President Barack Obama won’t apologize for Teamsters Union President James Hoffa’s maligning tea party members as SOBs, says White House spokesman Jay Carney.
Carney’s rejection of demands for the White House to address the brouhaha follows an outcry from tea party leaders, as well as radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, over Hoffa’s inflammatory introduction of the president at a Labor Day rally in Detroit on Monday.
“President Obama, this is your army. We are ready to march,” Hoffa proclaimed before Obama spoke.
“Let's take these son of a bitches out and give America back to America where we belong,” he said, referring to the tea party.
Carney spurned demands that Obama and the White House denounce the comments, saying, "Those weren't comments by the president. The president . . . wasn't on stage. He didn't speak for another 20 minutes. He didn't hear it."
"Mr. Hoffa speaks for himself," Carney said at his White House briefing Tuesday. "The president speaks for himself."
Limbaugh believes Obama should speak for himself on the issue — and he accused the president of hypocrisy.
“When is Obama going to repudiate Hoffa?” Limbaugh said on his show Tuesday
. “Obama wrote it for Hoffa — Obama suggested it — Don’t you just love the irony?”
Palin responded to Hoffa’s verbal assault on the grass-roots conservative movement, writing on Facebook: “Please don’t be taken in by union bosses’ thuggery like Jim Hoffa represented.
“Union bosses like this do not have your best interests at heart, What they care about is their own power and re-electing their friend Barack Obama so he will take care of them to the detriment of everyone else,” the 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate wrote.
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