President Obama, on yet another taxpayer-funded reelection campaign junket -- this one billed as a preview of his upcoming big jobs speech, called for a bipartisan response to his latest plan amidst extreme partisan rhetoric.
Before Obama took to the podium, Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa set the tone with profane, violent and partisan rhetoric:
We got to keep an eye on the battle that we face: The war on workers. And you see it everywhere, it is the Tea Party. And you know, there is only one way to beat and win that war. The one thing about working people is we like a good fight. And you know what? They've got a war, they got a war with us and there's only going to be one winner. It's going to be the workers of Michigan, and America. We're going to win that war.
President Obama, this is your army, and we are ready to march. 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 b[*****]s out and give America back to America where we belong.
As if Hoffa's uncivil discourse wasn't enough, at a separate taxpayer-funded reelection campaign event, Vice President Biden referred to Republicans as "Barbarians at the gate."
The use of such extreme violent partisan rhetoric causes one to wonder what happened to President Obama's highly touted call for a civil political debate.
When President Obama took the Teleprompter, he did not renew his call for civility, instead he praised Teamsters President Hoffa saying he was proud of him. According to ABC News, the White House had no comment yesterday about Hoffa's uncivil rhetoric.
Does President Obama truly believe this sort of violent and profane rhetoric will encourage a bipartisan response to his jobs speech? Perhaps he just doesnt care.
UPDATED: This Afternoon, Obama's Press Secretary Jay Carney made it clear that Obama will not apologize for Hoffa's violent and profane rhetoric:
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.
The "he didn't hear it" defense doesn't cut it. It's the same defense presidential candidate Obama used to distance himself from his hateful pastor and spiritual advisor of 20 years. It didn't work then and it won't work now. just as he did with Jerimiah Wright, Obama will eventually decide it is politically expedient to throw Hoffa under the bus.