May 3rd, 2013
06:13 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin fires up NRA crowd, hits Obama for using Newtown families

(CNN) – Sarah Palin blasted President Barack Obama and gun control advocates Friday, blaming them for "exploiting" recent mass shooting tragedies to promote their political agenda.

Speaking to a welcoming crowd at the National Rifle Association convention in Houston, the folksy former governor from Alaska also used chewing tobacco at one point to draw some laughs.

Palin, wearing a shirt that read "Women hunt," was one of several speakers at the NRA gathering who targeted the Obama administration and some lawmakers for wanting tighter firearm restrictions after the Newtown elementary school massacre.

In the days leading up to the Senate's April 17 vote on gun control proposals, the president invited families of Newtown victims to fly on Air Force One to Washington and lobby Congress.

Newtown families also participated in media interviews and appeared in an ad made by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the pro-gun control group co-chaired by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

When the upper chamber ultimately fell short of the 60 votes needed to pass a bipartisan compromise to expand the background check system, some of those family members stood behind the president not long after the vote as he chided Capitol Hill for what he described as a "shameful day in Washington."

Palin argued the president was practicing the "politics of emotion" by "flying in grieving parents on Air Force One, making them backdrops in his perpetual campaign-style press events."

Par for the course, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee faulted the media for being a "reliable, poodle-skirted cheerleader for a president who writes the book on exploiting tragedy."

Politics of emotion, she argued, won't make the country safer. "It's the opposite of leadership. It's the manipulation of the people by the politicians for their own political ends. It's not just self-serving. It's destructive and it must stop."

Charging the president with being disingenuous in the wake of the shooting was a running theme throughout the day at the NRA. Palin added Obama was ignoring another tragedy.

"We could use a bit more emotion by the way of what goes on every single day on the streets of cities like Chicago and New York," Palin said.

Speaking of New York, Palin took the opportunity to take a swipe at Bloomberg, a mayor she has vehemently opposes for what she describes as his nanny state politics. In her last big speech at a major conservative gathering in March, Palin made headlines for sipping a "Big Gulp" on stage, a knock against New York's ban against certain large sugary drinks.

"Now I see that the mayor of New York now wants to ban public displays of legal tobacco products," she said, referring to his recent push to keep tobacco products out of sight at stores in order to de-glamorize the product.

"I tell ya," she said, as she pulling out a pack of chewing tobacco. "Don't make me do it."

With the crowd roaring, she put the pack back in her pocket.

"It's funny because Todd's been looking for this all morning."

Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights • NRA • Sarah Palin
soundoff (368 Responses)
  1. Bob

    The Twit from the Tundra collects another paycheck from the rubes.

    How fitting.

    May 3, 2013 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  2. Alan

    How about we use a picture of Palin's family next to the poor family whose 5 yr old boy shot to death his 2 yr old sister with a rifle they bought for him...and put no caption whatsoever underneath. Hockey mom, please go away!. chew the tabacco, we dare you!..maybe you can 'spit' across Alaska to the Russian boarder you could see from your home. Can't believe CNN is even bothering to cover what this lady says.

    May 3, 2013 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  3. Ellen Johnson

    Why doesn't the NRA have regular people... dads, moms, brothers sisters, bankers, police, students, hunters, non-hunters, etc make pro-gun ads the way the gov is making anti-gun ads using the families?

    May 3, 2013 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  4. wonderabout

    Yeah.... "mission accomplished" for the quitter gubb-enor! whatever, these people are hurting and the WANTED to speak in front of Congress, the President was making that possible.... what a dolt!

    May 3, 2013 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  5. MaryM

    Are these gun owners really listening to Palin. How very sad

    May 3, 2013 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  6. Safejourney

    Palin would not know the truth if it jumped up and bit her in the but

    May 3, 2013 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  7. Larry L

    This twit constantly used a moronic sound bite about "death squads coming to get granny" to describe end of life counseling and planning. Her greatest (and only) asset has been her good looks and even that seems to be going downhill fast.

    May 3, 2013 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  8. Thomas

    Speaking to a welcoming crowd at the National Rifle Association convention in Houston, the folksy former half term quitter governor from Alaska also used chewing tobacco at one point to draw some laughs.

    A man was shot and killed Thursday in a pre-screening area at Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston .

    We need more guns with bigger clips to stop gun violence , Obama want to un supper size America..

    May 3, 2013 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  9. don in albuquerque

    You know the NRA is a joke when they start paying people like Palin to represent them.

    May 3, 2013 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Sarah Palin is a true patriot and every word of what she said is true. We need more feisty women on our side like Palin; Bachman, Pirro, Coiulter, Ingram, and others. It's the culture stupid, not the guns.

    May 3, 2013 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  11. cnow77

    Please, sarah, run in 2016! The Republicans want you. The Democrats REALLY want you and you are just insane enough to do it, so don't blow it now. Run!

    May 3, 2013 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Sarah ran and supports John McCain. That is all anybody needs to know about this woman.

    May 3, 2013 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  13. quail

    This fraud supports John McCain. That is all you need to know.

    May 3, 2013 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  14. Beth

    I seriously doubt that the families of the victims of "Fast and Furious" would be able to stand still for long – behind Obama – for any photo op.

    May 3, 2013 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  15. Richard

    One rarely gets to voice a positive opinion about Sarah – she is tremendous as a communicator! Good job Sarah.

    May 3, 2013 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  16. Mark

    What a pathetic embarassment to America. Here we have a recent story of a 5 year old who accidently shot and killed his younger sister with a rifle his parents had actually bought for him...a 5 year old kid and you have Palin and the NRA laughing. Truly pathetic. Of course, you have the grandmother on record as saying that, "it was God's will." You wonder if there is any hope for this country.

    May 3, 2013 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  17. Dave O.

    Sarah Palin lecturing on leadership – is she being deliberately ironic or merely clueless?

    May 3, 2013 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  18. Gurgyl

    What on earth this wicked cruella coming again and again. Nation needs Gun-Ban Laws. Period.

    May 3, 2013 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  19. Ratified1791

    Governor Plain is correct! Since the aftermath of Adam Lanza' attempt to make a name for himself, we have witnessed the worse yellow journalism and administration propaganda since the the USS Maine blew up in Havana harbor.

    Obama and the Democrats shameless exploitation and demagoguery is to literally diminish the Bill of Rights over the random act of this mentally deranged miscreant with the same arrogant and ignorant belief they could ever prevent such acts with another piece of paper signed by corrupt politicians.

    May 3, 2013 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  20. Bob Knippel

    A very perceptive observation regarding Obama's exploitation of those parents who had kids killed. Basically being used by a politician for his own purpose.

    May 3, 2013 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  21. Concernicus

    Silly Sarah, your 15 minutes were up 16 minutes ago. Go away, grifter.

    May 3, 2013 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  22. madjim

    She is just another Rush or Glenn Beck who uses hot topics to press people into listening to them rant so they can make tons and tons of money. She is exactly what she is shaming obama on – which is manipulation of people for their own financial gain.

    All of them including the ones on the left – like Maddow, uses the American people's emotions to get them heated up so they listen to them more which will bring more money into their pockets. By listening to their radio shows, internet feeds, tv shows, and special appearances (which they all get PAID to do) – you only increase their bank accounts.

    STOP THE MADDNESS! These people care less about the political state of America and more about their financial state of their pocket.

    May 3, 2013 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  23. martha

    Talk about a sore loser!!!!!

    May 3, 2013 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  24. karen503

    So, the Republicans' way of dealing with gun massacres is not to allow the victims' survivors appeal to our leaders for sensible gun safety laws, but to hide the victims' survivors away, ignore them, not give them a forum, and not represent them.

    Got it.

    May 3, 2013 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  25. lame

    Duh, exploiting the recent mass shooting tragedies, does she realize how stupid that sounds? Now let's all deny they ever happened, and who said these were tragedies. They're a problem when they happen to her family, nobody counts.

    May 3, 2013 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
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