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Skeet-Shooter-in-Chief

President Barack Obama shoots clay targets on the range at Camp David, Md., Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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210 Responses to “Skeet-Shooter-in-Chief”


    • February 2, 2013 at 11:12 am

      And that’s what a lot of idiots not understanding … we are not taking you guns away, but having better gun control… If you are hunting, you don’t need a 30 round ammunition gun – a shot gun will do!!

    • 3 cos
      February 2, 2013 at 11:15 am

      Good morning Chips and everyone and to heck to the msm for trying to create “skeeter-gate”. Thanks for this photo. It burns me up that PBO has to prove what he say.

  1. 4 Roberta in MN
    February 2, 2013 at 11:13 am

    It’s a shame he had to do that. I have never seen a President so shamed and ridiculed as he has. Marsha Blackburn can kiss my white you know what. She is an embarassment (sp) to all women.
    Good morning Chips & TODer’s.

    • February 2, 2013 at 11:16 am

      I feel the same Roberta, and even though I posted it I actually don’t like the photo at all – even if it is a funny two fingers to the nutjobs. I honestly wish they’d just ignored them, but this was their choice, so…

      • 6 Dudette
        February 2, 2013 at 11:24 am

        Oh please, please, please, post the Michael Beschloss rebuttal picture that lovelyplains posted in the last thread. It’ll make you laugh a heavying hearty laugh!!!

      • 9 idon
        February 2, 2013 at 12:12 pm

        I must admit when I saw this skeet shootin’ photo of my awesome president, I could not stop howling. The president has such a powerful influence on all of us that I imagine a lot of folks are gonna give up their mag clips and killer bullets for clay dics. I love, love, love my president.

      • 11 utaustinliberal
        February 2, 2013 at 3:34 pm

        I understand how you feel but I think it’s a fantastic picture. A lot of people do skeet shooting, it’s relatively harmless, and it’s a favorite pastime for them. (I don’t understand all of it…but oh well) I like that they released it to send a big F U to the WH Press Corps who were concern trolling and trying to give legitimacy to the skeet truthers. I like how this white house screws with the infantile minds of the press and the rightwing. To purposely wait for the weekend and then release it, is just freaking hilarious.

        • February 2, 2013 at 3:45 pm

          Hey UT, I’m torn on it, I get the mockery, and nothing is more powerful than ridicule, but I just can’t shake off the feeling it’s an unmerited response to the nutjobs. And I so despise guns of any nature, even ‘sporting’ ones, I just hate seeing PBO holding one. Wrong image, wrong time, I think.

    • 13 anniebella
      February 2, 2013 at 11:32 am

      Name one Republican who isn’t a embarrassment. They are a bunch of racists white folks.

      • 14 jacquelineoboomer
        February 2, 2013 at 2:21 pm

        Chuck Hagel, Ray LaHood, and Gen. Colin Powell. There are others; just not many in the public eye!

        • 15 anniebella
          February 2, 2013 at 3:57 pm

          jacquellineoboomer, Dudette were talking about that Marsha Blackburn, so I was talking about Republicans in the House and Senate. Name one now from the House and Senate who isn’t an embarrassment. And believe you me I know there are decent Republicans out there, it’s just that alot of them allow themselves to be drown out by the extreme right wing radical racists.

          • 16 jacquelineoboomer
            February 2, 2013 at 4:15 pm

            Okay, you got me there. Such a waste of a good House or Senate seat, that could be filled by a progressive member of society who could help our society at large!

    • February 2, 2013 at 11:37 am

      Don’t feel shame. Laugh at them. You think WH doesn’t sit around and laugh at their idiocy? Look at Plouffe’s tweet.

    • 18 jacquelineoboomer
      February 2, 2013 at 1:24 pm

      Your white ass, Roberta? I’ll say it for you. She can kiss my white Democratic ass, too! :)

  2. 19 vcprezofan2
    February 2, 2013 at 11:13 am

    I’m kinda sorry that a picture emerged of this.

  3. 35 Lorraine
    February 2, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Wow, too cool. I’m sure he hit his target. Very nice picture Mister President.

  4. 40 sabreen60
    February 2, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Congrats Martz

    This is for all, especially Cookemom – I missed posting it on the “rise and shine” thread. For Black History Month I give you a poem that my mother use to recite to me by Paul Laurence Dunbar

    ‘LIAS! ‘Lias! Bless de Lawd!
    Don’ you know de day’s erbroad?
    Ef you don’ git up, you scamp,
    Dey’ll be trouble in dis camp.
    Tink I gwine to let you sleep
    W’ile I meks yo’ boa’d an’ keep?
    Dat’s a putty howdy-do–
    Don’ you hyeah me, ‘Lias –you?

    Bet ef I come crost dis flo’
    You won’ fin’ no time to sno’
    Daylight all a-shinin’ in
    W’ile you sleep –w’y hit’s a sin!
    Aint de can’le-light enough
    To bu’n out widout a snuff,
    But you go de mo’nin’ thoo
    Bu’nin’ up de daylight too?

    ‘Lias, don’ you hyeah me call?
    No use tu’nin’ to’ds de wall;
    I kin hyeah dat mattuss squeak;
    Don’ you hyeah me w’en I speak?
    Dis hyeah clock done struck off six-
    Ca’line, bring me dem ah sticks!
    Oh, you down, suh; huh, you down–
    Look hyeah, don’ you daih to frown.

    Ma’ch yo’se’f an wash yo’ face,
    Don’ you splattah all de place;
    I got somep’n else to do,
    ‘Sides jes’ cleanin’ aftah you.
    Tek dat comb an’ fix yo’ haid!–
    Looks jes’ lak a feddah baid.
    Look hyeah, boy, I let you see
    You sha’ n’t roll yo’ eyes at me.

    Come hyeah; bring me dat ah strap!
    Boy, I’ll whup you ‘twell you drap;
    You done felt yo’se’f too strong,
    An’ you sholy got me wrong.
    Set down at dat table thaih;
    Jes’ you whimpah ef you daih!
    Evah mo’nin’ on dis place,
    Seem lak I mus’ lose my grace.

    Fol’ yo’ han’s an’ bow yo’ haid–
    Wait ontwell de blessin’ ‘s said;
    “Lawd, have mussy on ouah souls–”
    (Don’ you daih to tech dem rolls–)
    “Bless de food we gwine to eat–”
    (You set still –I see yo’ feet;
    You jes’ try dat trick agin!)
    “Gin us peace an’ joy. Amen!”

    • 41 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      February 2, 2013 at 12:35 pm

      Thanks! Thank God for the elders who taught us our history and culture! In my mother’s day, schools were segregated — Black History & Culture were part of the curriculum; in my day of integrated, predominately white schools, BH consisted of Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, George Washington Carver and Rosa Parks…

      Do have to give a shout-out to my 9th grade English teacher, Mr. Zappacosta, who used Motown lyrics to teach poetry!

    • February 2, 2013 at 12:43 pm

      Thank you sabreen60 ….
      Love the poetry…

  5. 43 amk for obama
    February 2, 2013 at 11:20 am

    huh ? what’s the point of this foto op ?

    • February 2, 2013 at 11:22 am

      The nutjobs reckoned PBO was lying when he said he often skeet-shooted (or whatever the hell it’s called) at Camp David, so they’ve released this photo from last August as a two fingers.

      • 45 sabreen60
        February 2, 2013 at 11:25 am

        Also Chips, I think PBO never does anything without a good reason. He wants sensible gun laws. Anything he can do to break the stinger off the asses of the rwnjs probably has some worth, IMO.

      • 46 amk for obama
        February 2, 2013 at 11:25 am

        But why ? rwnj’s will be rwnj’s, photos or not.

        /smh

        • 47 jacquelineoboomer
          February 2, 2013 at 1:38 pm

          Yes, but – in the meantime – we can laugh at ‘em by using the photos. Deflates them, and makes them impotent. They don’t know that because they’re stupid, but it does.

      • 48 hopefruit2
        February 2, 2013 at 11:26 am

        I honestly don’t think it had to do with the RWNJ’s. Jessica Yellin of CNN was among those making a huge deal out of this and exclaiming that they had no photos. They did that to mock the media.

        • 49 anniebella
          February 2, 2013 at 11:28 am

          That TeaNN reporter. Jessica Yellin.

          • 50 hopefruit2
            February 2, 2013 at 11:31 am

            That’s the point. Here is someone who is ostensibly a a mainstream bona fide journalist – not a fringe RWNJ, but acting like one. So the WH is having a little fun- amusing themselves.

            • 51 debz
              February 2, 2013 at 12:19 pm

              Plouffe’s comment about “skeetbirthers” just proves the WH is having fun with the loons.

              • 52 jacquelineoboomer
                February 2, 2013 at 1:41 pm

                Yes, and Plouffe and Axelrod and their tweets (post-election) are helping Pres. Obama keep out of the fray and just let photos like this be released to speak to the issue and mock the rwnj’s and the media. To me, it’s Pres. Obama turning the other cheek, while holding a gun for skeet shooting. (I picked turning the other cheek, rather than holding up the middle finger. Same thing, updated for statesmen like our President.)

        • 53 dotster3
          February 2, 2013 at 11:38 am

          Who cares about Jessica Yellin and what she thinks? It was unnecessary to release that photo. I think it does more damage than any satisfaction gained. They should have remained above the fray.

          • 54 hopefruit2
            February 2, 2013 at 11:45 am

            “Who cares about Jessica Yellin and what she thinks?”

            You and I may not care, but she is a mainstream news reporter and many people DO CARE.

            Just like you and I didn’t care about PBO’s birth certificate, and what the birthers thought.

        • 55 Nena20409
          February 2, 2013 at 11:53 am

          Erin Burnett said pres Obama was lying just this week. I am GLAD that they released the picture.

          In the late 1960s, just a few Black men with their riffles at the states of the capitol steps in CA, brought about gun laws, first one since the 1930s.

          They didn’t do it for they were pressured. They did it for those in rural areas where NRA use FEAR and blatant racism to get them to vote their ways. Men in those areas, not many would be changed……But Women, young folks are easier to listen to reasons.

          I argued after the Dec 14, 2012 Newton, CT shootings that the Kids, if their parents allowed them, should be allowed to talk. That is what are needed. Tomorrow, 26 of those kids…..from Newton, would sing at the Super Bowl. The pressure is continuing. The doctor, Begg….the police chief, Gabby Giffords, etc are all speaking out. All these things help.

          The beauty of this is that people are now recognizing that pres Obama is as real as he projects, speaks, and acts. Nothing fake. The more they trust him in these rural areas, the easier the Jungle Fever is broken and the temperature would be reduced to 98 degrees.

      • February 2, 2013 at 11:39 am

        Not just the usual nut jobs. A member of the White House Press Corps AND the Washington Post asked for the pic.

      • 63 Anna Luc
        February 2, 2013 at 11:59 am

        Hi Chipsticks,

        Thank you so much for the work you do giving us this place to gather and share. About that picture. This image is blows apart — pardon the pun — the delusional right wing portrait of the president as a weak lefty who hates guns. IMHO, this is for the gun and teaparty crowd an image that will send them into crazyland freakouts once again.

    • 64 carolmaewy
      February 2, 2013 at 11:26 am

      Congrats Marlz. :) Don’t think we’ve met. Howdy!

  6. 67 hopefruit2
    February 2, 2013 at 11:24 am

    I disagree with all those who say that it was wrong of the WH to release this photo. In case you are not aware, this was not about silencing the NRA, or proving that PBO “loves” guns, but to make a mockery of the main stream media. Jessica Yellin (a high-ranking journalist and reporter) of CNN kept talking about not seeing any photos of PBO skeet-shooting, like our lives depended on it and the world would end if the media didn’t have a picture.

    That was the point of this.

    I recall quite a few people were upset when PBO released his long-form birth certificate, but in the end, who looked like the big fools? It wasn’t PBO or the WH. It was Donald Trump and the media, and even though some continued to insist that the form wasn’t real (e.g., Joe Arpaio), they were simply making themselves look more and more foolish.

    • 68 lisalovesobama
      February 2, 2013 at 11:29 am

      Yep.

      • 69 Vicki
        February 2, 2013 at 12:33 pm

        Yep, for me too, lisalovesobama and hopefruit2.
        POTUS says what he means and does what he says he will do.
        Dopes question histhe veracity of his remarks at their own peril.

        And call me crazy but I think PBO looks pretty good in that shot.

    • February 2, 2013 at 11:31 am

      I know what you’re saying Hopefruit, but I just wish they ignored the nutjobs and their media buddies, no matter what proof is ever provided of anything, they’ll never be satisfied. I understand why the photo was released, personally I just wish it wasn’t. And being a gun-hater, I don’t really like seeing PBO with one in his hands, even if it is only a clay-shooting thing. Just my opinion.

      • 71 hopefruit2
        February 2, 2013 at 11:36 am

        They ignore the media most of the time, but I think they were having a bit of fun today. I don’t think it’s about proof – it’s about having fun at the MSM’s expense.

    • 72 amk for obama
      February 2, 2013 at 11:35 am

      birther thingy was done with much more panache and on live teevee. Hence, it had a killer punch, pun not withstanding.

    • 73 Bill
      February 2, 2013 at 11:35 am

      The MSM should have learned by now PBO does not lie, and it only makes them look foolish if they question what he says.

    • 75 4morefor44
      February 2, 2013 at 11:35 am

      i agree with this. it’s about further exposing the ridiculousness of current major “news” people. the strategy is working.

    • 76 carolmaewy
      February 2, 2013 at 11:36 am

      Whatever his decision on these matters doesn’t make a difference to me. He knows what he’s doing. I can here it now what the might say, but I don’t want to say it out loud. I heard Yellin ask why he has never told anyone he skeet shouts? I yelled back, because you did ask, you idiot. + plus more. I save it for the media. :roll: by the way, how many photos do we see of any president at Camp David unless it is a meeting or briefing or something else official? The one of Pres. Kennedy I don’t remember seeing before.

    • 77 Eveingeorgia
      February 2, 2013 at 11:42 am

      I agree, Hopefruit. I don’t know what their reasoning was behind releasing this photo, but there is something very satisfying about seeing our “truth-teller” in chief in action again.

      I’m so sick of journalists, pundits, racists, and all the political idiots that a simple “in your face” photograph like this brings visceral satis-faction. I like it. To hell with all of ‘em, it seems to say. I agree.

    • 78 vcprezofan2
      February 2, 2013 at 11:42 am

      Morning, Hopef! Happy Saturday to you.

      Personally, I’m not saying this release was ‘wrong’ or ‘right’. I’m not weighing its political impact, or no. My initial response was, and is, that I’m somewhat sorry the higher-ups released it. I’m sure past/future admin have their reasons, but part of me is so done with the idiots that their shenanigans don’t really move me to much anger any more so I tend to discount them very easily. Certainly the admin is working on a different plane (or plain) than I, but knowing that, I’m still personally sorry that they are ‘dialoguing’ with the idiots on this issue.

      • 79 hopefruit2
        February 2, 2013 at 12:32 pm

        Hiya vc! Just saw your comment. Your point is well-taken of course, but I have my reasons for fully supporting the WH’s decision on this. Happy Saturday to you too :)

    • February 2, 2013 at 1:03 pm

      Yes, it’s a way to keep the RWNJ down – to keep their numbers from rising again. It’s a way to show those folks who are newly turned on to PBO that when PBO says something it’s the truth. PBO’s rising poll numbers are coming from folks who are now seeing him for the man he really is. We’ve always known that man, but putting a finger in the eye of the TPers and the RWNJs is necessary now. I am loving the tweets that Axe and Plouffe are sending out now. There is no holding back on the wit and sarcasm and they are not filtering themselves any longer. The more light we can show on the rats in the corner, the better we all are for it.

    • 81 Lorraine
      February 2, 2013 at 4:12 pm

      I’m so glad they released the picture. President Obama looks incredibly handsome shooting that gun. I have another picture to add to my President Obama picture library. My NRA supporting brother will love this picture when I post it on this Facebook page. Win win for me.

      • 82 Sharon
        February 2, 2013 at 6:46 pm

        And I think the greater purpose of this picture is to reassure the sane NRA members that President Obama does support their sport. What better way to do so than with a picture of him participating. He wants these people to engage on this issue.

  7. February 2, 2013 at 11:27 am
    • 85 amk for obama
      February 2, 2013 at 11:31 am

      Yup. If they wanted mock the emmessem, as hf says, this would have been ‘it’.

      • 86 4morefor44
        February 2, 2013 at 11:42 am

        imagine if they did the basketball photo instead. the nutjobs and all the media would just start going even more crazy about this than they were, and “did he lie?!?” would be the major focus on all “the news” all the time. by releasing the photo now, they stopped this craziness right quick.

        the only way i see the basketball photo working is if they wanted to bait them into the full-on freakout for a while, then release the skeet photo to try to embarrass “the news” and nutjobs more, but our president’s team knows they’ll never get any credit no matter what they do, so i’m glad they didn’t try to play games with this, and effectively put yet another manufactured “story” to bed.

      • 87 hopefruit2
        February 2, 2013 at 11:43 am

        Actually, this photo conforms to the MSM’s race-based stereotypes of what PBO can and cannot do. It would not be mocking them at all. And it would not advance his argument that one can use guns for recreational reasons and still be a strong advocate of sensible gun laws.

        The other photo is a paradigm-shifting photo that PBO can shoot hoops AND guns recreationally, and any other thing that he pleases. AND he can still be a fierce advocate for gun legislation to keep our children safe. And to hell with anyone who has a problem with that.

        • February 2, 2013 at 11:47 am

          The MSM has race-based stereotyped PBO since day one, so nothing new there.

          ….

          “….to hell with anyone who has a problem with that.”

          Come on Hopefruit.

          • 89 hopefruit2
            February 2, 2013 at 12:06 pm

            You can’t just dismiss that reality, as much as I would LOVE to say “to hell with..”

            I do believe that there is a strong racial component to the whole guns argument and opposition to PBO’s desire to enact such legislation. And it is true as you said that the MSM has race-based stereotyped PBO from day one, however, he is now trying to pass some very specific legislation related to gun control.

            I also believe that a lot of his opposition lies with the notion that somehow he as a Black man can only think of guns as tools for crime, and not vehicles for recreation, and his whole agenda is about punishing people who use guns for recreation in order to prevent gun-related crime. Now the RWNJ’s will believe what they want to believe. But when you have WH Press corps pushing those arguments, we have to set them straight, and mock them if necessary.

            • February 2, 2013 at 12:17 pm

              I’m just saying to hell with trying to rebut the lies of those – and their friends in the media – who will NEVER accept PBO’s word on anything. So why even try engage them?

              As @eclecticbrotha said: ‘The right will be convinced by that skeet shooting photo just like they were when Obama presented a copy of his birth certificate.’

              I just fail to see how releasing this photo accomplishes anything. Yes, it’s an attempt to mock those who doubted PBO was telling the truth on this, but I honestly reckon it will be viewed more as an effort to show he’s just one of the guys, a regular Murikan who loves his guns too – and **** that, frankly.

              Non-nutjob Americans re-elected him, they trust him, they like him just the way he is, he has nothing to prove, absolutely nothing. And releasing a photo of him ‘shooting’ isn’t going to have the remotest impact on the gun reform efforts.

        • 93 amk for obama
          February 2, 2013 at 11:50 am

          Nope. Disagree. Guns for “recreational reasons” is so 19th century thinking. Watch the rwnj’s and the media spin this as the president wants to take away your guns while he himself enjoys the privilege. Yeah, it’s a lie and that exactly hasn’t stopped them in the last 5 years.

          • 94 hopefruit2
            February 2, 2013 at 12:09 pm

            “Watch the rwnj’s and the media spin this as the president wants to take away your guns while he himself enjoys the privilege.”

            There’s only so much spinning and moving of goal posts the MSM can do without looking like a damn jackass.

            By that point – they will have effectively rendered themselves irrelevant on that particular issue (like Joe Arpaio & birth cert.).

    • 95 carolmaewy
      February 2, 2013 at 11:39 am

      Yes, a lot cooler.

    • 96 dotster3
      February 2, 2013 at 11:46 am

      Agreed. This is exactly what the response should have been. This is how President Obama spends his free time, this is the kind of shooting he enjoys, no guns needed, no guns involved.

      • February 2, 2013 at 11:50 am

        The more I look at the photo Dotster, the more it hits me that I just hate seeing him with a gun in his hands, even if it’s purely for ‘sporting’ purposes. I think that’s what gets me more than anything on this. I just don’t think it’s the right image to put out there at this time.

        • 98 amk for obama
          February 2, 2013 at 11:58 am

          Yup. Bad optics, bad timing.

          Time for a new chat away thread ?

          • 99 nathkatun7
            February 2, 2013 at 4:14 pm

            I think you are all making a mountain out of a mole-hill! This too me seems like the WH decided to mock all those so called legitimate reporters who were questioning the President’s veracity. The President has already stated emphatically, on numerous occasions, that he respects the rights of gun owners who use their guns for sports. So how can this be viewed as “Bad optics, bad timing”?

  8. February 2, 2013 at 11:30 am

    From the Weekly Women’s Update email I get from the WH

    “President Obama Signs New Directive to Strengthen our Work to Advance Gender Equality Worldwide

    President Obama knows that promoting gender equality and empowering women and girls at home and abroad is not only the right thing to do, but the smart thing to do, as Secretary Clinton has said. That’s why we’ve taken steps to achieve that simple and profound goal, from establishing the White House Council on Women and Girls, to launching a multilateral initiative to expand women’s political and economic participation, to developing a new strategy to prevent and respond to violence against women, to implementing a national action plan to promote the inclusion of women in conflict resolution and peace processes, to focusing on women and girls for greater impact in our global health and food security initiatives.

    This week, President Obama took a critical step to institutionalize all these efforts by signing a Presidential Memorandum to strengthen and expand U.S. government capacity and coordination across all agencies to better promote gender equality and empower women and girls. In the Memorandum, President Obama reaffirmed that “promoting gender equality and advancing the status of all women and girls around the world remains one of the greatest unmet challenges of our time, and one that is vital to achieving our overall foreign policy objectives.”

    You can read the entire Memorandum here.
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/01/30/presidential-memorandum-coordination-policies-and-programs-promote-gende
    Hilary Clinton and President Obama”

    but, you know, PBO hates women!

  9. 102 hopefruit2
    February 2, 2013 at 11:32 am

    I’m sure PBO, Plouffe, and the rest of the WH are having a chuckle at how everyone (including his supporters) go crazy out of the slightest thing that PBO says or does…Twitter is ready to explode. :) :)

    If I were PBO/WH I would release an “outrageous” photo every Saturday just to get some kicks. Next week hopefully we’ll see a pic of PBO moose huntin’.

    Relax people!!! It’s just a President.

  10. February 2, 2013 at 11:46 am

    The GOP will now be going after the New nominee fir the ATF-

    http://m.usatoday.com/article/news/1883977

    See? It’s a game to them. Stopping government and delaying things, the average person just gets mad at the federal government and not the GOP.

  11. February 2, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Oh I can’t tear this guy a new one. He’s blocked me. We have charts and pics of POTUS doing those things. I have YET to see a Republican do any of this.

    https://twitter.com/BDayspring?protected_redirect=true

  12. 110 Pamela
    February 2, 2013 at 11:49 am

    August 4th? Can’t a guy do whatever he wants to on his BIRTHDAY? Fine by me, PBO is the read deal! Also, good morning y’all!

    • 111 pamela #2
      February 2, 2013 at 12:12 pm

      I only wished he had released it at the WHCD and really made them look stupid I love the woof pac romney video with cutey pie BO whenever I see one of those fools sounding off about romney the loser I play that little clip

  13. 112 Proud Former White House Intern
    February 2, 2013 at 11:52 am

    I must say that I am impressed

  14. 114 lisalovesobama
    February 2, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Skeet Shooting Pic

    I know some aren’t happy about the release of this pic, but the WH probably discussed the pros and cons of releasing that photo and the pros outweighed the cons. The photo goes well with PBO’s message:’ you can still use guns, but with some sensible restrictions.’ The NRA idea is that PBO is a nancyboy who knows nothing about guns and shooting, who wants to take everyone’s guns because he’s a soshulist Kenyan. The statement in TNR and this pic shows that PBO has credibility when it comes to guns and it takes some of the ammunition out of the repukes and the NRA’s hands. This pic says: ‘I’ve used guns, I like using them for sports, just like anyone else, but I also realize that there are certain things we can do as a society to protect our futures and our children…..gun control. I’m not taking your guns, I’m trying to create a safer society.’ This makes him more credible in some of the more moderate gun owners eyes. It’s a myth buster, and they are more likely to listen—– I’m talking about average Americans here–the people PBO wants to activate to put pressure on congress—not the legal beagles over at the NRA and the asses in congress. Think about it, PBO will be out campaigning all over for gun control, this pic is his entry fee, it gives him access to people , towns, cities where he may not have been welcomed or heard. The release of this pic is a tool, kinda like when PBO was campaigning for tax hikes on the wealthy and he would throw in his 2 cents about not liking to pay taxes, but it’s something we had to do for our society. That gave him credibility. It showed that he wasn’t a tax hungry freak who just wanted to grab rich people’s money out of envy. He made sure to point out he was part of the 2%, grouched a little about paying taxes, then said, “but we gotta do it, guys. For the good of the country.” That got 60% of Americans on his side for tax hikes and the repukes had to go along with it. So it’s SSDT: Same shit, different technique.

    • 115 hopefruit2
      February 2, 2013 at 12:15 pm

      ^^^^^^^^^
      THIS!!!

    • February 2, 2013 at 12:46 pm

      To be honest, I’m just tired of the “Black person’s word is not good enough” syndrome that the public has, not only at historic levels with this president, but in general, throughout our history. And people have made careers out of portraying him as nothing more than a liar and fraud who cannot be trusted. Barack Obama graduates at the top of his class at Harvard, after editing the Law Review- and this is PUBLIC record, mind you- but it somehow becomes acceptable in the mainstream of politics to wonder and assume and accuse this man of being secretly dumb. A below-average slacker and/or trickster who only got into a good school because of affirmative action or other loopholes, and who is lying about his grades. Barack Obama tells you about his own life story in a book written long before he was on the national scene, but it takes multiple white authors penning Obama family bios, *confirming* what he already told you, for the public to take notice. The president tells you he was born in Hawaii, and his word is degraded to the point that legal and historical contracts are not enough to contain their hate. The president tells you what he did last week for fun, and he is roundly mocked…they demand photos to prove he did what he said he did in private, for leisure. What’s next…providing DNA test results to the public to prove he is the father of his own children? Maybe a sex tape to show that his happy married life is not just a sham. Or better yet, just have constant rolling footage from the residential quarters of the white house, so we can all know for sure that he works out in the morning, brushes his twice a day, and doesn’t sneak in a second dessert (because revealing FLOTUS & her “Let’s Move” campaign as frauds is its own separate industry…)

      Certain facets of American society have vested interest in making sure that they control the narrative of individuals, especially exceptional individuals who go against the status quo. Anything that they cannon craft, or grasp for themselves, had to be distorted. And we’re seeing it happen in real time. And in that sense, I understand why the WH decides to release certain information like this). BTW, this isn’t just something that can be blamed on “the right wing” or “conspiracy theorists”or “southern racists.” It is in our media and in the way many of us have conditioned ourselves not to trust certain people. And in the end, while we all know that PBO is in a damned if you do/damned if you don’t situation, I still can’t help but feel uncomfortable whenever they feel they are obliged to play along with these people that so clearly hate the man.

      *end of mini-rant*

      • February 2, 2013 at 12:49 pm

        Shorter version of my post ^^^ I’m not mad at the president, just at the reality he/we have to deal with.

      • February 2, 2013 at 12:50 pm

        “….. while we all know that PBO is in a damned if you do/damned if you don’t situation, I still can’t help but feel uncomfortable whenever they feel they are obliged to play along with these people that so clearly hate the man.”

        You speak for me JamilaJP, thank you.

      • 121 nathkatun7
        February 2, 2013 at 4:24 pm

        I agree 100% with everything you said. But I do think, the release of this pic was intended to mock those questioning the President’s veracity. I doubt that the WH felt obligated to do so. However, now and then, It doesn’t hurt to make fun of racists, and show how idiotic they truly are.

    • 122 HZ
      February 2, 2013 at 12:46 pm

      I am not worried about the WH showing this photo. POB thinks about things very differently from the nutjobs when it has the potency of hitting these repubs in the gut with their trashing the Americans leader. He is getting out in front of these accusers. He knows the MSM has no use for his presidency but to trash him and it. Well, he is saying Enough. I have told you what I did at Camp David regarding your question. Now, you can do what you like, as far as I am concerned. You will anyway. But I have problems to solve in a whole range of things, and I will move on and solve them. If you want to come along and give the American people the decent and correct news, fine. And if you choose not, here are the facts. I said it, and now you see it. We at the WH have the original. Do what you do best. Tell the American people your lies.

      POB has proved and proved himself as being a “truth-in chief” in his first term, and he is tired of the games. He has problems to solve, and he surely knows them better than we do. We do not see the briefings each morning. So let us get on board with the facts that we need to take a seat on his plane and help him go the the reasonable(only those will be a true and decent representative of the truth to this president) people of this nation and get this done.

      President Obama surrounds himself with smart people. He has four more years to listen to these people, then mostly think about these answers and allow his brilliant mind to reasonable and decent to his core to move with facts and caution. The nutty people are still going to talk their trash daily about POB. We just can’t afford to allow them to use up our 4 years with their trash this time.

      POB is not perfect, nor are his WH advisers, but I am going to trust them on their straight forwardness of putting out the facts as they are sooner than later. I remember POB saying in an interview that he wished that he had come out and told the American people sooner in regards to some issues. Well, in my view, he is getting out in front. Now, he knows there are people in the MSM who will take this photo to hell and back, but he has put it out there for himself. Just like, (and I highly respect historia Michael Beschloss, and I will continue to respect him) had photos of previous presidents, surely we knew that their were photos of POB at Camp David. So let it rest and let us look at the larger picture. We have to get out there with “goodness in our spirits” “fire in our steps,” and “togetherness in our hearts” to help POB and VPOTUS get this done. We have work to do while we still try to enjoy our POTUS for the next four years.

      Remember, we did not work as hard as we did for the first term and for getting the second term to allow this photo to get us derailed from the ‘get go.’ Hell No. We will stand with him, if we so choose. I choose to stand.

      Now, one thing about this beautiful place, we can come and share and even disgree, but we still respect each other. We can also take away something to think about that will give each of us the stamina to stay in the fight because be sure of it, we will be in one until he leaves office in 2017. Now, I hope you still love me, but do not allow these nuts to get you down. We are too strong of a family to allow that to
      happen.HZ
      ((((((( I love you all so much)))))))HZ

      • 123 lisalovesobama
        February 2, 2013 at 12:51 pm

        Hey, HZ!!! Thanks for the plain speak! Hope you are feeling better! Thinking about you lots!?,

        • 124 HZ
          February 2, 2013 at 1:01 pm

          Thank you my dear Lisa. I am fine and so grateful to be here with family. My heart is so full with respect, love, and appreciation. Keep me in your thoughts, please. ((((Love you))))HZ

      • 125 hopefruit2
        February 2, 2013 at 12:57 pm

        Thanks HZ for these beautiful comments. I have nothing more to add – you’ve said it best.

        • 126 HZ
          February 2, 2013 at 1:10 pm

          Thanks hopefruit2. I am sure that our hearts and minds are so sensitive because of what we all have gone through these past few months(and even months and years before all of this) that it is very difficult to continue to bring into our personal space and our family space here these images, but this is real life for us. Mostly, we have to process all of it in our own personal ways and try, by the grace of Almighty move with grace, love, respect, and the full throttles of our being to help our president with this very sensitive issues facing our nation. And I do believe that we all will do it.

          It is just very difficult to see, but we love and care so much for our brilliant leader, and we will protect him in our thoughts, our writing, and ofcourse, our actions. I believe in my heart that our actions will prevail for the better for those who no longer can speak on this issue for themselves.

          We will be fine, I have to rest in that, and POB will be fine as long as he knows we are with him.HZ

    • 127 nathkatun7
      February 2, 2013 at 4:17 pm

      Very well said!

  15. 128 Nena20409
    February 2, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Folks a picture is worth a THOUSAND words.

    Once again, this pres proves the LOUDEST Liars wrong. Seeing is Believing.

    Just like birthers. Now who listens to them? MSM fanned the stories for years. Now, they can’t.

    Just like this. Now they would not have to or they look fatuously bat poop pimping the false narrative. So they will look else where. But slow and steadily, the picture, the words, the story that the WH is wanting to tell, continues to penetrate.

  16. February 2, 2013 at 12:05 pm
    • 133 hopefruit2
      February 2, 2013 at 12:10 pm

      I wish people would stop making assumptions about the WH’s motives.

      • 134 nathkatun7
        February 2, 2013 at 4:29 pm

        Exactly! The pic was not aimed at proving “cultural bonafides to conservatives.” Rather it was aimed at mocking people who questioned his veracity when he made a statement. Personally, I don’t think we support the President should make this into such a big deal.

    • 135 lisalovesobama
      February 2, 2013 at 12:12 pm

      The problem with this statement is that it doesn’t take into account the impact conservatives have on so called ‘mainstream media.’ Can anyone say ‘long-form bert cert’? Keep in mind who kept showing the birthers and Chump Change on a loop……..the so called mainstream media. They are the problem because they are taking their walking papers from the GOP and then they spread their flight to the American people under the guise of being ‘objective arbiters of the truth.’……….. Right.

    • 138 utaustinliberal
      February 2, 2013 at 3:55 pm

      This is an ignorant tweet by Jamil Smith. The President likes to skeet shoot. It’s not like he’s holding an AR-15. Millions of Americans like to skeet shoot. It’s a favorite recreational pastime (though not for everyone). It wasn’t just rightwing nut jobs that were “skeet truthers” the media (Jamil Smith’s colleagues that he refuses to demand they portray higher journalistic standards) was part of it as well. He did the same thing with the birthers and the media and proved them foolish. They all ended up the laughing stock of reasonable Americans. Why should he be ashamed to hide the fact that he likes skeet shooting? The white house always weighs the pros and cons of anything they’re thinking of doing before they act on it. If anything, it gives the president more legitimacy when he argues for saner gun laws. He’s just like millions of Americans who like skeet shooting or want a shotgun for protection but also support universal background checks and stricter regulation of assault weapons and magazines/clips. This is one more prick in the NRA’s holier than thou BS balloon.

      I have no problem with the picture. When I saw it, I burst out laughing because I immediately recognized it as a big F U to everyone out there who thought they had something negative on this president and also as a legitimate evidence that he knows what he’s talking about when he advocates for gun safety.

      • 139 nathkatun7
        February 2, 2013 at 4:31 pm

        “When I saw it, I burst out laughing because I immediately recognized it as a big F U to everyone out there who thought they had something negative on this president and also as a legitimate evidence that he knows what he’s talking about when he advocates for gun safety.”

        That exactly the way I saw it!

      • 140 hopefruit2
        February 2, 2013 at 7:17 pm

        And if you recall, it was the same Jamil Smith who was busy trying to “reassure” us that Chuck Todd’s meeting with Husted and & State SOS’s was nothing to be concerned about. But now he’s busy concern trolling the President. Smith is a DAMN ASS.

  17. 141 Dudette
    February 2, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Alex Witt just showed the skeet shooting picture on MSNBC.

  18. February 2, 2013 at 12:06 pm
    • 143 hopefruit2
      February 2, 2013 at 12:12 pm

      That’s beside the point. Donald Trump became a huge laughing stock after that and everything he touched turned to dirt. Whether or not he was convinced is moot.

    • 147 lisalovesobama
      February 2, 2013 at 12:33 pm

      I think after PBO released his long form, some talking head showed the percentage of Americans who believed, weren’t sure or were sure PBO was born here. The numbers before and after the release of the bert cert were astounding. It wasn’t just repukes who weren’t sure or didn’t believe, other people weren’t sure. It was ridiculous! After the release of the cert, the numbers went down and the right wing couldn’t use that argument against him to any effect anymore. Now a few birthers rant about it, but everyone knows its a lie so we laugh them off. I remembered how shocked I was that mainstream Americans could have any doubts that PBO was an American. I was initially sad PBO felt he had to release it, but after seeing that poll before and after, I was fucking relieved and disgusted.

      • February 2, 2013 at 12:41 pm

        Oh we’ll never forget that day Lisa, the saddest, most depressing and enraging spectacle ever. Today’s business completely pales next to it, but it feels similar, something the WH felt they had to do, but something you seriously wish they didn’t have to.

  19. February 2, 2013 at 12:06 pm
  20. 154 Nena20409
    February 2, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Per AP, Lt gov in NE abruptly resigns due to many calls to 4 different women on his state issued cell phone. Interesting.

  21. 155 HZ
    February 2, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    TOD Family came across this. Interesting read. Looking forward to reading Former Sec. Defense Gates books.

    http://www.tcpalms.com/news/2013/feb/02/former-defense-secretary-robert-gates-helped/?partner=RSS

  22. 156 Bill
    February 2, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    MSNBC is discussing the photo. HP has 982 comments and 1075 comments pending on the photo. The MSM falls for anything.

    • 157 hopefruit2
      February 2, 2013 at 12:13 pm

      HAHAHAHA! So no one is talking about the Super Bowl tomorrow? I thought there was a game….

    • 158 Nena20409
      February 2, 2013 at 12:58 pm

      One of my comments there, had lots of Faves, has just been deleted at HP. They are going nuts there, the righties and the far left. I love it. These people Never get pres Obama. pres Obama didn’t volunteer for the Skeet comments. TNR magazine asked him a direct question and he replied honestly. Then the story by the right and their “johns”, the media, the story lines became why now, why haven’t we seen the pictures, no he is lying, etc.

      Now, they will further continue to spout…..but the truth would get known and once again, their games would be exposed and their influence, diminished, again.

      • 159 carolmaewy
        February 2, 2013 at 1:09 pm

        I had a comment taken down on HP the other day too. It was pretty benign. Haven’t been there for awhile and I guess it will be awhile before I go back.

  23. February 2, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    I don’t remember any president getting questioned and doubted like he is on every tiny thing. It’s like he’s paying for the lies of his presidential forbears. Just depressing and infuriating! Ironically, I feel Pres. O is the most honest politician in my lifetime.

    • 161 4morefor44
      February 2, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      any “minority” knew it would be exactly like this. as a “mixed” (i hate that term!) person too, we knew it would be even worse since you get it from all sides. never fully accepted by any “tribe,” and this is how president obama grew up so it’s not a big deal to him. just par for the course. he’s talked eloquently about this before. such a godsend to have this man come along when he did. the perfect man at the perfect time!! we all just have to keep the faith and ride out this transition into a new era. just remember we’re all moving “forward” and we all can play a part in ushering in this new enlightenment in the world. winning the House in 2014 will speed up the process tremendously. forward!!!!

      • February 2, 2013 at 12:38 pm

        I completely agree, and I didn’t mean to sound naive about the source of all this negativity. It’s obviously race-based. On the other hand, just so I don’t sound like a totally Negative Nelly, I have never before heard people speak so openly of their admiration for a president. In conversations with friends, coworkers, and acquaintances, folks have just come right out and expressed respect and yes, LOVE (they use that word!) for President Obama. He is indeed the perfect man at the perfect time, and some of us realize how very very lucky we are.

        • 163 4morefor44
          February 2, 2013 at 12:58 pm

          good point about how so many people LOVE him. not just like, but really, really into him, and across all age groups and skin types! and to think about all these kids growing up watching him operate as the president and how that’s going to influence future generations, wow, how exciting the future is! the benefits of president obama will be paying off for many generations, and we’ve all been, and continue to play part of The Big Change. forward!!

  24. 164 4morefor44
    February 2, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    so how long before BWD leaves some pithy comment here scolding president obama…3, 2, 1,…

  25. 165 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    February 2, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    When I was a kid, we’d have dinner programs/variety shows at my church. Deacon Vaughters always had the house rolling with laughter when he recited this Paul Lawrence Dunbar poem in dialect.

    A Negro Love Song

    Seen my lady home las’ night,
    Jump back, honey, jump back.
    Hel’ huh han’ an’ sque’z it tight,
    Jump back, honey, jump back.
    Hyeahd huh sigh a little sigh,
    Seen a light gleam f’om huh eye,
    An’ a smile go flittin’ by –
    Jump back, honey, jump back.
    Hyeahd de win’ blow thoo de pine,
    Jump back, honey, jump back.
    Mockin’-bird was singin’ fine,
    Jump back, honey, jump back.
    An’ my hea’t was beatin’ so,
    When I reached my lady’s do’,
    Dat I could n’t ba’ to go –
    Jump back, honey, jump back.

    Put my ahm aroun’ huh wais’,
    Jump back, honey, jump back.
    Raised huh lips an’ took a tase,
    Jump back, honey, jump back.
    Love me, honey, love me true?
    Love me well ez I love you?
    An’ she answe’d, “‘Cose I do”–
    Jump back, honey, jump back.
    Paul Laurence Dunbar

  26. February 2, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    I’ll tell you one thing about that picture – the dude knows how to shoot. That was not his first time firing a shotgun, for sure.

      • February 2, 2013 at 12:38 pm

        Sure is, Edwina :) That’s why they posted it. The super cool sun glasses & the polo shirt and jeans. :D :D :D :D :D They new they’d really rub it in with this one.

        Fact is, I’ve fired all kinds of guns through the first ~ 20 years of my life. Haven’t touched one since. But when you are raised with them and literally have fired thousands of rounds of ammunition, you know when you’re looking at someone very comfortable firing a gun. That dude is probably a remarkably good skeet shooter.

        #TrustBarack (and laugh, because they are definitely poking fun at the nut jobs with this one)

        • February 2, 2013 at 12:40 pm

          I agree, makes them all look small and petty once again

        • February 2, 2013 at 12:47 pm

          Bobfr,
          Several posts back you posted an elegant tweet about teachers and I don’t remember if I ever said thank you. I saw it and couldn’t reply at the time; I don’t remember if I got back to you later. It brought tears and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for expressing those senitiments so clearly.

          • February 2, 2013 at 12:50 pm

            Thank you very much, Mary. Really appreciate your response.

            #FORWARD

            • February 2, 2013 at 1:03 pm

              Although I know most people support their own local teachers, it is very disheartening to hear the public voices constantly criticizing us for wanting to make a living wage, being too stupid/lazy to do anything else, crushing children’s spirit and conversely not disciplining them enough. And the big thing I hear nowadays – we aren’t teaching handwriting anymore! Oh no! So to hear you support us loudly, beautifully, and publicly was just balm to me.

        • 174 Nena20409
          February 2, 2013 at 1:01 pm

          :) :cool: :) :!:

        • 175 HZ
          February 2, 2013 at 2:26 pm

          Bobfr and edwina3, “badass, badass, badass. ” I know my family members are spilling their tea and coffee onto their laptops, but HZ can spit out some phrases when appropriate. The time is appropriate. That is how I will handle it. But trust me we are going to be fine. Keep you eyes on the prize. Think good and productive thoughts for POB’s trip to Minnespolis this week. I know Sen. Frankel and Amy will be with him, if possible. I saw the young lady in the hearing when Sen. Al Frankel spoke of her loss. Keep our eyes on the prize. Check out the stats on what the state legisture in Minnespolis is doing this week.

          That man in the photo is causing the rethugs to crap in their pants more than the rifle. But,put the two together and they are shitting in their pants. Now, I am going to get some brunch.HZ

  27. 176 JER
    February 2, 2013 at 12:30 pm
  28. 180 Who This
    February 2, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Lurker here,,,anyone who has been following PBO since 2002 or who has been following him because of his core convictions since whenever, must know he does not try to please republicans, talkless of right wing nutjobs. The release of the photo is simple mockery, and will only serve to make republicans less believable to dems and indies. There is a reason PBO has a 60% approval at this point.

  29. February 2, 2013 at 12:41 pm
  30. February 2, 2013 at 12:43 pm
    • 187 Nena20409
      February 2, 2013 at 1:07 pm

      One of Leader Pelosi’s daughter interviewed some a while back from the South for Real Time with Bill Maher last year. When she pointed out that they were on gov’t benefit, they acknowledged but totally were agreeing of themselves getting the benefits as deserving them…..however, they were so disrespectful of those they claimed that were taking handouts.

  31. 188 Janelle
    February 2, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Whether you like the photo or not, something to consider as was mentioned by lisa above, there are some middle-of-the-road conservatives that will not listen to PBO on a topic unless it looks like he’s getting jabs from the left and the right (I hear it from a lot of my conservative coworkers—many started agreeing with the President on increasing taxes on the 2% when he personalized his experiences while talking policy). This isn’t about FOX news or RWNJ’s—-this is about maybe 20 or 30% of rational people that could possibly help get gun safety legislation over the top. In addition, the “MSM” asked for this photo from Jay Carney and now they have it. The fact that everyone has a strong opinion is exactly the point, especially prior to his MN event on Monday. I personally like the President in 2nd term mode. He makes everyone loose their minds. I tell you one thing, the MSM is obsessed with the President no matter what he does. (Personally, I don’t get a great feeling seeing PBO in the photo, but the man takes risks and I truly admire him for that and how politically savvy he is. I think he really wants to get this legislation through and is haunted by Newtown, Chicago, and all the other slayings. If twitter and folks lose their minds in the process, so be it).

  32. February 2, 2013 at 12:51 pm
  33. 192 hopefruit2
    February 2, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Gentle reminder: There’s a game tomorrow. Start shopping and planning your meals/snacks/drinks, etc.

    • 193 carolmaewy
      February 2, 2013 at 1:23 pm

      Yes, chili, fritoes, olives, guacamole, stuffed mushrooms, and Diet Dew. We don’t drink much. We’re very cheap. If my team or heart were in it it, it would be color coded. I go over the top when my team is in. The punch would be orange crush. It has orange sherbet. Yum. Maybe I’ll make it anyway. And don’t forget the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet. ;)

  34. 195 lisalovesobama
    February 2, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Looks like some people are unhappy with the media’s ‘Obama is guilty till proven innocent act.’

    http://www.mediaite.com/online/wapo-fact-checker-demands-multiple-skeet-shooting-photos-to-clear-president-obama-of-lying/

  35. 197 kasai
    February 2, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Good Morning Everyone:-)

    Good morning Chips…thanks for this round…Are you sure that pic of skeet-shooter wasn’t in “Camp Kenyatta”…lol!

  36. 202 Esi
    February 2, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    I am glad this pic of PBO came today while there is still snow on the ground (in winter) because it looks like the pic was shot in spring or summer, just to limit the range for the birthers to spin. The tighter the room is for them to spin, they dizzier they get.

  37. 207 Bill R.
    February 2, 2013 at 5:22 pm
  38. 209 globalcitizenlinda
    February 2, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Let the talk begin

  39. February 2, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    One of the few times the Prez has responded to “challenges” by nutballs… Not responding usually works better for him.

    He must have his reasons for doing this.

    Gato
    http://www.partyandsoul.wordpress.com


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