Oops! The New Republic tweets parody site ‘proof’ of Obama shooting skeet, quickly deletes

If it’s too good to be true, The New Republic is on it!

President Barack “Bitter Clinger” Obama claimed he totally goes skeet shooting “all the time” at Camp David, but White House press secretary Jay Carney couldn’t say for sure whether photographic evidence exists. Luckily, we have the resourceful “real journalists” at The New Republic to boldly scour White House parody sites for “proof.”tnr-obama-shooting-skeet

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Sure did! Note the URL in the since-deleted tweet. It’s not whitehouse.gov, it’s whitehouse.gov1.info.

What else might have tipped TNR off to the fact that it was a spoof site? Oh, maybe a header that explicitly says “Not the White House” and “Parody of WhiteHouse.gov.

And then there’s the disclaimer:

Disclaimers are hard. So very hard. TNR owned up to jumping the skeet gun, but not before deleting the embarrassing evidence.

Quick accidents and quick deletions. But Twitchy is forever.

Before TNR’s attempt to memory-hole the tweet, gun-grabber David Frum shared it with his followers, asking, “Have US politics reached peak dumb?”

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He then apologized … for “mangling [the] joke.”

“Peak dumb,” indeed.

Update:

And in case you were wondering why that image looks awfully familiar:

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Update:

Jammie Wearing Fool has more. Apparently someone at BuzzFeed also fell for the spoof pic.

  • walterc

    When do we see a pic of Obama posing with some of the skeets he killed? You know, with them all lined up in front of him and his skeet retriever, Buck like they do on those hunting shows with geese.

    • http://www.awinninghabit.com lissa

      Michelle thinks they’re unhealthy. She doesn’t let him keep what he bags.

      • zipity

        I don’t think she let him keep his “bag” either, IYKWIMAITTYD…

        • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

          Pfft. You mean he ever had one?

      • chewydog

        Don’t the obamas know that there is no such thing as “shoot (catch) and release” in skeet shooting,..especially if you do it “all the time”?

    • Canadian in USA

      He’ll just claim that he never shot them and somebody else made that happen.

    • BlueGood

      Would they already be gutted & skinned?

      How do they taste with a bit of Mint Sauce??

    • teapartydoc

      He has one mounted on the wall right next to his snipe.

  • Crypto God

    How could any be fooled by that, I mean the photo shop is not bad, but he’s clearly golfing, with gloves in his pocket and in swing motion. I thought it was pretty funny looking though

    • Canadian in USA

      I recognized the pose as soon as I saw the pic.

      • seek456

        So did I – and it proves he sucks at golf also. lol

    • ceemack

      Every golfer (and ex-golfer, like me) has assumed a similar pose at least once.

      You never see that pose on a skeet range. Shotgun pellets fly a bit faster than a golf ball, so there’s not a whole lot of time to apply remote body English.

    • meeester

      . . .and it certainly isn’t a posture relevant to skeet shooting. That posture alone would alert any shooter to the dubiousness of the claim ( as if we weren’t already)

  • Joe W.

    Just like he killed Osama, Barky has wasted more skeet than John Rambo….He da man!!!!

  • peteee363

    did they get that at the same place they found the fake birth certificate?

  • Rabid

    Damn..they should have left it up, to see how many people buy it.

  • $4752944

    Heh. It’s all about The Narrative. It’s never about the truth.
    If you work for a company that reports the news – and if you want something to be True…you’re no longer a journalist or a news oganization.

  • Rob

    Why bother with skeet when you have drones?

    • Ken Alan Draper

      the drones fly to high to shoot with a shot gun. unless you set your blind up at the end of the runway.

    • linnilu

      But Jesse Jackson tells us assault rifles can shoot down planes, so a drone should be as easy as those wily old skeets.
      edited to add: Oops, I meant this as a reply to Ken Alan Draper. :)

    • linnilu

      But Jesse Jackson tells us assault rifles can shoot down planes, so a drone should be as easy as those wily old skeets.
      edited to add: Oops, I meant this as a reply to Ken Alan Draper. :)

  • http://twitter.com/JackTallent Jack Tallent

    Twitter leads to “quick accidents” if you already want to believe and have a rooting interest in a particular narrative.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marcy-Cook/1001619613 Marcy Cook

    I smell desperation in the air.

  • http://twitter.com/Antillious Chris S

    I think Obama is confused about what skeet shooting is. He probably thinks it’s the game you play at the driving range where you try to hit the guy picking up the balls.

  • lainer51

    Both pics are hysterical…

  • TheThwart

    Yep, so desperate for it to be the truth they made it the truth, in their own shallow little minds.

  • Atnuk Etnik

    I want to see the picture of obama actually ever reading the constitution.

  • Atnuk Etnik

    Obama doesnt kill skeet or elk like that snowbilly from alaska. He is an environmentalist and sees no need to kill something just for fun. Obama always releases the skeet back into the wild after shooting them with tranq darts. Its a more environmentally freindly approach to hunting.

    • Gekk

      Hey, Obama totally does… Skeet?

      Oh, I thought you said “trap shooting” and Obama does shoot from the traps; when he doesn’t take a Mulligan or a drop.

  • BeyondPolls

    ROFL

  • Renny

    Hahaha. What else is there to say?

  • precursor

    It’s the only way Obama knows how to skeet shoot….with a golf club. he doesn’t have the balls to fire a REAL GUN.

  • Chalky

    Is there a group more willfully gullible than the Obama sycophants in the media?

  • sam s

    Did he get his birth certificate from twitter too?

  • Gekk

    It’s just like peak oil…

    It’s a claim of a “peak” that isn’t, new supply of dumb will be found tomorrow; and the people claiming we hit the “peak” will be shown to be wrong.

    Heck Frum might be the new source given his usual output.

  • Pablo

    “OK, everyone. Apologies. Twitter sometimes leads to quick accidents.”

    Yeah, the Twitter did it. And the gun. Not the dumbass or the psycho. That stupid hammer smashed my thumb too.

  • http://ownthenarrative.com/user/29 Sarge_87

    What you see here is an exercise in the difference between reporting and hackery. Real reporting requires the journalist to check, double check, and in some cases, triple check sources because integrity demands such diligence.

    Whereas hackery is concerned, it’s a form of masterbatory elation to be the first to stick it to “those rightwing nutjobs”. It’s where rumor, innuendo, outright falsehoods, and pseudointellectualism masquerade as real journalism.

  • uglykidmoe

    i believe in shooting skeet.

    as long as you eat what you kill.

    wonder if bo the wonder dog has been taught to retrieve? course if that dog is as half as smart as barry, and sees same with a gun in his hands…

  • Rudy

    I hope “peak dumb” sticks to David “Peak Dumb” Frum

  • http://twitter.com/zzyzxbaker Zzyzx Road

    Speaking of “peak dumb”.
    Who should know better than David Frum?

  • deadpammy

    This is hilarious. I guess the libtard from TNR thinks you have to take a gay stance to hold a rifle.

    • SideshowJon36

      Or maybe it’s just a safe assumption that Obama would

  • overboosted

    I find it hard to believe that the press, who has photographed Obama more than any other president in history, cannot cough up one picture of him shooting skeet.

    Heck, we can find pictures of Gabby Giffords with an “assault rifle”!!

    .

  • http://twitter.com/MoueLaMoue Moue La Moue (D)

    I’m with a lot of people on this one. This is a President who enjoys having his picture taken for any reason whatsoever — yet we have nada when it comes to him shooting skeet? Really? I’ll buy that for the cost of a loaf of bread.

  • SideshowJon36

    New plan to make my fortune: Convince TNR that I’m a Nigerian Prince who needs access to their bank account

    • BeeKaaay

      Sorry, about 20 others have beat you to that :)

      • mike_in_kosovo

        Successfully.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TVJU3Z5RYUJBSIXKGMRNNSEJDQ Mike Johnson

    It’s too bad that’s a fake pic. It could have gone a long way in explaining why he doesn’t listen to the American people (no earplugs). But no, he’s just an arrogant pr!ck.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TVJU3Z5RYUJBSIXKGMRNNSEJDQ Mike Johnson

    Too bad it’s fake. The lack of earplugs would have gone a long way in explaining why he consistently ignores his subjects.

  • Ken Alan Draper

    Do ya think that Obama would hold the shotgun “gangsta style”? LOL!! that would be pretty funny. & how the media would spin the broken arm would be interesting.

  • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

    The entire White House .gov1 website is a parody. Check out the page regarding the ‘Camp David Weekend’. Chock full of photoshopped pictures, like Bo “In front of the Laurel Lodge”

    Also, check out the photo that claims Obama uses Camp David year round: A foot of snow, but no vapor from breathing the cold air.

    What a FABULOUS administration we have… so corrupt, they have to photoshop vacationing brochures for Camp David.

    (Twitchy wouldn’t allow me to add photos, so here’s the link to the ‘Camp David Weekend’ promo site a http://whitehouse.gov1.info/camp-david/index.html) Giggles abound!

  • RightThinking1

    I think that it is redundant for New Republic to declare anything it has offered as bogus.

  • RightThinking1

    I’m probably the last person on earth to learn that O. is left-handed. Noticed it in the pic. Imagine that…, a lefty.

  • RightThinking1

    I’m probably the last person on earth to learn that O. is left-handed. Noticed it in the pic. Imagine that…, a lefty.

  • JR48

    I’m confronted daily with the question: are some people really that dumb?

    The answer is always, yes.