msnbc | February 02, 2013
>>> time ago white house press secretary jay carney tweeted this picture. it shows the president skeat shooting at camp david . it was taken august 4th of last year. this comes about a week after the president said in a new interview that he had shot skeat before at camp david . let's go right now to nbc's kristin welker at the white house . kristin , did the white house feel it needed to back up the president's comment with this photographic proof?
>> reporter: well, they must have. that's why they released it. just to give you a little bit of the tick tock after president obama talked about the fact he shoots skeat all the time up at camp david , white house press secretary jay carney got pressed on that issue earlier this week. reporters asking him how often does president obama shoot skeat at camp david ? at that point in time carney didn't really have an answer. he just referred reporters back to the president's comments. but this has got an lot of buzz this week. so i think that the white house wanted to release evidence, if you will, that president obama does in fact engage in this sport. in terms of the buzz that it's gotten, the daily show has poke add little bit of fun at the president's comments. congresswoman marcia blackburn challenged president obama to a skeat-shooting contest. on a more serious note, the nra says that president obama was trying to prove that he's one of them when he in fact isn't. the president was to be fair making a point that look he does respect people's second amendment rights. and of course this all comes against the backdrop of president obama calling for stiffer gun legislation. he signed those 23 executive actions into law. aimed at making gun safety . improvements. on monday he travels to minneapolis, minnesota where he will be talking about gun safety . interestingly, alex , minneapolis is a place that has really started to move in the direction that president obama would like to see the nation move and in terms of enacting use prevention guidelines as well as broadening background checks of those who actually own guns. so a lot going on. i should also tell you, alex , this is really trending on twitter. a lot of people talking about that picture today.
>> you can see. why it's a pretty strong picture of the president doing his thing. if people aren't familiar with skeat shooting culture, you can definitely be opposed to certain ideology offered up by the new york nra and enjoy shooting skeat. i've shot skeat before. i've made it pretty opinionated how i feel about gun control . so just saying, kristin .
>> reporter: i've never done it, alex . i'll have to join you sometime.
>> it's a lot of fun. you have to do it carefully. i'll take you out.