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. David, Silver Spring, MD

    Funny how quickly HRC was willing to disenfranchise the voters of Pennsylvania. As soon as she thought she could beat Obama at bowling, she didn't care what the voters of Pennsylvania thought. Or the voters of Florida or Michigan.

    Sure it was an April Fool's joke, but as we all know, there's always a kernel of truth inside of humor.

    April 7, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  2. Rachel

    Really, Clinton?
    Trying to get some "positive" attention by doing what Obama did last week?

    April 7, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  3. Phyllis

    I don't like you Hillary...

    April 7, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  4. Robert Portland, OR

    When are you Obama supporters going to grow up? Why are you so filled with hate? Are you afraid that for once in your spoiled, trust fund lives that you aren't going to get what you want?

    Obama will not win the General Election and your disregard for Florida and Michigan will be a major factor. It's not that Clinton supporters will vote for McCain. It's that there is a drive going to make their votes count and this drive is to write-in Clinton on their ballots in November.

    And talk about lies, Obama is no golden-boy when it comes to telling the whole truth. And this process we are in now is a cake walk compared to what he face, if he faces, the GOP.

    April 7, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  5. Jenny in DC

    Hilary is the most qualified candidate to lead this country. She has my vote and my total support.

    How about doing a story on the Obama camp continuing to disenfranchise MI and FL voters so that they can continue to prop up their "leading in popular vote" chant? Seems like that may be a bit more newsworthy than this attempt to somehow cast aspersions on Hillary because of her bowling performance on a daytime talk show!

    April 7, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  6. Hill for Pres

    For those of you bashing the clintons' salary, the 90 mil of the 109 mil was Bill's royalties from his book (30 mil) and his speeches (mostly DOMESTIC) from the past 8 years (51 mil). The rest was from Hillary's book and regular salaries.

    How much do you think Al Gore makes per speech??

    April 7, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  7. kathleen

    Lots of very Bad jokes lately, Hillary. Bad jokes and anything to get
    attention for free. Running low on Money? The Chinese will write
    you a great check for helping them. And we lost our jobs!!!!!!!!!!!
    How much did the Chinese donate to Clintons Foundation? The
    media can check that out....................................................................

    Obama 2008

    April 7, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  8. Hispanics now for Obama

    I'm not sure if Hillary supporters realize this, but the 28% is not 28% anymore, more like 10% and frankly Barack's support is so monstrous (More Repugs, and Independents than Hill), that he really doesn't need your vote as much as you think 🙂

    April 7, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  9. Robert IL

    Why did the Mark Penn story get swept under the rug?

    April 7, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  10. Silly Season

    I'm very surprised. She does look very athletic, doesn't she? I guess we could extrapolate her score over 7 frames to be a 9 maybe.

    April 7, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  11. ALBO

    It takes not much for HILLARY TO INVENT STORIES if she remotely think to be able to score some points.

    OBAMA confesses he is a terrible bad bowler, and she immediately tells that she is a better one has has an own bag (and challenge him
    to a match). Only to show later that norhing of this is real !!

    How long it will take that the DNC put a stop to this tragicomedy , which by the way takes money out of the pocket of her poor, fanaticized
    supporters ??

    TOM ALBO

    April 7, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  12. John, Las Vegas, NV

    While dueling is outlawed, my hunch is that based on their bowling prowess that even if Billary and Barack dueled they would miss each other, reload, and miss again. Those two are the most pathetic examples of the kind of true hero blue collar voters deserve. Go McCain.

    April 7, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  13. Percy F. Lage, Oklahoma

    The makeshift bowling lane was probably slanted. The hand she was using was a "right wing" conspiracy, and, more importantly, she didn't have her thumb in its appointed hole! Ellen was not a gracious hostess. It looks like HRC is no better at converting splits than Obama, but at least, she didn't blame her problems on a preacher. This time. Still, it is nice to know that Hillary really isn't comfortable in the gutter, "spares" nothing, and cannot justly be referred to as a "turkey," at least in bowling parlance.

    April 7, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  14. Laidetea

    That's too funny.

    April 7, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  15. Sparky

    You know, I would never base my vote on a candidate's bowling prowess. Having said that, Hillary really, really sucks at bowling. Ouch....so painful to watch.

    I mean, maybe it helps with your image as a soft, warm, cuddly person to roll gutter balls with Ellen. Make yourself look like a simpleton by sucking at bowling.

    However, I thought she had already made herself look like a simpleton with stories of Bosnia and pregnant women.

    Hillary's campaign is the gift that keeps on giving. Gaffe after gaffe after gaffe.

    April 7, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  16. An Agnostic Democrat

    Stop trying to "humanize" yourself, Hil-lie-ary and start working on your honesty and integrity. It'll take you a lot longer to get out of the gutter since you've spent so much more time there than anyone in the history of politics.

    Here she goes, folks. It's Hillary's humanizing "chick tour" but of course, gender has nothing to do with it. Now she's going to exploit breast cancer since her "mistatement" about the stillborn child and dead mother didn't work. How P-A-T-H-E-T-I-C and L-O-W ... But then again, when has a new-all-time-low ever stopped her?

    April 7, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  17. Oregon Independent

    Best be careful who you wish for. Hiliary is bad but Obama is a disaster !
    The Democratic candidates are big government liberals who will raise your taxes and spend us into oblivion. If you want government reaching more and more into your wallets and wasting your hard earned money, then vote for Hiliary or Obama. They would both be poison for our economy ! Get real folks, use your heads....

    April 7, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  18. Give us a break

    LAME!!!! Can we talk issues and plans and leave bowling to when you are not trying to become president? That does go to both of them.

    I am still not sure which of the lesser of the 2 evils I will vote for this year. McCain or who ever the democrats finally settle on.

    April 7, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  19. zack

    Phony in everything!

    April 7, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  20. Mike in Houston

    A gutter ball. Just like her policies.

    April 7, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  21. Sue

    I don't care if she can bowl or not. I'd much rather see her try a game of truth telling.

    April 7, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  22. Ben

    Mark penn, everyone in clinton campaign is connected to special interest!

    April 7, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  23. laf

    To the Realist-
    So people will remember a tacky dubbing by a member of the MCCAIN campaign and yet they forget about Whitewater OR any of Hillary's "misstatements." Even better, it is amazing to me that no body brings up the Lincoln savings and loan scandal with McCain! Realist, you and those around you are evidence as how pathetically forgetful and gullible the American public can be. Think for yourself for once and then you might have an arguement.

    April 7, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  24. Percy F. Lage, Oklahoma

    No, VeteransforObama, I think Gina just puked in your mouth.

    April 7, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  25. Bart in SC

    OBAMA SUPPORTERS SHOULD STOP HATING SO MUCH ON THESE BLOGS. IT DOES NOTHING BUT MAKE PEOPLE DISLIKE HIM PERSONALLY. I HOPE HILLARY WINS IF FOR NO OTHER REASON THAN TO SHUT YOU UP. THE CANDIDATES ARE NOT THAT DIFFERENT AND THEY ARE BOTH GOOD CANDIDATES.

    April 7, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
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