Propaganda: White House Releases Videos Of Kids Reading Letters About Gun Control


“The child can’t vouch for the policies,” wrote Ann Althouse today. “The child hasn’t competently requested anything. The child is merely a prop representing goodness, innocence, and the future.”

Which is why using a child to make a political point is repulsive. But that’s exactly what President Obama is doing, surrounding himself with children yesterday while announcing his gun control agenda and now releasing video of children reading letters about gun control:

Drudge had a no-so-subtle critique of the tactic today:


It’s not fair to compare Obama to Hitler or Stalin, of course, but to point out that these sort of tactics are little more than rank manipulation of the sort deployed by those monsters is certainly apt.

More from Kevin Williamson at National Review:

You may agree 100 percent with the president’s position on gun control, but his stagey histrionics, his endless reliance upon human props, his cheap sloganeering, his emotionally driven hectoring: all of that bespeaks a very deep contempt for his audience, which is the American people. If he really believes that surrounding himself with adorable little tots is a substitute for substantive arguments for well-thought-out policy proposals, he thinks that the people — you people — are a bunch of rubes. Unhappily, 51 percent of the American people are happy to endorse his low view of them. There is something peculiar to political enthusiasts, a phenomenon I observed at both conventions this year: People in political audiences know that they are being manipulated, cynically and professionally — and they enjoy it. Obama’s admirers look up to him because he looks down on them, not in spite of the fact. There is something more at play than the mere admiration of stagecraft…

The magic of theater is that is has the power to overwhelm thought: For a moment, you forget that you are watching actors reciting lines that they have memorized and making scripted movements, and you are taken into the world of the play. Obama’s politics of histrionics — the little children, the Sandra Flukes, the imperial stage dressing — also is conceived with the goal of overwhelming thought. That tells you something about the president and what he stands for. The continued success of this traveling medicine show of a presidency tells you something about the American people.

“Overwhelming thought” is exactly what these sort of tactics are supposed to do. Don’t think anything, just go with your emotions.

There is little sound policy made that way.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • mickey_moussaoui

    It is so reassuring that I am giving up my civil liberties so four little kids can make liberals
    feel better about themselves.

    • fedupny

      Do you think those kids will want those guns back when they understand this government stole their’s and their children’s future earnings for obamaphones?

  • $8194357

    Why isn’t it fair to compare Barry to Adolph?
    He’s following his tyranist playbook and wants the same results…

  • sbark

    Couldnt one just say it flat out…….CBS Scheifert is just putting the face of the NRA on and over the 2nd amendment………..that is their end goal, which of course cannot be stated is the obliteration of the 2nd amendment
    Joseph Geobels would be proud of the Lefts media in this country…..

    • $8194357

      They are doing a great job demonizing the NRA
      and us gun owners for sure..The artform of propaganda
      is working its magic on the blind.

      • fedupny

        It’s easy when you have almost all the microphones.

        • $8194357

          As well as the international bully pulpit.

      • sbark

        ……and really who is the NRA…….its some 4 or 5 million USA citizens of all demographics.
        Gallup poll as of 4 weeks ago had NRA with same favorability as Obama—–I’d say after 250k new members and millions of guns sold, NRA now has a solid lead.

        • $8194357

          The Alinsky tactic of targeting and demonizing said target..
          Nazis did this to perfection as well with Jew, gypsies,non Ayrians.
          Conservitives, Christians and real Republican have been targeted
          from the leftist ideological media and academic bully pulpit for decades.

          • realitybasedbob

            gun nut, have liberals been demonized and targeted by conservatives for decades?

          • $8194357

            Under true moral tolerance have you not prospered
            to near majority in the land?
            Now you seek to destroy that that allowed you to prosper…
            Don’t dare play that marxist victim card here grasshopper…

          • realitybasedbob

            gun nut, if you don’t know if the cons have been demonizing liberals and Democrats for decades, thereby following the Alinsky playbook, just say so. Your mumbo jumbo is trite.

          • $8194357

            The wind soons blows!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • $8194357

            Isaiah 40:21-23
            New King James Version (NKJV)

            21 Have you not known?
            Have you not heard?
            Has it not been told you from the beginning?
            Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?

            22 It is He who sits above the circle of the earth,
            And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers,
            Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
            And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.

            23 He brings the princes to nothing;
            He makes the judges of the earth useless.

        • Hannitized, Proofs obsession
          • $16179444

            picture taken for what cause? because unless it had to do with undermining the Constitution, you failed………….again.

  • Roy_Bean

    And next I want to hear what these kids say about happy meals at McDonald’s. Do they really think those apples are a good idea? If our gun control policy is shaped by first graders then we should ask them what they think about hot lunch and the length of the school year too.

  • nimrod

    I was going to compare Obama to Hitler and Stalin, until I clicked on the article and saw that you already sorta did.

  • $16179444

    since they were asking kids, was Hanni interviewed?

  • Kevin Flanagan

    This is just child exploitation by the free lunch bunch!

  • splined

    Obama is a fraud. The man who is pretending to want to keep kids safe voted for partial birth abortion many times.

  • SigFan

    Despicable use of kids for propagandizing his agenda. Obama and the left will resort to anything to get their way.

  • realitybasedbob

    That’s just wrong, huh. Oh those tyrants surrounding themselves with children!

  • WOOF

    Who’s that lady?
    Hey , white girl.
    What you doin’ uptown?

  • $8194357


    Under the banner marxist political correctness
    “cultural terrorism” was born..
    Marxist social justice lies to decieve and destroy.

    For decades the New Left Democratic socialist (communist)
    has built its party platform (called big tent) around this treasonous deception.
    To destroy from within a tolerant society with false morality and ideology.


    The “Useful Idiots” of Socialist Revolution

    Jerry Rubin, who was a member of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) at Kent State University, said on July 20, 1970:

    “The first part of the Yippie program is to kill your parents. And I mean that quite literally, because until you’re prepared to kill your parents, you’re not ready to change the country. Our parents are our first oppressors.”

    In his book Do It, he wrote:

    “We’ve got Amerika (sic) on the run. We’ve combined youth, music, sex, drugs, rebellion with treason — and that’s a combination hard to beat … High school students will seize radio, TV, and newspaper offices across the land … Police stations will blow up … Revolutionaries will break into jails and free all prisoners … The Youth International Revolution will begin with mass breakdown of authority, mass rebellion, total anarchy in every institution in the Western World…”

    Jerry Kirk, a student at the University of Chicago, who was active in the Communist Party up to 1969, told the House and Senate Internal Security Committees:

    “Young people have no conception of the conspiracy’s strategy of pressure from above and pressure from below, so well outlined in Jan Kozak’s And Not A Shot Is Fired. They have no idea they are playing into the hands of the Establishment they claim to hate. The radicals think they are fighting the forces of the super-rich, like Rockefeller and Ford, and don’t realize that it is precisely such forces which are behind their own revolution, financing it, and using it for their own purposes.”

    In his book, The Strawberry Statement: Notes of a College Revolutionary, James S. Kunen (who in April, 1968, was one of the students who took over Columbia University) wrote:

    “In the evening we went up to the U. to check out a strategy meeting. A kid was giving a report on the SDS Convention. He said that … at the Convention men from Business International Roundtables … tried to buy up a few radicals … These men are the world’s leading industrialists and they convene to decide how our lives are going to go. These are the guys who wrote the Alliance for Progress. They are the left wing of the ruling class … They offered to finance our demonstrations in Chicago (1968). We were offered Esso (Standard Oil of New Jersey, Exxon– Rockefeller) money. They want us to make a lot of radical commotion so they can look more in the center as they move to the left.”

    In a 1987 edition of Gay Community News this interesting bit of information was published:

    “We shall sodomize your sons … We shall seduce them in your schools, in your dormitories, in your gymnasiums, in your locker rooms, in your sports arenas, in your seminaries, in your youth groups, in your movie theater bathrooms, in your army bunkhouses, in your truck stops, in your all-male clubs, in your houses of Congress, wherever men are with men together. Your sons shall become our minions and do our bidding. They will be recast in our image. They will come to crave and adore us … All laws banning homosexual activity will be revoked … All homosexuals must stand together as brothers … We will triumph only when we present a common face to the vicious heterosexual enemy … We will unmask the powerful homosexuals who masquerade as heterosexuals … We are everywhere; we have infiltrated your ranks … We shall conquer the world because warriors inspired by and banded together by homosexual love and honor are invincible as were the ancient Greek soldiers [and the top Nazis –ed]. The family unit will be abolished … All churches who condemn us will be closed … We too are capable of firing guns and manning barricades of the ultimate revolution.”

    On September 19, 1993, a large group of homosexual activists disrupted the Sunday evening service at a Baptist Church in San Francisco, California. When the riot police finally were called in to force the gays out of the church courtyard, the rioters moved to the emergency exit doors on the side of the church where they “pounded and kicked the doors, seeking to break them down.” As the churchgoers left, they were shouted and cursed at; and the speaker had debris thrown at him. A group of gay demonstrators were heard yelling: “We want your children! Give us your children!” Through it all, not one arrest was made.

    • realitybasedbob


      Oh, God said to Abraham, “Kill me a son”
      Abe says, “Man you must be puttin’ me on”
      God says, “No”, Abe say “What?”
      God say “You can do what you want Abe but

      The next time you see me comin’ you better run”

      • $8194357

        Pay attention to #7 boob..
        Isaiah 40:6-8
        New King James Version (NKJV)

        6 The voice said, “Cry out!”
        And he said, “What shall I cry?”

        “All flesh is grass,
        And all its loveliness is like the flower of the field.

        7 The grass withers, the flower fades,
        Because the breath of the Lord blows upon it;
        Surely the people are grass.

        8 The grass withers, the flower fades,
        But the word of our God stands forever.”

        Pay attention to # 23 grasshopper

        Isaiah 40:21-23
        New King James Version (NKJV)

        21 Have you not known?
        Have you not heard?
        Has it not been told you from the beginning?
        Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?

        22 It is He who sits above the circle of the earth,
        And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers,
        Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
        And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.

        23 He brings the princes to nothing;
        He makes the judges of the earth useless.

        • realitybasedbob

          Judges 19:22-29

          King James Version (KJV)

          22 Now
          as they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city,
          certain sons of Belial, beset the house round about, and beat at the
          door, and spake to the master of the house, the old man, saying, Bring
          forth the man that came into thine house, that we may know him.

          23 And
          the man, the master of the house, went out unto them, and said unto
          them, Nay, my brethren, nay, I pray you, do not so wickedly; seeing that
          this man is come into mine house, do not this folly.

          24 Behold,
          here is my daughter a maiden, and his concubine; them I will bring out
          now, and humble ye them, and do with them what seemeth good unto you:
          but unto this man do not so vile a thing.

          25 But
          the men would not hearken to him: so the man took his concubine, and
          brought her forth unto them; and they knew her, and abused her all the
          night until the morning: and when the day began to spring, they let her

          26 Then
          came the woman in the dawning of the day, and fell down at the door of
          the man’s house where her lord was, till it was light.

          27 And
          her lord rose up in the morning, and opened the doors of the house, and
          went out to go his way: and, behold, the woman his concubine was fallen
          down at the door of the house, and her hands were upon the threshold.

          28 And
          he said unto her, Up, and let us be going. But none answered. Then the
          man took her up upon an ass, and the man rose up, and gat him unto his

          29 And
          when he was come into his house, he took a knife, and laid hold on his
          concubine, and divided her, together with her bones, into twelve pieces,
          and sent her into all the coasts of Israel.

          • $8194357

            Isn’t great grasshopper..
            For those of us who accept His call Jesus
            became the blood Sacrifice to atone
            for just those kind of crazy sins ya just mentioned…
            Soddam and Gommorra?
            What happened to those partiers and apoligists, grasshopper?

  • Don Quixote

    This whole article is rather amusing. Same old, same old, just by a different party and cause. You are all upset because the other side uses “unfair” tactics to promote their cause. Tell me that your side doesn’t use the same tactics. Listen to yourselves and tell me what the difference is between the gun control advocates and yours?

    I heard that an NRA spokesman said that the problem was that the mental health care system in this country was a mess. I agree. But, the problem is that some of those “mental” people are “fanatic” second ammendment supporters.

    I believe the ratio of guns to people in this country is almost one to one but the number of gun owners to non-owners is considerably less than one to one. That means that there are a lot of people out there who own way more than one gun. One of those is Richard Schmidt of Detroit. He was a felon in possession of a storehouse of arms and equipment.

    Am I in favor of the complete banning of firearm ownership by the public? No. Do I believe I will ever see firearms banned? No. Do I believe that violence will end with stricter laws and limitations? No. That isn’t realistic because not all violence involves firearms. I do believe that we will always have guns in our society. I also believe that as a society we have a right to pass laws governing them and that eventually our society will turn it’s back on the foolish fanatical policies of the NRA.
    Guns don’t kill people, but people with guns do.

  • Spartacus

    It appeared to me as though he was using the kids as human shields.

  • flamemeister

    I will remember Obama for many things, some indifferent, much that was bad, nothing good, but I will remember him most for one special thing: he was the President that made me feel like puking.

  • banjo kid

    Some one should make a video about and with kids, their school lunches not meeting even the bare minimum standards of human need. Instead of parading kids around begging for another Sandy Hook they should be making videos about arming the personnel in our schools .

  • Gene Lalor

    Hypocrisy and Elitism vs. Repugnancy and Cowardice

    “Most Americans agree that a president’s children should not be
    used as pawns in a political fight. 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.”

    Thus spake Jay Carney, President Barack Hussein Obama’s Designated
    Flack, aka Press Secretary, on Thursday in reaction to a National Rifle
    Asscociation video which called Obama “an elitist hypocrite” for opposing the
    very reasonable idea of posting armed guards in schools at the same time Obama’s
    daughters, Malia and Sasha, are protected every day by a contingent of no less
    than eleven heavily-armed Secret Service agents while they attend classes at the
    elite Sidwell Friends School in D.C.

    Repugnant and cowardly? What’s repugnant about exposing a
    little-known truth? As for “cowardly,” what’s cowardly about revealing that same

    Hypocritical and elitist? What’s more hypocritical and elitist than
    ensuring the safety of your own children while endangering the lives and
    well-being of the nation’s other 80 million schoolkids?

    Campaigning for the 2016 Republican nomination for the presidency,
    Obama’s new buddy, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie labeled the NRA video as
    “reprehensible.” His four children also attend private schools and he bluntly
    told a voter in 2011 that where they attend is “none of your business,” which it
    isn’t, but his perspective is very relevant in the current debate on gun

    Also, when the president of the United States who, despite frequent
    declarations to the contrary, has often featured Malia and Sasha as political
    props, resorts to using other children to bolster his hypocritical, elitist
    agenda to impose unconstitutional gun controls on law-abiding American citizens,
    . . .

    (