All weapons are coming out, literally, as the National Rifle Association launches a campaign to smear President Obama and anyone one who wants to see gun control measures increased in the wake of the Newtown school shooting that left 20 children and six educators dead last December. The NRA has released a video calling President Obama an “elitist hypocrite” for sending his daughters to school with Secret Service agents and not wanting armed security guards in schools. Wow, here comes that label again from the 2008 presidential campaign. I guess they forgot how little it helped the Republican Party in the general election. The latest move comes as President Obama is set to unveil executive orders to curb gun violence at 11:55 a.m. EST Wednesday.
The ad is a play on the continued questions about President Obama’s legitimacy in the White House. It plays on the animosity some on the right wing fringe have towards the nation’s first black president. This ad is another vile attempt to discredit the president and his motivations for effecting change. Commonsense change. He’s a foreigner, he needs to learn to be an American, he needs more sleep, he’s lazy, he’s an elitist, he got into Harvard on affirmative action, we need to see his college transcripts, we need to see his birth certificates, blah, blah, blah. It never ends with the right wing.
Besides, there’s so much wrong with that argument about his daughters’ Secret Service protection. He didn’t take it upon himself to request that level of protection for Sasha and Malia Obama. I am guessing George W. Bush and all the other Republican presidents were elitist hypocrites for having the same level of protection for their children. The attack on the Obama children has more holes than a slice of Swiss cheese. How many wingnuts have threatened the life of President Obama or any other president for that matter? Can you imagine if these same wingnuts were able to get to their children? To put it simply and bluntly, the ad was meanspirited and vile.
“Are the president’s kids more important than yours?” a narrator says in the 30 second ad. “Then why is he skeptical about putting armed security in our schools, when his kids are protected by armed guards at their school.”
The commercial is running on the Sportsman Channel, a cable network focused on outdoors programming such as hunting and fishing. It is also posted on a dedicated web site “Stand and Fight.”
On Wednesday, Obama is set to unveil a new set of proposals that would place very tough restrictions on the ownership and sale of firearms.
In the ad, the narrator only mentions Obama by name, but it also features images of Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NBC anchor David Gregory. Bloomberg is an influential voice in favor of stricter gun laws and has dipped into his personal fortune to help fund a lobby campaign, and Feinstein, a California Democrat, is helping spearhead a congressional effort to enforce tougher gun laws. Source
Wow, how low can this group of hyper-partisan wingnuts go? Besides, who is going to pay for armed guards in all schools across this country and will there be an armed guard by every door leading to the exterior in every school? Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” called the ad “disgusting and out of bounds.” There’s only one way to describe the NRA — a scab that never falls off one’s body.
The NRA’s ad calling Obama an elitist hypocrite: