President Barack Obama won’t apologize for Teamsters Union President James Hoffa’s maligning tea party members as SOBs, says White House spokesman Jay Carney.
Carney’s rejection of demands for the White House to address the brouhaha follows an outcry from tea party leaders, as well as radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, over Hoffa’s inflammatory introduction of the president at a Labor Day rally in Detroit on Monday.
“President Obama, this is your army. We are ready to march,” Hoffa proclaimed before Obama spoke.
“Let’s take these son of a bitches out and give America back to America where we belong,” he said, referring to the tea party.
Carney spurned demands that Obama and the White House denounce the comments, saying, “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.”
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