Your morning jolt: Obama says tea party movement built around people who don’t think he’s a citizen

This from the morning cycle of the Associated Press:

President Barack Obama says he believes the Tea Party is built around a “core group” of people who question whether he is a U.S. citizen and believe he is a socialist.

But beyond that, Obama tells NBC he recognizes the movement involves “folks who have legitimate concerns” about the national debt and whether the government is taking on too many difficult issues simultaneously.

In an interview broadcast Tuesday on NBC’s “Today” show, Obama said he feels “there’s still going to be a group at their core that question my legitimacy.” But he said he didn’t want to paint Tea Party activists “in broad brushes” and he hopes to win over members who have “mainstream, legitimate concerns.”

In his own defense, U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal told investigators with the Office of Congressional Ethics that the allegations against him are rooted in the dynamics of the Republican campaign for governor.

The report, released Monday, can be found here.

Deal is restrained in his language, but the accusations are there. First, the north Georgia congressman takes aim at state Revenue Commissioner Bart Graham, whose meetings with Deal about his auto salvage business have landed him in trouble.

On Page 74:

The commissioner is not backing my campaign for governor and I believe that any press story about our meetings or this investigation probably started with one of my opponents. He is free to do as he pleases but I take offense at any suggestion that I have acted in any improper way.

On Page 75, Deal appears to be drawing a line from Graham to GOP opponent Karen Handel:

Both the Democratic and Republican primary contests are hotly contested. In the GOP primary, the candidates include (i) former Senate President Pro Tempore Eric Johnson; (ii) Commissioner of Insurance John Oxendine; (iii) Secretary of State Karen Handel; and (iv) Congressman Deal. Not surprisingly, each has support among various groups, with one of Congressman Deal’s primary opponents enjoying the support of many of the current GOP governor’s appointees.

Then, of course, there’s the damned newspaper. But it’s a strange and unclear passage. The phrase “same zeal as the maker” is a head-scratcher:

In the context of the election, “ethics” attacks and complaints have been leveled early and often (although this is the only one leveled against Congressman Deal, and he has not leveled any). Of course, the local media has eagerly reported and repeated every attack with the same zeal as the maker and with some embellishment.
The instant matter involves an article which appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (”AJC”) on August 23, 2009, a Sunday edition, on the front page. Other attacks against other candidates have appeared in similar fashion.

As of this morning, we have five candidates who have qualified for the May 11 special election to fill the seat of U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal, according to the secretary of state’s Web site.

All are Republican: Chris Cates, a physician; Tom Graves, the former state represenative; Lee Hawkins, the former state senator; Bert Loftman, and Bill Stephens, the former state senator.

The balloting will involve 15 north Georgia counties. The Gainesville Times this morning reports:

The cost estimate for nearly 394,000 voters to take part in a special election in Georgia’s 9th Congressional district could be as much as $240,000.

In an already-tight budget year for most local governments in the state, the 15 counties of north central and northwest Georgia are bracing their bank accounts for an election to fill former U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal’s seat in Congress.

DeKalb County will be spending its money on the same day, for a special election to fill the state senate seat made vacant by David Adelman’s appointment as U.S. ambassador to Singapore.

Fresh from Iowa, former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks this evening at Emory University before a group of Federalist Society members and college Republicans.

Gov. Sonny Perdue will make the introductions. Romney’s officially on a book tour. But this Monday piece from Politico.com highlights what could be part of the conversation:

In the days immediately before and after passage of the landmark health care reform bill, Mitt Romney responded so forcefully as to suggest his own political fate is tied to the new law.

It may well be.

Just as health care, or “Obamacare,” as it is derided on the right, hangs over this year’s midterm elections, it is already casting a shadow on the 2012 presidential contest — and its GOP front-runner.

What was once thought to be an asset for Romney, his passage as Massachusetts governor of a health care mandate for the state’s residents, now poses a potentially serious threat to his White House hopes.

Perdue is among those who have questioned government’s right to mandate the purchase of health insurance.

Travis Fain with the Macon Telegraph has a good piece on the dead bills that littered the ground after lawmakers left the state Capitol on Friday:

House Resolution 1087 seemed like a no-brainer to many. It called for a voter referendum to change the state constitution and make sure people who don’t pay their taxes can’t hold public office.

But the measure failed by a few votes as late Friday night became early Saturday morning and “Crossover Day” — the deadline for legislation to clear the House — came to a harried close.

The vote was 117 to 31, with another 31 legislators not voting at all. The measure needed three more votes to pass.

“I cannot believe there are that many people … that don’t want people kicked out of office for (not paying) income taxes,” said state Rep. Calvin Hill, R-Canton, the measure’s sponsor.

But it wasn’t that simple. Some legislators felt the vote wasn’t legal, since it came after a midnight deadline. Others, House Minority Leader DuBose Porter said, were upset that their bills didn’t make it to the floor Friday, making them casualties of Crossover Day.

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73 comments Add your comment

Deal Real Steal

March 30th, 2010
10:09 am

Deal, Real, Steal, do the right thing and drop out now.

Mugwump

March 30th, 2010
10:16 am

….and farmer Deal carried another load away and you could tell from the smell; it wasn’t hay.

Cutty

March 30th, 2010
10:21 am

About time Obama called out the birthers.

Georgia Voter

March 30th, 2010
10:33 am

This report is a good thing for Nathan Deal. It shows that they have no proof that he committed an ethics violation. It all comes down to the gray area between “earned income” and “passive income”. Nathan Deal survives, and a lot of critics just lost a lot of attack material.

conservative democrat

March 30th, 2010
10:44 am

Georgia Voter,
How about forcing the 9th district taxpayers to come up with $240K in a ressession, so he can quit his job before he was officially sanctioned to further his own political aspriations. If it ain’t a crime, it oughtta be. What a sleeze.

Republican turned Democrat

March 30th, 2010
10:48 am

We’re just seeing the same old pushback from the GOP. Their tactic of spreading fear and rumors attracts the militias and all kinds of lunatics. The Tea Party calling Obama a terrorist is just another way of attracting even more goofballs wanting to overthrow the country. Very sad the GOP can’t just focus on making the country better instead of inciting the public with a bunch of BS.

Republican turned Democrat

March 30th, 2010
10:51 am

Georgia Voter: got your head in the sand on Deal I see. In no way is this good for Deal. He’s been called out and that is a good thing. Using your position for personal gain is never good for GA or the country. Deal let his personal life interfere with his job. No amount of damage control will conceal that from the public. Keep your head in the sand, most of us see Deal for who and what he is.

John K

March 30th, 2010
11:10 am

Not only is the teaparty made of up nutjobs who don’t think he’s a citizen, they also don’t grasp the concept that when your “side” handily loses an election, that doesn’t mean your country was stolen from you. It means legislation you don’t like may be passed.

Jill's mom

March 30th, 2010
11:10 am

Marlboro Man

March 30th, 2010
11:26 am

Tea baggers make smokers look smart.

Used to be Disgusted

March 30th, 2010
11:30 am

You can always count of republicans to say and do unpatriotic things. Why do they hate America?

IC Atlanta

March 30th, 2010
11:33 am

Republican turned Democrat – a Democrat just was arrested for targeting Eric Cantor.

You must enjoy lying to yourself and stealing from future generations because that is the existence of the Democrat party now.

Republican turned Democrat

March 30th, 2010
11:35 am

Actually it wasn’t a democrat who was arrested, it was a whackjob hired by the tea party to claim he’s democrat. Get your fact straight.

RGB

March 30th, 2010
11:37 am

Because you people have no other means to defend the destruction of our country as we know it, you claim that tea party members believe Obama is a terrorist, non-citizen, etc.

I’m betting you’ve never been to a tea party event. I have.

When I attended the event hosted by Herman Cain in Roswell earlier this year, I saw a few thousand folks in attendance. Many were families–some had babies in strollers.

There were two policemen at the event. After a while, one left. Suffice it to say that this was an orderly crowd. Respectful, decent, concerned citizens. A tribute was paid to the 9/11 victims at the start of the ceremony. Veterans were asked to identify themselves so they could be recognized. I’ll bet you didn’t know about that, did you? If at any time anyone had done anything remotely disrespectful toward the office of the president, you would have know about it. But nothing happened that was disrespectful.

I looked for several minutes to find a piece of trash–a gum wrapper, cigarette butt, drink cup, anything. But I found not a thing. I realized that I was among the most law abiding people around. I had never been among found thousand people where at least one person did not litter or did something untoward.

Contrast this to the false allegations that certain Democrat congressmen made about racial epithets being directed toward them as they walked outside the capitol. Oh, these folks could have used the tunnel system interconnecting the buildings, but that would not have served their purpose. They wanted to create a false grievance against their enemies: the U.S. citizenry.

With dozens of cameras and microphones big and small, not one recorded any of this disrespectful behavior. That didn’t stop the false allegations from being made or reported. Soon it became “common knowledge” that tea party members = the Ku Klux Klan.

But the majority of people know the truth. This government under this president is grabbing your rights. They are dragging CEOs before congressional committees to testify why, pray tell, they reported their earnings will take a hit because of the recently passed health care legislation. Answer: It’s the law. The law passed by congress. Adherence to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and the rules established by the SEC.

So if you are searching for thug-like behavior, you’ll be unlikely to find it among tea party attendees.

But you clamored not about Jewish Republican Eric Cantor being threatened by a left wing nut job on YouTube. They threatened him. They threatened his wife. They threatened his children. Someone fired a bullet through one of his offices. In contrast to the faux events mentioned earlier, these really happened.

One other thing. When you use the derisive term “tea baggers”, you set yourself apart for all the wrong reasons. Because of Democrats’ use of the term, we now know that it refers to vulgar homosexual activity. You use the term repeatedly. Every time you do you discredit yourself and the Democrat party. You disrespect fellow citizens and ultimately you disrespect yourself.

Why would anybody want to follow an individual or party with no self-respect?

Art Vandalay

March 30th, 2010
11:43 am

@republicanturneddemocrat

That is just one sect of the party, unfortunately its the only one getting any coverage because well, Glenn Beck, Rush, Hannity, Palin, and a bunch of people running around like fools in patriot costumes shooting guns in the air is more entertaining to the public and also helps the Libs with their fear mongering, all republican are militiamen, gun toting, uneducated, illiterate crazy people.

I for one am one of the few real Republicans left who still wants to move forward socially, economically, and technologically, but wants to do so in a responsible fiscally conservative manner without inhibiting any of the freedoms our society enjoys. The sad part is the Republican party the world sees (which is more libertarian than republican mind you) has become really something like the islamist terrorists we see as our enemies. Everyone must share their ultra right christian ideals or they will come at you with guns and bombs, they want to keep this nation in the dark ages and prevent us from leading the world and have made “progressive” which we all knows comes from progress into a bad word, progress is never bad, the status quo is what makes you irrelevant. There was a time in the 1980s under Reagan and Bush sr. that the Republican party supported social change, medical advances, and science in general. The good news is that party still exists as a minority in the greater nut show that is the republican party today, and its lead by Mitt Romney. Notice Mitt isn’t running around in a desert somewhere in a funny hat shooting a gun in the air he is out educating people on conservative answers to our modern problems, in fact he is at Emory tonight.

They say now Romney may lose traction to the crazies, so we have to get out and support the few true Republicans we have left and take back our party.

Republican turned Democrat

March 30th, 2010
11:50 am

@Art Vandalay, dude, you are absolutely right. I can’t disagree with anything you said. People like you will keep the GOP from fading away into irrelevancy. I respect you for your views and back then, in the 80’s and 90’s, I was a member of the GOP. Didn’t switch until several years ago, but the lack of a vision did it. Have a great American Day.

Art Vandalay

March 30th, 2010
11:52 am

@RGB
you presented yourself as a somewhat enlightened member of a party gone by, until the end. Now i’m not gay but why would homosexual activity be vulgar? Please tell me, since you are well versed on the definition of tea bagging you know well it can be done by a man to woman, would this not be vulgar? You were making good points until you made the tell tale sign of exposing your tea party craziness you let a social or religious belief leak into your politics. The Constitution of this nation you love so much is very clear on a seperation of church and state, yet your right wing sect’s entire platform is based off of religious beliefs.

IC Atlanta

March 30th, 2010
11:53 am

Remind me whose friend is Bill Ayers and what did he do again?

IC Atlanta

March 30th, 2010
11:54 am

You lefties are funny and do not live in reality. That is fine it will smack you in the face with 10+% unemployment rate and massive debt.

Art Vandalay

March 30th, 2010
11:55 am

We have to get the moderate left and right to support Romney in 2012, he is the last hope for a non extreme (in either direction) America we enjoyed under Reagan, Bush, and Clinton. He not only is will save the moderate republican party but very well could save America from extremist views.

RGB

March 30th, 2010
11:58 am

More Idiotic Characterizations of the Republican Party:

“16. a bunch of people running around like fools in patriot costumes shooting guns in the air… [firing weapons in city limits is illegal.]
17. Everyone must share their ultra right christian ideals or they will come at you with guns and bombs [where? when? by whom? Have you been threatened? Did you report it?]
18. the Republican party the world sees has become really something like the islamist terrorists… [Really, so where have these folks engaged in jihad, set off bombs that hurt innocent civilians, etc. The guy in the plane in TX was a left winger.]
20. There was a time in the 1980s under Reagan and Bush sr. that the Republican party supported social change, medical advances, and science in general. [Yeah, I read the party plank that read "effective immediately, the Republican party will oppose all advances in medicine and science." BTW, gay marriage is neither a desirable social change nor a medical advance.]
21. They say now Romney may lose traction to the crazies….” [Romney may lose traction because he preceded ObamaCare with RomneyCare--which is bankrupting Massachusetts.]

I love it when these people pose as Republicans or conservatives and think that nobody will notice their subterfuge.

Keep the day job, bud.

Red

March 30th, 2010
12:06 pm

Know how Obama is lying? his lips are moving.

RGB

March 30th, 2010
12:07 pm

You just proved my point.

You acted as though you are a “common sense Republican” but the word “poseur” comes to mind.

Now you’re going down the path of separation of church and state. Soon, you’ll provide a Code Pink membership link as well as one to PETA.

You accused me of letting my religious beliefs enter my political beliefs. Of course, they do. I don’t apologize. If peoples’ religious beliefs bother you, I suggest that you refrain from bashing them and engaging in religious persecution. It’s unattractive.

As to whom has a lock on certain sexual acts, I’ll defer to your, er, expertise. You sound rather knowledgeable.

But do you think that using the term “tea baggers”, given the definition, is appropriate, tasteful, or warranted by decent people in referring to those who are concerned about the government usurping citizens’ liberty?

Charich1

March 30th, 2010
12:32 pm

Red. your hate for the man is great. To bad education was not high on your list.

Art Vandalay

March 30th, 2010
12:34 pm

Trust me RGB nobody wants to “pose” as anything you believe in. Please, please please enlighten us as to how a ban on stem cell research, an overturn of roe v. wade, or a law that prevents gay marriage is NOT using religious views as a political platform. The point you are missing is it is not govrnments place to say who can and cannot be married, it should not be a matter discussed under politics period, there should be no legislation allowing nor preventing it, its irrelevant to government. If individual insurers want to extend benefits to gay couples let them, they should have the right to do so or to deny doing so, as they should with heterosexual couples. As well, government has no place allowing or disallowing abortion, if states have nothing preventing it and there are doctors willing to do it fine, it is not a matter for the federal level. You can’t push legislation on issues because they offend your faith, its called freedom, and those things may not offend others. If it bothers you don’t do it, don’t support it, but you have no right to tell someone else they can’t do it either. Who would your choice for the GOP in 2012 be?
Oh and if you need an example of a christian group pushing their views through the same violence and intimidation as radical islam http://www.ajc.com/news/nation-world/feds-9feds-9th-militia-suspect-415445.html . These people are terrorists, there is no gray area they should do with them what they would do with Osama bin Laden. You are a sad, closed minded, abrasive human being and fortunately a dieing breed in Georgia, whom we have already pushed out of our largest city to the far flung exburbs and hopefully eventually out all together.

Art Vandalay

March 30th, 2010
12:38 pm

http://blogs.ajc.com/political-insider-jim-galloway/2010/03/29/i-nicked-the-census-man-theres-a-good-boy/ perfect example how is this at all supposed to make anyone believe the far right tea party movement has any grasp on reality, please explain how this makes any sense whatsoever. You rally and complain because your voices arent being heard, how can we fix that? I know, not get counted! If we don’t exist everyone will have to listen to us!

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

March 30th, 2010
12:53 pm

RGB, you’re trying to drown out your obvious southern ignorance by posting huge amounts of material, but its still there for anyone dull enough to read anything from a Randian Thug.

David S

March 30th, 2010
12:53 pm

Its not a matter of not being a citizen. Its a matter of not being qualified to be president according to the Constitution.

And everyone in Washington (except Ron Paul) is afraid of the Tea Party movement and every other small government movement because it threatens their grip on power and their control over the people and the economy of the states. This country began with liberty and it is returning to liberty and those who know nothing of liberty are afraid. Obama being the worst of the worst when it comes to allowing americans to live their own lives is terrified that his world view is falling apart and that the crowd is beginning to notice that the would-be emperor has no clothes.

the truth

March 30th, 2010
12:57 pm

So Obama thinks the Tea Party is made up of people who don’t think he’s a citizen. Wonder where he got that from? His former pastor who spews hate, the terrorist bomber Ayers or Mr. Al Sharpton? Doubt Obama has ever met any Tea Party members. The more the Tea Party movement is attacked the more they will grow.

Obama needs to worry about the economy and the backlash from very old and established US corporations (John Deere, Cat, AT&T, etc.) who are being hit hard by his recent HC bill. The economy hasn’t even started to get bad yet. Inflation and interest rates are not going anywhere but up. Absolutely nothing he has done has helped or will help the people who actually hire people. In fact, all he has done has grown more government jobs. Now those jobs are being hit hard. Want to know what is in store for us in another year or 2? Take a look at New York, California and New Jersey.

Art Vandalay

March 30th, 2010
12:59 pm

This nation is set up for you to choose your leaders, while i dont support a lot of what the current administration does how do you figure what the tea party is doing falls anywhere near the definition of liberty when the current power structure was elected by the best, most corrupt free form of democracy in the world? Obviously the majority of this nation doesn’t share your beliefs. If you want to overthrow the current administration the constitution allows you to, through elections, there is no need to dress up and degrade yourself and your views by acting like a fool in the same type of public rallies that you spoke out against when it was the other side in power. You aren’t acting in the name of liberty, liberty was served by allowing the peoples voice to be heard, and like it or not the citizens of America chose Barack Obama.

Republican turned Democrat

March 30th, 2010
1:06 pm

As it is right now, I can’t/don’t support the GOP. Nor do I think Obama is way off left as President. I also would vote for Obama in an election against Romney, just because I believe in the man, what he stands for and the fact that he is succeeding despite the rhetoric and propaganda wars raged against him.

I do like Huckabee and Romney though and would probably vote for either in 2016, as long as they don’t succumb to the agenda of the tea baggers.

Alabama Communist

March 30th, 2010
1:06 pm

The Tea Party is now claiming Obama is a Space Alien Lizard Communist without a home and seeking to build a Universal Empire on the Planet Mars when the world ends in 2012…….

booger

March 30th, 2010
1:12 pm

The tea party is a movement based on two issues. Taxes and spending. They have no stand on abortion, immigration, climate change, or any other of the many topics out there today. Some, especially Ms. Tucker and apparently president Obama, seek to label anyone who opposes Obama on any topic, or who comes across as a radical as a tea partier, but it just ain’t so.

Losers That Are Still Idiots

March 30th, 2010
1:16 pm

No one is saying anything about Sarah Palin’s speech when she was speaking trying to get votes to become the next VP. There were idiots in the audience shouting out racial slurs. So I guess that is okay. Someone told her to keep speaking after she stopped when she heard the idiots. Just don’t want America to be for EVERYONE. You people are pathetic. This is a new America whether you like it or not. Get use to it or get going back to where your ancestors began.

WWJD

March 30th, 2010
1:19 pm

I guess the Hutaree Michigan TEA PARTY Militia won’t be voting for the GOP this November? ;-)

Republican turned Democrat

March 30th, 2010
1:21 pm

I say we put Fred Phelps, Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, Sarah Palin and all the tea baggers on an island with that crazy militia group and let them all fight it out on who’s gonna be the true voice of the GOP and run in the next election. That’s how crazy the GOP looks to an avg American voter like myself.

i'm in love with sara palin

March 30th, 2010
1:29 pm

i support anyone who promises to take down obama and his racist agenda. he hates white people and loves gays. palin ‘12

geegee

March 30th, 2010
1:32 pm

Where were the tea parties when gas was $5.00 a gallon? Where were the tea parties when people start losing their jobs back in 2007? Where were the tea parties when the President Bush declare war? Where were the tea parties when the bail out to the insurance companies….the tea parties is just another form of prejudices/racism people. I see why there is not any white lines at all white sale at Kmart!!!!

i'm in love with sara palin

March 30th, 2010
1:38 pm

vote palin in 2012 and the tea party to congriss so we can keep the blacks in their place and keep the rasist obama out of office. he took away our county and i want it back.

Art Vandalay

March 30th, 2010
1:39 pm

geegee,
you don’t help the case against the tea party movement, good points, but learn grammar.

Art Vandalay

March 30th, 2010
1:40 pm

@ in love with palin,

whats most sad to me, is given who some of these people are I really can’t be sure if you’re serious or not, its really 50/50

sane jane

March 30th, 2010
1:43 pm

Art Vandalay for office! Any elected office! More sensible minds talking sensibly, plz.

Too bad you’re an importer/exporter. (or was it architect? City Planner? I can never remember)

But before we deify the laissez-faire libertarian wing of the Republican party, let’s remember that Afghanistan – with its weak central government, strong tribes and utter lack of any kind of regulatory bodies whatsoever – would be considered a libertarian paradise!

i'm in love with sara palin

March 30th, 2010
1:45 pm

nobama has spent all our money he lets gays in the army he hates white people and he’s rasist. i want the tea party to run congriss and palin for president so we can get our county back away from the rasist terrorist.

i'm in love with sara palin

March 30th, 2010
1:50 pm

he is not even american he was born in hawai and wont show is birth papers. he stole the election and palin will take back our county

geegee

March 30th, 2010
1:53 pm

i’m in love with sara palin please do a spell checker and read your history book before you make stupid remarks. Your county?? In what state? What is rasist or do you mean resist? LOL..Keep the blacks in their place? the United States is a melting point of all different race of people. This is not 1950’s this is 2010. Why single out one race? You are a joke to the American people. You need to get a life and get rid of that haterd. On September 11, 2001, whites and blacks weren’t single out when the World Trade Center was hit. Whites, Blacks, Asian, Hispanics, etc.. the American People are thousand miles away fighting a war for who country? For only the whites, or for all American citzens? The only thing that the real American people can do for you; is pray and hope the hatred in your heart find peace one day!!! May God be with you.

i'm in love with sara palin

March 30th, 2010
2:00 pm

i am a cristian and i don’t need your advise geegee. you must be a left wing obama puppit who wants to take my county away. when will you wake up and see obama hates you and is a rasist?

i'm in love with sara palin

March 30th, 2010
2:03 pm

i was out there marching for my cival rights with the tea party and we will win in 2012 and keep the blacks and illegal people out of office

What a Joke!!

March 30th, 2010
2:15 pm

i’m in love with sara palin:

You are NOT a Christian!! You CANNOT be a Christian and be a racist at the same time! It is impossible.

That goes out to all of you neanderthals with hate in your heart and on your tongues! Jesus does not dwell where HATE dwells.

You might be disappointed on judgment day…get your facts, your mind and your heart in order.

i'm in love with sara palin

March 30th, 2010
2:19 pm

i am not a rasist i love my county iam just against obama and the other blacks getting free doctors and i have to pay for him. sara palin will win in november and the tea party will take over congriss and get our county back on the right direction without illegal people and blacks taking all our money.

i'm in love with sara palin

March 30th, 2010
2:24 pm

i am a cristian who are you to judge me. the ten commandmints said you shall not judge less you be judge. you just want seperations of the churches and state and you do not even know what a cristian is so don’t judge me. palin 2012