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January 27, 2013

Has Obama fired a gun? Yes, according to a new interview

President Obama talked about his second term in office as well as gun control, Syria, the media and football in an interview with the newly revamped New Republic.

"So much of the challenge that we have in our politics right now is that people feel as if the game here in Washington is completely detached from their day-to-day realities," Obama said. "And that’s not an unjustifiable view. So everything we do combines both a legislative strategy with a broad-based communications and outreach strategy to get people engaged and involved, so that it’s not Washington over here and the rest of America over there."

When asked if he has ever fired a gun, the President said, “Yes, in fact, up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time.”

The New Republic’s publisher and editor in chief Chris Hughes and editor Franklin Foer sat down for the interview in the Oval Office. The complete issue will be available Monday. Read it here.


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