Obama’s ‘skeet shooting’ photo misses target

After a recent interview quoted President Obama as saying “we do skeet shooting all the time,” the White House released a photo of him appearing to shoot a gun in an attempt to quiet critics who doubted his assertion was true.

The photo has only triggered a new round of controversy.

real skeet shooterSkeet-shooters have pointed out several inconsistencies in the photo, including the direction the gun is pointing, while Obama supporters are crying conspiracy and mocking the attacks by calling the flap “skeet-gate” wrought by “skeet-birthers.”

“This isn’t something he’s done very often because of how he’s standing, how he has the gun mounted,” Michael Hampton, executive director of the National Skeet Shooting Association, told The Associated Press. Hampton said he believes Obama is a novice shooter who may be using the photo op as a way to address the gun control debate.

“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.

The National Rifle Association has also weighed in on the photo.

“One picture does not erase a lifetime of supporting every gun ban and every gun-control scheme imaginable,” NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam told AP.

Clash Daily’s Steve Sheldon, a self-described “lifelong shotgunner,” offered a more detailed account of why the photo looks staged.

A photo taken at this stage of the firing process would also reveal the forces of recoil upon the shooter.  There would be a wave of energy passing through the firearm into the shooter’s body and evidence would exist somewhere in this photo that this phenomenon was happening.  This would appear like a slow motion picture of a boxer receiving a knockout blow.  The shooter’s body would give some evidence of reacting to the recoil, especially someone not wearing heavy clothing as in the picture.

Further evidence shows that the President was not shooting “Skeet.”  Skeet is a specific shooting game involving a skeet field with distinct shooting houses.  If he were shooting skeet, there would be a skeet house over the shooter’ shoulder from this camera angle.  There is none.  Additionally, his barrel is almost horizontal and that would not be consistent with someone shooting skeet.  At a minimum, it would be elevated at around a forty-five degree angle to almost vertical.

And not to be outdone, David Letterman released “actual footage” of Obama shooting skeet during his Friday night show.

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Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs and PAC management for nearly 20 years. Cheryl can be reached by email at Cheryl@bizpacreview.com & on Twitter @CherylBPR

  • bessie morro

    i have done skeet shooting. back when i lived in New York it was part of your hunting class you had to take before getting a hunting license. if what he is doing is skeet shooting then i pitty anyone in front of him. the gun is aimed too low for skeet shooting as the skeets are in the air.

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