Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Et tu, Mr. President?

Full disclosure: I did not vote for Barack Obama to be our President.

I could go into a myriad of reasons why I eschewed voting for Obama and held my nose in voting for chose John McCain in November 2008. And if you really want to know, look at any of my political posts from '08.

No, my issue here is the President has decided to partake in the same inflammatory rhetoric used by some of his Democrat colleagues and many supporters (emphasis mine).

Three days after he decried the lack of civility in American politics, President Obama is quoted in a new book about his presidency referring to the Tea Party movement using a derogatory term with sexual connotations.

In Jonathan Alter’s “The Promise: President Obama, Year One,” President Obama is quoted in an November 30, 2009, interview saying that the unanimous vote of House Republicans vote against the stimulus bills “set the tenor for the whole year ... That helped to create the tea-baggers and empowered that whole wing of the Republican Party to where it now controls the agenda for the Republicans.”

Tea Party activists loathe the term “tea baggers,” which has emerged in liberal media outlets and elsewhere as a method of mocking the activists and their concerns.

It amazes me that the same man who campaigned on changing the divisive culture in Washington used a term that is meant to degrade a group of concerned citizens exercising their first amendment rights. President Bush was vilified by his detractors in some of the most vile and repugnant demonstrations this country has ever witnessed. Despite that, he went about the business of Commander in Chief with the courage of his convictions. Meanwhile, President Obama has given the impression that he's nothing more than a condescending, thin-skinned ideologue with an obvious loathing towards anyone who dare question his agenda.

Remember this come November, Mr. President.

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