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. CHERYL

    I LOVED HILLARY TODAY ON ELLEN'S SHOW!!!!!

    SHE IS AN INSPIRATION TO ALL!!!!

    SHE IS QUALIFIED TO BE PRESIDENT NO DOUBT!

    WHO DOES OBAMA THINK HE IS TO ASK HER TO STEP DOWN?

    MR. SCANDAL NEEDS TO MIND HIS OWN PUPS!!

    WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF BORACK?

    THAT YOU MIGHT GET BEAT?

    IT IS A CONTEST!!!!!!

    HILLARY STILL LEADS IN THE POLLS!!!!!!

    BECAUSE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DON'T ALL FALL FOR OBAMA'S LIES!!!

    GO HILLARY!!!!!!!!!! 2009!!!

    April 7, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  2. Kirk From Michigan

    My two favorite canidates !!!!!

    Hillary Clinton , and whom ever is running against Obama

    Hillary 2008 , or John McCain 2008
    This is the the way I roll !!!!!!

    April 7, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  3. Lori

    Thank goodness she didn't hit any pins! Someone would have had to taken them to the emergency room and Lord knows those pins don't have any health insurance. They would have been kicked right out of the hospital and probably not made it. Er...that's what Hillary told me happened once.

    April 7, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  4. simon

    Whatever he does I gots to do it too....

    He uses a catch phrase "change"
    I will use "solution"

    He goes after young voters..
    I will go after young voters...

    He got Oprah.
    I will get Ellen
    .......

    He is awful at bowling....
    I will be even more awful at bowling...

    .......

    April 7, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  5. Rosie

    Did the gutter ball cross the picket line like Ellen did???

    April 7, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  6. Jak

    wake me up when this woman is gone...

    April 7, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  7. CHERYL

    HILLARY HAS A SENSE OF HUMOR!!!!!!!!

    BOY, SMART AND FUNNY WHAT A COMBO!!!!!!

    THE PEOPLE NEED TO MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE OR WE WILL END UP WITH McCAIN IN THE FALL!!!!!!

    OBAMA CANNOT WIN!!!!!!!

    GO HILLARY!!!!!!!! WE SUPPORT YOU!!!!

    April 7, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  8. James Bender

    The ball don't lie! Ha! Poor Hill, things just aren't going her way. She wagered and had time to practice to look good. Now for whatever this PR bit is worth...she flubbed.

    Kill the negativity among the Dems. Dems in 2008!

    April 7, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  9. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    Cute!

    April 7, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  10. Reid

    She doesn't really have bowling shoes, that is just a plain lie!

    April 7, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  11. suzy

    I think it's futile to ask the some of the people on these blogs to chill out...
    maybe they're too young to know what chill out means??? maybe? or maybe they just read headlines all day and never bother to do research for themselves? maybe?
    Some of you are just rude beyond belief...I don't care who you support, but come on....this is really bad.
    Are these the type of people who are voting for Obama????

    April 7, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  12. Chido Williams

    She lies about evrything-why are some American people still voting for this BIG LIAR?

    April 7, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  13. Skipper

    Obama was not at the State of the Black Union in New Orleans. Obama was not at the MLK Memorial in Memphis this past weekend. Is Obama taking the black vote for granted? Is Obama trying to distance himself from blacks in order to woo the white vote?

    Hillary earned 109 million over 7 years and donated 40% to charity. Obama only donated 2% of his income to charity and most of that was to his racist church.

    April 7, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  14. tanner, ca

    If that photo was taken at the time she bowled the 1-pin frame, then I don't believe she's ever owned a ball, shoes or a bag. She's not holding the ball correctly, anyone who has owned a ball would know better.

    April 7, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  15. AnnaMarie

    Mary-NY- You should not be voting for a person based on gender... that is just wrong.. Sharon was right with what she had to say AND she is entitled to her comments just like you and me..

    But.. I saw just this weekend in Montana- women voting for Hillary based on gender alone (not the issues)... sure a woman can become president.. And America will be ready for a woman in the whitehouse.. but 1st ... NOT THIS WOMAN.. and NOT THIS TIME..

    there will be a time for a woman in the white house just not this woman and not this time.. (I feel these needs repeating)

    America needs real change... Barack is real change-

    April 7, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  16. CHERYL

    I LOVE HOW HILLARY ADDRESSED GAY RIGHTS, BREAST CANCER ALSO UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE!!!!!!!

    THIS IS WHAT A LEADER DOES IS THINK ABOUT ALL THE PEOPLE!!!!!

    YOU ARE GREAT HILLARY!

    HOPEFULLY BORACK WILL STOP BLOCKING OUR VOTES SO THAT WE ALL HAVE A SAY!!!!!!!!

    MICHIGAN AND FLORIDA SUPPORT YOU!!!!!!!

    April 7, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  17. BW CINCINNATI

    When people don't get an April Fools joke even when they are told it is an April Fools joke, they are too stupid to blog.

    April 7, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  18. VM

    One Hillary reporter said:

    "Go Hillary!! If you read these statement above, it just proves how stupid the Obama supporters are!!! And these people are suppose to be educated??? 3rd grade maybe!!!"

    The other Hillary reporter responded immediately with:

    "WHY YOU OBAMIANS HATE HER. IF HE IS SO STRONG , SHE SHOULD NOT BE A TREAT? OBAMA IS ON BIG BLA,.. BLAA.. BLAAA… AND TREAKY LIKE A FOX!WHO DOES NOT LIKE HILLARY, DOES NOT LIKE HIMSELF! GOO GIRL!!! MANY PEAPLE ARE WITH YOU!"

    This Obama supporter:

    LOL!!!

    April 7, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  19. jfz

    Can't roll a ball straight for 60 feet? Guess we won't get straight talk about the economy, education, taxes, environment or anything else, either! NICE DISTRACTION candidates! (All that other stuff is boring anyway.)

    April 7, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  20. sonny

    I really do not understand what is she trying to prove??

    April 7, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  21. Sherri

    I am a strong Obama supporter. I'm a woman. I'm working hard for his election in November.

    I think there is room for humor in this campaign...and the poor bowling on both sides is worthy of a good laugh.

    Lighten up folks. Support your candidate of choice with dignity and respect. Disagree on the issues, but respect among "family" is key to Democratic success.

    April 7, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  22. John

    It's another lie!!!!!!!! She has her own bowling bag, bowling shoes but did not bowl for last 10 years!!!!!!Do you want us to beleive that? It would be disgraceful for America if a person is elected president who lies even in simple matters!!!!!!!!! How can we trust her with the fate of the America and World at large, all critical and delicate matters? They earned 109million in 7 years, but did not pay for the insurance of her staffs!!!!! Bluffed the Ohio and Texas people. She should drop herself out of the race before humiliating herself further. If she does not have respect for herself, she should at least retain some dignity for An ex-first lady and a seating senator !!!!!!!!

    April 7, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  23. FHD

    What a humorless crowd! Loosen up people.

    Democrates are going to lose again by following their heart not their head. Obama will win the race but not the White House.
    Stupid people deserve stupid leaders. Four more years of the same. Get ready folks.

    April 7, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  24. st louis typicl whte male

    Joanne,
    I agree. What would everyone do if the typical white people rioted? Obama and his followers are a joke. It was okay when Obama's bowling was all over the news... and his hockey... and his race speech. We could all do a speech on race, that was his way of putting the Wright controversy behind him. BUT, it's not going to work for this typical white christian.
    Go Hillary – I am glad you are having fun with your campaign.

    April 7, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  25. Ardnuas

    One more time......we HEAR Hillary say she is EXPERIENCED...and then we SEE THE TRUTH!!!!!!!!!
    Obama/Edwards08 Si Se Puede

    April 7, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
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