It isn’t any secret that the right and left are seldom united in views. Coming with this fact, also comes nicknames each party has that the opposite side finds humor in. Whether you’re a “libtard” or a “conservatard,” the terms aren’t only considered humorous by respective sides, but also as offensive by the other.
Being in such in a high level of office, representing what is supposed to encompass the morals of our country, you wouldn’t think any high ranking public official would be dumb enough to use these terms. Unfortunately, President Obama has slipped into the category of “dumb enough” – as if he wasn’t already there.
In a letter responding to a Thomas J. Ritter, a fifth grade teacher, he referred to members of the tea party as “tea baggers.”
What looks like an honest mistake of not adding quotation marks has caused quite the controversy. It appears that Ritter had referred to the party as tea baggers first, and Obama, in his error, forgot to add the punctuation demonstrating that he was using Ritter’s terminology.
Is this an honest mistake, or Freudian slip?
In Ritter’s letter, he urges Obama, “This bill has caused such a divisive, derisive and toxic environment,” and that, “The reality is that any citizen that disagrees with your administration is targeted and ridiculed.”
He continues writing:
“I hesitated to write for fear of some kind of retribution,” he added. “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.”
Obama’s sad, hand-written response is as follows:
“I … 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.
I believe that health care reform will be the right thing for the country … It certainly wasn’t the smart ‘political’ thing! 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.”
Ritter release to the Post that “I am selling the letter because I am just so disappointed, and this Obamacare bill is wrong. 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.”
Ritter’s frustration is understood as so many people do have a problem with Obamacare, but these expressed feelings seem to fall upon deaf ears. Obama is tunnel-visioned on passing the Obamacare law regardless of who he hurts in effort to establish his legacy.
Too bad for Obama, his legacy will not be remembered as one significant importance, but instead for the flub it really was. Just because the right thing may not be the political thing doesn’t mean it works the other way around.
If it’s the wrong thing, it’s neither the right nor political thing. Obamacare is definitely the wrong thing.
How do you feel about the slang Obama used?