The White House Is None Too Pleased With the NRA

The NRA’s ad accusing President Obama of being an elitist hypocrite was not well-received by the White House.

Jay Carney described it as “cowardly and repugnant.”

The ad asks whether Obama’s kids are more important than yours.No, dummies. Of course not. But President Obama *is* under constant threat of assassination (to the tune of 43,000 threats over his first four years) so settle down, gun nuts.

[read full post at ABLC]

22 replies
  1. 1

    ::braces for complaints::


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    Another Halocene Human says:

    @Imani Gandy (ABL): Fix your commentary quick — it’s 43K in 4 years, making you off by over 1000x times. ;-) love ya babe

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    @Another Halocene Human: HAHA. thanks. i’m a little addled today.

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    Another Halocene Human says:

    That DailyKos link is depressing. Oh well, hopefully some young people will watch their paranoid parents shitting themselves daily and decide that they’re, like, totally uncool and stuff.

    I have to hope because otherwise I will give up. Not complacent–burned out.

    Fuck, I dunno how Obama does it… I guess he did take the gloves off and is mouthing off to the GOP daily. Love it.

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    Cj says:

    The link cites the 43k number as cumulative for 4 years. Not each day.

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    Forum Transmitted Disease says:

    The NRA had to go on a media offensive. We all understand that, they are a special interest group and are paid to work for those who pay them.

    Those people should be demanding their money back, payable in cash, today.

    I do not think it is possible that the NRA could have done anything more counterproductive than this.

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    JPL says:

    The NRA is saying the ad isn’t about MR. Obama’s children. Since the President doesn’t own goats, I assumed that when he referenced Mr. Obama’s kids three times, he meant Sasha and Malia. Silly me..

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    Another Halocene Human says:

    @Imani Gandy (ABL): No prob. At least you got out of bed and posted a thread. Cheers.

    That NRA video is vile. I was scanning ThinkProgress and it’s like somebody pissed in my coffee.

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    Belafon (formerly anonevent) says:

    As I said on DK, I love my kids, but the president’s kids are more important simply because abducting or killing them would affect the person running the country. That’s why they get security.

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    Tone in DC says:

    @Forum Transmitted Disease:

    Give them time.

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    @Another Halocene Human: heh thanks! you make me feel so accomplished.

    This post at American Prospect is spot-on.

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    Nemo_N says:

    Obviously, gun-control proponents are the ones who need to grasp reality and stay rational. Gun nuts are free to live in a fantasy world.

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    Xecky Gilchrist says:

    NRA: the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of tykes.

    …TYRANTS. did we say that out loud?

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    Mister Harvest says:

    Once again, The Onion leads the way:,30813/

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    replicnt6 says:

    I didn’t realize that the NRA was proposing that we subject the armed guards they want to put into schools to the same level of vetting and background checks that Secret Service agents go through.

    Oh, they’re not? Isn’t there a big difference between a random janitor with a gun and a Secret Service agent with a gun?

    They keep telling us that guns don’t kill people, people kill people. But they seem to be so much more focused on the guns than the people behind them.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Isn’t there a big difference between a random janitor with a gun and a Secret Service agent with a gun?

    What is it with conservatives and their inability to understand that qualifications actually exist for jobs? It really is starting to seem of a piece with their insistence that President Obama and Justice Sotomayor are obviously less qualified for their jobs than any random white man you could pick out in the street because, well, just look at them, amirite?

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    The Golux says:

    The NRA’s slogan should be, “We have guns – and we’re just itching for an excuse to use them.”

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    Ash Can says:

    @The Golux:

    The NRA’s slogan should be, “We have guns – and we’re just itching for an excuse to use kill people we don’t like with them.”

    More like it.

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    Rick Massimo says:

    @replicnt6: Not just school guards – everyone.

    Let everyone who wants a gun go through the background checks and proficiency training and tests that Secret Service agents go through REPEATEDLY and they can have all the guns they want. Fail once and you’re out. Deal!

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    Bokonon says:

    I would call that NRA ad something worse. I would call it a veiled threat.

    It isn’t just “hypocrisy.” What the NRA seems to be saying is:

    “Go ahead, Mister President … if you enact some gun control regulations we don’t like, drop your armed Secret Service protection. And the protection on your family. And then you can live in constant fear of some freedom-loving gun enthusiast using his firearms to express their displeasure. Which is insecurity you deserve, since you have stepped on their Second Amendment rights.”

    It is a veiled threat. It is just a hop and a skip between this snarky claim of “hypocrisy” and considering what kinds of threats that the Secret Service protects against.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @Imani Gandy (ABL): Agreed that the American Prospect post is good but, OMG, the comments are so beyond the pale as to beg whether or not the writers have basic reading comprehension skills.

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    debbie says:

    I’d bet that a significant number of those threats are issued by NRA card holders. Someone needs to research that and make a very vocal point about it. How better to point out the NRA’s vile sickness?

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