Obama a skeet shooter? See new White House photo. This is about as good as Dukakis in a tank. They must be very low flying skeet, too.

In this photo released by the White House, President Barack Obama shoots clay targets on the range at Camp David, Md., Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. The White House released a photo of Obama firing a gun, two days before he heads to Minnesota to discuss gun control. In a recent interview with The New Republic magazine, Obama said yes when asked if he has ever fired a gun. He said "we do skeet shooting all the time," except for his daughters, at Camp David. Photo: The White House, Pete Souza

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poppajoe49 February 2, 2013 at 2:30 pm

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OK, I was going to say that I can’t tell who that is by the picture, but the limp-wristed shooting style leaves very little doubt.
Unless that’s a .410, he has very little control over the gun holding it that way.
Now, do any of you have a shotgun with that big of a Parkerized slot in the barrel? I haven’t ever seen that much sideways discharge from a shotgun before.

DefHarryMelon February 2, 2013 at 3:38 pm

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That is really a fancy ported double barrel, but there does seem to be an awful lot of smoke. I’ve spent 25,000 shells easily over the years on clays. I loaded most of my own shells. There is smoke, but this looks like a lot. The port is believable. Over/under double barrel shotguns never have different length barrels. This looks weird to me cuz the top barrel, the one discharging in the pic appears to have something alien sticking out of it.

Sidekick February 2, 2013 at 5:27 pm

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A choke?

DefHarryMelon February 2, 2013 at 6:14 pm

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Any choke ought not protrude. If they’re screw in type they go all the way in. I don’t know if the high roller doubles would have interchangeable chokes. I know none of my guns ever would. I don’t like the idea at all. If I were dropping a few thou on a trapper it would have the chokes I wanted and that would be that.

poppajoe49 February 2, 2013 at 6:06 pm

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OK, that’s what threw me, I didn’t look at the bigger photo, so I took it to be an “auto unloader” with a magazine tube underneath.
I think now that I’ve seen the larger photo, I would agree with Kick, it looks like an adjustable choke.

CO2Insanity February 2, 2013 at 7:23 pm

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Call Dianne Feinstein, that appears to be a flash suppressor and it has ventilated rib on the barrel. That certainly makes this an assault rifle in her demented book.

poppajoe49 February 2, 2013 at 7:57 pm
Karmaa February 2, 2013 at 9:53 pm

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OMG! I want to be her for a day! What’s interesting though is that with all those guns, all those bullets and all that shooting… how many people got killed or injured? Right – almost certainly none. Those evil guns must have just been on good behavior for the day, eh?

poppajoe49 February 3, 2013 at 12:13 am

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Yea, right?
I was at a similar event here 2 years ago. What a fun time!

MGAP February 4, 2013 at 7:08 am

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You know if there were any journalists in this country, one could hammer his narrow ass with one simple question.

“Mr. POTUS, I’ve never shot skeet before. Could you provide me with a brief synopsis of how to shoot a round of skeet?”

poppajoe49 February 4, 2013 at 9:37 pm

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The problem is trying to find a journalist that will ask the question, and has a national standing that would get people to listen to him/her.

Plainsman February 2, 2013 at 2:32 pm

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It’s very unlikely that he’s shooting skeet here because he’d be aiming up much more. He’s just firing for the photo-op. And good question on the side discharge. Such BS! So, we’re supposed to believe that the POTUS is a manly sportsmen? Not happening!

poppajoe49 February 2, 2013 at 3:01 pm

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Not to mention that it’s awful far back from the muzzle. I’ve never seen any gun with a muzzle control that far back, or what looks like a sideways discharge, they are usually top vented to control climb.

DefHarryMelon February 2, 2013 at 3:43 pm

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High house and low house shooting, the low bird can be on a plane like this but it would have to have fallen almost to the ground for this shot. His stance and posture looks more pansy than his baseball pitch.

I have seen ports 5 or six inches from the muzzle on some 30 inchers. Don’t care. This is staged and that’s that. What photographer stands forward of the shoot line on a skeet range?

Navyvet2 February 2, 2013 at 6:19 pm

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I agree with Plainsman & DHM. (Sorry Poppa, I dont know enough about what you are saying to comment) My first thought was that the bird has to be bird is awfully low. If the bird is that low it is most likely out of range or falling to fast to hit anyway. And who the hell that “shoots all the time” would have their trigger hand elbow like that? Looks like a girl shooting her first shot after no instruction.

Karmaa February 2, 2013 at 6:26 pm

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Good catch on the photographer thing. That’s one thing that bothered me about the picture. As I said, it “feels” wrong, but I just can’t figure it out… like a bunch of small things just don’t add up.

MGAP February 3, 2013 at 5:09 am

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Staged for sure. I hope he broke his collar bone holding it up high like that. OMG, what a nasty carbon footprint that sport seems to have. We should carbon tax shotgun shells… ;)

Karmaa February 3, 2013 at 8:48 am

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Don’t give them any ideas.

guysmiley February 3, 2013 at 12:00 pm

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I agree with all here: the way he’s holding the weapon, the way his eyes seem to be focused downward, no where near the sight plane of the shotgun or front bead. Photo op for sure. There is absolutely nothing “real” about this administration.

drb February 3, 2013 at 12:25 pm

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And who rests their cheek on the gun’s stock? If there is a recoil at all, that’s gonna hurt.

JPTravis February 2, 2013 at 2:43 pm

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They had to cut the picture off so people wouldn’t see that he wet himself.

Karmaa February 2, 2013 at 9:55 pm

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Wet? Or worse?

poppajoe49 February 3, 2013 at 12:14 am

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OOO that smell, can’t you smell that smell?

Karmaa February 3, 2013 at 8:54 am

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Is it bad that I knew the next line was “the smell of death surrounds you”? How appropros.

poppajoe49 February 3, 2013 at 10:20 am

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Maybe that should be Hillary’s theme song!

CO2Insanity February 2, 2013 at 2:44 pm

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If you look at his arms it looks like he’s scared shitless and hanging on for dear life to me.

SheilaK February 2, 2013 at 3:11 pm

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I agree about the low shooting angle for skeet. Was my first thought. And something about the hands does not look right. I would not surprised at all if this were phony. Plus, it shows what an arrogant ass he is, trying to belay all the ribbing he got about it.

poppajoe49 February 2, 2013 at 6:12 pm

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It’s the left arm. His elbow should be about shoulder high. I’ve never shot a rifle or shotgun comfortably with my rear arm in that position.

matthew s harrison February 2, 2013 at 3:12 pm

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1-there is no recoil present-it is a “dummy round” loaded with smoky powder
2- he’s wearing fucking mom-jeans
3- he is not aiming at an angle indicative of shooting at a clay, so this is a driveway out at a donor’s house in fairfax county shooting into the woods.
4- he’s wearing fucking mom jeans.
5- why is there not a wider angle shot, depicting a target/a trap range, etc? Cause it is a donors driveway as I said.

once again-the girly-est president in US history commits yet another fraud of his character. He is no more a trap shooter, than I am a quilter!

JPTravis February 2, 2013 at 4:17 pm

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And don’t forget he’s wearing fucking mom jeans.

drb February 2, 2013 at 4:38 pm

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did anyone mention the forking mom jeans yet?

poppajoe49 February 2, 2013 at 6:15 pm

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No, but he is wearing those fucking mom jeans.

drb February 3, 2013 at 4:17 am

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yeah, but a lady doesn’t use *that* word…

poppajoe49 February 3, 2013 at 5:42 am

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We know that, which is why we use it for you!

flashingscotsman February 7, 2013 at 7:27 am

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Always there to help out in a pinch. That’s our PJ.

Navyvet2 February 2, 2013 at 6:23 pm

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You are right about the fucking mom jeans and the other 4 things too.

JPTravis February 3, 2013 at 11:52 am

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Especially the fucking mom jeans.

Jayhawk46 February 4, 2013 at 4:55 am

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He’s wearing mom jeans to cover up his panty-waist…

poppajoe49 February 4, 2013 at 5:42 am

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Well, he does have a “Baby Bulge”!

deepthinker February 2, 2013 at 3:24 pm

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The spin machine is in full cycle that’s a given. I don’t have a shot gun that gives out that much from the side. I’ve got an Ithaca 12 ga that his limp wristed ass wouldn’t shot that way. The secret service would pick his ass up off the ground if he did. As for shooting skeet, no way no how.

Karmaa February 2, 2013 at 3:54 pm

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Is he left handed? I always rest the butt on my right shoulder. Regardless, this is not a picture of a man shooting skeet. He may be holding a gun, but he is not shooting at ANYTHING. I can’t say all of the little details of why but I can just SEE it. It does look like he could get a broken jaw, but I don’t know the gun, so I can’t say for sure. Reminds me of those stupid punk gangsta’s who hold the gun sideways. I always think “yeah – get a gun with a kick little boy and you will have a broken wrist”.

And yeah, Matthew – I am a mom, and my jeans don’t rise up half as high as his. That’s just so wrong. He’s such a pansy!

DefHarryMelon February 2, 2013 at 3:59 pm

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He’s a lefty and a southpaw. Watch his autographing sometime, arm over the top.

Karmaa February 2, 2013 at 4:02 pm

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Ahhh OK. I try not to look at him too much. My husband is left-handed too, but he doesn’t look so weird when he shoots.

Alien February 2, 2013 at 6:20 pm

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My brother is left-handed.. He’s a fantastic artist, too.. I always said he was cheating because his brain was wired differently. I thought it looked odd as a kid, when he was writing, having to push the letters forward across the paper, rather then pull them along. Schools had trouble with him in the early elementary years

Alien February 2, 2013 at 6:17 pm

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hahah lefty & southpaw.. LOL i see what you did, and all that

drb February 2, 2013 at 4:04 pm

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low-rise, Karmaa?

Karmaa February 2, 2013 at 6:20 pm

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Not TOO low, though I do like the wide belt on the hips look. But I wouldn’t be caught dead in Obama’s. I would say they are Grandma jeans!

drb February 3, 2013 at 4:23 am

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ok, mid-rise then, like mine (Gap’s “Long-N-Lean” jeans)…says not 18 anymore but not over the hill either.

poppajoe49 February 3, 2013 at 5:43 am

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MUWAH!

Karmaa February 3, 2013 at 8:56 am

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EX-actly! No fear for butt crack flashing, but my hubby (who is several years younger than me) still thinks I look hot!

GhostntheMachine February 3, 2013 at 4:02 pm

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No flashing? Bummer.

drb February 3, 2013 at 4:34 pm

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No…I’m the electrician’s daughter not the plumber’s daughter.

poppajoe49 February 3, 2013 at 5:47 pm

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Who’s your daddy? ;-)

ooddballz February 4, 2013 at 2:01 am

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They say I look like the mailman.

poppajoe49 February 2, 2013 at 6:18 pm

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You know what? Now it makes sense!
He just held the gun and had a photo taken. The smoke was airbrushed in.

Sidekick February 2, 2013 at 6:28 pm

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Possible because it seems his body position is all wrong for having just fired.

drb February 3, 2013 at 4:24 am

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I would not doubt it in the least.

GhostntheMachine February 6, 2013 at 10:25 pm

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Hey poppa, was playing around the other day and thought I’d throw this out there for giggles before I deleted it. Nobody told him it was a double barrel.

https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/1fnnPRcvRwCharb_PdOfiEmWfzcVA1Ql6iA-P1CfxoQ?feat=directlink

(and messing up the tree behind his right hand was an oversight the first time around. Could have fixed it in 5 minutes but didn’t feel like it)

poppajoe49 February 7, 2013 at 5:44 am

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At least the second shot was in the right direction!
I didn’t even notice the tree until you mentioned it.

Sidekick February 2, 2013 at 4:29 pm

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You all have covered this thoroughly. My FB buddies are having a blast with this picture. I just think he was having what he thought was a Putin moment.

MDLION February 2, 2013 at 5:58 pm

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This picture gives me a little bit of pleasure in that I know how much it enrages a section of Obama’s base.

Neo-7 February 2, 2013 at 6:15 pm

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But his base loves “pretend ‘. Pretend marriage , pretend morals , pretend virtue , pretend birth certificates , pretend compassion , pretend effort ………

I think its safe to say they love this pretend photo-op as it is reality that they hate .

Navyvet2 February 2, 2013 at 6:26 pm

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Good point. Obviously Hussein is a gun nut. How can all these loony liberals support a gun nut?

Progressive Hemrrhoid February 2, 2013 at 6:48 pm

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So according to the Associated Press He’s shooting an assault rifle like the guy in Alabama?

StrinaM February 2, 2013 at 9:24 pm

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A-I’m guessing his handlers staged this and it was taken within the last few days, not last year.

B- After the WH warned NOT to photoshop, you should see the photoshopping going on! It’s hilarious.

Missile Command February 3, 2013 at 3:30 am

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There are no images of Obama released that are not propaganda. So the question is why show him shooting a gun after demonizing guns for the last several weeks?

I am guessing since there is such a strong backlash to the democrat’s anti-gun propaganda he’s setting up an escape-hatch for himself with this skeet shooting malarkey. With such images he can point to them, when the idiotic anti-gun measure fail to get support, and say with righteous indignation that HE was never against restricting anyone’s guns – if he needs to. He’s already tried to say this but it didn’t stick. So the photo is more “evidence” in this directions.

Missile Command February 3, 2013 at 3:59 am

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Some Huffpo/TNR musings detailing a little the Obama propaganda outreach to “sportsmen” gun owners.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/02/nra-obama-skeet-shooting_n_2608177.html

StrinaM February 3, 2013 at 9:31 am

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Never gonna work….

Missile Command February 3, 2013 at 11:07 am

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I agree it won’t. But the WH and their apparatchiks in the media will keep trying…

StrinaM February 3, 2013 at 12:22 pm

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Agreed.

Big Al February 3, 2013 at 5:13 am

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0bongo harasses capitalist skeet as they return to their nest. Four homeless families ate from his game harvest. /Propaganda off

DefHarryMelon February 3, 2013 at 5:39 am

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Here are a few pics of what a good shooting posture for engaging a moving aerial target with a shotgun:
http://californiaoutdoorsqas.com/2011/10/
http://daviddobson.com/photos/DaveSkeetStation1.jpg
http://daviddobson.com/photos/FosterFam_Thaddeus.jpg
http://daviddobson.com/photos/FosterFam_Alex.jpg
http://daviddobson.com/photos/CecilVignutti.jpg
http://daviddobson.com/photos/JackieGoodForm.jpg

And of course, people are not all the same. Some are more comfortable in a forward lean than others. Here – http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=126880 – is another site with a bunch of people talking back and forth about what is the right way to shoot rifle versus shotgun. Funny that the AR15 type rifles is so easy to shoot and has been refined so much that there are examples of it available now with recoil so slight it could be considered practically imperceptible. A little nudge on the shoulder accompanied by no barrel rise. They are truly wonderful little guns. They’re light and easy to wield, adaptable to every type situation save for hard penetration targets. Typical 223 FMJ bullets disintegrate on 1/2″ steel plate, where a 308 FMJ will burn through it leaving what looks much like a slightly gnarled 1/2″ drill hole. The venerable 30.06 will blast through block walls, you don’t need to have a 50BMG to do that, although they are better at it!

Placing the stock of these AR15s high on your shoulder doesn’t mean you’re doing it wrong at all. Depending on the application and the comfort of the shooter, these rifles are highly versatile.

Shotgun loads for trap, skeet or any high volume shooting are typically light loads because, let’s face it, after you bruise your shoulder, repeated shooting is not much fun.

DefHarryMelon February 3, 2013 at 5:55 am

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A fine little video, 2 minutes and change, instruction and demonstration. Note barrel alignments and minimal recoil. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaF9rE-uE6w

poppajoe49 February 3, 2013 at 10:23 am

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Also notice the left wrist and elbow alignment. Since he’s a lefty it will show you how phony the photo of Barry is.

DefHarryMelon February 3, 2013 at 5:57 am

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This young girl with her Satanic Bushmaster WMM is doing this all correctly. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8nda8yPNbI

poppajoe49 February 3, 2013 at 10:26 am

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And looks good doing it!

DefHarryMelon February 3, 2013 at 6:04 am

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I wish I had an AR15 type now! Shoulda got one years ago when I had the spare change. This stock is far too cool! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_U6tORrODJE

DefHarryMelon February 3, 2013 at 6:05 am

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Sorry about hijacking the thread. Back to politics now… I got nothing.

drb February 3, 2013 at 7:17 am

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But hijacking threads is fun…I do it all the time.

StrinaM February 3, 2013 at 9:40 am
poppajoe49 February 3, 2013 at 10:32 am

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LMAO!!! They sure did a good job!

Missile Command February 3, 2013 at 11:09 am

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These are great, thanks. The one with O in the General Lee is really good.

loshonhora February 3, 2013 at 10:44 am

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he’s got his fingers curled way up over the fore-end too. onto the barrel, actually. very awkward form. bet it’s his first and only shot ever.

JPTravis February 3, 2013 at 11:54 am
JPTravis February 3, 2013 at 1:55 pm

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And furthermore, it turns out he was golfing all day. He did go to Camp David after golfing, but would he immediately head over to the shooting range after being gone all day? And if so, WHY DID HE CHANGE HIS WATCH, because that’s not the watch he was wearing at the golf course. Surely a man who only went skeet shooting this once doesn’t have a special shooting watch: http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2013/02/president-obamas-busy-day.html

drb February 3, 2013 at 3:06 pm

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ha, I was wondering if there was a way to search his itinerary for that day…and he changed his pants twice and shirt once. O.o

StrinaM February 3, 2013 at 12:24 pm

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Some one said on twitter, we finally have a picture of a gun that is safe for our kids to bring to school without getting suspended.

GhostntheMachine February 6, 2013 at 4:21 pm

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And would little Johnny get expelled from kindergarten for taking his hero to show-and-tell?

http://redalertpolitics.com/2013/02/05/obama-skeet-shooting-action-figure-now-for-sale/

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