A Texas teacher claims President Barack Obama wrote him a handwritten letter admitting that Obamacare wasn’t a “smart political thing” and referring to Tea Partiers as “tea baggers.”
Fifth-grade teacher Thomas J. Ritter wrote the president expressing his unhappiness with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Ritter, 49, told the New York Post that Obama responded to his complaints on White House stationery.
“This bill has caused such a divisive, derisive and toxic environment …The reality is that any citizen that disagrees with your administration is targeted and ridiculed,” Ritter wrote the president.
To be fair, the term “tea bagger” was borrowed from Ritter’s own letter.
“I watched you make fun of tea baggers and your press secretary make fun of Ms. [Sarah] Palin which was especially beneath the dignity of the White House … Do the right thing not the political thing. Suggest a bill that Americans can support,” Ritter wrote.
“I received you letter, and appreciate your concern about the toxic political environment right now. 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 tea baggers … [I] defend strongly the right of everyone to speak their mind — including those who call me ‘socialist’ or worse.” Obama allegedly responded.
“I believe that health care reform will be the right thing for the country … It certainly wasn’t the smart ‘political’ thing!” the letter continues. “And I hope that in the months to come, you will keep an open mind and evaluate it based not on the political attacks but on what it does or doesn’t do to improve people’s lives. Sincerely, Barack Obama.”
Ritter says he’s putting the letter up for auction online with a reserve price of $24,000.
“I am selling the letter because I am just so disappointed, and this ObamaCare bill is wrong,” Ritter said. “The president told me what he thought I wanted to hear. The letter is just words on a paper. It doesn’t mean anything to me because Obama doesn’t mean any of it.”