WH releases photo of Obama skeet shooting

President Barack Obama shoots clay targets on the range at Camp David, Md., Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

When President Obama said in a recent interview that he goes skeet shooting "all the time" at Camp David, some wondered why he never disclosed this nugget before and why nobody has seen evidence of his riflery.

"How often does the president go skeet shooting, and are there photographs of him doing so?" a reporter asked White House press secretary Jay Carney the day after the president's remarks on skeet shooting.

Carney laughed and said, "I'm not sure how often he's done that," but the reporter would not be deterred.

"Why haven't we heard about it before?" she asked.

But before the "skeet truther" brigade could achieve liftoff, the White House today released a photo of President Obama shooting skeet at Camp David on his birthday last year, Aug. 4, 2012.

The president's comments about skeet shooting, which involves firing a gun at airborne clay disks, came during an interview with the New Republic about gun violence in which Mr. Obama, who has proposed a raft of new gun control measures, advised supporters of gun control to "do a little more listening" to Second Amendment advocates.

"I have a profound respect for the traditions of hunting that trace back in this country for generations," he said. "And I think those who dismiss that out of hand make a big mistake."

Asked whether he's ever shot a gun, Mr. Obama said, "Yes, in fact, up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time...Not the girls, but oftentimes guests of mine go up there."

  • Jake Miller

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