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. gabe

    why is it that obama and hillary supporters are constantly demeaning each other in these blogs? it is up to every voter in the country to make his/her decision on who will best lead the country. who died and made these bloggers god?! everytime, without fail, when a story is posted about hillary or obama these people come out of their ivory towers to tell everyone else that their candidate is better and those that support the other candidate are some how lacking in the basic facilities needed to make an informed decision. we all know the game of politics (remember, we are the ones who let the game continue), so get over your "righteous" indignation and accpet the fact that here on planet earth people aren't perfect. also, please stop blaming the media when stories don't work in your candidates favor . god forbid our politicans actually accept responsibilty for the silly situations they get themselves into. I am voting for Obama but that doesn't mean that I have to hate Hillary or her supporters, you don't either. I hope that we can get past all of this politricks and grow up. Our nation needs us.

    April 7, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  2. Venus

    I just hope after Mark Penn that you stay in the gutter Hillary!

    April 7, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  3. Sally

    Everyone just lighten up. I am decidedly not voting for Sentor Clinton, but the non-stop attacks and sniping about her are getting ridiculous. Now we're attacking her credibility because she failed to knock down a couple bowling pins on a daytime talk show??? Enough already!

    April 7, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  4. phil Geffen

    why do I sense she does NOT have a bowling ball, bag and shoes! I bet she doesn't and this is just another one of those Hilliar fibs

    am just saying...

    PS: and she sniper joke on Letterman – c'mon that is just LOW and POOR taste. Our soldiers face this in reality, not some dream sequence that Hillary had...

    April 7, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  5. Jim in FL

    Clinton ... gutter ball ? It would seem sport imitates life ! Too bad she couldn't just toss her derriere down there .. strike every time !

    April 7, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  6. glen

    Hey, you saw it for yourself, Hillary has a great sense of humour and the more I see of her acting like a normal person the more I like her, I too have thrown a bowling ball or two in the gutter especially if someone is watching, but I have also bowled great too. Lets look at the real issues instead of the nit picking.

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

    Who cares about the score of bowling. You made it a fun and showed tremendous attitude again, again, and again... woo, I start loving this woman

    April 7, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  8. Kevin

    You people in the media disgust me. If you think you can play Edward Murrow, think again. You're poisoning peoples's minds, and it's immoral. I'm also not the Kevin who gave the first comments.

    April 7, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |

    Does anyone have a sense of humor anymore? She did this gag in good fun with Ellen, just like her April Fools joke. She is trying to lighten it up a bit. Geesh, Obama people- at least she's not criticizing your precious mesiah.

    April 7, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  10. fuzzy bananas

    I don't know sometimes it's hard to trust any of them.

    April 7, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  11. DM Arlington, TX

    One thing the bowling ball and the American people have in common with Senator Hillary Clinton?


    We both don't like being handled by the Clintons....

    April 7, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  12. king from toronto

    this woman is a joke.she starts to favour that of a crack head.

    April 7, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  13. Matt

    Oh leave her alone. Anyone else trying to bowl and duck sniper fire at the same time would have a hard time too.

    Seriously though how is it that the Penn story is getting brushed aside? Especially considering all he did was get a new job title although he will basically be doing the same work.

    "Despite the complaints, the Clinton camp did not completely cut ties with Penn. He will remain as an adviser on a daily basis and his firm will continue to conduct polling for the campaign."

    For those of you in Pennsylvania how can you possibly believe she will try and change NAFTA to help you out when she won't even get rid of this guy?

    April 7, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  14. Jane

    What a stinkball. Hillary is a disgrace. Enough!

    April 7, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  15. Mary-NY

    Sharon you ought to be ashamed of yourself because for the first time America is going to have a female president you had to say those bad words regarding a fellow woman like yourself if you're a real woman.

    April 7, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  16. Patriot

    Electing a President is serious business. The Democratic race is almost like American Idol or America's got talent. These Senators are out campaignig for 2 years and the country is falling apart. They need to go back to Washington and fix this mess the Democratic Congress has created over the last 2 years.

    April 7, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  17. Lourdes

    CNN, why is it that every story you do on Hillary has a negative tone?

    You are supposed to be unbiased and trustworthy. I'm beginning to think there needs to be a boycott of your site and network.

    April 7, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  18. Hillary 08

    Most of Obama's supporters are Male chauvinism, and the term is used to describe the belief that males are superior to females, and that is why they hate her so bad. She is strong enough to run this country, and they are not.

    April 7, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  19. wyoming dem

    I guess BRUNSWICK is not one of her earmarks. I wonder if she could throw a strike if it was 3am?

    April 7, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  20. Scottyron

    Hillary's life has been in the gutter since she met the low life Bill. The Clinton's just don't get it. Most Americans do not want their kind near a public office. She should just give up and retire to Arkanasas...oh maybe they don't want them anymore. Well, I guess NY will take them. Birds of a feather, flock together.

    April 7, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  21. Demo Craxy

    Billary Shame on you, your husband, your campaing, your deals with governmetns, your money trhough promises and all the lies.......

    liar liar liar

    April 7, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  22. Shannon from Washington

    We need to move on to the General Election, the primary has just reached a new low.

    April 7, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  23. loli

    you call tha news CNN, you are at the lowest point, the lady was just jocking.

    April 7, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  24. James

    Another mispoken word...Another lie...big surprise...she must have been distracted by all the sniper fire.

    April 7, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  25. Better idea

    Hillary, could you please do something that Obama has not done yet, like dancing, fishing or just jogging?

    April 7, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
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