Obama: We Go Skeet-Shooting 'All the Time'
President covers gun control, football in 'New Republic' interview
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2013 9:37 AM CST
Maybe the gang is getting ready to do some skeet-shooting: Francois Hollande, President Obama, and Angela Merkel at Camp David, Saturday, May 19, 2012.   (AP Photo/Philippe Wojazer, Pool)

(Newser) – Perhaps it's the commander in chief who's clinging to his guns? In a wide-ranging interview with the New Republic, President Obama tackles slew of issues ranging from gun control to football, including this little gem when asked if he'd ever fired a gun: "Up at Camp David, we do skeet-shooting all the time. Not the girls, but oftentimes guests of mine go up there. And I have a profound respect for the traditions of hunting that trace back in this country for generations. And I think those who dismiss that out of hand make a big mistake." Other highlights from the interview:

  • On gun control: "Part of being able to move this forward is understanding the reality of guns in urban areas are very different from the realities of guns in rural areas. And 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's traditions, you can see why you'd be pretty protective of that. So it's trying to bridge those gaps that I think is going to be part of the biggest task. And that means that advocates of gun control have to do a little more listening than they do sometimes."
  • On breaking the GOP "fever" that ruled his first term: "I never expected that it would happen overnight. I think it will be a process. And the Republican Party is undergoing a still-early effort at reexamining what their agenda is and what they care about."
  • On extremists in Congress: "If you talk privately to Democrats and Republicans, particularly those who have been around for a while, they long for the days when they could socialize and introduce bipartisan legislation and feel productive. It's not a fun time to be in Congress."
  • On football: "I'm a big football fan, but I have to tell you if I had a son, I'd have to think long and hard before I let him play football. And I think that those of us who love the sport are going to have to wrestle with the fact that it will probably change gradually to try to reduce some of the violence."
  • On the presidential iPad: Obama had questions of his own for interviewers Chris Hughes and Franklin Foer, they write. "He specifically wanted to know if the New Yorker and the Atlantic had found workable business models. He bemoaned his own difficulty accessing newspapers and magazines on his ultra-secure presidential iPad, which doesn't allow him to enter required subscriber information."
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Thetruther11
Jan 30, 2013 12:57 PM CST
He loves to go brown people shooting too, he prefers soldiers to do it for him though. I hear it's a real popular sport over there in the middle east. These are the rules: 1) Invade a country for no reason, become their government (yes, even if they don't want you as their gov). 2) Men will get pissed and feel ashamed that their holy land is being defiled and they are being harrassed. 3) Eventually they get mad and attack you with some AK 47's and THEN, they magically become "insurgents" or "terorists" 4) Shoot the evil brown people and bomb their towns, (try to get some collateral damage with some kids too). 5) And finally, use the media as a tool to convince the retarded American public that these brown people with 1940's technology pose a nuclear threat to America. You see! This is way more exciting that shooting discs, you get to shoot live brown people! It involves much more tactics and skill to pull it off as well. Also, don't listen to Ron Paul he's a nut. PS. Don't worry about the costs of this game, we can just print the money for it.
SportsBrah
Jan 28, 2013 6:14 AM CST
How does Obama find the time for skeet shooting when he's busy smoking cigarettes?
Perotstheman
Jan 27, 2013 7:38 PM CST
You can bet that the country is run by idiots when they tell you that being denied the Constitutional Right to arm and protect yourself will make you safer. Ths hypocrite will have to rub bag balm on his ass crack if he doesn't stop sitting on the stringer pole. Can't have your cake and eat it too.