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The National Rifle Association is amping up the political rhetoric in advance of President Obama’s gun violence prevention announcement scheduled for Wednesday. On Tuesday, the NRA posted a video on its website accusing the president of being “an elitist hypocrite” because his daughters have armed guards at school. CNN reported Tuesday night that the video “is running on the Sportsman Channel, a cable network focused on outdoors programming such as hunting and fishing.”

The NRA has called on Congress to put armed police in every public school in the nation following the Newtown shooting, a move rejected by many teacher groups. 

“Are the president’s 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?” the NRA ad’s narration reads. “Mr. Obama demands the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes, but he’s just another elitist hypocrite when it comes to a fair share of security.”

The post-1977 NRA = demented psychos.

H/T: Evan McMorris-Santoro at TPM

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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 11: U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama depart for New York from the South Lawn of the White House on September 11, 2011 in Washington, DC. New York City and the nation are commemorating the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on lower Manhattan which resulted in the deaths of 2,753 people when two hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center. Security has been heightened in both New York City and Washington D.C. following a terrorist threat relating to a car bomb. (via Photo from Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 11: U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama depart for New York from the South Lawn of the White House on September 11, 2011 in Washington, DC. New York City and the nation are commemorating the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on lower Manhattan which resulted in the deaths of 2,753 people when two hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center. Security has been heightened in both New York City and Washington D.C. following a terrorist threat relating to a car bomb. (via Photo from Getty Images)

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U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and his family walk to board Air Force One after cutting short by a day their vacation on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts August 26, 2011. Obama and his family will cut short their vacation and return to the White House on Friday, before Hurricane Irene hits the U.S. East Coast, the White House said. (via Photo from Reuters Pictures)

When I see pictures of the president and First Lady with their young daughters, it really puts into perspective how ridiculous the debate about presidential vacations is. Sure, he’s the leader of the Free World. He’s also a father of young children who probably sees them far less often than they’d like. So he had a lighter schedule of public events for a few days so he could see his family a little more than he does the rest of the year. Is that too much to ask? Especially when you consider the amount of work that he still had on his plate this week.

The controversy over the President says a lot more about our thoughts about executive power than it does about any particular President’s vacationing habits.
First of all, it’s a fake controversy. The left was angry about George W. Bush when he went on vacation. The right is angry when Obama takes a vacation. This is particularly absurd when we consider that neither side seems to like anything the opposing side’s Presidents do. When Bush was on vacation, the left could have been all, “At least he’s not there to screw up the country.” Instead, they were like, “Get back to Washington and do things we hate!” It’s the same way with Obama.
I think it’s more interesting that we’re concerned that the country will somehow collapse if the President is out for a few days. It’s true that the President has enormous power and influence—but the position was explicitly designed to keep the President from being a king. The guy’s job, theoretically, is to shake a lot of hands, sign things, and appoint qualified people to do the day-to-day work of running the country
Realistically, of course, if the President were to go AWOL, it would be a catastrophe. Nevertheless we have a system set up to run itself without a lot of active management by the President. Have we given up on the limited Presidency?

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U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and his family walk to board Air Force One after cutting short by a day their vacation on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts August 26, 2011. Obama and his family will cut short their vacation and return to the White House on Friday, before Hurricane Irene hits the U.S. East Coast, the White House said. (via Photo from Reuters Pictures)

When I see pictures of the president and First Lady with their young daughters, it really puts into perspective how ridiculous the debate about presidential vacations is. Sure, he’s the leader of the Free World. He’s also a father of young children who probably sees them far less often than they’d like. So he had a lighter schedule of public events for a few days so he could see his family a little more than he does the rest of the year. Is that too much to ask? Especially when you consider the amount of work that he still had on his plate this week.

The controversy over the President says a lot more about our thoughts about executive power than it does about any particular President’s vacationing habits.

First of all, it’s a fake controversy. The left was angry about George W. Bush when he went on vacation. The right is angry when Obama takes a vacation. This is particularly absurd when we consider that neither side seems to like anything the opposing side’s Presidents do. When Bush was on vacation, the left could have been all, “At least he’s not there to screw up the country.” Instead, they were like, “Get back to Washington and do things we hate!” It’s the same way with Obama.

I think it’s more interesting that we’re concerned that the country will somehow collapse if the President is out for a few days. It’s true that the President has enormous power and influence—but the position was explicitly designed to keep the President from being a king. The guy’s job, theoretically, is to shake a lot of hands, sign things, and appoint qualified people to do the day-to-day work of running the country

Realistically, of course, if the President were to go AWOL, it would be a catastrophe. Nevertheless we have a system set up to run itself without a lot of active management by the President. Have we given up on the limited Presidency?

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Matthew Healey, Pool / Getty Images U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and daughter Malia Obama, 13, bike together on a bike path through Manuel F. Correllus State Forest while vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard on August 23, 2011 in West Tisbury, Massachusetts. This is the third year the president has taken his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard. (via PhotoBlog - Obama, family bike and beach on Martha’s Vineyard)

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Matthew Healey, Pool / Getty Images U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and daughter Malia Obama, 13, bike together on a bike path through Manuel F. Correllus State Forest while vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard on August 23, 2011 in West Tisbury, Massachusetts. This is the third year the president has taken his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard. (via PhotoBlog - Obama, family bike and beach on Martha’s Vineyard)