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White House condemns 'cowardly' NRA video referencing president's daughters

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 07:28 a.m. HST, Jan 16, 2013

WASHINGTON » The White House says a National Rifle Association video referencing President Barack Obama's daughters is "repugnant and cowardly."

Obama spokesman Jay Carney says most Americans agree that a president's children should not be used as "pawns in a political fight." Carney was referring to an online video from the pro-gun lobby. The video calls Obama an "elitist hypocrite" for having armed Secret Service agents protect his daughters at school while not committing to installing armed guards in all schools.

The NRA released the video ahead of Obama's announcement today of proposals for curbing the nation's gun violence. The president is calling on Congress to enact universal background checks and ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines — all measures the NRA opposes.

The gun lobby has instead called for armed guards in schools.

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gth wrote:
No one's gonna be a winner here, except ???
on January 16,2013 | 06:23AM
frontman wrote:
There is only one coward and he lives in the white house. Can we still call it that????
on January 16,2013 | 09:13AM
jimmyhouse67 wrote:
Wait....Hold on....Oh yeah, but he won another four years in office. Deal with it (you like it from the back but not the) frontman. You're worst nightmare come true. Bummer.
on January 16,2013 | 10:28AM
false wrote:
on January 16,2013 | 12:01PM
SteveToo wrote:
Hate to agree w/false, but yea frontman you are a danged racist. Go back to America. No need you here in Paradise.
on January 16,2013 | 04:15PM
liberalsFAIL wrote:
Rule #253 right out of the Liberal Playbook! Can't address their point? Call them racist! Works every time!!
on January 16,2013 | 10:05PM
blkdrgn wrote:
Big difference between an armed guard for every school (Public - 98,817, Private - 33,366, and Institutions - 6,742) in the United States vs. armed guards for the President of the United States' Daughters.
on January 16,2013 | 06:37AM
LRC wrote:
Well said. Is the NRA willing to fund these guards? Also, what happens when the guard is out to lunch or out sick?? Like what happened at recent LA shooting?
on January 16,2013 | 08:35AM
CriticalReader wrote:
One reason the daughters need armed secret service protection at school is because guns are so available.
on January 16,2013 | 06:38AM
allie wrote:
NRA is a sleazy gun manufacturer lobby. Nothing more. The ad is absurd
on January 16,2013 | 07:04AM
ya_think wrote:
Yet he can use children to his advantage when signing his new EO's? This administration is the most double standard of all of them. " What is good for me is not good for thee".
on January 16,2013 | 07:35AM
ross13moon wrote:
correction, the "dead" children
on January 16,2013 | 07:38AM
scooters wrote:
He does what ever it takes to make him look good. Is there a difference between his children and yours? He thinks so..His kids go to school feeling safe..do you feel the same way about yours? I dough it..
on January 16,2013 | 08:33AM
busterb wrote:
All Presidents kids are protected. Did you forget the SS had to chase GW's kids around and stop them from drinking even though they were underage? Why shouldn't BO's kids be protected? http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/opinion/columnists/wickham/2001-06-06-wickham.htm
on January 16,2013 | 09:43AM
SteveToo wrote:
No one's saying they should not be protected, but what's good for the goose's children is good for the gander's kids as well.
on January 16,2013 | 04:17PM
ross13moon wrote:
all president's families need to be protected against the "specific" threat...remove the guns and all other threats are deminished
on January 16,2013 | 11:31AM
hawaiikone wrote:
Including any threat from you.
on January 16,2013 | 01:22PM
DinoMax wrote:
No.... every single President's children have Secret Service protection since they are legitimate targets as the President's kids. Most children are not targets on an every day basis. This is an apples to oranges comparison and the ad is absolutely ridiculous and meant to incite fear and anger among the citizenry.
on January 16,2013 | 09:14AM
cojef wrote:
Am a life member of the NRA, and will agree with your comments. His children like him must be protected, as they represents the Presidency, like it or not. The NRA boo booed terribly when they categorized the President's children as though they are ordinary school children. Shame in them.
on January 16,2013 | 10:08AM
Pacej001 wrote:
Over the top? Yes, but essentially correct. Obama's children's school is a school for many of the Washington DC elite and wealthy. Should they have some protection? Yes. But your kids shouldn't? Seriously? No special effort should be made to protect your kids when they are out of your supervision? Doubt I'll get an honest answer here in this bastion of political correctness.
on January 16,2013 | 07:28AM
serious wrote:
Right, next thing we'll hear is that they are not covered by Obamacare!!! Good for the middle class--right??
on January 16,2013 | 03:28PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
In the USA there are 270,000,000 private forearms. Think about that - almost 90 guns for every 100 people in the nation. These half-arse "gun control" measures will do nothing; they are insignificant kabuki. Worse, they will cost enforcement and implementation costs while not achieving their goals. In the last month alone, the fear of confiscation led to hundreds of thousands of new semi-automatics, big magazines and new NRA memberships. More guns were sold then at any time since 9/11. In other words, this talk, talk, talk has only increased gun ownership.

The only thing that would really accomplish the goals stated is to confiscate certain weapons and that will never happen and should never happen. The rest of this is all photo ops for politicians whose world is completely unlike that of the average citizen.

on January 16,2013 | 07:35AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Uh, that was "firearms" in the first sentence. There are probably at least twice as many "forearms."
on January 16,2013 | 07:50AM
Smiling wrote:
Doesn't the NRA realize they are their own worst enemy now? Listen to the voice of reasonable Republicans....ex.: Joe Scarborough. They are disgusted with these latest attacks from the NRA. This includes the new iPhone app where kids as oas 4 can use assault weapons for shooting.....all on an iphone !! Come on, Republicans and Democrats, let the NRA know their leaders are bringing down a once fine organization with these horrendous tactics.
on January 16,2013 | 07:38AM
Smiling wrote:
.....as young as 4.....
on January 16,2013 | 07:42AM
808Cindy wrote:
We the people can now see the NRA's leaderships character; there is something wrong with their explaining / reasoning for gun control that doesn't feel right with me and others I shared and talked about with. There needs to be a change.
on January 16,2013 | 08:02AM
LanaUlulani wrote:

There are MANY women who have permanent restraining orders against MEN. Many of these WOMEN are members of the NRA. The fact that people like YOU ignore them and focus solely on Obama tells more about YOU than it does about them.

These women are GLAD that the NRA while not perfect protects and defends their RIGHT to bear arms so that THEY are not brutalized and SHOT BY THEIR ABUSERS.

SHAME ON YOU AND PEOPLE LIKE YOU WHO IGNORE THESE WOMEN and their RIGHT to bear arms in order to protect themselves!

on January 16,2013 | 08:13AM
LanaUlulani wrote:

Obama is upset that his elitist hypocrisy is highlighted in their video which mentions his daughters who have HIRED GUNS at their school. Also known as ARMED GUARDS.

He statement implies that OUR children are not as valuable as his. Auwe. Shameful.

on January 16,2013 | 08:03AM
dcontributor wrote:
Implies, implyze, exemplars, eemplieze, eem-eem, item-item-eem, shoe, shew, show, schwoe, He statement states.
on January 16,2013 | 08:14AM
yhls wrote:
Hey, Maneki. There are apprioximately 630 forearms in America! Two for every person. Or at least for those with two appendages. And Allie, the NRA is not a sleazy gun manufacture lobby. They represent the rights of gun owners. This administration is going way overboard in too many directions.
on January 16,2013 | 08:43AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Seems more crowded than 315 people. You better count again.
on January 16,2013 | 02:47PM
ya_think wrote:
He doesn't seem to have a problem using other peoples children, just don't use his. http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2013/01/16/obama-to-announce-gun-control-proposals-shortly/
on January 16,2013 | 09:04AM
Pookie_Baby wrote:
It is what it is. Doesn't seem like anything matters now. Move on.
on January 16,2013 | 09:20AM
Manoa_Fisherman wrote:
What about the armed security detail that runs around Punahou School? Elitist folks get to protect their kids with mercenaries and let the public school kids become canon foder for any nut who wants to emulate a mass murderer.
on January 16,2013 | 09:41AM
entrkn wrote:
When 4 million hypocrites try to dictate to the other 396 million citizens of America, it's not the tail trying to wag the dog, it's that part between the dog and his tail that is trying to wag the dog and the tail...
on January 16,2013 | 10:11AM
newsjunky1 wrote:
Te ad didn't state anything that isn't true.The gun opponents just don't like being called out on their you know what but feel free to DEMONIZE anyone who disagrees with them.
on January 16,2013 | 11:14AM
SteveToo wrote:
King Obama can't take the heat when it's thrown back at him. What make him think his kids and the kids of the "rich" should have armed guards but not the rest of the population???????
on January 16,2013 | 04:14PM
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