Attorney General Greg Abbott Just Challenged President Obama to a Skeet Shooting Contest

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Next up for Abbott: a blackbuck shooting contest with the entire United Nations.

Last week, in an interview with the New Republic, President Obama said something about his love for skeet shooting, the subtle art of throwing a clay disk up in the air and shooting the hell out of it.

"Up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time," the president told the magazine. He was trying to make a point about not being completely anti-gun, following up the skeet shooting anecdote with one about hunting, saying, "And I have 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."

Fine. The president is clearly trying to counteract his reputation among conservatives as a big ol' gun-hating, Commie-loving, secret-Muslim-being -- never mind. You get the idea. Instead, that interview has led to a wave of skeet skepticism from right-wing politicians and pundits, including a Tennessee congresswoman who's demanding photos of said skeet shooting and challenging Obama to a shooting contest.

In his inimitable style, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott chimed in this morning, challenging Obama to a contest of his own. Because this is all really important and we must settle this matter immediately.

"I challenge Pres. Obama to a skeet shooting contest," Abbott wrote on Facebook this morning. "I'll even invite him to hunt here in Texas. 'LIKE' if you'd like to see the contest."

Of course, the challenge already has hundreds of likes, plus Abbott fans' usual unhinged color commentary. "Make damn sure he buys a nonresident license!" writes one commenter. "Make sure he has a birth cert and a hunters safety course. And bring your own security team. He might try to pull a Cheney on you."

"I don't want that Reprobate prevaricator in Texas, No way Atty. General Abbott," another dude chimes in. "Unless you plan on arresting him for Treason!"

Charming. It's wildly unlikely that Obama will respond to the challenge, of course, given that the White House has already declined to comment on that Tennessee congresswoman's similarly thrown-down gauntlet.

But how long will it be before challenging President Obama to skeet shooting becomes the new hip conservative trend, the 2013 equivalent of signing Grover Norquist's tax pledge? We can hardly wait to watch this total non-story as it inevitably unfolds.



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russell.allison1
russell.allison1

Mr Obama has a great opportunity here.  For those of you that have never tried it, shooting small clay discs out the air isn't all that easy and you have to practice and become quite proficient with a shotgun to do it.  It's also a hell of a lot of fun-lot more fun than a video game.  If Mr Obama were to take up a few of these challenges and in doing so make skeet shooting more popular, more skeet ranges would open.  With more ranges open to the public, more young people could be safely exposed to and educated in the use and potential dangers of firearms in general, while allowing them to safely blow stuff away.  A good thing really.  So, lets all stay on him until each and every presidential campaign season has a skeet challenge between the candidates-I'd actually watch that.

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

Dude really is a one trick pony without Costello

mcdallas
mcdallas

Great work dragging out (for the umpteenth time) the same old photo of the underage child of this politician. Sure you'd do it to the other side, too.  Stay classy.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

Whenever I drive through Temple, I wonder if Nugent Avenue is named for Thomas Nugent who among other things served on the Texas Constitutional Convention of 1875 or Ted Nugent the rock and roll star ... and if the two are related ...

CitzenKim
CitzenKim

If I were President Obama, I would never set foot in the State of Texas.  I'd say it's pretty likely he'd end up like President Kennedy after his last visit.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

The president of the United States goes to the Vietnam Memorial Wall and pretends to honor 58,000 American heroes who died fighting communism and he pretends to pay honor to men who died fighting communism, and then he hangs out with, hires and appoints communists. He is an evil, dangerous man who hates America and hates freedom. And we need to fix this as soon as possible.”  --Draft dodger and gun fanatic, Ted Nugent.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Most of these fanatical gun fools aren't interested in the Constitution and their right to own guns.  They are preparing to go to war with the "government".

ruddski
ruddski

"Make damn sure he buys a nonresident license!" writes one commenter. "Make sure he has a birth cert and a hunters safety course."

Wow, totally unhinged. They can expect visits from Obama's SS posting craaaazy shit like that!

ruddski
ruddski

Would Obama have to wear a helmet?

Johnny Horton
Johnny Horton

A total non-story that nobody had heard about until you wrote a story about it.

afaienza2
afaienza2

No doubt these are childish and laughable responses by President Obama's opponents. I'm not a single bit surprised, nor do I think this type of tactical silliness is exclusive to the Republican party. So lets all discredit the entire catalogue of Conservative ideology because of a few idiots. This whole article is just more of the all too typical nonsense perpetuated by media types with their own political agenda.


barryguitar
barryguitar

....and yet the irony of this presidents complete lack of ability to tell the truth, and his eagerness to lie to the public and press about whatever subject he happens to be talking about  will still be lost on the writers at the DO. You guys probably think you have proof that he got passing grades in his college economics and American history classes despite the millions of public and private money he has spent to keep his transcripts sealed.


Marc Sweeney
Marc Sweeney

How about a Constitutional Law debate, for they should both love the Constitution. This gun swagger is getting old.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

I'm sure that if "the other side" sent out a photo of their "underage child" as a PR move on the subject of guns, and then made a subsequent PR move on the subject of guns in the same grandstand manner as Abbott did today, it is easy to see how the DO would use that photo.

and why wouldn't they? after all, do you believe that Abbott was not "classy' sending out the photo of his "underage" daughter? if Abbott put it out, why should the press not use it?

NewsDog
NewsDog

@ruddski Actually, he wouldn't need the hunter safety cert.  The requirement is for anyone born on, or after, September 2, 1971.  But it's always a good idea to take the class.

Anna_Merlan
Anna_Merlan

@ruddski I haven't been skeet shooting. Do you generally bring the old birth certificate with you? 

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

@barryguitar I'm sure you have all sorts of credible sources of your allegations against him though. You were what, just too busy to put them in?

mcdallas
mcdallas

@mavdog So if the shoe were on the other foot and this was the President's daughter you'd be okay with it?

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@ScottsMerkin I'm center-left, not extreme left, Scotty.  Actually, it's the cats who are far left.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Barack Obama gang is actually attempting to re-implement the tyranny of King George that we escaped from in 1776, and if you want another Concord Bridge, I got some buddies.” --Another Nugent gem.

ruddski
ruddski

@Anna_Merlan @ruddski

I think the guy was making a joke concerning Obama's Keynesian roots.

Do you think there's a photo of the prez actually shooting an actual loaded gun, or is this maybe one of those "composites"?

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

if a person puts a photo out for public consumption, they should be prepared for people to use that photo. that is the case for anyone.

ruddski
ruddski

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz 

So you figger this war on the government is as inevitable as the last one Ted was a part of?

You live among the most heavily-armed people in the country, I don't know how you stand it.

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