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. Filiz

    We understand that media is owned but isnt a fundamental responsibility to present alternative points of view. Ron Paul couldnt get equal coverage, right now a former Senator Mike Gravel and a former Congressman are either running or contemplting running on the Libertarian Party ticket. Could you please offer your readers information on some very good candidates like Michael Jingozian who i think would make an amazing running mate for either barr or gravel

    April 7, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  2. David

    I wonder if she is even trying to win the nomination any more or if it is all just to pull in more democratic voters in the remaining states and to get her issues out there. She seems to be having more fun out there recently and has not been so serious as of late.

    April 7, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  3. Donald, SC

    Hillary Clinton has had some very serious and to-the-point issues about America come to light. Her problem is that she has NO intention on solving any of these problems. She talks a real good game. just as long as she gets that covetted position in the Whitehouse. But her campaign has proven to be the worst circus show of all time. Once she is there, well let's just say, "Let them eat CAKE."

    April 7, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  4. IF, Portugal, Lisbon

    For the last few days all the news CNN places here are Clinton's. Even down to her "rusty bowling skills"... Isn't Obama shaving, buying chocolates, anything??!!

    April 7, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  5. Dennis, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    I voted Democrat my entire life, but if Obama gets the nomination over Hillary, Im voting for McCain!

    April 7, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  6. Herman LA, CA

    You know everything Barack team is doing the Clintons are copying it and I am tired of it.

    April 7, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  7. sasha kando

    It's not just the mantra to "win at any cost!" Now she would do anything to distract all the attention AWAY from Penn, NAFTA, 109 million $$, Bosnia, uninsured patient who died in OH, and etc.....So, if you ask her to dress as a clown and do handstands down the street, she'd do it, so that no one can focus on any of the above. Sneaky lady!

    April 7, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  8. David

    The only disgrace to this country are the people ragging on Hillary on this site. You all sicken me. I have had it with all of you. You are all just pushing the Clinton supporters to go to McCain. Obama probably has the nomination so whats your problem?

    April 7, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  9. jason

    "later, bush made an announcement that he also has a band-aid"

    -david letterman

    April 7, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  10. andrew s. rostolder hillsdale nj

    still doing the lying thing, huh hill??????????? it has got to be awful for you to constantly have to eat your words. humble pie really tastes awful...

    April 7, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  11. Carrie PA

    Hillary's a big joke!

    April 7, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  12. New Voter

    Please go away, Hillary. I can't stand much more of your misrepresentations and downright lies. But I'd love to hear your response to this: what other clients did Mark Penn have that you are courting under the table (i.e., Blackwater, etc.)? What about the Dubai deal? And why won't you release information on donors to the Clinton Library/Clinton charity? What are you hiding?

    April 7, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  13. Tex

    Hillary, this is so pathetic!

    April 7, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  14. Charles

    Ok, while I'm very big on criticizing Hillary's mistake, no matter how small and seemingly unimportant they may be, this is a bit much. That's really not news at all. I'm hoping this was put up not in response to the Obama gutter ball but more as comic relief in the face of a less than comical campaign she has run. If so, that's the only funning thing she's done or said so far.

    April 7, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  15. Sherry

    I agree Sharon - lying about being under sniper fire is no laughing matter! Remember, 4,000+ dead - FOR WHAT??!!

    April 7, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  16. Dave

    Okay..I guess Ellen is not a controversial individual??? Hillary said she would not go to Wright's church but she hangs out with Ellen. Geesh...Hillary represents the nutty side of the dem party.

    April 7, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  17. Chris

    Democrats will eat their own children if it means that the candidate they want to win the nomination ends up getting it. Sad.

    April 7, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  18. applecrispbetty

    There appear to be no holes in the ball. Or maybe she doesn't know you are supposed to use the holes.

    April 7, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  19. OlvrWhit

    Sharon, its not Hillary that is pathetic, its people like you who fail to read past the headlines. As for those of you who continue to call Hillary a liar, do some research. There is truth to the Bosnia story, but its not a lie. As far as this medical crisis, the media is failing to report that the deputy sheriff who told this story to Clinton has came out today and verified that this story was true.

    So its time for grown-ups to stop acting like children and calling people names without solid proof. If we want to nit-pick, how about Obama claiming his was concieved during the Selma marches, or today when he claims he has more Foreign Policy experiance than Clinton or McCain, or that he was a law professor. So lets not throw stones over stupid things, especially when those things are not true.

    Hillary has not lied and anyone that believs she has, thats pathetic.

    April 7, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  20. PCS / North Carolina

    CHICANO ART, wrote ARIZONA April 7th, 2008 5:32 pm ET

    "The media, especially CNN kiss Obama butt constantly because they are afraid of Rodney King like riots if Obama is not elected."

    Please do not play the "Race Card" and propagate hatred among ourselves. We are already a divided America. This country is becoming so polarized, and you can read them on these blogs.

    We should stop calling BLACK or WHITE, we all are AMERICANS.
    NO COUNTRY CALL THEIR CITIZENS BY THEIR COLOR.
    They do not call black or White British, Argentinians, or Brazilians.

    We have to focus on economy (Job outsourcing), Health Care (Uninsured) and education (Underfunding), rather than in-fighting along party, ethnic religious lines..

    We already spend 15% GDP on Health care, and our mortality and morbidity statistics are scary ( 23rd in the world !!). Other Developed countries spend just 8-9% GDP on health care.
    Education is is in much worse shape. Detroit recently closed down 17 schools !! Yeah, we think it is not our child, that’s their problem. !!

    April 7, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  21. LaKay

    I am sure she feels pretty stupid...she is trying to find something she can beat Obama at! The answer is right in front of her face...lying. It's the only thing she can beat him at!

    She's embarrasing women all across this nation!

    April 7, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  22. Kevin

    You're supposed to be the most trusted name in news? This crap is sure denouncing that claim.

    April 7, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  23. Brad

    Hillary you just keep working the Campaign , let the dead beat Obama stick to his bowling. It's just as good if not better than his politics. Change yeah we need Change , mainly in the IL. Senate. Hopefully he can join is buddy Rezko, maybe he'll take his wife with him. Hillary don't follow this idiot like he always follow you. Alot of Democrats know 's he is not a leader. Why is it when you come out with your plan's for the country , he comes out with the same plan, ( no leader ) Democrats see that. Don't give up just play all the debates and watch his stupidity of just saying that I agree with Sen. Clinton. Need more than just a dream and talk of change. This country needs substance not just talk. You can feed that crap to your congregation along with your bigotry about race. This country needs a Clinton back in office to clean this mess up and hopefully Hillary will be that one. Go Hillary

    April 7, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  24. Kathy

    Most of you folks you comment on these blogs are PATHETIC!!!. You can choose to support whomever you want for whatever reason(s) you wish to, but the hatred tone and snide remarks are beneath the values of the democratic party and those of us who are proud to say we are Democrates. Please stop it, some of you act like children in the playground who shame and belittle others. It is this kind of behavior that allow the Republicans to win elections. The constant bickering is becoming a bit too much. The nasty tone and disheartening remarks against both candidates are belittling. Pick you candidate, for whatever persuades you to do so, and at least be respectful of another choice.

    April 7, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  25. Mike

    Clinton is an idiot. I cannot believe she is still in the race, furthermore I cannot believe people still like her.

    April 7, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
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