Tea Party wants Obama to apologize for James Hoffa remarks

12:28 PM, Sep 6, 2011   |    comments
Teamster head Jimmy Hoffa Jr. speaks before President Barack Obama addresses the crowd at the Labor Day celebrations in Detroit September 5, 2011.
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It will be interesting to see if this story has legs.

Some conservatives are calling for an apology after Teamsters Union President James Hoffa described Tea Party members as SOB's during remarks that preceded President Obama's remarks at a Labor Day event in Detroit.

Saying the Tea Party has launched a "war on workers," Hoffa said: "President Obama, this is your army. We are ready to march. ... Let's take these son-of-a-bitches out and give America back to an America where we belong," Hoffa said.

Amy Kremer, who chairs the Tea Party Express, called on Obama to "condemn this inappropriate and uncivil rhetoric."

"Jimmy Hoffa's remarks are inexcusable and amount to a call for violence on peaceful tea party members, which include many Teamster members," Kremer said in a written statement.

Tea Party members also aren't happy with Vice President Joe Biden, who told union members in Cincinnati on Monday that they are "the only folks keeping the barbarians from the gates."

David Jackson, USA TODAY

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