White House sets new ‘Hoffa Standard’

White House spokesman Jay Carney repeatedly refused today to condemn aggressive statements by Teamsters president James Hoffa at a Labor Day event headlined by President Barack Obama.

“Those weren’t comments by the president … he didn’t hear it, I don’t have any comment beyond that,” Carney said in response to questions from ABC’s Jake Tapper. “Mr. Hoffa speaks for himself, he speaks for the labor movement,” Carney added during the afternoon press conference.

Obama addressed the union-friendly crowd at the Detroit event roughly 20 minutes after Hoffa declared that “President Obama, this is your army … Let’s take these sons of bitches out and take America back to where we belong.”

The term “sons of bitches” was used to refer to Republican legislators and Tea Party supporters.

Union leaders and membership support is critical to Obama’s 2012 campaign, providing an often dependable source of donations and campaign volunteers.

Tapper continued, pressing Carney to explain if the president’s repeated calls for “civility” was compatible with the White House’s silence on Hoffa’s statements. (RELATED: Palin calls out Hoffa’s thuggery for his ‘sons of b**ches’ remark)

In January, following the attempted murder of Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Obama called for greater civility. “At a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized — at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do — it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds,” Obama declared.

When Tapper asked if Obama believed those words, Carney responded, “Of course he did.”

Carney also declined to answer Tapper’s question about whether Carney’s refusal to comment on Hoffa’s statements “changes the standard” for judging the statements and actions of a politician’s supporters.

“The standard is that we should focus on the actions we can take to grow the economy and create jobs, instead of focusing on [political] theater,” Carney replied.

In his report at ABC News, Tapper coined a new term, “The Hoffa Standard,” to describe the White House’s claim that it has no responsibility to respond to bellicose statements by an ally during a joint event.

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  • buzzkill59

    Carney is a weasel and Obumble is his weasel master!

  • Ted

    And I find it ironic that Hoffa called a bunch of radicals SOB’s, but Palin can directly call Obama a terrorist without so much as a word from anyone……

    Why is that?…………………………………..
    No need to answer, all the comments here are dripping with the answer…..

    • Anonymous

      “…No need to answer..” 

      Why is that, Ted?  Afraid of what you might hear?  Oh, wait!  I forgot!  That’s one of the Liberal tactics–make statements, declare the debate over, and declare yourself the “winner” by default.

      Please take a moment to read my full response to you and try to comprehend it.

  • Ted

    Haha…Ya know, sitting up here, north of the border is the best seat to watch you all self implode.  Keep listening to the Teabaggers.  They are placing themselves in spots for a hostile takeover.  Placing their pieces on the board.  Your all gonna listen and then your world will crumble.  By this time next year, the Tea Party will be set to destroy all that you built back up from the Bush admin.  The unemployed, bored, racist SOB’s are not protesting anything except that Obama is Black.  I have read the signs.  I have seen the interviews on tv and other news networks.  These are not Lib. plants, because the politicians speaking do not disapprove them.  They never comment on the racist slurs, lude behaviors, and threatening actions taking by the people in the rallies.  You can’t tell me that you can’t control it.  The rallies are rather small.  Even if you couldn’t, why not address it on stage?  Is it too hard to say to the crowd that you will not tolerate racism and walk off?  It is hard, though.  Especially when you don’t believe it.  Past presidents have murdered, stole, lied, cheated, corrupted etc and Barack Obama is the ONLY, and I mean ONLY president that has received this much uproar, except for Lincoln of course, but hey, he was trying to give Black slaves freedom so I can see why.  And I hope that you all are not stupid enough to elect a Teabagger as president.  If you do I am totally banning anything American.

    • Anonymous

      “…sitting up here north of the border…”  Latent draft-dodger, Ted?  Seems to me that if you’re not a US citizen you really shouldn’t concern yourself too much with those pesky “TeaBaggers.” 

      BTW–for having such good seats, you sure aren’t getting a clear picture.  You know nothing except what you’ve read or seen in the MSLM.

      But my favorite “Tedism” so far has got to be this: “…These are not Lib. plants, because the politicians speaking do not
      disapprove them.  They never comment on the racist slurs, lude
      behaviors, and threatening actions taking by the people in the rallies…”

      Why do I like that statement so?  I’ll tell you. Because it exposes you for the hypocrite you are.  The discussion on this blog centers around the White House’s refusal to condemn uncivil speech given in support of the POTUS.  And you defend that by saying politicians who don’t speak out against such behavior must therefore agree with it.  In essence, you prove the point of the article.

      You also seem to be very taken with making racist remarks.  Well, I’m calling you out on it.  For shame, Ted!  You need to learn to behave.

  • Anonymous

    Didn’t hear Hoffa, didn’t hear his radical America hating, black liberation theology mentor, didn’t hear that black professors verbal attack upon an officer doing his duty, didn’t hear Michelle never liking an America led by God fearing white men, didn’t really notice Saul Alinsky’s dedication of his Rules for Radicals to Satan, …un huh. Just like the people’s of 1940’s Germany never heard a nasty word against Jews.

    The long destructive Swiss cheese morality of the left has now become a Swiss cheese hearing malfunction of convenience.

    Do we really want to re-elect a selctively deaf president?

  • Anonymous

    This is for Carney, the mouthpiece for the teleprompter.  Take your little pink tie and goofy glasses off, and give us some straight answers you goofball.