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Yes, He Did: Obama Shoots Skeet

Posted: February 2, 2013

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The president sparked controversy last week when he told The New Republic he does skeet shooting "all the time." In response, the White House released a picture of Obama shooting skeet last August at Camp David.

President Obama shoots clay targets on the range at Camp David in Maryland on Aug. 4.

President Obama shoots clay targets on the range at Camp David in Maryland on Aug. 4. Pete Souza

The White House has released proof that President Obama really did shoot skeet — at least once — at the Maryland presidential retreat, last summer.

There'd been some disbelief among gun rights supporters this week when Obama claimed in an interview with The New Republic, "Yes, in fact, up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time." Skeptical Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., quickly challenged him to a competition and predicted she would beat him.

Maybe.

The question this week was whether Obama actually did fire a weapon. As Mark wrote, Fact Checker couldn't decide whether the claim was true, and issued a "Verdict Pending." There weren't any photos of him doing it, as there are of the president playing basketball. Fox weighed in later, saying it had a source that the president had shot skeet at least once. Now there's evidence of that from Aug. 12, 2012. Perhaps the next question is one Rep. Blackburn would like to ask: How good is he?

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