White House Releases Photo of President Obama Shooting Rifle at Camp David

The president is seen skeet shooting at the presidential retreat in Maryland.


The White House Saturday released an official photograph of President Obama skeet shooting at Camp David in Catoctin Mountain Park in Frederick County, MD.

The photo, taken last August, shows a jeans-clad Obama firing at clay targets on the grounds of the presidential retreat, the White House said.

It was released after skepticism surfaced about Obama's statement quoted in The New Republic that he participates in skeet shooting regularly.

"If he is a skeet shooter, why have we not heard of this? Why have we not seen photos?" Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) said earlier this week. "I think he should invite me to Camp David, and I'll go skeet shooting with him. And I bet I'll beat him."

The flap came as the president mounted a push for congressional action on restricting purchases of high-capacity rifles and ammunition amid criticism by pro-gun activists who oppose such legislation.

JustABill February 02, 2013 at 11:51 PM
Any experienced trap and skeet shooter or shotgun owner can clearly see this is either nothing more than a staged photo for PR purposes, or it was a one time thing for the President that, at the very most, demonstrates his lack of experience shooting. His positioning is all wrong first of all, and I am quite certain even with the low kick gas release on the muzzle of the barrel that he had a very sore bicep after just one shot even with a low powered load in the shell as I suspect. The butt of the gun should be squarely against his shoulder not in his armpit or on his upper arm as it is in this photo. If he was even a casual skeet shooter he would know to have his feet and shoulders squared to the shooting line not in line with the shotgun. One other thing that makes this look staged is the smoke coming from the gun barrel because all trap and skeet shells use a smokeless gunpowder so the only logical deduction as to why there is smoke would be that this was likely a blank or custom loaded shell to keep the kick from the gun to a minimum. At least in this photo compared to the first that was photo shopped to replace his golf iron with a shotgun he is holding the gun properly for a left handed shooter.
Rocky February 03, 2013 at 04:12 PM
Wow,what a guy---
Frank Arrington February 03, 2013 at 04:20 PM
I have concluded that his posture in incorrect for shooting skeet. I would like to had access to the original photo. Seems to me it may have been photo-shopped.
Captain Cook February 03, 2013 at 05:30 PM
It's a toy that liberals won't give to the kids...
Kerry James February 03, 2013 at 06:55 PM
For God's sake, my college journalism professor would flunk your writer and editors based on just the first few lines of this article. An obvious rule is to research and report FACT, and you have sloppily reported this photo as Obama firing a rifle, and worse yet, at skeet! So, we can conclude that you don't know the radical difference between a shotgun (which he is firing) and a rifle, or that one literally NEVER skeet shoots with a rifle. It would be like trying to thread a needle in a dark room with a blindfold. It can't be done, and is not even in the realm of plausible. You are guilty of, at the most generous of observations, journalistic incompetence; at worst, malfeasance. What say you?
Richard Rice February 03, 2013 at 08:02 PM
This is definitely a White House publicity stunt. Mr. NO GUN FOR ANYONE FIRING ANYTHING AT Camp David? He just wants more publicity!!!
Jay Levy February 03, 2013 at 08:39 PM
Well, since this pix is intended to gain support of NRAers, I can't wait for the pix aimed at all the war hawks in this country, maybe a shot of the pres. signing off on his kill list.


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