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For All the Skeet Truthers...

Feb 2, 2013 4:40 PM PT

Earlier today, as I hadn't seen the tweets from Obama's camp saying he was shooting on August 4th of last year, I checked the pic's Exif data on Flickr—a great feature they include for photo wonks to see the aperture, shutter speed, etc. when they're checking out others' uploads. "Date taken: August 4, 2012." Okay, cool.

Later on, when people started throwing up a screen grab of some Reuters story saying that Obama went golfing that same day, I got rather pissed off. It's extremely easy to do a round of golf and a round of shooting in the same day with plenty of sunlight to spare.

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No Photoshopping? What a bunch of whiny little spoilsports

Feb 2, 2013 8:02 AM PT

In response to White House Warns: Don't Photoshop Obama Gun Pic:

It figures they'd release their big skeet-shooting photo with a snotty demand that Internet bullies may not steal their lunch money.  Does anyone know if George Bush ever successfully insisted that a publicity photo of him could not be manipulated in any way?  What happens to someone that does photoshop this - who shows up to enforce the law?  IRS?  Secret Service?  TSA?  ObamaCare commissars?

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Pull!

Feb 2, 2013 7:59 AM PT

In response to White House Warns: Don't Photoshop Obama Gun Pic:

I don't go skeet shooting as often as the President.  Actually, I've never been skeet shooting so I don't even have a photo (which I would totally allow anyone to Photoshop).  Question: Do you usually shoot them at eye-level, as the President seems to do?

Visual confirmation of Obama skeet shooting at last!

Feb 2, 2013 7:57 AM PT

I was willing to take the word of the unnamed friend of an anonymous witness on faith, because I am now an associate member of the Washington journalistic community, but at last - weeks after Barack Obama's risible pander to gun owners by claiming he, or more accurately "we," shoot skeet at Camp David "all the time" - the White House has coughed up a photo of the President firing a shotgun at something.  

View image on Flickr website

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