Calumny! Obama Says #OWS “Not That Different” From Tea Party Protests

Graphic via Todd

#OWS is the polar opposite of the tea party and the President damn well knows it.

The Tea Party says, stop spending our money! Taxed enough, already! Cut Spending! Live within your means! No more bailouts! They believe in a smaller, more limited government.

#OWS says: Tax the rich. Spend more. Pay my bills! Bail me out! They believe capitalism is the problem – more government is the solution. They are overwhelmingly far left, anti-capitalist radicals. The tea party was truly peaceful and law abiding. #OWS is on the verge of exploding into a riot every night. There have been over 1,500 arrests already. There is virtually nothing positive about it. Who does he think he’s kidding?

Obama made the flattering comparison in an interview with Jake Tapper that will be aired, tonight: 

“I understand the frustrations being expressed in those protests,” Obama told ABC Nws senior White House correspondent Jake Tapper in the interview to air this evening on ABC News “Nightline” from Jamestown, N.C.

“In some ways, they’re not that different from some of the protests that we saw coming from the Tea Party.  Both on the left and the right, I think people feel separated from their government. They feel that their institutions aren’t looking out for them,” he said.

The full Tapper interview with Obama will air tonight on “Nightline” at 11:35 ET. 

Obama said the most important thing he can do as president is express solidarity with the protesters and redouble his commitment to achieving what he described as a more egalitarian society.

“The most important thing we can do right now is those of us in leadership letting people know that we understand their struggles and we are on their side, and that we want to set up a system in which hard work, responsibility, doing what you’re supposed to do, is rewarded,” Obama said. “And that people who are irresponsible, who are reckless, who don’t feel a sense of obligation to their communities and their companies and their workers that those folks aren’t rewarded.”

Obama alluded to his American Jobs Act, which would be funded in part by raising taxes on wealthier Americans and some corporations in order to make them pay “their fair share.”

And there he goes, stoking the poisonous class ware-fare rhetoric that has the anti-capitalist mob he supports so up in arms – just to promote his ridiculous non-starter of a jobs bill.

This comes as a new USA Today/Gallup poll shows that  more Americans blame Washington than Wall Street for the country’s economic woes.

Yet for weeks, the so-called Occupy Wall Street protesters have camped out in the heart of America’s financial district–and have raised their voices in cities across the country and around the world–decrying the capitalist system as the root of all evil.

On Sunday, these anti-capitalist protesters got a helping hand from none other than the President of the United States. Barack Obama was all too glad to lend support to the protests–which have at times been marked by shows of violence and lawlessnesssaying during a speech dedicating the Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial that King would have supported the movement. And yesterday, a White House official said that during his latest “jobs” bus tour, the President would be speaking to the ”the interests of the 99 percent of Americans”–echoing the protesters’ “99 percent” slogan.

It’s all very ironic. President Obama’s policies have helped create and prolong the economic conditions that are causing America’s frustrations. It’s not surprising that, at a time of 9.1 percent unemployment, there is great dissatisfaction with policies that hurt the economy while helping political cronies and bailing out banks and financial groups.

No wonder Obama has seen donations from Wall Street fall drastically since he was the favored candidate in 2008 (God only knows why):

Since this spring, Mr. Romney has raised $1.5 million from employees of firms like Morgan Stanley; Highbridge Capital Management, a hedge fund; and Blackstone, a private equity firm. Mr. Obama has raised just over $270,000 from firms that were among his leading sources of campaign cash in 2008.

That’s still a shocking amount of money for a Wall Street firm to give an anti-capitalist candidate.

Employees of Goldman Sachs, who in the 2008 campaign gave Mr. Obama over $1 million — more than donors from any other private employer in the country — have given him about $45,000 this year. Mr. Romney has raised about $350,000 from the firm’s employees.

8 thoughts on “Calumny! Obama Says #OWS “Not That Different” From Tea Party Protests

  1. So, Obama supports the Tea Party now? Only if one visualizes infinity can the wondrous malleability of the liberal viewpoint be imagined…


  2. Those folks out there “waving tea bags” – who should be telling him, “thank-you” somehow just became folks who “feel that their institutions aren’t looking out for them”.

    He wikes us now.


  3. “…express solidarity with the protesters”

    How about a little solidarity with the working class??? You know, those guys who pay the taxes that you spend on things like solar energy factories that go broke, or all-electric cars that go 60 miles between charges and that nobody wants, …

    “Both on the left and the right, I think people feel separated from their government.”

    That much is true. The difference is how the two sides act.


  4. I spent part of the day at the DC camp. It truly is a camp. They are there for the long haul, some of the tents have couches in them. There was a homeless man there and I asked him if he had eaten yet that day and he told me no. They just finished serving lunch.

    It is an outdoor comune, but they are not helping the homeless; of which there are many near the White House. Part of our national shame is the how many homeless people live on the streets around the White House and the plaza they are camping out in.


  5. He can know more “understand their struggles” than he can fly, what with the ideology he has that is designed specifically to enslave and beat down all but the ruling oligarchical ruling class of which he hopes to be the puppet for the real rulers.

    And I’m all for everyone paying their fair share. So when’s he going to start taxing the bums, welfare queens and others of the 50% who pay no federal taxes? Seems to me that in order for fair distribution of the wealth stolen from producers, those people should be paying something, at least.

    Them, and the “Wall Street” thieves who’ve taken billions in bailouts and handouts without so much as a thank you when they pay multiple million dollar bonuses to execs who ran their companies to the brink of bankruptcy. Places like Goldman-Sachs, and Solyndra, who not only belly-upped on us but sent jobs overseas before they did, on our dime!

    The only ones that jerk is looking out for are his merry band of thugs and his puppetmasters.


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