Obama is selective when it comes to challenging attacks against his integrity

Obama said that he shoots skeet all the time at Camp David.  Conservatives laughed.  Obama couldn’t let conservative deniers impugn his veracity, so he authorized the White House to release a photo purporting to show him shooting at some very low-flying skeet at Camp David this past August:

Obama shooting

There you have it:  Obama was so upset about accusations that he lied about skeet shooting that he immediately released evidence supporting his statement.  This sensitivity to his reputation for truthfulness doesn’t square with Obama’s ongoing refusal to release his original birth certificate.  Wouldn’t you think that Obama would be more even intent upon proving his veracity when it comes to his constitutional bona fides than he would be about whether he shoots little flying saucers?

Likewise, Obama has never seemed interested in refuting conservative sneers when it comes to his much vaunted, but completely unproven, academic record.  Obama and his friends say it’s good, but conservatives say that his spoken fund of knowledge is inconsistent with good high school and college grades.  Wouldn’t you think that Obama would want to refute this conservative smear against his integrity?

Given the peculiar absence of evidence about the circumstances of Obama’s birth and his academic qualifications, especially when compared with his immediate and triumphant proof that he’s handled a gun, one might be inclined to think that Obama hasn’t defended himself in those areas because he can’t.  That is, he cannot prove that his birth certificate comports with his statements about his life history (whether it shows he was illegitimate, another man’s child, or born outside of the US) nor can he prove that his academic records do not support his, and his supporter’s, claims about his intellectual acumen and accomplishments.

I know that, with Obama’s reelection, the time for harping on his birth (never mind its possible constitutional implications) and his schooling (which really is irrelevant by now) has long passed.  Still, his differing responses to these different attacks on his integrity are thought-provoking, if nothing else.

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  • cerumendoc

    You knew a shot like this was going to come out.  The question is whether the picture was taken in the last 48 hours.  If he was such an avid shooter, it would seem to me that more such pictures would have been out long before.  Especially over the last election cycle–his in the tank friends in the fourth estate would have politely looked away as is necessary in wooing the bitter clingers.
    Also, that’s a semi-automatic.

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    The greenery in the background makes it look like a summer or late summer shot, so it couldn’t have been taken in D.C.  Either he took the picture while traveling the past few days, or they photoshopped it, or it’s the real deal.

  • Texan99

    I’ve never been much of a Birther, but I’m certainly in the “we’ll probably ever know for sure” camp.  He’s just too creepy about big chunks of his past for me to believe any of it 100%.

  • JohnC

    That’s some awfully low-flying “skeet.”

  • jj

    Who the hell shoots skeet 6 feet off the ground?

  • JohnC

    Drifting to the left!
     

  • weathtd

    Notice the smoke to the right of the barrel?  He is such a wuss he has to use a ported shotgun so he doesn’t bruise himself with the recoil.  As Bugs Bunny would say,  ” what a maroon” .

  • JKB

    Is he skeet or lawyer shooting?  You know the elite are always trying to do something not possible for the little people.  Cheney started the sport of lawyer shooting.  This seems to be further indication Obama has been getting pointers from the former VP.

  • cerumendoc

    Besides, the whole thing looks posed with the sense that Obama has no experience or comfort in handling a firearm.

  • MacG

    “Who the hell shoots skeet 6 feet off the ground?”
     
    Since he’s shooting a semi-automatic it could be his second shot at the same bird. Or he’s the third man inline and the first two shooters missed on purpose.

  • MacG

    If he is a lefty, why does he wear his watch on the left or does that opposite hand rule not apply anymore?

  • Charles Martel

    Long ago I was trying to impress a girl who had, through a bad run of luck, washed out of training for the Peace Corps. She’d been aiming for a stint in rural Peru, but health problems intruded.
     
    Anyway, this girl, with whom I was madly in love, could ride a horse like a Mongolian cavalryman. One day, early in our relationship, we and her brother headed over to the Griffith Park stables in Los Angeles to rent horses and head off into the hills.
     
    I was terribly young and stupid. I boasted that I was experienced rider, so the stable master assigned me a black stallion named, appropriately, Bad Boy.
     
    Bad Boy lacked a Harvard degree and did not live in a proper zip code, but he could spot a fake from a mile away. He began whinnying in dismay as soon as he saw me, and once I mounted him he began snorting, and flinching, and making a ruckus.
     
    He knew I was a fake. He was the kind of spirited horse that needed an experienced rider, and sensed right away I wasn’t it.
     
    My girl wasn’t in the mood to indulge my fantasy, so she rode off into the hills on a fast horse with her brother, while I remained behind plodding around a small circuit atop a cud chewer named Daisy.
     
    Barack: Meet Bad Boy. He’s not fooled.
     
    Neither are we.
     
     

  • swedishlady

    Yes, it´s him acting and posing again. It´s all about image.
    Very good points, Bookworm. When he can get away with it. he does it. But he can´t concerning the  schoolrecords and the birthcerficate. I thought about that as well. But do you really think that time has passed to renew these challenging discussions ? I believe that it  still can hurt him and his politics. I think that this fire should keep burning.

  • Texan99

    Charles Martel, I don’t when I’ve been more entertained by a comment.

  • roylofquist

    As a charter member of the Florida Save the Skeet Society I must must strongly protest this cruel display.

  • SADIE

    Charles, thanks for the amusing “trail by jury” moment.
     
     
     
     

  • Libby

    I’ve seen numerous comments on the web identifying how this photo does not actually depict skeet shooting (the angle/direction of his shot, the dark sunglasses instead of shooting glasses, etc.). The best part, though, was the White House’s declaration that the photo could not be manipulated or used without permission. Seems dear leader would like us to forget about the 1st amendment, too.

  • JKB

    I’m not experienced at skeet so I went looking.  I appears from some online instruction videos that Obama does have a pretty good for in the placement for skeet shooting.  Also, are we sure the gun is a semi-auto?  I looks like it could be an over-under to me.  
     
    Interesting the White House wanted to release a photo of Obama right at the moment of discharge.  How many shots did it take (photo and skeet) to get that “perfect” image?
     
    So let’s consider the implication that Obama is an active skeet shooter.  Shooting as often as possible at Camp David.  
     
    And how does that relate to this incident back in 2007 where Michele said she could see why people in rural areas might want guns?  John Lott’s Website: Michelle Obama (Barack’s wife) sees need for guns in rural America 
     
    John Lott had this to say:
    Well, I know Barack from when we were both at the University of Chicago Law School, and I have the strong belief that he does not think that any private citizens should be able to own guns and that he never came across a gun control law that he didn’t like. This appears to be a bit of election time conversion or that his wife has different views than he does.

  • Mike Devx

    My caption on the photo would be,
     
    Along the top:
    Sees Ban Ki-Moon at 100 Meters
     
    And along the bottom:
    Wants Top U.N. Job 2016
     

  • Charles Martel

    Texan99, thanks for a very kind comment. You made my day.
     
    Devx, you have been a particularly naughty boy lately. Keep up the good work.

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