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. Obama Supporter

    Guys, I support Obama, but the fact that she didn't bowl well on a tv show doesn't make her "weak," "fat," or "a disgrace to this country." Those comments are totally inappropriate!! Everyone needs to chill out!!! (In the words of WJC).

    If you want to draw distinctions on the issues, that is great, but slamming the other candidate about bowling? How have people gotten this crazy about the race? I guess it really is over – welcome to the dems recipe for disaster in November.

    April 7, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  2. willis, Texas





    April 7, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  3. carmen

    When she hit the gutter, she asked Ellen to have her re-do it. When she took another shot, she knocked down one pin. Typical of her when she doesn't like the result she wants to re-do it LOL S

    April 7, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  4. bili

    the whole hillary thing is becoming ridiculus and i really wish she will stop fooling herself.hillary is a bitter woman because she never believed it will come to these,she has this notion that the normination is her inheritence, sorry madam the world is changing and is like you are left behind,i think she is living in illusion.get it madam is over.

    April 7, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  5. NickNas

    Are the Penn Voters REALLY this Blind? Is this simple minded ploy enough to make the people of Penn glaze over the 3 latest Scandals in just the last 4 days???

    We will see.

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

    To hell with "Rodney King like" riots, wait till you see the white people riot. That will make those look like child's play. The media are the one's who have created this chaos by being so biased against a woman in office. It scares the crap out of them.

    April 7, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  7. Chuck Roast

    This is one of the reasons Hitlery Clinton is doing so bad. She hangs out with low lifes like Ellen Degenerate.

    Please stop the Clinton crime family.

    April 7, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  8. andrea, Illinois

    She is not funny, rather ridiculous!!!
    I really do not care how she bowls, if she has a bag etc.
    For me, that woman is a JOKE

    April 7, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  9. jfz

    Next Hillary will be playing the saxophone - anything to appear human.

    April 7, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  10. Walt, Belton,TX

    Just when is Hillary going to realize that "she" is the April fools joke?

    April 7, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  11. Bubba

    You are scrapping the bottom of the barrel if you have to appear on Ellen ! Stick a fork in clintoon...

    April 7, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  12. Greg

    Will her campaign attempt to spin this as a "mis-bowl"?

    April 7, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  13. Peggy Greensboro NC

    Oh for heaven's sake. None of these candidates, I don't care who, are much interested in bowling with any of us, they don't want to have a beer with us, and they probably find a lot of us a bit unnerving, Especially if they read the message boards online, and I sure can't blame them. I certainly hope that none of you are basing your vote on who of these are the more regular folks cause none of them are! Hope you're not disillusioned.

    April 7, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  14. Diane

    Hillary's unending display of lies and "mis-statements" are disgusting and proof of the same old same old with the Clintons.

    Her total mismanagement of her own campaign should be enough to demonstrate she does not have the judgement to lead the country. Will she ever be asked to explain why Penn is still with her campaign??

    She's proven before and will continue to prove she will do whatever it takes to get what she and Bill see as hers and hers alone-the presidency.... how pathetic many still fall for this type of political hair splitting!

    April 7, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  15. GnosticMan

    So now we have full circle knowledge that democratic candidates can't bowl to save their life. OK CNN...you got us.....they're human after all....lol!

    April 7, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  16. Sue from Ga.

    Didn't she challenge Obama to a bowl off for the nomination? You lose again Hillary – go home!

    April 7, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  17. Ralph

    Her April Fools joke made her seem like she could actually bowl, but that was a joke too. After the primaries, she will have lots of time to learn how to bowl.

    April 7, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  18. jj

    Sounds like I found the Obama chat room!

    April 7, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  19. AnnaMarie

    well in the end if they tie then there should be a "BOWL OFF"...

    never mind.. I was just watching Hillary on Ellen when I was blogging this and there she goes.. telling more... TALL TALES...

    Who can believe her... she will say aything at any time to get votes....again talking about gay rights.. she is taking advanatge of Ellen's show...she is way off base.. she is not truthful AT ALL...............

    Vote clamberer at ALL COST.... even on Ellen.. Although why didn't she dance when she came out.. can't dance I suspect either..

    Sooo VOTE OBAMA in 2008 and lets have real change..4 Americans

    April 7, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  20. GL

    No- a woman in office does not scare the crap out of me. THIS woman in office scares the crap out of me.

    April 7, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  21. Wort les

    "Her bowling performance follows that of Obama, who scored only a 37 at a Pennsylvania bowling alley earlier this month"

    so what's her score ? I am guessing it's more than 37.

    April 7, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  22. Carl from Pa

    Oh come on!!! This coming from the person how said she "misspoke" about being under sniper fire! Oh i forgot, they were rainbows!! She is trying everything and anything to make Obama look band and herself look good. Now we see she can't bowl. Obama should take her up on this offer!! Now that would be some good TV!

    April 7, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  23. Jack in ND

    ""Look at me, my husband made 52 million giving speeches, but I can bowl a "1″ on 2 frames, I'm just like all of you people!

    Look at how blue my collar is!

    You're not fooling anyone, Hillary…""

    Unfortunately, she banks on that being untrue. She counts on there being fools.

    April 7, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  24. Viet Nam Vet

    Geez people, lighten up!! It's Bowling

    April 7, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  25. Steve

    It's a little strange how Hillary and Ellen look something alike...

    Maybe they both like "bowling" – but can't admit it?

    Just a thought...

    April 7, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
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