Hoffa Jr.'s incindiary remarks just prior to Obama's Detroit Labor Day speech completely buried Obama's remarks in the press. Everybody can tell you what Hoffa said, but I doubt if anybody can remember anything Obama said. And like a good union thug Hoffa isn't backing down:
Teamsters union president James Hoffa would say it all again if he could, he told TPM Monday.Now the story this week will not be whatever anticipation there might be over Obama's Thursday job speech, but whether Obama will demand an apology from Hoffa for his remarks. And does he condone such violent rhetoric? Or, for that matter, Joe Biden's remarks in which he described the Tea Party people as "barbarians at the gate" who have "declared war on labor's house".
Hoffa riled up Fox News and the right wing Monday with a Labor Day speech in Detroit in which he called Republican members of Congress "sons of bitches" and said union workers are ready to "go to war" with the tea party next year and "take out" Republicans at the ballot box.
Hoffa said he'd say the exact same words all over again.
"I would because I believe it," he said. "They've declared war on us. We didn't declare war on them, they declared war on us. We're fighting back. The question is, who started the war?"
The speech came shortly before President Obama took the stage in Detroit -- and Hoffa's remarks certainly overshadowed Obama's on Fox. But the Teamsters chief said he was just matching fired-up conservative rhetoric when it comes to organized labor and Obama with some fired-up rhetoric of his own.
What Joe means is Washington D.C. rightfully belongs to Democrats and anyone else seeking power must be breaking in and trying to steal it. Biden is the gift that keeps on giving.
If Obama wants anybody to pay attention to his speech this week, he's going to have to deal with this.