May 3rd, 2013
06:13 PM ET
12 months 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. Larry

    All this proves is that all the nuts were at the same place at the same time. She rallies the rabble and those sheep roar approval as if she said something profound. She should be on "American Greed" (A tv program about scam artists and their victims). What a loser.

    May 4, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  2. Marshall DuBois

    I think sarah is right.My kind of lady.!!!!

    May 4, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  3. Dennis

    A speech offered by a woman who has an IQ lower than her shoe size to a crowd who's IQ is just as low.

    May 4, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  4. realoldguy

    She's losing her looks, isn't she? Sarah Palin's days as America's favorite MILF are numbered. At least she has her intelligence to fall back on! And her great taste in fashion eyewear will make her the hit of the senior center where hot times are coming for us all!

    May 4, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  5. WWII

    Should be dealing with the real problem at Newtown... Mentally ill people with access to guns. Instead of dealing with law abiding citizens.. Look at what the city with the stiffest gun legislation in the nation is going through. Chicago. Multiple murders every day. Have to deal with the mentally ill and criminals.

    May 4, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  6. sheila hartis

    Wonder how much they paid this person to get up and do her usual Nazi inspired thing? She would have been perfectly comfortable in the company of Hitler and Goebbels.

    May 4, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  7. John

    Thank God, this person could have been Vice President.

    May 4, 2013 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  8. Zerubbabel

    The only people using the tragedy in Newtown is the NRA and their minions. I was in Sandy Hook and Newtown about a month ago eating at the local diners. The Blue Colony has their entire dining area's walls covered in handmade hearts with handwritten messages, many from children. The close knit atmosphere was vividly apparent as it seemed that they knew each other, diners and staff. The atrocity of that tragedy really hit home watching these individuals assist one another in the healing process. My sentiments were exactly as those on the handwritten hearts in my booth, SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS!!! Palin is nothing more than an opportunist seeking to enrich herself. Her message resonates only to a narrow segment of the population. I applaud those who have had their hearts and lives torn apart by this tragedy standing up to the entrenched imterests of the gun lobby who are the ones who truly are exploiting the deaths of 20 1st graders and the 5 brave faculty and staff that gave their lives attempting to protect those dear babies.

    May 4, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  9. Paul Williamson

    The NRA and Sarah Palin deserve each other.

    May 4, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  10. David Zimmerman

    Just the right amount of humor blended in with the amazing dual standard of exploiting tragedy by folks in DC. Obama should be ashamed dragging those poor parents around to make his points instead of presenting real solution to the problems of gun use.

    May 4, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  11. LC

    She's right. Remember Obama's right hand man said don't let a tragedy go to waste.

    May 4, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  12. Chiku

    This ugly, nasty woman knows nothing other than to attack. She is not educated, knows nothing of substance, does not read or delve either deeply or superficially into issues of public policy. McCain picked her because she was pretty then and in this superficial society, that is all that matters. Especially is areas like politics that require no intelligence or ability, but only people skills and charm. Plain is only about hate, nothing else. She will never adopt pet issues and immerse herself in them because she is lazy and only knows about sound bites. And incidentally, this describes most republicans. How many do they have who really and truly read and analyze deeply about issues of policy the way Clinton amd gore can speak intelligently about many things. The repubs are mainly about hate and that is why palin is such a great spokescreature for them.

    May 4, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  13. Thinkergal

    What an idiot, in the company of morons.

    May 4, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  14. xfiler93

    Love this gal!! Wish I was there to hear her speech!

    May 4, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  15. kevin

    god bless you SARAH PALIN, to bad more people like you and TED CRUZ ARE SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER. say it the way it is.

    May 4, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  16. roro

    GO AWAY ALREADY! Like Santorum, she just doesn't when to shut up and go home. We've all had enough of you.

    May 4, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  17. William House

    Republicans will not be able to protect gun rights when they do not care about any other rights.

    Already, the drug war they support creates the felons they claim to support prohibiting guns for.

    The push for more mental health parity just promotes the fraud of psychiatry and wall street drugs.

    May 4, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  18. William House

    Gun owners should fight in the democratic primaries for all civil and economic rights.

    Divided we fall.

    May 4, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  19. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    She reminds me of the old vaudeville comic Pinky Lee. a brief period of fame, followed by decades of loneliness and humiliation. Sad.

    May 4, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  20. lottie

    a good reason to take a second look at gun control. This half term governor with an IQ of 20 is the reason the NRA is going down. It makes the members look like they have the same intelligence as this bimbo.

    May 4, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  21. DB

    Guns should be licensed with mandatory gun safety classes. You may be a learned person who doesn't need to know more about gun safety, but majority of your fellow gunmen are not in the same league or even rational. Now why should there be the problem? You do it for drivers' license.

    May 4, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  22. Lee Osborne

    please dont forget me i will stick up for all you fat soft bellied ppl who could fight nothing but are big and strong with guns lol

    May 4, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  23. len

    This woman is as stupid as a box of rocks .She needs to get a real job or just duck tape her mouth with her foot in it.

    May 4, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  24. JohnB35

    More proof the NRA are blockheads.

    May 4, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  25. Mike

    Sarah Palin, the most unqualified person ever to run for one of the 2 highest offices in the country, once again opens her mouth and lies start to flow. She doesn't lie intentionally. It's just that she isn't very bright or knowledgable. She's good for her family but bad for public office.l

    May 4, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
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