November 29, 2013

Obama (Allegedly) Uses ‘Tea-Baggers’ in Handwritten Response to Texas Teacher; Only Center-Right Notices

Readers here may remember during the presidency of George W. Bush how he reacted to a constituent’s written concerns about how “I watched you make fun of moonbats” opposed to the Iraq war who were being “targeted and ridiculed.” In a handwritten letter on White House stationery, Bush told the person that “I do have to challenge you, though, on the notion that any citizen that disagrees with me has been ‘targeted and ridiculed’ or that I have ‘made fun’ of ‘moonbats.’”

Any reader who does recall this has a bad memory, because it didn’t happen. But as the New York Post’s Emily Smith reported on Wednesday, President Obama allegedly penned a worse response to a Texas teacher who expressed concern about how “any citizen that disagrees with your ­administration is targeted and ridiculed,” and that “I watched you make fun of tea baggers.” Obama handwrote the word “tea-baggers” in his response:

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Again, though it appears quite real, it apparently remains “alleged” until the White House acknowledges that Obama actually wrote what is seen above — which of course begs the question of whether anyone in the press corps will bother to ask Jay Carney about its authenticity. Or perhaps the Texas teacher, who plans to auction off the letter, will consult a handwriting expert.

Mary Katharine Ham at Hot Air evaluated the possibilities on Wednesday (some line breaks added by me; bolds are mine):

A couple options, here:
- Obama carelessly used “tea-baggers” after reading it in Ritter’s letter and meant to use Tea Partiers.
- Obama deliberately used the term “tea-bagger” to annoy Ritter, in which case it was quite a lot of effort to sit down and give a “tea-bagger” the honor of a letter from the President of the United States.
- Or, and this is my theory, Obama is so thoroughly surrounded by people who refer to Tea Partiers as “tea-baggers” nonchalantly that it slipped out without him even thinking about it.

And, finally, no matter what the reason, the letter’s certainly emblematic of Obama’s utter inability to actually appeal to people who disagree with him despite fancying himself quite the bridge-builder.

The President of the United States, allegedly one of the smartest people to grace our country, sat down to write a hand-written letter to a political dissenter and used the most charged, rude, dirty term possible while claiming he’d never do anything but treat this “tea-bagger” with the utmost respect. His own lofty self-concept survives contact with all conflicting facts, even when they come from his own pen.

On the upside, “tea-bagger” has now been used by a president on presidential stationery. You’re welcome, George Washington. Love, 2013.

“Tea bagger” is a term coined by the Left during the early stages of the Tea Party movement, and is “a derogatory term leveled at Tea Party members which refers to a lewd sexual act.”

The teacher’s plans to auction Obama’s written response would appear to lend credence to his claim that the response is authentic. Imagine the wrath which would rain down on him from government agencies if he tried to auction off a fake (he’s probably in line to get his fill just for publicizing Obama’s response).

Google News searches at 10:00 a.m. on “Obama teabaggers” and “Obama tea-baggers” (each not in quotes and sorted by date) each returned 10 results, none of which came from establishment press outlets.

Is there any chance at all that my made-up “moonbat” example from George W. Bush would have been similarly ignored if it had really occurred?

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

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6 Comments

  1. I love how you guys loved being called teabaggers until you became aware by ceaseless mocking that it is a centuries old description of a gay sex act. Says it all. Also why it sticks.

    Comment by Tim Russo — November 29, 2013 @ 2:10 pm

  2. Yawn ….

    “The first tea bags were hand-sewn fabric bags; tea bag patents date as early as 1903.”
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea_bag#History

    “Centuries old,” eh? Only about 90 years short …

    Your characterizations are as accurate as your knowledge of history.

    IF (repeat, if) Tea Party members used it first, it was out of lack of encyclopedic knowledge of perverse practices. Once the perverse decided to try to mainstream their perversity in the name of discrediting the Tea Party, then it became an insult.

    For our PRESIDENT to (allegedly) treat the term as mainstream and include it in a handwritten letter when he knows darned well how the perverse have used it says all we need to know about what a punk he really is. I really wish I was wrong, but I called this from Day One.

    Comment by Tom — November 29, 2013 @ 6:06 pm

  3. I love how you guys loved being called teabaggers

    Is that so? Perhaps you could support that claim with some evidence. Or do you “just know it to be true”?

    The first tea party use of tea bag that I recall seeing was when the tea party suggested we mail tea bags to our elected representatives. Somehow the left feels this suggestion was a wholesale endorsement and adoption of this slur?

    But I am willing to grant you the benefit of the doubt. Please show us the news story of Tea Party leaders requesting to be called tea-baggers.

    Its understandable that the left feels an emotional need to belittle fellow Americans exercising their rights.

    And what better way than with using the time tested technique of the big lie?

    Cheers,

    O.V.

    Comment by Opinonated Vogon — November 30, 2013 @ 7:23 am

  4. ask and you shall receive.

    http://theweek.com/article/index/202620/the-evolution-of-the-word-tea-bagger

    you guys are so adorable.

    Comment by Tim Russo — November 30, 2013 @ 12:59 pm

  5. Is that a joke response?

    It echos what I wrote above with the exception of a blog post by Brietbart about a video some third party created.

    The first three dates are the tea party prompting people to send tea bags to their Representatives.

    The next three are the left using the term with the implied slur.

    Then this bit of silliness offers us what buttons vendors sell at some event as evidence of adoption?

    Let me repeat my challenge. Please show us the news story of Tea Party leaders requesting to be called tea-baggers.

    I asked and I didn’t receive. I got a link that is mostly left wing spin, and you weakly attempt to mock others with your “you guys are adorable”?

    Cheer,

    O.V.

    Comment by Opinonated Vogon — December 1, 2013 @ 9:37 am

  6. #5, that has to be a joke response, and it’s a joke article in The Week, which usually has higher standards.

    The idea to “Tea Bag them before they tea bag you” obviously has nothing to do with lewd acts and everything to do with figurative protest, Ir shows how the movement was completely unaware of its vulgar context.

    The fact that the next idea was to send tea bags shows that “tea-bagging” at the time in their eyes meant “sending tea bags as a form of protest.”

    Your challenge (“Please show us the news story of Tea Party leaders requesting to be called tea-baggers”) remains unmet, and the person to whom you refer remains infantile in his logic and tactics.

    UPDATE, 8 p.m.: The salient point irrespective of the history is that Obama’s letter-writer saw it as an insult, and Obama consciously chose to throw it back in his face anyway. This is decidedly undignified behavior not befitting the person who holds the highest office in the land.

    Comment by Tom — December 1, 2013 @ 6:55 pm

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