What kind of nazi, commie tyrant would do a photo op with kids?

Right-wingers like Matt Drudge and Michelle Malkin are terribly upset that President Obama had children at a photo opp yesterday about gun violence in America.

In fact, the President was joined by four children who wrote him letters after Sandy Hook, so they were relevant to the event:

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Malkin called the photo opp “child abuse.” Whereas Drudge likened it to Hitler and Stalin using children as props in photos and drawings. Drudge even showed images of Hitler and Stalin with kids to get the point across.

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Which got me wondering: What other nazi tyrants used children as props in presidential photo opps?

nancy reagan kids

And here are some more:

Comrade Ronald Reagan.

Comrade John Boehner.

Comrade Mitt Romney, and again, and again, and again.

Comrade Paul Ryan.

Comrade George W. Bushand againand againand againand again, and again.

Comrade Giuliani.

Comrade Ron Paul.

Comrade McCain.

Comrade Santorum.

Comrade John F. Kennedy.

Comrade Jimmy Carter.

And here’s Comrades Teddy Roosevelt, Taft, Reagan (again), Harding, W. Bush (again), Clinton, Reagan (yet again), Nixon, Ford, Kennedy, Truman, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Hoover, Coolidge, Garfield, Taft, HW Bush, and Lincoln.

And Comrade Warren Harding:

Phew. I’m glad we cleared that up.

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35 Responses to “What kind of nazi, commie tyrant would do a photo op with kids?”

  1. No they’re not We the People are the people, a well regulated militia is a subset distinguished by being well regulated and a militia. Militia is not a synonym of people. Try using what we call a “dictionary”.

    State-controlled volunteer militias in the U.S. became the National Guard. British militia units, begun in the 16th century for home defense and answerable to the county sheriff or lord lieutenant, were absorbed into the regular army in the 20th century.

  2. Chris says:

    The intention of the 2nd is up for debate in the context of history. Rather than allowing for war between the person and the state in regards to tyranny, the 2nd amendment could very well have been intended to protect the US government. The founders originally hated and feared a standing army, thinking that they erode freedoms during times of peace. They wanted the militia to defend America rather than a standing army.

    When you read the entire 2nd amendment, and not just the last part as folks like to do, this becomes a pretty obvious intention.

    Infact, there isn’t even a right of the people to rise up, ever. The protection from tyranny was intended to be the checks and balances, and politics. The 2nd amendment has absolutely nothing to do with defending yourself against the government.

  3. Hal Durrett says:

    Gun laws are STATE issues. Read the 10th amendment. If a STATE wants a set of laws that I disagree with then I will not go to that state.

  4. Hal Durrett says:

    militia are the people

  5. Hal Durrett says:

    Arms are military grade weapons.. According to the militia act.

  6. Hal Durrett says:

    read the militia act of 1792. Militia is the people. My right to keep and bear arms is not up for debate. It was written to protect us from tyranny. And that i why I keep and bear. Nobody is taking nothing from me. Might make it more expensive, but will not stop me.

  7. sane37 says:

    “…well regulated militia…” otherwise no

  8. ComradeRutherford says:

    No, the memory retention of far-right wingers is entirely selective. Mostly it’s about 5 seconds. That is how right-wing pundits can say diametrically opposing ideas in the same sentence and their audience will be eager to kill people over it.

    What we call ‘Obamacare’ started out as a joke written by the Heritage Foundation in the late 1980s to justify forcing everyone to buy health insurance from private, for-profit corporations. When they published it, everyone at the time scoffed because it was so fantastically extremist-right and unconstitutional that no one took it seriously.

    Newt Gingrich and Senator Dole brought the Heritage Foundation’s fascist health care scheme into Congress after they crushed President’ Clinton’s attempt at health insurance reform and it was laughed out of town, again because it was a far-right scheme to enrich the health insurance industry.

    Only when Obama adopted the Heritage Foundation’s insanely far-right fascist plan that it suddenly became ‘evil’.

    But don’t expect any Republican to endorse reality.

  9. ComradeRutherford says:

    It’s obvious! Ronald Reagan is a Saint up in heaven, and Obama is not-white. QED.

  10. Freday63 says:

    It is beyond me how Malkin, Drudge, anyone on Fox can live with themselves. They are in a constant state of bitchiness…after awhile all that bile has got to eat you up from the inside out…

  11. Laura says:

    Arms are… not “every single weapon ever invented.” Equal protection under the law IS a constitutionally guaranteed right and marriage falls under that. Nowhere does the second amendment say “mass killing machines.”

  12. John Hurley says:

    That is NOT a constitutionally guaranteed right!
    Arms are.

  13. John Hurley says:

    how completely uninformed to equate commies and NAZIS…
    Polar opposites.
    And Barry was posing with kids because his war on the constitution was in the cause of protecting children. Although the gun used at Sandy hook to kill the kids was in the trunk of the car. Although one of the kids used as a prop by Barry O was shot dead the day before!
    Although the likelihood of a child being shot by a rifle is SO REMARKABLY BELOW 1% as to be statistically IMPOSSIBLE… ( like .000103%) relative to the number of guns available to perpetrate such a heinous act.
    Actually a child had better odds of being killed by a predator drone, under the orders of Barry, than being shot by a rifle! How odd.

  14. Oh, well then I’ll remove it – sad

  15. I didn’t want to risk copyright.

  16. nicho says:

    The gun crowd is getting so upset, you’d think they were taking away their right to marry the person they love.

  17. Houndentenor says:

    I saw this meme a lot yesterday accompanied by a horrendous misquotation of Sinclair Lewis’s famous “When fascism comes to America” quote in which ” it will be wearing the flag and holding the cross” with “it will be surrounded by children.”

  18. dmhlt_66 says:

    You’re right – it’s an illusion.

    Scroll down, and you’ll read:

    “No! It is an illusion. BUT … we live in Los Angeles where everything is possible. Not in this case though! In the image below, Fr. Alecse, with his kids and niece Liliana Ciocan (the daughter of his older sister) at the Disney Land, pictured in front of an “illusion board” portraying the then President Ronald Reagan, patronizing the Alecse’s Disney-Land entertainment event.”


  19. FunMe says:

    LOL Sometimes you crack me up! :-)

    Don’t do links … paste more photos especially of Conrade Reagan :-)

  20. SkippyFlipjack says:

    I think the first Reagan one might be a Photoshop or pasteup job, or maybe a family standing with a cardboard cutout of the president. It’s pretty odd to see one person in motion like that when everyone else is standing still; it looks like Reagan is walking and pointing at something with his right hand. His left hand is oddly two-dimensional in the way it and the clipboard squeeze between the guy and the young kid. And look at the bright sun on the top of Reagan’s head that’s not on anyone else’s. Something’s up with that photo.


  21. Am I the only one who saw this rubbish and immediately thought of the Kuwaiti ambassador’s daughter back in 1990, who was propped up before a congressional committee as a phony witness to Iraqi atrocities? Dumping babies out of incubators I believe it was, and completely fake. Yeah, only an evil librul would make political use of children. Yep.

  22. karmanot says:

    VERY like!

  23. BeccaM says:

    These GOPers — they really, truly don’t remember anything further back than, oh, say 2-3 years ago, do they? And even those memories seem to be hazy at best.

  24. KingCranky says:

    Always love sharing this bit

    Definition of Malkin

    Note in particular items 1, 2 & 3.

    Enjoy, pass around when possible.

  25. KingCranky says:

    Don’t forget a blast from Ablog’s past, 2006.

    Comrade Tom Reynolds

    Edited to add: Disqus needs to have linkable text a different color from the rest of the reply.

  26. LOL yes, though it did take some time, and convoluted googling, to find the photos :)

  27. Naja pallida says:

    If it wasn’t for righteous indignation, the Republican party wouldn’t have a platform at all.

  28. bejammin075 says:

    Coming up with this blogging retort must have been what T-Ball would have been like for Babe Ruth.

  29. karmanot says:

    We are getting use to 1984.

  30. Dano2 says:

    You can tell these morons are getting desperate. Good.



  31. karmanot says:

    You mean that ‘I am not a Philippina’ Michelle Malkin, who wrote a defense of imprisoning Japanese children in Manzanar is appalled, just appalled I say, that the President photo ops with kiddies?

  32. slappymagoo says:

    Republican claims never have to be True, they just have to be MADE, thus becoming Truth.
    On the flip side, a claim not uttered by a Republican can not possibly be true, or else a Republican would have uttered it.

  33. It was an easy and obvious come-back, yes so satisfying nonetheless :)

  34. Carl Gorney says:

    OH, SNAP.

  35. countervail says:

    I think this is a situation of trolling as Rachel Maddow pointed out so well last night.

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