Scant evidence of skeet shooting by Obama

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47 Responses to “Scant evidence of skeet shooting by Obama”

  1. jimbuck says:

    He has binders full of clay pigeons!

  2. JoeBuck says:

    Who cares?  Isn’t he busy with other things?

    • bkad says:

      An important part of negotiating with opponents to gun control is to show at least an appearance of empathy and sensitivity to the fact that gun ownership in America is a cultural issue and laws which threaten that are going to evoke emotions.

      For those growing up in rural America, gun ownership in general, and gun-based hobbies in particular, are part of the cultural identity. Not just ‘cultural identify’ in a nationalist sense, but also woven into rites of passage and family bonding — those early hunting trips with dad or family reunions skeet shooting with the cousins, the first woodchuck dispatched from the family garden. That’s probably why attempts to limit access to guns arouse so much popular emotion. You may hear from the crazies, but the popular reaction comes from fear of threatened tradition and identity.

      As do most Politicians, Obama tried to claim ‘he feels your pain’ and understands your life. He, after all, goes shooting all the time. He knows that shooting guns is part of life, and he doesn’t intend to take that away. But people are VERY sensitive to hypocrisy. It’s much worse to be a hypocrite than it would have been to just say, “hey, I’m a city kid and never have been into guns myself, but I have nothing against hunting or target shooting. That’s not what we’re talking about here’.

      *To deter people attacking me for beliefs I do not have, I support regulating firearm ownership, especially of hand guns, and would even get behind a licensing and registration scheme, beyond the pale for most gun owners. However, I grew up in a rural area, in a family of hunters, and have some sensitivity into why people take these things personally.

      • Xploder says:

         Unfortunately, there are a lot of people that will believe that Obama is being hypocritical and lying about skeet shooting in order to do exactly as you say.

        Personally, I believe he probably DOES do a lot of skeet shooting. Camp David has an awesome skeet range and skeet shooting fun enough that I’ve had some friends that were rabidly anti-gun ask if they could try it when I was out shooting skeet with some friends. It’s one gun sport that harms nothing and nobody with the exception of some clay targets and is pretty much like a live action video game.

    • Steve says:

      He’s the one that brought it up.  Seems if he’s claiming to do something, he ya know should actually do it.  Or, wait, is he just trolling?

  3. PhosPhorious says:

    I KNEW it!

    Plus, he’s a Kenyan anti-colinialist.

  4. Funk Daddy says:

    Let’s see, he doesn’t have to load the trap, or the weapon either if he chooses. Everything can be ready for the instant he steps on the range. Hmm. “All the time” does not mean he did it for long, more likely whenever he felt like it for as long as he felt like it.

    If there is a fully equipped range at Camp David I don’t doubt he would use it. Who wouldn’t? Walk up, take a few shots, go back to whatever else you wanted to be doing…

    I guess news is hard to find in Washington D.C., at least at the Post. And besides, who the hell cares, even if he never even saw the range, oh no, the black guy told a white lie, ITS THA MUSLIMS EVEISL!

    • Ronald Pottol says:

      If given the choice between full auto and a double barreled shotgun to shoot, most people choose full auto. After trying both, I’d be it’s 90+%. 

      Skeet my ass.

      • Funk Daddy says:

        I dunno, skeet is legitimate sport

        Since everyone is likening crazy stuff to video games, I’ll draw the analogy that not everyone uses God-Mode, even if everyone tries it. Sport is fun.

  5. kobrakai says:

    I took this comment from someone else so it’s not mine but: If only they’d done this type of deep investigation in the lead-up to the Iraq war. Sigh.

  6. Brainspore says:

    This has the potential to be the biggest Obama scandal since that time in 2008 when everyone found out he wasn’t that good at bowling.

  7. chortick says:

    Skeet, trap and sporting clays are lots of fun.  In the current toxic US climate where firearms are either 1) CHILD-SLAYING DEATH MACHINES or 2) A GOD-GIVEN RIGHT, there is no sensible conversation occurring, only shouting back and forth at each other.  I mostly just tune out the issue, as I do with so many other things these days.

  8. skeptacally says:

    i’m willing to bet he takes a shit all the time too. where’s the photo evidence of that?!?!

  9. LinkMan says:

    Next they’re going to tell us he’s never even been Skeet Surfin’.

  10. franko says:

    wait, why is this important news again? i thought we WANTED him to focus on working, and not leisure activities!

  11. fenester says:

    Perhaps he was using the word ala Dave Chapelle.

  12. OldBrownSquirrel says:

    Aaron Burr was Jefferson’s VP, and a firearms enthusiast, IIRC.  I don’t recall that it did much for his political career; it hardly got him on the ten-dollar bill, did it?

  13. heavystarch says:

    AWWWWWWWW SKEET SKEET SKEET SKEET! MAW’FUKA’

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqRg0J_gt1A

  14. cellocgw says:

    All in all, I’d far rather our DC pols  partake of a rather different sort of shooting gallery.  It’d be sure to improve the quality of laws they generate.

  15. agonist says:

    I imagine the Republicans will launch an Clintonesque investigation and Obama’s attorney will then argue with the special prosecutor over the definition of “all the time”.

  16. Atomic Cow says:

    How stupid is it to lie about something so easily disproven?

  17. urpBurp says:

    I’ll tell you why it matters. Because it’s a friggin’ lie. Plain and simple. How is that a witch hunt?

    If we want a better political world we have to stop this glossing over of crap like this. If you can honestly say that a comment like this wouldn’t have bothered you if it came from the other side of the isle, then more power to you. But history has proved that isn’t true. The slightest misstep by someone we are against is pounced upon and dragged through the streets. While bold-faced lies from our own side are religiously accepted and overlooked as we use “faith” (ie: I don’t think he would have done that!) to abolish “fact” (ie: He said it and he lied.)

    I don’t care what side of the isle or political affiliation someone is if they are honest. But blind, willfull, ignorant, unapologetic hypocrisy will destroy any credibility that party has developed and will never encourage others to understand your point of view.

    • Brainspore says:

      I’ll tell you why it matters. Because it’s a friggin’ lie.

      If anything it’s an exaggeration. That’s a falsehood on the same order of “I’m so happy to be here to speak to you tonight…” at a political rally.

  18. I really hate the way presidential candidates have to pretend to engage in all these foolish activities just to make themselves more acceptable to the God and Country Crowd.

    God forbid we have a leader who’s not a gun nut or religious zealot!!!

  19. Brainspore says:

    No, I’m all for attacking Obama when appropriate. But attack him for meaningful shortcomings, like warrantless wiretapping and drone strikes and going soft on Wall Street crooks. 

    “He doesn’t go skeet shooting as often as he implied he does!” is just a stupid waste of time.

  20. Finnagain says:

     I’m positive that shrub really was clearing brush all those times he fled D.C. for his “ranch” in Texas.. Sure he was.

  21. urpBurp says:

    Sorry, I just can’t sweep it aside. It’s not in my makeup.

    A President who lies so easily to the people he is sworn and pledged to support really gets under my skin. I didn’t like it when Carter, Reagan, Bush 1, Clinton, Bush 2, etc…  did it; I don’t like it when Obama does it. Why is it ignored?

    Don’t dismiss it as a “shortcoming”. Picking your nose in public is a shortcoming. Burping on a date is a shortcoming. But telling me something meaningless that you know isn’t true and then asking me to trust you on important things? … That’s just asinine. It ain’t happening, Jack. It’s not a “stretch” of the truth. No one can even remember seeing him shooting Skeet more than once.

    Expect more from your leaders. Hold them accountable. This current blase attitude is what leads us to the wiretapping and drone strikes. It’s the frog in the frying pan.

  22. Brainspore says:

    I think you’re picking some pretty trivial semantic bullshit to get worked up about, but I suppose if that’s the way you want to live your life then good luck with the whole “Skeetgate” thing.

  23. urpBurp says:

    Brainspore,  I think it’s sad that you consider a lie from your President to be “pretty trivial semantic bullshit”. You think I care if Obama has ever shot Skeet? Nope. But I do care that he felt the need to lie about it. It would be the same thing if he said, “I bake cakes all the time.” What’s the point of lying over such a stupid thing?

    Don’t patronize me. This isn’t just about “Skeetgate”, that’s what I’m trying to say. This isn’t a one-time thing: Closing GITMO; Bringing the troops home; “Mission Accomplished”; “I did not have sex with that woman”; “No new taxes” and on and on and on… It’s about the character of a person who is my President. Is it really such “bullshit” to ask for an honest President?

  24. Brainspore says:

    @boingboing-033730fd6fb7948798db987eebba322f:disqus :
    First of all it’s been established that he has been skeet shooting at Camp David at least once, so at worst he exaggerated the number of times he’s gone.

    Second, he didn’t say “I” go skeet shooting all the time, he said “we,” referring to those who visit Camp David. So a perfectly reasonable interpretation of his statement would be “skeet shooting is a common activity at Camp David, and I have participated in this activity.”

    Misleading? Maybe so. A scandalous indication of a serial liar? Hardly.

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