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Sat Feb 2, 2013, 12:29 PM

President Claims Shooting as a Hobby, and the White House Offers Proof (releases photo)

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Source: ny times



WASHINGTON — When President Obama mentioned last week that he had picked up a new hobby — skeet shooting at Camp David — it was a surprising disclosure by a president whose main identification with guns these days is his effort to ban assault rifles and high-capacity magazines.

To some, Mr. Obama’s newfound enthusiasm for shooting clay pigeons — he said in an interview that he did it “all the time” at his retreat in the Maryland mountains — also seemed a bit suspicious.

So on Saturday, the White House tried to silence the skeptics by releasing a photo of Mr. Obama shooting on the range at Camp David in August. In the photo, the president, wearing protective glasses and ear-muffs, is squinting down the barrel of a gun, moments after pulling the trigger. Smoke shoots out of the front of the gun.

The White House said the photo was taken on Aug. 4, which was Mr. Obama’s 51st birthday. But it offered no further details on whether his target practice was a regular hobby or a one-time event.



Read more: www.nytimes.com/2013/02/03/us/politics/obamas-skeet-shooting-comments-draw-fire.html?_r=0

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Reply President Claims Shooting as a Hobby, and the White House Offers Proof (releases photo) (Original post)
trailmonkee Feb 2013 OP
darkangel218 Feb 2013 #1
Mojorabbit Feb 2013 #17
JoeBlowToo Feb 2013 #24
BlancheSplanchnik Feb 2013 #31
greymattermom Feb 2013 #2
Thinkingabout Feb 2013 #10
MicaelS Feb 2013 #12
iandhr Feb 2013 #3
BVictor1 Feb 2013 #15
TeamPooka Feb 2013 #25
Recursion Feb 2013 #35
Dog Gone at Penigma Feb 2013 #4
Thinkingabout Feb 2013 #5
iandhr Feb 2013 #6
another_liberal Feb 2013 #7
Hoyt Feb 2013 #8
slackmaster Feb 2013 #9
MicaelS Feb 2013 #14
slackmaster Feb 2013 #16
Mojorabbit Feb 2013 #18
RC Feb 2013 #23
Comrade Grumpy Feb 2013 #11
Mojorabbit Feb 2013 #19
nick of time Feb 2013 #21
Tuesday Afternoon Feb 2013 #13
liberal N proud Feb 2013 #20
Crepuscular Feb 2013 #22
Sanity Claws Feb 2013 #26
Honeycombe8 Feb 2013 #27
Cha Feb 2013 #30
DWinNJ Feb 2013 #28
okaawhatever Feb 2013 #33
W T F Feb 2013 #29
logosoco Feb 2013 #32
Demo_Chris Feb 2013 #34
darkangel218 Feb 2013 #36
bvar22 Feb 2013 #37
L0oniX Feb 2013 #38
glinda Feb 2013 #39
sweetloukillbot Feb 2013 #40
Lasher Feb 2013 #41

Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 12:33 PM

1. Target shooting is a lot of fun. Nothing wrong with that :) nt

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Response to darkangel218 (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 12:55 PM

17. I love it. Great fun.

I don't get out there often enough.

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Response to darkangel218 (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 01:17 PM

24. especially fun with an M-60 with 200 round ammunition can attached...

 



Yeah Second Amendment!

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Response to darkangel218 (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 01:38 PM

31. I got to do it once and loved it

I was interpreting for a deaf student --this is years ago---
When the student dropped the course, they assigned me to something else so that was it.

But during the short time I was there, the instructor let me shoot after class. My first time even touching a gun. I was so good, he said I should stick with it, I could go national (to use his words!!) *brag*

Havent had a chance to do it again, but i sure would like to--I'd need the lightest skeet gun available! For my poor beat up shoulders.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 12:35 PM

2. left handed

Keep in mind that he's left handed. So this would be the correct way to hold the gun.

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Response to greymattermom (Reply #2)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 12:42 PM

10. Shooting left handed is not because someone is lefthanded or right handed, it is which eye is

dominate. I am right handed but because the left eye is dominate I shoot left handed.

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Response to Thinkingabout (Reply #10)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 12:48 PM

12. Correct, I am cross-dominant.

I am right handed, but left eye dominant. I shoot handguns right handed, but long guns left handed.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 12:36 PM

3. There is a great scene in the West Wing.

Where the Israelis and Palestinians are at Camp David.

Toby is skeet shooting with the Israeli Defense Minister. When Toby fires the gun he falls over backward.

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Response to iandhr (Reply #3)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 12:50 PM

15. There's a similar scene from near the end of Season 3.

 

It involves C.J. Cregg.

She was being stalked and had a SS detail.

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Response to BVictor1 (Reply #15)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 01:21 PM

25. and then Harmon's character dies in a convenience store robbery.

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Response to TeamPooka (Reply #25)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 02:04 PM

35. And Jeff Buckley's career is posthumously resurrected (nt)

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 12:37 PM

4. and the New Republic has already posted and removed a fake photo of this

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 12:38 PM

5. Lots of us own guns, I did notice his large magazine was not attached.

Sensible gun is not the problem, the rapid firing of large magazines at people is a problem. Obama is not trying to take guns away, we have a runaway gun violence, innocent American citizens are being attacked for no good reason, the shooters are not protecting their families and war has not been declared where these people are so why do we need weapons of war.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 12:39 PM

6. There is nothing he can say that will convince the gun nuts.

He could carry an AR-15 in the oval and it still won't be enough.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 12:41 PM

7. If you can pick your nose . . .

If you can pick your nose, you can shoot a shotgun (and likely hit something). It ain't rocket surgery!

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 12:42 PM

8. Good to see he is not blasting away with an "assault" weapon at targets that resemble people.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 12:42 PM

9. I didn't know he was a southpaw

 

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Response to slackmaster (Reply #9)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 12:48 PM

14. Maybe he's cross dominant? n/t

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Response to MicaelS (Reply #14)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 12:52 PM

16. That's what I am.

 

Right-handed and left-eyed.

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Response to MicaelS (Reply #14)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 12:58 PM

18. I believe he is left handed

I noticed it when he was signing bills into law. Wrote with the left hand.

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Response to slackmaster (Reply #9)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 01:12 PM

23. Yep, most all us smart people is.

 

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 12:47 PM

11. Is no one going to reference his penis size or his love for his Precious?

I hope not.

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Reply #11)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 12:58 PM

19. Good one! nt

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Reply #11)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 01:04 PM

21. Someone already kinda did.

 

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 12:48 PM

13. DU Rec.

I don't give a shit if it looks suspicious or not. fuck 'em.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 01:01 PM

20. Take that media attack dogs.

SNAP!

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 01:08 PM

22. Scary!

Obviously loaded with high capacity ammunition, capable of launching over a thousand projectiles in less than a second!

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 01:25 PM

26. Mom jeans!

I don't know anything about guns or skeet (why would anyone want to kill innocent skeet?) but I know a bit about clothes. He's wearing uncool Mom jeans. I'll bet they're the same Mom jeans when he went bicycling with his daughter. Do you remember that photo?

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Response to Sanity Claws (Reply #26)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 01:31 PM

27. Why do you think those are Mom jeans? They look like regular jeans to me.

Do they sit too high, you mean?

There's a man at work whose work pants look girlie. He wears his suit pants high on his waist, and his belt is cinched tightly, so that it makes his physique look like a girl's....emphasizing a waist, and it kinda puckers out underneath his belt, esp in the back, looking like he has girl hips. It's odd looking.

Is that what you mean?

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Response to Sanity Claws (Reply #26)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 01:36 PM

30. No, those are Pres Obama jeans and

he looks fine.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 01:32 PM

28. FAKE

I'm not going to believe President fires a weapon until he peppers some old guys face with buckshot while shooting at some birds at a ranch

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Response to DWinNJ (Reply #28)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 01:54 PM

33. I almost bought a t-shirt: Shooting an old man in the face is the nicest thing Dick Cheney ever did/

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 01:33 PM

29. He's shooting at Osama Bin Ladin. Gangsta Style!

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 01:40 PM

32. This whole thing is funny to me.

It never occurred to be that I had not seen the president with a gun. Perhaps because I myself have never shot a gun. I do not understand the mentality that a person is foolish for NOT wanting a gun. I think the side that favors gun control is more understanding about people wanting guns that the gun users are about people NOT wanting guns.

And also, what's with the term "mom jeans", maybe just because I am a middle aged woman, but I don't like the low slung pants because it feels like they are falling down all the time.
How can I maintain control of my weapon if I feel like I have to pull up my pants!!!!!!!!!

Of all the things a reporter could ask about, it was basically "where is the picture of Obama with a gun". What a waste of energy.
Maybe Joe should go shoot someone in the face. (cue Jimi Hendrix "Hey, Joe").

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 02:01 PM

34. Looks like GUN PORN to me! Ban discussion of this "Obama" character!

 

KIDDING!!!!

How in the heck do you make that "sarcasm" emote I see people use?

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Response to Demo_Chris (Reply #34)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 02:12 PM

36. Click on Smilies

Then on the bottom click on ....

It should be there.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 02:12 PM

37. Poor man.

This is concrete proof that he suffers from a small penis.
Only a complete psycho could ever enjoy using an instrument that was designed to KILL.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 02:24 PM

38. Muhahahahah ...well where's all the anti gun nuts now??? Hypocrites!

Yea it's all cool to be in the irrational gang of gun haters but when it's Obama holding a gun then what? O yea ...by "irrational" I mean it's ok to have a MAD policy toward other nuke holding countries but the same doesn't hold true for anyone who wants to protect themselves with the method and tool of their choice. Clue: Stop voting for these military gun nuts and those with policies of being the worlds biggest gun. While all are in a angry swarm of anti gun bees our government keep killing innocent people ...children and adults. Maybe if our so called leaders weren't setting an example of using a gun to protect against other guns we might have a more reasonable non hypocritical response to gun violence. IMO if it's wrong for US people to have guns for protection then it is also wrong for our government to use guns for protection.

Here's the biggest gun nut in the world:

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 02:43 PM

39. Was releasing this photo really necessary?

Does it cave to pressures? Does it promote guns? What the hell were they thinking? I think it is stupid. Just wondering about the purpose of this whole thing.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 02:55 PM

40. Obama loves his guns

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 02:57 PM

41. Locking...

Sorry, Omaha Steve beat you by 3 minutes. Please continue discussion in this earlier LBN thread.

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