WaPo Fact-Check: 'Verdict Pending' on Obama Skeet Shooting Claim
The Washington Post Fact-Checker, Glenn Kessler reported that 'a number of readers have raised questions about the president’s
statement that he goes skeet shooting “all the time.”' So he thought some fact checking might be in order.
He actually did a pretty thorough investigation of the last four years: "We searched high and low through hundreds of news reports to see if
there was ever any other mention of Obama engaged in skeet shooting."
They found 0 evidence.
They couldn't find evidence that Obama ever tried skeet shooting before he became president, either. Not that O didn't exploit a gullible skeet-shooting gun group to try to woo pro-gun supporters.
During the 2008 campaign, a group that called itself the American Hunters and Shooters Association — which some pro-gun groups attacked as a front for anti-gun forces — endorsed Obama
and announced he would attend a skeet shooting event in September in
Colorado. “The Obama campaign says the skeet shooting event will
highlight the Democrat’s support of the Second Amendment and hunting
rights,” the Associated Press reported.
But Ray Schoenke, a former
Washington Redskins football player who headed the organization, said in
an interview Wednesday that in the end Obama did not attend the
Colorado event. Schoenke said that after Obama’s election, the
organization — which he said was intended to bridge the gap between
urban liberals and rural gun owners — closed down because of lack of
support from the Obama administration. He said he did many events in
support of the Obama campaign in 2008 but Obama never mentioned having
ever handled a firearm.
So Kessler was unable to find any evidence that Obama goes skeet shooting "all the time", thus the pending verdict. He says, "we do not have enough information to make a ruling one way or the other."
Yesterday, a source who claims to have witnessed the President's "awkward attempts" at pinging pigeons, told Fox News that he's only tried it a couple of times.
"The only time he shot skeet was for President's Cup," said the
source, referring to a shooting competition tradition involving the
presidential Marine guards. "I was there. He stayed for about five
minutes, and couldn't leave fast enough."