During a Presidential event on Labor Day, Teamsters Union President Jimmy Hoffa, Jr. spoke before President Obama to rally the pro-labor crowd. Pretty sure that Hoffa might have wanted to reconsider what he said.
In case you missed it, here is the full quote from Hoffa's appearance:
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 America where we belong! Thank you very much!
Yesterday, after the media raised issues about Hoffa's comments as being inappropriate to public civil discourse, the White House addressed Hoffa's comments. Earlier this year, President Obama had urged the nation to raise the level of civil discourse in light of the Tucson shooting of Congressman Gabrielle Giffords. As reported by one source:
When pressed about whether Obama approves of the comments during a briefing with reporters Tuesday, at first [White House spokesperson Jay Carney] was a little put off by the question.
"These weren't comments by the President," he said.
"I understand that there is a ritual in Washington that somebody says something and you link the associations, and then everybody who has an association with him or her somehow has to avow or disavow it," Carney said. "The President wasn't there — I mean, he wasn't on stage. He didn't speak for another 20 minutes. He didn't hear it. I really don't have any comment beyond that."
ABC News' Jake Tapper pressed further, arguing that the Obama campaign made a stink in 2008 when a McCain surrogate said something offensive at an event before the Arizona senator spoke and McCain eventually apologized.
"Is this the new standard?" Tapper demanded.
An exasperated Carney then said only: "Mr. Hoffa speaks for himself and the labor movement, and the President speaks for himself."