(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.
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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."
That is quite an ironic statement coming from a woman who used emotional persuasion during practically every political speech she has ever made. ROFL
"5 yr. old shoots 2 yr old with BIRTHDAY PRESENT GUN"
May the next child killed with a gun purchased without a background check be one of yours. Or, better yet, be Palin's.
Liberals: brave enough to kill our unborn babies and spew their hate, just not brave enough to kill our enemies.
I don't get it. If this was supposed to boost the NRA, it's an epic FAIL.
What a joke. This woman does nothing for the Republican Party. If this is the best they can back for national office, Dems must be delighted. Republicans should distance themselves from this lame brain.
Sarah is the best. She speaks truth.
How do the hypocrites on the Right manage to confuse "turn the other cheek" with "load another clip?"
Tony you sound just like a terrorist, maybe the Feds should lock up your dumb a** and throw away the key! Guns are not the problem it's morons like you that are the problem!
GI Joe do you mean just like your momma?
Wow, you libtards are really scared of her! You lefties wouldnt know the truth if it hit you in the face! Go stand in line for your free stuff! pathetic you are! She tells it like it is! GO Sarah!
Those that slander Sarah Palin with remarks like "idiot","ignorant" and a "joke" at the same time think Joe Biden is an absolute genius. Go figure.
Is that a typo on her shirt?
That "H" should be a "C" in her case!
after reading several posts i am appalled at the level of thinking that went into most of them... does anyone use anything besides impulse thinking and eat up every thing they are told with out checking facts... if you read something on a news website it has biast(cant seem to spell check that word.) views in it. check the facts that are posted in more than one place then come up with a conclusion that is based on that information with your own thoughts about that information... why is almost everyone in america no longer using any higher thought processes?!?
So, her solution is to glamorize a product that both parties agree is harmful to yourself and others? lol....everytime I think to myself, "she can't REALLY be that dumb", she proves me wrong.
Please please please, nominate Palin for 2016! The country could use 4 – 8 more years of a democrat at the helm.
What do you mean, "can't defeat her"?!? She caused the Republicans to lose in 2008, quit halfway through her governership, got fired FROM FOX for being too wacko, and nowadays is viewed by almost everybody in the same way you watch monkeys flinging poo at the zoo.
If on the other hand, you mean they can't "silence" her, why would they want to? She and the Tea party are the best things to happen to the Democratic party in a very, VERY long time.
Notice how its always the same gang of right wing nutter-butters? They keep repeating the same old propaganda, convincing themselves that they don't have to care about the majority of us who could care less about guns, or the whole stupid industry of weapons. Sarah Palin? Is that the only has-been the NRA could come up with? Yawn.
Sarah Palin is a complete idiot. She has limited knowledge about current affairs, and thankfully never had a chance to embarrass the USA by being a VP. She needs to go back to Alaska where she states she can see Russia from her home, and stay there. There is no need for assault guns and large capacity round holders for hunting. The NRA says people need guns to protect themselves. How many people or children get killed in homes where they thought the guns were not loaded. Where are the stats that show because individuals have guns, they stopped someone from coming into their home and hurting them? The majority of the country believes there needs to be gun control. Just because a few heavy pockets can sway nervous politicians who are afraid to make a decision without worrying if they will be elected again.
Truly the ugliest woman in America, from the inside out.
I find it peculiar that Sarah always has something to say about President Obama. She can't speak without mentioning his name. Finding out about her past relationships with black men, it seems now she has a thing for the POTUS.
No one can convince me different. Too bad Sarah, you can't have him!!
I wonder why the NRA and Sarah Palin are so concerned about maintaining background check loopholes. The loop holes benefit criminals, mentally incompetent and people who profit from selling to these individuals. Which one do you think they are protecting?
How does Sarah Palin know anything about what goes on in the streets of Chicago or New York? She's probably never even been to Chicago.
Sarah is always sooo classy....lol By looking at her I would think she was a smoker.
the loons are howling tonight.liberals hate palin only because they no she speaks the truth and they have no one who has spoken the truth for decades. pelosi lies every time she speaks . hillary lied about 4 brave americans being killed because she apparently was busy. obama lies daily. no matter what you sling at her libs she throws it off and again speaks the truth. when faced with truth and facts liberals get totally insane because they cant fight against it other than name calling.
She is nothing but a stand up comic. Not too funny but not a person to be taken seriously.