“Skeet Birthers” Attack Obama, Miss Target

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

WASHINGTON – You knew it was going to hit the minute the Obama skeet shooting photo was released. The New York Post went berserk over the photo, but it was David Plouffe who got the best laugh.



The attacks also ignore that the official White House photographer Pete Souza had to also be involved.

One comment I received cited “poor shooting form,” with others joining in on the Obama derangement.

But nothing encapsulates the skeet birther Obama derangement like “American Thinker,” which has to be in quotes after the latest rant on Obama’s “photoshop” skeet shooting.

Second, it is evident that the President has never shot a shotgun before as his stance is leaning slightly backward. – “American Thinker”

My husband guffawed out loud. “Yeah, he just touched it off. This is a 12-guage!” It’s a ported, over-under 12-gauge. “Very nice,” was Mark’s comment.

It gets better.

Smoke going straight out the barrel is normal, but what the heck is that second smoke stream shooting behind and away from the barrel? Perhaps some sort of release value to diminish the recoil from the shot but I’ve never seen that on a range. – “American Thinker”

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Whoever the guy is over at “American Thinker” is either an idiot or a liar, maybe both.

Mag-na-port International does shotgun porting. It’s been around for decades. He didn’t bother to Google it before expounding on “7 reasons why it’s photoshop,” with most of the reasons laugh out loud hilarious, at least Mark and I had a good chuckle over them.

The spray coming out the top, as Mark explained it, on which “American Thinker” was absolutely clueless, is because it’s “ported,” with some of the energy going up, making the gun not kick so much. Just about any weapon can be ported.

At least President Obama didn’t shoot any of his friends in the face.

But wait! Skeet birther “American Thinker” has more.

Fourth, either skeet or trap shooters wear either a shell bag or a vest or both. Apparently, the president is too tough for that. Fifth, most shooters wear baseball style caps. – “American Thinker”

A vest and a baseball cap are reasons it’s photoshopped? Seriously?

Thank the shooting gods Dick Cheney was wearing a vest and a cap while mistaking his friend for a quail.

These skeet birthers are just too entertaining.

Taylor Marsh, is a veteran political analyst, a former Huffington Post contributor, Broadway babe and talk radio dabbler, and is the author of The Hillary Effect, available at Barnes and Noble and on Amazon. Her new-media magazine www.taylormarsh.com covers national politics, women, foreign policy, and culture.

15 Comments

  1. Well, it IS poor shooting form. He SHOULD be leaning into the shot, not away.

    Of course, lots of people who shoot guns have poor shooting form. Just look at Hollywood’s portrayal of people holding handguns sideways [no chance of aiming] and one handed. Or consider bump firing, regaled from time to time on this site, where a semi-automatic is held at hip level [no chance of aiming and jumping all over creation with each recoil] to fire. “Fanning” a revolver also comes to mind.

    The point is that poor form doesn’t mean the person isn’t actually shooting the gun or that it’s a photoshop job. The Prez could use some instruction, but that doesn’t translate to photoshopping.

  2. It is obviously a fake. His watch has 13 hours.

    the only way to make this idiots happy is with headlines such as..
    Obama shoots anchor baby, denies it health care.

    and for his “form”. Larry Bird had terrible shooting form. Now someone tell me that Larry couldn’t shoot.

  3. What next a picture of Obama with funny smoke coming out of his mouth in Colorado?

  4. @tidbits – Good grief. You’re not leaning into a shot after you’ve touched it off!

    Obama shoots anchor baby, denies it health care.

    Oh, ShannonLeee, *too* funny!

  5. SL, LOL

  6. Hi TM.

    You shoot your way. I’ll shoot mine. With a ported gun, you would not be knocked out of a proper forward lean by the recoil. If you got knocked this far out of a proper forward lean every time you “touched off” a shot, nobody would ever get off a second shot.

    In the end, we agree that the photo is probably not photoshopped. That should be what matters. :)

  7. It almost looks as if the top barrel has a 410 bore tube in it.

    If that is the case, recoil would be negligible and kudos to the pres for hitting a target with it.

    Furthermore, there would be no second shot with that gun.

  8. Heya @tidbits – We disagree on whether a 12-gauge could knock a person back a bit, ported or not.

    As for the photoshop, there is no “probably” about it.

    What Chilidog99 said.

  9. TM,

    We don’t disagree that a 12 gauge has a kick. But, properly held, it moves the shoulder slightly, not the entire body. Here is a photo showing a person maintaining proper forward lean as the gun is being fired (note smoke from the barrel). I chose a “normal size” female shooter to demonstrate that it is a matter of technique, not brute strength, that allows the proper position to be maintained.

    Best as always.

    http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q.....XMr_FRKoKQ

  10. On the topic of form, it’s been noted that even some of the PGA tour golfers have bad form.

    For what it’s worth, without being able to see how Obama’s feet are planted, that could be the source of his poor form.

    In any case, poor form or not, Obama’s shooting a shotgun in a photo taken by the WH photographer. Scandal averted.

  11. “Well, it IS poor shooting form. He SHOULD be leaning into the shot, not away.”

    His form is fine. The gun is in the process of ejecting the shot, you can see it just exiting the barrel in the picture. Also, see how its pressed up against his cheek. This frame is literally in the moment of recoil and since he appears almost perfectly upright he must have been slightly leaning into it. Nice shooting Mr. President.

  12. His form is fine, especially since (as Taylor noted) the recoil is already in effect. There is nothing unusual nor mysterious about porting, the purpose is to reduce recoil and prevent muzzle jump but the laws of physics still apply; recoil is reduced only a small amount (noise however is increased quite a bit). And no, there will be no satisfying the birther mentality, there never is.

  13. I know nothing about gun form. I do think it’s stupid this had to be released in the first place.

  14. If he was properly leading the target, he would be leading from ahead, but he has been accused of leading from behind, so who knows which way he was leaning on this shot.

  15. Socialist Obama, he even shoots on the left!

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