Politics

Call for Obama to Condemn Jimmy Hoffa and Biden's Comments

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

The Tea Party is calling on President Obama to condemn an anti-GOP comment made by Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa, while one writer wants Obama to repudiate a similar remark made by his own vice president.

While warming up a crowd prior to an Obama Labor Day speech in Detroit, Hoffa said, "President Obama, this is your army, we are ready to march. But everybody here's got to vote. If we go back, and keep the eye on the prize, let's take these son-of-a-bitches out and give America back to an America where we belong."

Obama did not address the statement when he took the stage.

Tea Party Express Chairwoman Amy Kremer said in a statement:

"Lying attacks on the tea party movement have disturbingly increased in recent days. It is high time that elected leaders like President Obama were held accountable when their key supporters engage in harmful and divisive rhetoric. We at Tea Party Express demand an immediate apology from Teamster President Jimmy Hoffa. We further urge President Obama to strongly rebuke Hoffa for his dangerous comments." 

The White House has not commented, but Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee told Fox News on Tuesday, "I know you'd like to focus on language -- that's not what the American people are focused on."

Now to Biden. He said at an AFL-CIO Labor Day picnic in Cincinnati, "You are the only folks keeping the barbarians from the gates…the other side has declared war on labor’s house.”

Tony Harden, the D.C. based U.S. editor for the British newspaper the Daily Telegraph wonders:

Will Obama have the political and moral courage to repudiate a powerful union boss and his own vice-president?