White House Press Secretary Jay Carney excoriated the National Rifle Association Wednesday for a TV ad released by the group that called President Obama an “elitist hypocrite” because his daughters have armed protection at school.
“Most Americans agree that a president’s children should not be used as pawns in a political fight,” Carney said in a statement. “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.”
Earlier today the NRA claimed the ad was not about the President’s children, maintaing that to argue so was an “attempted calculated distraction.”
“Whoever thinks the ad is about President Obama’s daughters are missing the point completely or they’re trying to change the subject,” an NRA spokesman said in a statement. “This ad is about keeping our children safe. And the President said he was skeptical about the NRA proposal to put policemen in all schools in this country. Yet he and his family are beneficiaries of multiple law enforcement officers surrounding them 24 hours a day.”