Remember back in January, following the attempted murder of Representative Giffords? The President boldly proclaimed:
“At a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized, at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all the ails of the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do, it’s important for us to pause for a moment, make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.”
Times have changed, it would appear. Wounding speech? The President would never support such an idea, surely.
Well first – don’t call me Surely, and second – be ready for a shocker: The President is now willing and ready to let the offensive comments of supporter and friend, Jim Hoffa, pass without even a wrist-tap.
Hoffa fired up the crowd at a Labor Day Rally in Detroit with these words:
“Everybody here’s got a vote. If we go back, and we keep the eye on the prize, let’s take these son-of-a-bitches out and give America back to America where we belong.”
Now, our President isn’t one for getting his hands dirty. In fact, now that I think of it, I’m not sure if he’s ever had to get “down and dirty” on the job. With experience in politics, politics, law, and somewhere back there… community organization, Mr. Obama has led a relatively “hands-off” life.
This applies to his rhetoric as well as his politics, and it appears that Mr. Obama has passed on the opportunity of personally attacking his opponents, and instead has handed off that responsibility to those for whom he claims no responsibility, or association for that matter. To make the situation more hilarious, the White House now claims that the President never even heard the remarks of Mr. Hoffa. Was he not waiting in the wings, just off-stage? Does Jay Carney expect us to be as dumb as he is? (And trust me – I ask that in the most healing and loving way possible.)