NRA blasted for mentioning Obama daughters in online ads

From one of the new NRA ads.
From one of the new NRA ads.
Posted: January 17, 2013

The Obama administration fired back at the National Rifle Association this morning after the gun lobby mentioned his daughters in online videos and labeled the president an "elitist hypocrite" for sending them to a school protected by armed guards.

"Barack Obama won't have two sets of rules - armed guards for his rich friends and their elite schools, restrictions and gun-free zones for ours," the video narrator says in an ad titled "NRA: America Speaks for Itself."

In another, after mentioning that Malia and Sascha attend a school in Washington DC that is staffed by 11 Secret Service agents, the narrator asks: "Are the president's kids more important than yours?"

Obama's press secretary slammed the ads.

"Most Americans agree that a president's children should not be used as pawns in a political fight. But to go so far as to make the safety of the President's children the subject of an attack ad is repugnant and cowardly," said Jay Carney, the White House press secretary.

On MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Obama adviser Robert Gibbs called the ads "stupid."

"I mean, it is disgusting on many levels," Gibbs said. "This reminds me of an ad that somebody made about 2 in the morning after one too many drinks, and no one stopped it in the morning."

Politico reported that the NRA shot back in a statement.

"Whoever thinks the ad is about President Obama's daughters are missing the point completely or they're trying to change the subject. This ad is about keeping our children safe," said NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam in the statement to the cable news network.


Contact staff writer Sam Wood at 215-854-2796, @samwoodiii or samwood@phillynews.com.

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