Palin Tells NRA Obama Is Exploiting Newtown

Slams 'poodle-skirted' media, gets standing ovation

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted May 4, 2013 7:37 AM CDT

(Newser) – Sarah Palin proved again yesterday why she's an NRA favorite: She won a standing ovation at the group's annual convention after a strong attack on President Obama for "exploiting" the Newtown rampage, reports Politico. In the main part of her speech, she said the media attacked President Bush when he used images of the 9/11 attacks in his re-election campaign. “That same media is now the reliable poodle-skirted cheerleader for the president that writes the book on exploiting tragedy."

Palin, adorned in a "women hunt" T-shirt, also noted that son Trigg's nickname is "Trigger" and that she has a nephew whose middle name is Remington. But she got her biggest laugh going after New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, maybe the nation's biggest anti-gun advocate. At the CPAC convention in March, she mocked his big-soda ban by sipping a big gulp. Yesterday, she pulled out a can of snuff to mock his fight against tobacco products, reports CNN. "Don't make me do it," she said, before putting it away untouched. “It’s funny because Todd’s been looking for this all morning.”

NRA official Chris W. Cox greets Sarah Palin (in a Women Hunt T-shirt).
NRA official Chris W. Cox greets Sarah Palin (in a "Women Hunt" T-shirt).   (AP Photo/Steve Ueckert)
Sarah Palin speaks during the leadership forum at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting Friday in Houston.
Sarah Palin speaks during the leadership forum at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting Friday in Houston.   (AP Photo/Steve Ueckert)
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