wonder if her claim of having her own bowling ball and shoes is just another "mistatement"?

    April 7, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  19. Chris - WI

    See, there is a good and fun side to Hillary as well. GO HILLARY!

    April 7, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  20. bessie

    The more you Obamabots are bashing Hillary unfairly, the more we're going to support her. You guys are the ones knit picking and throwing the kitchen sink at her. You guys are the ones who are hateful and angry and dividing the country.

    We in PA will support HILLARY all the way to the convention!

    April 7, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  21. Oscar, Rio Vista, CA

    PMC - Can you please give me some facts about your statement. Do you think she can win Michigan and Florida because she is begging everyone to count their votes. Do you really think the people in Florida and Michigan are so naive. They know very well that the only reason that she wants their votes to count is because she needs them. She is saying that their votes should count but the super-delegates should override the popular vote and that she can steal pledged delegates away even though they are based on YOUR votes. C'mom people... give me a sign that Americans are not really as dumb as they often act.

    Do any of you really believe that Clinton wants to be president because she cares so much about you? Get a clue.

    April 7, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  22. Winton

    She's lucky Obama didn't take her up on her bowl-off challenge.
    They should have done it for real. Now, that would be news.

    April 7, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  23. Florida Michigan Pennsylvania

    Obama will easily win Michigan if there is a re-vote, and all people who previously voted also had a chance to re-vote

    Obama will win Ohio if there was a re-vote, because people in OH know about Clinton's lies now

    Obama will win Florida if there was a re-vote and if he campaigned there.

    Obama will win pennsyvania, he was behing 20+ points in Pennsyvania, now it's like 7+ behind, some polls even show they are equal, you have to appreciate the efforts and hardwork that got him there to close the gap, whereas if you are honest Sen.Clinton was leading in polls only because of the name "CLINTON".

    April 7, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  24. Barbara

    The funny thing is I'll bet she doesn't have her own ball or shoes. She's just lying again.

    April 7, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  25. Curtis

    thank god there isn't a war on bowling pins.

    April 7, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
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