For reasons known only to themselves, some Red Staters went nuts over Obama’s use of a teabag.
According to The New York Times, on Saturday evening the President of the United States used a thoroughly disgusting gay-baiting slur to refer to people that previous presidents might have called “My Fellow Americans”. Speaking with congressional Democrats, our situationally unaware, amateur-night chief executive asked,This was pretty much the standard response -- “The lop-eared grinning ninny that’s bringing all this ‘hope and change’ to our country is immature, inexperienced, and in over his head. ‘Teabaggers…’ What a stupid, political clown comment!” -- except that other comments featured more generous use of madrassahs, czars, communists, and street thug.“Does anybody think that the teabag, anti-government people are going to support them if they bring down health care?”
I helpfully pointed out to the Red Staters that their very own bloggers and commenters had enthusiastically latched on to the term, as did Free Republic, FOX News (Neil Cavuto: Score one for the Teabaggers!), and the organizers of the original Teabaggings.
JadedByPolitics refused to swallow this: “I don’t care how it’s said and by whom, IT IS A SLUR!”
Yeesh. No doubt, JadedByPolitics is busily sending hell-fire emails to some totally baffled customer service rep at the Lipton Tea Co.
Well now. It seems that Obama may not have used the term "teabag" at all. According to Talk Radio News Service, the so-called quote may not be a direct quote but a paraphrase by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore).