Entries in Labor Day (2)


White House: No Comment on Union Leader’s Anti-Tea Party Rhetoric

Bill Pugliano/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- Despite President Obama’s repeated claims to change the tone in Washington, the White House had no comment Monday afternoon after Teamsters Union leader James Hoffa, speaking at an event before President Obama, said of Tea Party activists that, come November, Democrats should “take these sons of bitches out.”

Warming up the crowd before President Obama’s Labor Day speech in Detroit Monday afternoon, Hoffa warned the largely union crowd that the Tea Party was waging a “war on workers.”

“We got to keep an eye on the battle that we face: The war on workers.  And you see it everywhere, it is the Tea Party.  And you know, there is 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’ve got a war, they got a war with us and there’s only going to be one winner.  It’s going to be the workers of Michigan, and America.  We’re going to win that war,” Hoffa told thousands of workers gathered for the annual event organized by the Detroit Labor Council.

“President Obama, this is your army.  We are ready to march…Everybody here’s got a vote…Let’s take these sons of bitches out and give America back to an America where we belong,” he concluded.

The Tea Party Express has called on President Obama to “condemn this inappropriate and uncivil rhetoric,” saying it “has no place in the public forum.”

“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 chair Amy Kremer said in a written statement.

During the 2008 campaign, Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., immediately rebuked talk radio host Bill Cunningham when he disparaged then-Sen. Obama in his opening remarks at a McCain campaign event.  Cunningham had fueled rumors that Obama was Muslim by repeatedly referring to him by his full name “Barack Hussein Obama.”

McCain immediately took responsibility and profusely apologized for Cunningham’s remarks.

Should President Obama do the same regarding Hoffa's comments about the Tea Party?  The president has repeatedly called for increased civility in American politics.

“Only a more civil and honest public discourse can help us face up to the challenges of our nation,” the president said in January.

“I do believe there is hope for civility.  I do believe there’s hope for progress,” Obama said after last November’s midterm elections.

At the time, Obama admitted that he had neglected “some things that matter a lot to people,” including “maintaining a bipartisan tone in Washington,” and that he planned to “redouble my efforts to go back to some of those first principles.”

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Sarah Palin to Give Keynote at Iowa Tea Party Rally Labor Day Weekend

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(WAUKEE, Iowa) -- Sarah Palin will give a keynote address at an Iowa Tea Party rally on Sept. 3, ABC News has learned.

Three separate sources confirmed to ABC News that the former Alaska governor accepted an invitation to keynote a Waukee, Iowa, rally held by the Tea Party of America, an Iowa-based political action committee that was founded in May.

The appearance was first reported by Real Clear Politics.

The Sept. 3 trip will be Palin’s second visit to the key election state this year. She attended the Pella, Iowa, premiere of the documentary about her, The Undefeated, in June. Her keynote speech will fall two days after The Undefeated gets released on pay-per-view and video-on-demand.

A Tea Party insider with knowledge of the rally said the timing is not a coincidence: “Labor Day weekend is the traditional kick-off to political campaigns, [and] it’s going to be all Sarah all the time.”

The same source pointed out that Palin has “sucked the news cycles of three major summer holidays” because her “One Nation” bus tour launched Memorial Day weekend, The Undefeated premiered ahead of July 4 weekend, and this event falls on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend.

Palin will likely cement her role in the 2012 election in the coming weeks. In a Fox News appearance earlier this month, she acknowledged that the deadline to get into the presidential race is fast approaching, saying that by "August, of course, you have to be laying out a plan if you're going to be one to throw your hat in the ring."

Whether a decision will be made about her political future at this event is still unknown, but the Tea Party insider believes this is either “a roll out for her run” or her attempt “to take the lead of the Tea Party.”

Susan Geddes, the event coordinator for the Tea Party of America,  told ABC News that despite the organization only being a few months old, she found it easy to get Palin to sign on to the September event.  

The group anticipates a large crowd at the free event -- they’re advising attendees to “bring lawn chairs.” Palin is expected to speak about “the state the country is in,” in her keynote, but the whole event will not be devoted to her. Geddes said the goal of the rally is to educate like minded Iowans on how to get conservatives elected.

Palin is still expected to revive her “One Nation” bus tour. This event could be her launching pad to get back on the road.

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