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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