The Secret Service protection is just icing on the cake. The fact is that Sidwell Friends School has a significant armed security force in addition to the Secret Service. Obama chooses to send his children to an elite school with armed security instead of to a D.C. Public School, where the Secret Service could also provide security for his children.The NRAís new ad is beyond anything weíve seen, in political propaganda terms, in the modern history of this country. The text goes as follows:
Are the presidentís kids more important than yours? Then why is he skeptical about putting armed security in our schools when his kids are protected by armed guards at their school? Mr. Obama demands the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes, but heís just another elitist hypocrite when it comes to a fair share of security.
Letís start with the adís broken logic. A, the Obama family has Secret Service protection; B, other American families do not; C, because of this, Obama is an elitist and a hypocrite. Itís pretty ludicrous. Malia and Sasha Obama get lots of things because their father won the presidency. They also have a chauffeur; get to ride on a big fancy airplane free of charge and donít have to endure any TSA-related indignities; live in a beautiful big house rent-free; and so on. By the adís logic, all of these are instances of hypocrisy.
And yet, for pretty much all of modern history until this ad was unveiled yesterday, I donít remember anyone begrudging presidential children their right to the perquisites that come with being the presidentís children. People on the right made fun of Amy Carterís and Chelsea Clintonís physical appearance in tasteless ways. People on the left made fun of the Bush girlsí zest for margaritas and what have you.
But this is a step, or three, beyond that. Itís designed to make people who despise the president despise him even more; and itís designed to make them despise his children, 14 and 11 years old, because they live a cosseted life that you and your kids donít; they are ergo elitist hypocrites just like their father.
Itís not even the logic, though, thatís most disturbing. The main thing here is whatís between the lines; the hot buttons in the pro-gun amygdala the ad is designed to push. Just mentioning the presidentís daughters in an ad full of violent imagery and soundsósilhouettes of assault rifles, profiles of heavily armed soldiers, martial musicóis an invitation to certain viewers to make certain mental connections. Iíll stop there. But itís really a shocking thing.
It is true that a couple recent polls have shown majorities backing the NRA position about putting armed guards in schools, which Obama opposes. This is the point of the ad. Thatís a point that could have been made in any number of ways. But the NRA decided to make it in this particular way. Imagine: A group of people tossed this idea around, kicked its tires, so to speak; someone wrote a script; someone chose the images; someone chose the music; someone in authority said yes, letís do this, letís drag the presidentís daughters into it.
And rememberóthis debate is really just starting in earnest today, as the president unveils his proposals. What will the group prove itself capable of if its back is really up against the wall?
next it'll be the dog whistles. or maybe it just happened.
(it's ok. i know you HAVE to call me a racist.....it's the 'rules'.)
where would you folks wander without your ideology? it's bad enough as it is......
Elitist to the core, back to his own private school education.