White House releases photo of Obama shooting gun

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WASHINGTON — Two days before President Obama’s first trip outside Washington to promote his gun control proposals, the White House tried to settle a brewing mystery when it released a photo to back his claim to be a skeet shooter.

The White House said the photo shows President Obama shooting clay targets at Camp David on Aug. 4, 2012.  WHITE HOUSE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
WHITE HOUSE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
The White House said the photo shows President Obama shooting clay targets at Camp David on Aug. 4, 2012.

Obama had set inquiring minds spinning when, in an interview with The New Republic magazine, he answered “yes” when asked whether he had ever fired a gun. The admission came as a surprise to many.

“Yes, in fact, up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time,” Obama said in the interview released last weekend, referring to the official presidential retreat in rural Maryland, which he last visited in October while campaigning for re-election. Asked whether the entire family participates, the president said: “Not the girls, but oftentimes guests of mine go up there.”

Few could recall Obama ever talking about firing a gun or going skeet shooting “all the time.”

The official White House photo released Saturday is dated Aug. 4, 2012. The caption says Obama is shooting clay targets on the range at Camp David. He is seen holding a gun against his left shoulder, his left index finger on the trigger and smoke coming from the barrel. He is wearing jeans, a dark blue, short-sleeved polo shirt, sunglasses and headphones.

The National Rifle Association, which has rejected Obama's proposals, scoffed at the photo.

"One picture does not erase a lifetime of supporting every gun ban and every gun control scheme imaginable," said Andrew Arulanandam, the organization's spokesman.

Asked at Monday’s press briefing how frequently Obama shoots skeet and whether photos of the outings existed, White House press secretary Jay Carney said he didn’t know how often. Pictures might exist, he said, but he hadn’t seen any.

“Why haven’t we heard about it before?” Carney was asked.

“Because when he goes to Camp David, he goes to spend time with his family and friends and relax, not to produce photographs,” Carney said.

Obama is accompanied almost everywhere by at least one White House photographer.

Carney did not immediately respond Saturday when asked to comment on the decision to release the photo.

A top official with the National Skeet Shooting Association said the photo suggests Obama is a novice shooter.

"This isn't something he's done very often because of how he's standing, how he has the gun mounted," said Michael Hampton, executive director of the San Antonio-based association.

Hampton said Obama's remark about "skeet shooting all the time" and the White House photo would have met less skepticism had the president's spoken about his hobby months before this new debate over guns in the U.S.

"Once it becomes controversial and there's problems, to talk about it then, that's where it becomes very debatable and is not being received as well as if he would have done this six months ago," Hampton said.

In the interview, which appears in the Feb. 11 issue of The New Republic, Obama said gun control advocates should be better listeners in this latest debate over firearms.

“I have a profound respect for the traditions of hunting that trace back in this country for generations,” Obama said. “And I think those who dismiss that out of hand make a big mistake. Part of being able to move this forward is understanding the reality of guns in urban areas are very different from the realities of guns in rural areas. And if you grew up and your dad gave you a hunting rifle when you were 10, and you went out and spent the day with him and your uncles, and that became part of your family’s traditions, you can see why you’d be pretty protective of that.

“So it’s trying to bridge those gaps that I think is going to be part of the biggest task over the next several months. And that means that advocates of gun control have to do a little more listening than they do sometimes,” Obama said.

His gun control measures, which include a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, along with universal background checks for anyone who wants to buy a firearm, have met some resistance on Capitol Hill and from opponents of tighter restrictions on access to guns, including the National Rifle Association.

In Minneapolis on Monday, Obama plans to make remarks and discuss his proposals with local and law enforcement officials during a stop at the police department’s special operations center. He’s also expected to visit with community members to hear about their experiences with gun violence, the White House said.

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OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 02/02/13 - 07:21 pm
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strange

SMOKE PATTERN for shotgun Venting 3/4-way down the barrel?

Also little high on the Left Shoulder, but he is a leftie.
PUN intended

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 02/02/13 - 07:32 pm
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This is possibly the worst photoshop

... job since his birth certificate.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 02/02/13 - 07:45 pm
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He has really gone to school

He has really gone to school on Clinton hasn't he? Staging photo-ops (remember Omaha(?) Beach and the rocks); co-opting Republican proposals that are popular, on and on.

JayJay
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JayJay 02/02/13 - 07:45 pm
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So his advisors thought it

So his advisors thought it would be good for the American people to see him shooting a rifle..but didn't think to advise him how to hold one properly? Lame. He looks uncomfortable and was probably sporting a nice bruise after that shot.

oldredneckman96
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oldredneckman96 02/02/13 - 08:51 pm
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Skeet
Unpublished

As Hillery said, "What does it matter" Osama can make a picture of anything. Osama and the criminals will keep thier guns, they just do not want you to have yours.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/03/13 - 07:31 am
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Comics

They are having a field day with this photo.....

Grandpa Jones
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Grandpa Jones 02/03/13 - 09:04 am
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Other gun news:

Deadliest sniper in US history shot dead

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-21313208

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 02/03/13 - 09:13 am
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Here is another Photo-OP

Here is another Photo-OP created picture
And just as believable.

https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/540022_537916429572543_12125...

BTW: Google the picture, You'll find several higher res versions with greater detail. Interesting addition details.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 02/03/13 - 09:14 am
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A Joke

just like him!

YeCats
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YeCats 02/03/13 - 10:06 am
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Them skeet look awful low.

Them skeet look awful low.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 02/03/13 - 10:37 am
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His modus operandi is deceit

His modus operandi is deceit and he excels at it.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/03/13 - 10:39 am
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I'd like to see Sarah Palin

I'd like to see Sarah Palin and Obama in a paintball gun fight. I know who would win.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 02/03/13 - 11:05 am
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LOL, I'd like to see us in

LOL, I'd like to see us in one. I know, you'd kick my behind, but when I cried, you'd clean all the paint off of me.

carcraft
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carcraft 02/03/13 - 11:26 am
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Obama's shoulder won't hurt,

Obama's shoulder won't hurt, the smoke out of the top looks like a muzzle break, don't want Obama to do any thing where he might break a sweat or get a little sore! Another toke on the bong for the chom gang?

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 02/03/13 - 11:36 am
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That

puff of smoke you see at the side is the pressure release for ejecting the round of that Semi-automatic, REPEAT, Semi-automatic shotgun that he is supposing to be using.

That is in expensive shotguns to reduce some of the recoil.

Chigger Hill Man
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Chigger Hill Man 02/03/13 - 01:22 pm
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Grand Pa Jones's comment.

The death of Chris Kyle was a real shocker. According to the TV news this morning Kyle and the other victim were shot by another Vet suffering from PTSD. Fox News reported Kyle and the other victim were trying to help him. Vet or not, it's another unstable person with a gun. If Obama would start leaning more toward the "unstable" part of the equation he would be better served to making some progress with this growing problem. We pray for Chris Kyle's wife and small children.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/03/13 - 02:02 pm
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CG, I was wondering about

CG, I was wondering about that extra puff of smoke. Willow...ha.

Jake
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Jake 02/03/13 - 02:18 pm
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Skeet

My guess is that they are throwing up copies of the Augusta Chronicle for him to hit.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 02/03/13 - 02:42 pm
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It looks like a rife????? If

It looks like a rife????? If it is a shotgun it is a single shot crack barrel, and he wouldn't hit the broad side of the barn and likely break his collar bone holding the weapon like that. You aim a rifle but you point a shotgun (with both eyes open just lookin' down the barrel), and the way he is holding it on his shoulder would likely kill his arm or break his collar bone. If you've ever been on a dove shoot even holding it correctly will leave your arm black and blue. If doubt he shoots skeet with a single shot shotgun. Seems some are really gullible to really believe Obama is a skeet enthusiast. The man can plays golf and basketball-but he has likely never held a weapon till that photoshoot. The side smoke isn't from an automatic shotgun I can tell you that unless he has a vented choke at the end of the barrel-but that isn't visible. The man is such a liar and many are blinded by ideology to believe everything outta his mouth.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 02/03/13 - 02:43 pm
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This photo can easily be

This photo can easily be dispelled by any NRA member but likely that voice will ignored just like Fox news.

KSL
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KSL 02/03/13 - 03:42 pm
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All I can say

Is thank goodness Biz came to see the light.

KSL
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KSL 02/03/13 - 03:49 pm
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Biz, I have always been a

Biz, I have always been a social moderate and a liberal conservative. I was reared by parents and extended family who allowed me that freedom, the freedom to form my own opinions and views. They did teach ethics and morality.

KSL
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KSL 02/03/13 - 04:21 pm
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My husband says that if the

My husband says that if the zero is really shooting clay, it's when it is falling down, not on it's way up. What a farce! Every aspect of this man is fake!

KSL
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KSL 02/03/13 - 04:26 pm
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I started to say the scary

I started to say the scary thing that this admin thinks is that the entire American public has been sufficiently dumbed down. A whole lot have been. But not all, and that will be their nemesis.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 02/03/13 - 05:13 pm
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I agree he isn't shooting

I agree he isn't shooting skeet. Oh I know. He is shooting more American citizens without due process. I guess he's working on that hit list he has. Now that is believable.

carcraft
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carcraft 02/03/13 - 05:31 pm
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Cobalt George, that looks

Cobalt George, that looks like an over under with a break open breech. I think the puff of smoke from the side/top is a muzzle break

KSL
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KSL 02/03/13 - 06:47 pm
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Carcraft

I have no idea what you are talking about, but I am willing to learn.

KSL
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KSL 02/03/13 - 06:50 pm
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Biz

Isn't it the Chicago way to get someone else to do the hands on dirty work for you?

KSL
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KSL 02/03/13 - 06:54 pm
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Hopefully people who might consider voting for Hilly

Have not forgotten the mysterious deaths of people in the Clinton admin.

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