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Tea Party Wants WH Apology for Hoffa

Some conservatives say President Obama, who has spoke of the need for civility in political debate, should apologize after labor leader James Hoffa called the party "SOBs" before the president's Labor Day speech in Detroit Monday.

Tea Party Wants WH Apology for Hoffa

President Barack Obama speaks after the annual Labor Day parade in Detroit, Monday. Obama´s speech was a dress rehearsal for the jobs address he´s delivering to a joint session of Congress on Thursday night. (AP Photo / Paul Sancya)
President Barack Obama speaks after the annual Labor Day parade in Detroit, Monday. Obama's speech was a dress rehearsal for the jobs address he's delivering to a joint session of Congress on Thursday night. (AP Photo / Paul Sancya)

The outrage is spilling into a second day, and the top conservative talk-radio hosts have not even fully flogged it yet.

Teamsters President James Hoffa insulted members of the tea party as "SOBs" who need to be taken out in remarks that preceeeded President Obama's speech in Detroit Monday during a Labor Day celebration. Some conservative leaders are calling for the president to apologize.

Noting that the tea party is waging "war on workers," Hoffa said: "President Obama, this is your army. We are ready to march. ... Let's take these son-of-a-bitches out and give America back to an America where we belong."

Obama did not acknowledge Hoffa's tirade during his own speech,  and the White House declined to comment Monday. The president has frequently promised to change the tone in Washington. Wonder if the White House folks will have anything to say later today?

"It is inconceivable that the president did not understand the violent and murderous speech being made in his honor, and ignoring such offensive and delusional speech, makes it seem as if he approves," Dr. John Long, spokesman for the Florida Tea Party, said in a statement.

Amy Kremer, the chair of the Tea Party Express national umbrella group, called on Obama to "condemn this inappropriate and uncivil rhetoric." She noted that many Teamster members are also tea party activists.

Tea Party activists are not too thrilled either with Vice President Biden, who told union members in Cincinnati Monday that they are "the only folks keeping the barbarians from the gate."


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