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The NRA’s Despicable Use of the Obama Girls

The National Rifle Association gave a disgusting performance the other day with its ad that used President Obama’s daughters to make its point in favor of putting armed guards in schools.

In case you haven’t seen it, the NRA accuses Obama of being a hypocrite for allowing armed guards for his daughters at their school but opposing them in schools nationwide:

Not only is it abhorrent to unnecessarily bring these innocent children into the debate, it doesn’t make any sense.

I think it may be a good idea to put armed guards in schools. With the proliferation of violent video games that inure children to violence, these attacks are going to get more frequent.

But the arguments against putting armed guards in schools have to do with whether it makes things more dangerous to put a gun in a school than not to, and whether the policy is affordable.

Sasha and Malia are protected by trained Secret Service agents because they in particular are potential targets, whereas the chances of anything happening at any one school somewhere in the nation are extremely low.

That said, the Obamas themselves have invited this kind of irresponsible focus on their kids by constantly highlighting them for political purposes. Obama refers to them in remarks, they appear in official White House photos, and a picture of the family was even used during the campaign to promote the president and raise money.

This is because the White House knows that a source of Obama’s political strength is his likability as a dad. The White House made a cold and irresponsible decision to use the Obama children.

The Clintons and the Bushes made it clear that their kids were off limits, and they didn’t talk about them or use them for political ends. And I don’t remember their children incurring any of the kinds of nonsense perpetrated by the NRA.

Hopefully, with the election past them, the Obamas will keep their children off the stage.

Obama Using His Children to Raise Money

How desperate can the Obama campaign get to raise cash?

Wednesday, Michelle Obama sent out an email to supporters urging them to “sign” a card wishing President Obama a happy Father’s Day.

From coaching basketball to knowing how many Jonas brothers there are, Barack is a pretty cool dad.

But more importantly, Barack is a wonderful father and partner. No matter what’s on his plate, he puts the kids first, and they know how much he loves them.

You signed Barack’s birthday card last summer, and I know it meant a lot to him. This Father’s Day, I want Barack to know how much we love and appreciate him, so I hope you’ll join me in wishing him a happy Father’s Day.

Click on the link in the email, and you are taken to a landing page featuring this beautiful picture of Obama with his family.

Sign the card by filling you name in some adjoining fields, and guess what? You are transported immediately to a separate page thanking you and asking for some cash.

It’s the Obamas choice to use photos of their daughters and their role in their father’s life to raise money. It’s a very different approach than that of the Bushes and the Clintons, who studiously kept their children out of the spotlight.

I think it’s a bad idea, but I’m not their parents. And I also think the Obamas should not be surprised when their daughters’ presence in the spotlight leads to coverage of them by news organizations, such as the stories about Malia’s spring break trip to Mexico, to which the White House vehemently objected.

I’m not saying news organizations should cover the children. I am saying though, that once people, including children, are made into public figures, the public will be interested, and coverage will follow.

The Obamas Should Remove the Girls from View

I don’t like writing pieces about the Obamas’ daughters. I wish the Obamas would keep them out of the spotlight. But they don’t. And so when articles about them start disappearing from the Internet, I’d be remiss not to say something, as many of you have urged me to do. As is well known now,… Continue Reading

White House Acknowledges Scrubbing Malia Stories

Updated 2:35 pm ET The White House today offered Politico a statement on why it has pressured news organizations to withdraw their stories about Malia Obama’s vacation to Mexico. Michelle’s Communications Director,┬áKristina Schake, confirmed that the White House has been scrubbing the stories. From the beginning of the administration, the White House has asked news… Continue Reading

The Obama Show, Starring the Obamas

Thought you might want to see this Saturday Night Live spoof. The Obamas do The Cosbys. I liked the opening sequence. Interesting that they decided to include Sasha and Malia and risk some kind of White House approbation. But the Obamas have repeatedly put their children before the public, in a way that neither the… Continue Reading