White House Releases Photo Of Barack Obama Firing A Rifle

Barack Obama

The commander-in-chief, in a picture snapped last August, showed his mastery of a shotgun while skeet shooting during a Camp David getaway.
The White House released the photo Saturday, possibly to muzzle critics who suggested Obama was posturing when he talked about target shooting in an interview with The New Republic magazine.
The picture of Obama shows him with a literally smoking gun, its stock pressed against his left shoulder as he pulls the trigger. It was taken on his 51st birthday.
Obama spokesman Jay Carney had no comment Saturday on the timing of the photo’s release, just two days before Obama heads to Minneapolis to discuss his gun control proposals with local law enforcement officials.
But critics, including the National Rifle Association, charged Obama used the interview to convince gun owners that the President was a kindred spirit despite his gun control initiative.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) had suggested the President’s claim of skeet shooting was way off target.
“I think he should invite me to Camp David, and I’ll go skeet shooting with him and I bet I’ll beat him,” she said.
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