Wash Post publishes bitchy photo of Obama with squirt gun to mock “skeet shooting” claim

President Obama has caused a bit of a tempest in a teapot by telling the New Republic that he goes skeet shooting “all the time.”

The New Republic: “Have you ever fired a gun?”
President Obama: “Yes, in fact, up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time.”
New Republic: ”The whole family?”
Obama: “Not the girls, but oftentimes guests of mine go up there. And I have a profound respect for the traditions of hunting that trace back in this country for generations. And I think those who dismiss that out of hand make a big mistake.”

Skeet Truthers in the media, and among conservatives, want proof of the President’s skeet prowess, and are demanding photos.

The Washington Post’s fact-checker Glenn Kessler responded by fact-checking the skeet shooting claim, and the issue of whether the White House ever releases photos of President Obama at Camp David, by publishing two photos from Camp David: One showing Obama with a water pistol, and the other showing Biden with a water pistol.

Get it? The Washington Post’s fact-checker is trying to make fun of President Obama by showing that the only gun the President has used is a squirt gun.

wash post fact checker on obama skeet shooting

And both photos, just by chance, show the President and Vice President with squirt guns!  That’s a knee-slapper! And sufficiently emasculates the President and Vice President at the same time.

There are lots of photos on Google if you type in “Obama camp david.” The Wash Post fact-checker could have chosen any of them. Instead he picked two photos that mock the President on the very issue the fact-checker is investigating.  Kessler was clearly aware of what he was doing, and thought it was funny.  But it’s not his job to be funny.  It’s his job to test the facts.  And he generally does an excellent job of it.  But this is bs, and it’s partisan, and wrong.

Now who’s the Pinocchio?

Here’s Jon Stewart’s take on the whole skeet shooting thing – I tend to agree with him.  This feels ham-handed by the White House.  But that’s no excuse for the Washington Post fact-checker taking bitchy pot-shots at the President just for the fun of it.


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  • Curt Godel

    You are incorrect. The arguments are indeed actually regarding SEMI-automatic guns, not automatic ones. And they do affect shotguns because a significant number of sporting and target shotguns are indeed semi-automatic (e.g., Remington 11-87 for skeet, trap, and hunting). The AK47 and AR15 are semi-automatic, not automatic. Our military does not use them; they use the (fully) automatic M16.

    You may be interested to know that Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC), chairperson of the House Homeland Security oversight committee, has reported that he saw IRS agents training with AR15s.

  • David Drake

    Sorry, this isn’t worth responding to in any logical way. This stuff is absurd. So much for logical policy debates by our elected officials or media outlets. I will say this however. It would seem that the Washington Post’s alleged “fact checker” has fallen into the same trap that Romney fell into when he challenged the President on using the term terrorism in the debates. Go on, Mr. Kessler. Keep ratcheting up your sanctimonious rhetoric about the President lying, right up to the point when the White House schools you with the photo. We like to call this “eating crow”.

  • http://twitter.com/BillFromDover Bill from Dover

    How many abused spouses have had their faces blown off with a squirt gun… just wonderin’?

  • its me mario

    dude shutup just impeach the bastard and go on with our lives try to take guns youll start a war clear as that

  • Buford

    You can shoot target clays on cruise ships, for Chissakes.

    The issue here is that pro-gun nuts consistently (and effectively) conflate any proposal to tighten gun controls with the absolute outlawing of guns… and that’s the only reason there is value in confirming that Obama shoots guns… to either present him as a hypocrite who shoots guns but wants to outlaw yours, or as an elite who wants to outlaw guns without understanding the traditions of gun culture.

  • http://twitter.com/abynorml Joanne Robrahn

    It just proves that there is no RW news–whether it is print, online, radio, or tv–that is valid or legitimate reporting.

  • http://twitter.com/abynorml Joanne Robrahn

    I used to shoot skeet with my husband. It requires a shotgun of just about any gauge. The smaller the shell, the more difficult to hit the targets, therefore the more challenging. Skeet shooting is a lot of fun and I could see the President participating in the sport. The arguments against automatic weapons does not effect shotguns (or any other guns for that matter). And skeet shooting doesn’t require an AK47 or an AR15. I don’t understand why any and everything the President says is turned into a conspiracy or lie. It’s really not difficult to believe the President shoots skeet. But, of course nothing the President says makes the RW happy or satisfies their extreme prejudice of the man.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Definitely dropped that in the hoop!

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    We keep the WP in the twofer where the mice can read it if they want….they usually shred it.

  • Guest

    Isn’t bitchiness a bfoq at wapo? Why else would they keep Jennifer Rubin on the roster?

  • Naja pallida

    So we don’t have a President who has to shoot his friends in the face, or pretend to clear brush while wearing a silly hat, to show off his manliness. He’d rather have pictures taken of him enjoying family life and having fun with his kids. But really… since when has the Washington Post cared much about fact checking? They pretty much gave up on that in the 80s, about the time Donald Graham took over. It’s been especially bad in the last ten years or so, where almost all of their actual reporting has been little more than ‘Anonymous sources say…’, which basically allows them to sidestep the entire issue of having to fact check, because ‘anonymous sources’ have no real credibility. If such articles are proven wrong they can just shrug and move on. This particular case is just a cheap shot that someone thought would be funny, and has more place in The Onion than the Post.

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