Hoffa Before Obama at Detroit Labor Day Rally: ‘Let’s Take These Son of a B*tches Out!’ (See Updates)
TOPSIDE UPDATE 3, 11:55 P.M.: I wish I wasn’t too tired to listen to 700 AM WLW’s overnight show with truckers. Anyone who listens will hear plenty — and I don’t think Mr. Hoffa or Mr. Obama will like what’s said. Anyone who happens to listen in, let me know, either in the comments or via e-mail (biz at bizzyblog.com).
TOPSIDE UPDATE 2, 11:45 P.M.: At the Daily Caller, (Rockford, Illinois) “Tea party group to Hoffa: Resign!” –
“Calls to violence can never be acceptable in this civil society,” the Rockford, Illinois tea party group said in a statement. “Hoffa’s remarks were made in an introduction to Obama speaking to Auto Workers and Unions in Detroit and this sort of angry, hateful, call to violence should be repudiated by the President with a call from the President to ask Hoffa to resign his very public position of influence.”
Tea party calls on Obama to rebuke union chief
A tea party group called on President Barack Obama to rebuke Teamsters President Jim Hoffa for urging him to use supporters at a Labor Day rally as an army to march and “take out” tea partyers, describing the remarks as “a call for violence.”
Obama was not on stage at the Detroit rally when Hoffa made the remarks Monday. The White House declined to comment on the flap.
… “Jimmy Hoffa’s remarks are inexcusable and amount to a call for violence on peaceful tea party members, which include many Teamster members,” (Tea Party Express chairwoman Amy) Kremer said. “We have called on President Obama to condemn this inappropriate and uncivil rhetoric, which has no place in the public forum.”
Teamsters spokeswoman Leigh Strope said in a statement: “Workers didn’t start this war – the right-wing tea party zealots did. Jim Hoffa’s comments today reflect the anger of workers under attack in this country. Instead of focusing on the economy as a top priority after taking office, corporate-funded conservatives attempted to gut the middle class.”
This isn’t about a “flap,” AP. It’s about a public “threat.”
The “workers under attack in this country,” Ms. Strope, are those who can’t find work because of the Obama administration’s Fear-Based Economy. It’s completely on him, his administration, his party, and his party’s financial supporters — and no one else.
That civility thing which Democrats and the Left thought to be all-important earlier this year is sooooo January. Unless it changes its stripes overnight, the incivility and hostility on display today in Detroit, which hasn’t been seen much in establishment press reports to this point, won’t appear on the Big 3 Networks’ morning shows tomorrow. The American people really need to see what has become of the labor movement, and the type of behavior its head cheerleader in the White House condones.
Before President Obama spoke in the parking lot of a General/Government Motors plant in Detroit this afternoon, Teamsters President James Hoffa Jr. warmed up the crowd, as transcribed below (video at Right Scoop; HT Temple of Mut via Instapundit):
Hoffa: We’ve got to keep an eye on the battle that we face, a war on workers. And you see it everywhere. It is the Tea Party. And y’know there’s 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 got a war, they got a war with us, and there’s only gonna be one winner, it’s going to be the workers of uh Michigan and America! We’re gonna win that war!
– (snip) –
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 America where we belong. Thank you very much. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!