Be vewy vewy quiet; Barack Obama is hunting wabbits.
Gun owners lampooned President Obama as Elmer Fudd yesterday after the White House released a photo of the commander-in-chief shooting clay targets at Camp David.
While the president’s shooting skills were being mocked, his own gun-control allies privately fretted that Obama risked being ridiculed as a phony for suddenly trying to portray himself as a friend of sportsmen and hunters. Or, conversely, that he was glorifying the use of guns.
But if the move was aimed to win over gun enthusiasts, it backfired.
“That looks pretty pathetic. That’s not skeet shooting,” chuckled Rick Davenport, of the Erie County Sportsmen’s Federation. “In skeet shooting, you’re either shooting high or you’re shooting low! This is nothing but pandering to the sportsmen and hunters.”
So, on January 27th, Obama was quoted in a magazine article, saying, “Up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time.” On January 28th, WH Press Secretary Jay Carney claimed he never saw a photo of Obama “doing skeet.” Then, on Saturday, the White House tweeted the above photo, which was allegedly taken on the president’s birthday. August 4, 2012.
Wow, what a co-inky-dink…
Now, I’m not doubting the photo, necessarily. He obviously fired a shotgun sometime in the last four years. But given this story from Reuters, I am starting to doubt the rest of the story.
“Obama, an avid golfer, played with colleagues and friends at the Andrews Air Force Base in hot, muggy weather conditions before taking Marine One to Maryland’s Catoctin Mountains in the afternoon,” states the report, adding that the President, “helicoptered to the Camp David presidential retreat for a quiet evening off the campaign trail.”
The story also notes that Obama’s evening plans consisted of a “birthday meal he was expected to share with wife, Michelle.”
Now, maybe Obama wiggled in some range time there, but if so, why wouldn’t the omnipresent press corps report that? Eh, frak it; I’m declaring shenanigans. This is a bullshit photo op. Nothing more.