Obama skeet shooting photo released

Obama skeet shooting photo released

Postby Precocity » Sat Feb 02, 2013 11:38 am

The WH released a photo of President Obama skeet shooting supposedly in August at Camp David.

White House photo on flickr

The link provides a picture in original 3000 x 2000 resolution.

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

This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.


Note the warning. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way. Hmmm.

Now my opinion is that the photo is staged and possibly photoshopped. Many shooters have already pointed out three major flaws and many smaller ones.

1) The angle of the shotgun. This is no way debunks the actual act of shooting but most skeet shooters know you are rarely, if ever, going to be pointing the gun almost parallel to the ground when firing.

2) The smoke. Go shoot a shotgun and watch for smoke. Show us shotgun rounds that eject clearly visible white smoke like that. Show us a shotgun that ejects smoke from only one side of the barrel.

3) The biggest one is recoil. There appears to be almost no recoil unless the gun was aimed towards the ground or Obama isn't human.

Now the smaller flaws.

4) Positioning of the stock is too high on his shoulder. I've shot a shotgun many times and if I held it like that I would get massive bruising.

5) His hair. Some are arguing that his hair wasn't that gray back in August 2012. Of course that may be because he stopped coloring his gray hair. This argument of a flaw doesn't hold water.

6) The shiny ball like looking thing at the end of the barrel exit. What the hell is that? Is it a slug? Does the President get gold slugs? Does the President shoot skeet with slugs? Would the smoke precede the slug? Boggles the mind. Maybe someone can come up with an answer to that one.

7) The picture provided is exactly 3000 x 2000 resolution. Now if is supposed to be the original, it cannot be exactly 3000 x 2000 unless the White House uses custom made cameras or the image was cropped. Now why would you crop it, even if only a few pixels and claim it's the original?

My opinion. That picture doesn't answer questions (like the President really does shoot skeet) it just creates more questions. Some of them very valid. Some that many believe the whole thing was staged, and photo-shopped. I have no problem with that but just don't lie and try to give the impression it's authentic because it doesn't appear to be and I'm not alone.
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Re: Obama skeet shooting photo released

Postby WizardfromOz » Sat Feb 02, 2013 11:48 am

US Olympic skeet shooting multiple gold medal winner Vincent Hancock

http://www.biathlonews.com/wp-content/u ... Shoots.jpg
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Re: Obama skeet shooting photo released

Postby Winchester » Sat Feb 02, 2013 11:55 am

LOL, gawd almighty he's going to have to release a video next time.

1, 2 & 3 who the hell knows... it's a high speed stop action type of pic, seriously that accounts for a lot of what peeps see wrong with the photo as they are basing their experience on live action.

4. I've seen all kinds stock positioning, the president's position is not out of the realm of "normal".

5. I don't care about his hair color either, stupid.

6. The shiny ball like looking thing is a fancy screw in choke.

7. Falls into the who cares category.

Why oh why would the White House go through the trouble to both stage and photoshop a picture to give the impression that the Pres is shooting skeet... it's not like they wouldn't have ample opportunity to do the real thing.

Personally I think the skeet shooting and photo op was done by the campaign back in August and they decided releasing it at the time would do more harm than good.
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Re: Obama skeet shooting photo released

Postby Precocity » Sat Feb 02, 2013 12:03 pm

President Obama: “Yes, in fact, up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time.”

He made that comment during an interview on January 27, 2013. Multiple media sources immediately called him out on it. So a picture was posted online.

That picture is not going to eliminate any doubts.
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Re: Obama skeet shooting photo released

Postby Precocity » Sat Feb 02, 2013 12:04 pm

WizardfromOz wrote:US Olympic skeet shooting multiple gold medal winner Vincent Hancock

http://www.biathlonews.com/wp-content/u ... Shoots.jpg


That picture was taken before he fired the gun.
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Re: Obama skeet shooting photo released

Postby WizardfromOz » Sat Feb 02, 2013 12:08 pm

Precocity wrote:
WizardfromOz wrote:US Olympic skeet shooting multiple gold medal winner Vincent Hancock

http://www.biathlonews.com/wp-content/u ... Shoots.jpg


That picture was taken before he fired the gun.


I used the image to counter point the photo of Obama. if it was staged, doctored etc etc. Obama would look far more in control, far more comfortable, and far more likely to hit something
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Re: Obama skeet shooting photo released

Postby Winchester » Sat Feb 02, 2013 12:09 pm

Precocity wrote:President Obama: “Yes, in fact, up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time.”

He made that comment during an interview on January 27, 2013. Multiple media sources immediately called him out on it. So a picture was posted online.

That picture is not going to eliminate any doubts.


Nothing he can do will eliminate any doubts. Personally I wouldn't even have tried if I were him. "Don't believe I shoot skeet at Camp David, too bad" and leave it at that.
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Re: Obama skeet shooting photo released

Postby The Comrade » Sat Feb 02, 2013 12:14 pm

who honestly cares if he shoots skeet? and who cares enough to make this into a conspiracy?
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Re: Obama skeet shooting photo released

Postby PoS » Sat Feb 02, 2013 12:17 pm

Here's a better picture of Obama shooting a gun:

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Re: Obama skeet shooting photo released

Postby The Comrade » Sat Feb 02, 2013 12:17 pm

now that looks more legitimate. why couldn't the whitehouse have released this?
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