Published: February 03. 2013 4:00AM PST
Two days before President Barack Obama’s first trip outside Washington to promote his gun-control proposals, the White House tried to settle a brewing mystery when it released a photo to back his claim to be a skeet shooter.
Obama had set inquiring minds spinning when, in an interview with The New Republic magazine, he answered “yes" when asked if he had ever fired a gun. The admission came as a surprise to many.
“Yes, in fact, up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time," Obama said in the interview released last weekend, referring to the official presidential retreat in rural Maryland, which he last visited in October while campaigning for re-election. Asked whether the entire family participates, the president said: “Not the girls, but oftentimes guests of mine go up there."
Few could recall Obama ever talking about firing a gun or going skeet shooting “all the time."
The official White House photo released Saturday (above) is dated Aug. 4, 2012. The original caption says Obama is shooting clay targets on the range at Camp David.
White House via The Associated Press