Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Hoffa’s words about labor’s importance brushed off (Obama, The Hypocrite in Chief)

Hoffa’s words about labor’s importance brushed off (Obama, The Hypocrite in Chief):

The White House sidestepped questions Tuesday about a labor leader’s controversial rhetoric at a Labor Day rally headlined by President Obama, dismissing the matter as “kabuki.”

Press secretary Jay Carney refused to condemn Teamster President Jimmy Hoffa’s fiery remarks and pointed out that Mr. Obama was not yet on stage when Mr. Hoffa roused a crowd of union workers in Detroit by promising “war” with the tea party. “President Obama, this is your army. We are ready to march. Let’s take these sons of bitches out and give America back to an America where we belong,” Mr. Hoffa said in his introduction of the president.

Pressed by reporters, Mr. Carney said the president didn’t hear the comments, which resulted in a near-immediate backlash from conservatives Monday.

“Mr. Hoffa speaks for himself,” Mr. Carney told reporters. “The president speaks for himself.”

Asked if Mr. Obama meant what he said when he used a January speech to implore civil discourse in the wake of the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Mr. Carney said: “Of course he did.”

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