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Wesley Pruden | Obama: The skeet shooter among the pigeons





Barack Obama is really just one of the  guys. He wants to take away Joe Sixpack’s  guns, but he wants everybody to know that he’s a shooter and intends to keep his  own shootin’ iron.

Mr. Obama hunts pigeons, not deer or  ducks or even pigeons with feathers, but clay pigeons. He’s quite a marksman in  a sport that attracts even the country-club elites. “Up at Camp David, we do  skeet shooting all the time,” he says. “I have a profound respect for the  traditions that trace back in this country for generations, and I think those  who dismiss that out of hand make a big mistake.”

No more about “God and guns” this week. He learned his lesson about that one.  This ain’t San Francisco. In an interview with The New Republic magazine, he  sounded like he might join the National Rifle Association if  only someone would ask him. “If you grew up, and your dad gave you a hunting  rifle when you were 10, and you went out and spent the day with him and your  uncles and that became part of your family traditions, you can see why you’d be  pretty protective of that.”

But he took pains to say neither of his daughters, 11 and 14, join him and  the guys for a round of skeet shooting. He wouldn’t dream of exploiting  children, at least not his own. Nevertheless, trapshooting, as hunting for clay  pigeons is formally called, is popular with the ladies. The president might not  know there’s a Trapshooting Hall of Fame and that many women have been honored  with membership.

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