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January 30, 2013

Obama Skeet Shooting Truthers

The Atlantic notes that some conservatives are responding with skepticism about President Obama's recent claim that he regularly goes skeet shooting at Camp David.

"So why are the 'truthers' coming out over the president doing a little face-saving with the gun crowd? Hasn't he made clear his support of the Second Amendment throughout his push for new proposals on gun violence? Well, there's the convenient timing, of course, but the gun push is why he was asked the question in the first place. No, conservative skeptics say -- this guy doesn't know anything about guns or the gun initiatives he's trying to push ... It's just the latest in a narrative that Obama, when it comes right down to it, is afraid of guns. Whether that's true or not, conservatives sure aren't afraid to say so."

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) in an interview with CNN went so far as to challenge Obama to a match: "If he is a skeet shooter, why have we not heard of this? Why have we not seen photos? Why hasn't he referenced this at any point in time? ... I tell you what I do think. I think he should invite me to Camp David, and I'll go skeet shooting with him, and I bet I'll beat him ... It's a great hobby, and I would hope that the president does enjoy it."

The Week: "So should Obama accept Blackburn's challenge? It may not be a bad idea, actually."


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