Obama Sets The Tone, Part Trois: POTUS Refers To Tea Partiers As “Tea-Baggers”

I never intended for my Obama Sets the Tone post to become a running series, but if he keeps contradicting himself in such a nakedly hypocritical way, there could be no end to these.

I can tell Jake Tapper at ABC finds this to be a bit much:

Three days after he decried the lack of civility in American politics, President Obama is quoted in a new book about his presidency referring to the Tea Party movement using a derogatory term with sexual connotations.

In Jonathan Alter’s “The Promise: President Obama, Year One,” President Obama is quoted in an interview saying that the unanimous vote of House Republicans vote against the stimulus bills “set the tenor for the whole year … That helped to create the tea-baggers and empowered that whole wing of the Republican Party to where it now controls the agenda for the Republicans.”

Tea Party activists loath the term “tea baggers,” which has emerged in liberal media outlets and elsewhere as a method of mocking the activists and their concerns.

Never mind the fact that he’s completely wrong about how the tea party movement started: it was a direct reaction to his disastrous policies…not sycophantic loyalty to the Republican party. Did it ever occur to Obama that opposition to his policies might be rooted in principle, and that possibly, the tea party movement – if anything, emboldened Republicans to oppose his agenda, not the other way around?

This has to be a new low for the White House…to refer to the opposition in such a derogatory, and low brow way.  No, we’ve never seen anything like it, not even from Bill Clinton.

RELATED:

Big Government’s Lurita Doan thinks Obama jumped the shark in Michigan  with his commencement speech at the University of Michigan.

“All you hear in Washington is the clamor of politics – a noise that can drown out the voices of the people who sent you there.” This, of course, is precious, coming as it does from  the leader of the Democratic party, which had to twist arms and bribe legislators to vote for a flawed healthcare bill because members of congress–who were listening to the “voices of the people”–were afraid to vote for a bloated bill that did little to address the most pressing problems in healthcare, a bill which their constituents loudly and repeatedly told congress they didn’t want.

“We’ve got politicians calling each other all sorts of unflattering names.” which may be why in 400 speeches and Q&A sessions, delivered in his first year in office, Obama finds occasion to demonize or blame President George W. Bush, and why Obama, 16 months  into his presidency, continues to use Bush as the whipping boy for bad left wing policies.

Read her whole piece, as she fisks the entire thing.

I can think of ONE thing worse than politicians calling each other unflattering names – HOW ABOUT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES CALLING UNITED STATES CITIZENS UNFLATTERING NAMES.

Hat tip: Hot Air Headlines

Previously:

Obama Sets The Tone, Part Deux

Obama Sets The Tone

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23 thoughts on “Obama Sets The Tone, Part Trois: POTUS Refers To Tea Partiers As “Tea-Baggers”

  1. Why is he whining about political opponents at a commencement speech, fer Crissakes? Shouldn’t he be spouting some of that “uplifting”, “inspiring” rhetoric that made him so beloved in the campaign? Blathering about being called unflattering names can hardly be described as “soaring”.

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  2. Actually, this criticism of Obama is pretty lame. I have seen dozens of pictures of people at these Tea party events wearing hats with tea bags hanging off of them, or carrying signs with tea bags on them.
    However the term may have orginated, it seems to have been embraced by some number of the partiers, and so the old connotations dont really apply anymore.

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  3. Tea Partiers used tea bags to symbolize the Boston tea party. The term “tea baggers” has nothing to do with that, and you know it. As Jake Tapper says, liberal media outlets started using it in derision to ridicule the movement.

    The fact that some conservatives say, “tea bagger” with sneer quotes, does not mean that we’ve embraced the term.

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  4. Why is he whining about political opponents at a commencement speech, fer Crissakes?

    That’s the other thing that’s totally inappropriate…

    When news came out that Obama might be the commencement speaker at a high school in our area, more than a few folks, here, said that they would not have their kids in attendance. A local talk radio show ridiculed that because what could he possibly say that would be objectionable? Work hard, study hard, do your best. etc…

    Well, he apparently has no compunction at all with injecting politics into commencement speeches. I have a problem with that.

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  5. it seems to have been embraced by some number of the partiers, and so the old connotations dont really apply anymore.

    Well thank you for deciding that for me. It is so consistent with the age…when my government can decide for me that I WILL have government-approved health insurance, and that I WILL contribute to the government taking of private property. Anything else that you would like to decide for me?

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  6. people wearing tea bags on their head, improting thousands of teabags to their events, and it is wrong to call them that. It seems liek a moment of calling it what it looks like.

    By the way, why don’t you empower yourself and embrace the word, like others have embrace derogatory terms about their race, creed, color , or sexual orientation.

    Most Americans could care less about tea party, baggers, cable news show, etc… There are over 300 million people in America. The best watched cable news show lucky to have 3 million vieews. That is less than 1 percent viewership. The last national election the repubs lost by 8 million votes. Are there 8 million teabaggers out there to make for the difference?

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  7. By the way, why don’t you empower yourself and embrace the word, like others have embrace derogatory terms about their race, creed, color , or sexual orientation.

    Sure, because we all know that if I was of a mind to launch in to a string of such words here, you would congratulate me for my complimentary use of term that are so embraced that anyone can say them, right?

    Most Americans could care less about tea party, baggers, cable news show, etc… There are over 300 million people in America. The best watched cable news show lucky to have 3 million vieews. That is less than 1 percent viewership. The last national election the repubs lost by 8 million votes. Are there 8 million teabaggers out there to make for the difference?

    Quit presuming to speak for “most” Americans. I don’t know one who thinks that the use is appropriate, nor am I possessed of the Left’s delusionary belief that the Tea Party is about republicans, and only republicans.

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  8. The only statistic that matters is: 3 out of 4 registered votes are Caucasian. Hussein Obama has an approval rating of about 33-34% among Caucasian registered voters. Barry is doomed…..

    Obama bin Lyin, Nancy Botox and Whorehouse Harry have six more months of total power.

    Then in a mere 2 1/2 yrs, His Highness, the effiminate One, will be drummed out of office so fast, it’ll make your head spin.

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  9. people wearing tea bags on their head, improting thousands of teabags to their events, and it is wrong to call them that. It seems liek a moment of calling it what it looks like.

    No, it seems like a moment of assholes reveling in their immaturity.

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  10. Gee, Geoff, I’ll bet you’ll think those folks will be even bigger assholes and even more immature after the Democrats get annihilated this fall.

    Karma is bitch, pal, regardless of who’s wearing tea bags.

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  12. Again, you lost by 8 million votes. How are you going to make up for tha? And if you think people revolt while sitting in their lawn chairs, what about folks who can actually walk, play some basketball, make love to their partners w/o toxic reinforecment, etc…….think about whatever the repubs are mad about.

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  13. Buck, you’re misjudging the mood of the country, right now. Most people are on to Obama, and they’re not liking what they’re seeing. Obama and the Dems are going to lose big in 2010, and 2012, unless there are major shenanigans.

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