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Maybe Obama’s Critics Really Are a Bunch of Goons

September 21, 2009

Tea Party

Ever since the Tea Party phenomenon exploded onto the political scene a few months back, the Left has been up in arms over the inflammatory and offensive rhetoric featured on some of the signs and placards displayed by those in attendance. Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, and Rachel Maddow, among others, have fumed repeatedly about the bad taste exhibited by many of those expressing their displeasure with the President and his policies.

The Huffington Post ran a feature on this subject, titled “10 Most Offensive Tea Party Signs,” which singled out, among others, the following winners — or perhaps “losers” is a more apt term:

  • Obama’s Plan: White Slavery”
  • “The American taxpayers are the Jews for Obama’s ovens”
  • “Our tax $ given to Hamas to Kill Christians, Jews, & Americans”
  • “Obama: What you talking about Willis? Spend my money?”
  • “Obama loves taxes, bankrupt USA, loves baby killing”
  • “Barack Hussein Obama: The new face of Hitler”
  • “Barack Obama supports abortion, sodomy, socialism, and the New World Order”
  • “Obama was not bowing [to the Saudi king]. He was sucking Saudi jewels.”

That’s pretty salty stuff. Reasonable people must concede that rhetoric like this is crude and offensive.

A question does come to mind, however: Exactly how did the Huffington Post go about selecting these particular signs for recognition? A simple Internet search turns up a whole host of protesters’ signs that were considerably more offensive, and more graphic, than these. Many of them, in fact, issued explicit calls for violence against the President. Among the uglier, more reprehensible examples were the following:

  1. One sign exhorted Americans to “kill” the President and “bomb his f—in White House.”
  2. Another said, “I’m here to kill” the President.
  3. Another urged the powers-that-be to “hang” the President.
  4. Another said the President “is the disease, death is the cure.”
  5. Another said the President is “the only dope worth shooting.”
  6. Another showed a likeness of the President’s face with a bullet hole in the forehead, oozing red blood.
  7. Another called explicitly for the “death” of the “pig” in the White House.
  8. Another displayed a caricature of the President’s disembodied, bleeding head.
  9. Others featured the President’s face accompanied by such captions as: “Wanted: dead or alive,” and “Death to the dictator.”
  10. Another showed the President’s neck being fitted with a noose.
  11. Still another showed the image of a noose accompanied by a caption urging us to “support” the President (i.e., with the noose).

Perhaps examples 10 and 11 above, evoking images of lynchings, lend some credence to the claims of Jimmy Carter, who has told conservatives that, however much they may wish to deny it, their criticisms of President Obama are, in the final analysis, motivated chiefly by a subconscious racism that simply cannot accept a black man as President.

Oh, but wait. Actually, none of the signs in the numbered list above were displayed at Tea Party rallies protesting President Obama and his policies. They were displayed during the previous administration, at rallies protesting President George W. Bush and his policies.

Oops. Never mind.

(The photos referenced in the numbered list can be viewed here.)
(Hat tips: Kathy Shaidle,

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  1. Cynthia Lauren permalink
    September 21, 2009 6:00 pm

    Well done, John! I must admit that I was challenged at even ‘reading’ the
    posters that you’d……….posted…………while my ‘mind’ was on track with
    attributing them to Tea Party Protesters. You again ~ prove in a very
    Horowitz-isc-tic (yes. I make up words, too. Prayerfully THIS ONE will stick)
    manner that we can be manipulated by very very subtle means. And ~ the
    meaner the person… the more deceptive their means… I mean… Oh, well!
    (Yes. Kean minds and fervent Spirits enjoy laughter, too. I hear it’s a great
    medicine and it’s PURE… unlike medicines chocker block full (*Australian Term!)
    of adjuncts and the like.

    You remind me that when I arrived at Hillsdale College in the late 70’s and wanted to pursue Behavioral Sciences… (just ’cause I LOVE animals) that I was turned off of the whole Pavlovian/B.F. (was that for BIG FAT?) Skinner-thing
    in only 1 semester. Had I ONLY KNOWN I could’ve ‘melded’ with their warped
    thinking (like, making little yellow duckies think a milk carton was their momma) and been a greater asset (or should that’ve be hyphenated?) for ‘The Cause’ you pen for, today.

    Alas ~ I chose the more morally relevant course in my life and dropped out of a school whose business was tending to mommy’s and daddy’s (outta control) boys and girls while they were primed to take over Daddy’s Conglomerate. Yes. I can say with pride and honor that I chose the path ‘less traveled’ and jumped into life’s mud puddle only to come out the other side ~ with invaluable lessons such as learning who to listen to and HOW (not WHAT) to think.

    God bless You and those of your ilk, John. I’ll send your article on to some friends. Well Said, Sir.

    Cindy Thorpe
    Your Larikin’ American friend in South Australia

    • John Perazzo permalink*
      September 21, 2009 7:04 pm

      Thank you, Cindy. Glad you enjoyed the post, and glad to have you as a NewsReal reader.

  2. Fred permalink
    September 21, 2009 6:19 pm

    Weird, the stuff you listed here, are of signs that was made of former President Bush…

    • MikeInMaine permalink
      September 21, 2009 6:56 pm

      Sorry to pick on you Fred, but jeez man! Maybe the author of this piece should have written it very slowly- so you could follow along???

  3. Rafe permalink
    September 21, 2009 7:22 pm

    Two wrongs make a right! Yay!

  4. MikeInMaine permalink
    September 21, 2009 7:37 pm

    John Perazzo; I am glad you wrote this fine article! I tell my friends(and foes) this fact all the time! And for the DNC to have the GALL to call the RNC the party of no, when that is precisely what they were for eight years! And theirs’ was a well-concerted tactic as soon as GW was sworn in(actually before that!). They stuck their finger in his eye every day in every way imaginable, whether the accusations were truthful or not! And the lamesteream media was only too happy to carry their water! I was only angered further by the RNC’s refusal to negate the charges!

  5. Edith permalink
    September 21, 2009 7:54 pm

    I would bet most of the signs were actually Obama supporters, and they carried the signs to make the Tea Party goers look really bad, has been done for years. Nice try though MSNBC.

    • pbrauer permalink
      September 21, 2009 8:56 pm

      There were a billion people there, how could you tell?

      • Julie Trevor permalink
        September 22, 2009 6:54 am

        Pbrauer, glad you finally got the people counter you ordered from MSNBC, works good huh?

        • pbrauer permalink
          September 22, 2009 8:12 am


          LOL. Look at it this way, if the crowd was as large as you think it was, then there must have been thousands of people with wet pants and the stench of urine permenting the air as the corporate lobbiest, Freedom Works, was only expecting only 30,000 and would not have ordered the bathroom needed to handle such a crowd.

          Have seen the video of the FOX producer rallying the crowd to cheer when they were on camera? Real news organizations don’t create the news, they cover it.

          • Julie Trevor permalink
            September 22, 2009 8:45 am

            Pbrauer, I did see this and commented on it on a few days ago (ironically they haven’t posted my comment).

            Has the woman in the green shirt been confirmed as a Fox News producer? Is she the reason for Bill Sammon’s memo to staff?

            When the piece appeared on mediamatters, they hadn’t checked their facts yet, but why would that get in the way of a good story…that was the essence of my comment (the woman in the green shirt at the time mediamatters opined on iit had not been verified as an employee of Fox News)

            If she is, shame on her! So young and now no future.

            • pbrauer permalink
              September 22, 2009 1:32 pm

              The woman in green is a producer, you can tell the way she acts. And yes she is the reason for Bill Sammon’s memo to the staff. He was saying next time don’t get caught.

            • Julie Trevor permalink
              September 22, 2009 1:56 pm

              Pbrauer, if I made conclusions about people’s employment status by the “way they act”…life would be wicked funny and Bill Maher would be the ticket taker at the local landfill. I asked because I have not seen it confirmed that she was the producer…
              I read Sammon’s memo (or it’s likeness at mediamatters) an, I took it as a heads up not to become the story, not as you say “don’t get caught next time”.

              You seem to “see” a lot more in this than I do…do you hold seances?

  6. Eric Kirk permalink
    September 21, 2009 9:01 pm

    It’s the “they do it too” defense. The problem is that the protesters of the previous administration are fringe. The protesters depicting Obama as a mugger attacking Uncle Sam run the GOP right now.

    • September 21, 2009 9:56 pm

      Please. Don’t insult our intelligence. It’s one of the reasons that so many Americans are riled up in the first place. Fringe protesters? If by that you mean mainstream left wing status quo, then maybe you have a point.

      As to who’s running the GOP right now, let me know when you find out.

      • pbrauer permalink
        September 22, 2009 4:00 pm

        Julie, if saw the memo on Media Matters you know they provided a link to the source. Compare the two and you see there is no difference between source and Media Matters.

        People in power such as Bill Sammon, do not respond to claims unless there’s merit. He inferred that the producer was relatively new at FNC in his memo.

        I am not sure why you are defending FOX in this instance. Are you saying they never make a mistake? I think you defense of them is more revealing than you realize.

        As for my statement “don’t get caught next time” is just as good as what you see in the memo.

        • Julie Trevor permalink
          September 22, 2009 4:38 pm

          What part of my post in general and “shame on her” specifically is defending Fox?


          • pbrauer permalink
            September 22, 2009 10:45 pm

            Why should she be shamed for doing her job? I don’t get it, are you saying she should be shamed for getting caught on video? BTW, Media Matters takes apart Bill Sammon’s memo. Watch.\

  7. SHmuel "Sam" HaLevi permalink
    September 22, 2009 2:15 am

    I am an US Citizen residing overseas in Israel.
    Formerly a Senior/Fellow Engineer with the US DoD Military Avionics Programs, etc.
    Most military aircraft either include process I Patented or developments on which I participated. While in the US I was registered as Democrat.

    As a Senior, at times, asked my associates… Is that the best we can do?
    Is that element up there the best we have to lead a solid and trusted USA?
    Now, lets be frank. Is that the best we have?

    After months of observing from the distance what has happened to America in the last decade and in particular since the election of Mr. Saetoro Obama, I wonder if it would be usefull providing you all with a report from the SHUK, (open air market in the ME).
    Pathetic and despicable are the best I have heard amongst Mr. S-Ob purported ME “supporters” at those SHUKS.
    Since I am a Levite, a Jewish person I may add without being suspected of bias against my purported fellow Jews, that his associates such as unJewish Rham E and Axelrod do little to improve that image. In fact those two are despised by one and all here, except of course by the renegades in our midst here.
    So no one there believe that in any way we are concerned about the uncertified birth place fellow vagueries being of relevance here, allow me to assuage that. We care more about an imaginary flying petunia than about the fellow’s self destructive nonsense.

    Posters will never do justice to the fall we all took by allowing that apparently Chicagoland hatched ensemble to assume the “leadership” role.

    In 2010 a Correction Action Plan must be set in place if the US Constitutional setting is to survive.


    Is that the best we can do?

    • Somewhere Man permalink
      September 22, 2009 1:04 pm

      All my (aware fo the world) life, I always, ALWAYS, wondered why Jews in America overwhelmingly voted Democrat. As far back as I can remember (early 1970s), I have been conservative, and pro-Israel. But as obvious as it was for me to see the anti-Israeli views and positions taken by American Liberals and Democrats, I just could not understand the position of American Jewry. That is, until Mark Levin explained to a caller one day that, for those people, the belief in those destructive Liberal and Communist ideas, being the ideologs they are, was far stronger than any “faith” they had or once had.


  8. September 22, 2009 4:54 am



    • Julie Trevor permalink
      September 22, 2009 6:56 am

      Rose, No…another year of apathy (or waned enthusiasm) there will be no roses to smell.
      BTW – no need for all caps, we get it 🙂

  9. Christy permalink
    September 22, 2009 9:17 am

    My husband and I were at the March and Rally in D.C. and I do not recall seeing any of the signs that are on this list. The only sign I saw that could be remotely considered offensive were the ‘Bury ObamaCare with Kennedy” signs. I know many in the fringe media have tried to make others believe it said “Bury Obama with Kennedy”, which they did not, but it seems par for the course for the liberal news outlets to lie when they cannot find anything that suits their agenda (kind of like B.O.).

    We marched, then walked through the crowds for over 2 hours (many times not being able to move because they were so packed), reading every sign we could see, I would like to know where these people were…planted perhaps? Sorry, the folks at the TeaParty’s and this Rally could not hold a candle to the rude and crude behavior and signs that have been seen aplenty at anti-bush events…

  10. LanceThruster permalink
    September 22, 2009 3:26 pm

    Just thought I’d mention this as Pres. Obama’s programs and his plans to pay for them are often used to establish that he is trying to kill capitalism and institute a fascist/communist/socialist system.

    If this is so, what does this say about Israel considering these comments from someone who made Aliyah? (see: )

    The cost of living in Israel is not all that much less then the United States. The rents are basically the same. But my salary is half of what I would be making in America. On top of that, the taxes are oppressive.

    I am able to afford all the essentials, but something mundane, like going out to the movies, has become an expensive luxury, and buying a new cell phone is a major purchase, which needs to be saved for.

    There is a joke I tell friends considering making Aliyah. How do you end up with a million dollars in your Israeli bank account?… Move here with two million.


    Why aren’t all the supposedly free market capitalists in here railing against Israel’s money grab through taxation (as well as pointing out the money the US taxpayer could save by not subsidizing Israel in the first place)?

    Just sayin’.

    • September 22, 2009 3:40 pm

      WTF does “Just sayin’” mean?

      • In the know permalink
        September 22, 2009 3:47 pm

        I think from a globalist perspective, he implies capitalists are being hypocritical for not condemning Israel. I could care less about the fiscal practices of Israel. Don’t worry about your neighbors garden when your house is burning down, its not important.

        • LanceThruster permalink
          September 22, 2009 3:56 pm

          What if a good deal of your own water supply is going to your neighbor while your own house is on fire?

          And for the record, the correct phrase is “couldn’t care less” as your statement means you care somewhat.

          • intheknow permalink
            September 22, 2009 4:33 pm

            Thank you for playing grammar police. I see you understood my point though. As for the water supply, poor analogy. The American Constitution is under attack. Israeli tax codes are insignificant given the circumstances. I am sure, in the absence of such a threat, the true capitalists would have more concern. They are not being hypocrites, just dealing with more serious issues closer to home.

            • LanceThruster permalink
              September 22, 2009 7:51 pm

              Not at all.

              Pres. Obama’s policies and the taxation involved are seen as confiscatory by those in here, and as such supposedly puts him in league with the totalitarians of very oppressive regimes and their associated ideologies. Dems are often portrayed as “tax & spend” yet the GOP has long operated on the principle of “spend & spend” while cutting taxes for their buddies. Their privatization policies shovel money to their buddies while providing far less value when not commiting outright fraud (say what you will about ACORN, how many US service personnel did *they* electrocute from substandard contracting like the contractors of Cheney’s Halliburton subsidiaries did? Mind you, this is addition to being found guilty of fraudulent billing by the DoD & GAO and still getting more contracts. They also shelter their money offshore so someone else has to pick up the tab).

              Israel, as described by the linked emigre, is both confiscatory of its own residents, as well as soaking up substantial amounts of *our* tax revenue. Yet while others sound the alarm of the dangerous path Obama is taking us down, Israel is cited as a success story in governance, defense, industry, and culture.

              Clearly, it matters not so much what is being done, but who is doing it. That’s why goopers supported the Unitary Executive and declared that the destruction of the Bill of Rights by the Patriot Act was necessary for our collective benefit, but become a horde of WATB’s when they do not get their way because they pissed away their majority status (a “permanent” majority as envisioned by Karl Rove) through incompetence and corruption. When they declare that government doesn’t work, they always do their damndest to confirm it. Their bullying and arrogance works on the gullible for a time, but in the end they’re shown for what they are.

              Rove’s playbook is just stolen from “Mein Kampf”, particularly “the big lie” to dupe the masses, anti-intellectualism (Shrubya’s bread & butter), and accusing the opposition of the crimes you are guilty of. That goes double when they’re out of power. I hope this is the beginning of a gooper permanent minority status and the two party system becomes the old corporate entrenched Dems vs the Progressives. Now *that* will be change I can believe in!

      • LanceThruster permalink
        September 22, 2009 4:14 pm

        There are multiple interpretations of what it means but this I feel this particular one pretty much echoes my sentiments. It’s similar to the teabaggers crying about socialized medicine while at the same time demanding that no one touch their Medicare; or a recent example of lunacy where Tea Baggers and TX Rep Kevin Brady complained about DC Metro public transportation (which Brady voted against funding for) (see: ).

        (from: )

        W.F. says:
        January 31, 2007 at 11:54 pm

        Hmm, everytime I or my friends say “I’m just sayin'” we’re usually pointing out a truth or opinion that most people don’t want to hear or are afraid to say aloud. But at the same time, we’re hoping they don’t get offended or throw a fit. Most often though, it’s said after something fairly humorous, leaving the listener to their own conclusion.

        • In the know permalink
          September 23, 2009 7:31 am

          I see. You assume that the people here are supporters of the GOP in the same manner as the supporters of the leftists. Support and defend the party line regardless. The misconception of the left that people supported Bush by not protesting is a hasty generalization. To morally equivicate the current situation to the patriot act is absurd. Refer to the well documented histories of most of the current administrations “special advisors” if you wish to know the source of Americans true angst. Their pasts coupled with the current language and policies of this administration has people scared. You say “move along people, nothing to see here” al la South Parks officer Barbrady. In the meantime, they see armed thugs robbing a bank. As for the juvenile “I’m just sayin'”…”Most often though, it’s said after something fairly humorous, leaving the listener to their own conclusion.” That tells me your point is subjective and therefore poorly argued.

          • LanceThruster permalink
            September 23, 2009 8:42 am

            The misconception of the left that people supported Bush by not protesting is a hasty generalization


            No generalization needed. If your cause is fiscal responsibility, your “movement” was virtually invisible during the Bush reign. Now all of the sudden you care about the amount of money spent and on what. I hold the Dems accountable in the same way I do Repubs. I’m not going to get everything I want as far as a progressive agenda goes, but I’ll voice my disagreement or approval as warranted.

            I’ll try to be more serious as is befitting this site from here on in.

            • jbtrevor permalink
              September 23, 2009 3:42 pm

              Lance, this is simply not true…the conservatives absolutely voiced their opinions on fiscal responsibility by removing the Republican majority in both the house and senate.

            • lancethruster permalink
              September 23, 2009 4:04 pm

              jbtrevor – so other than the vote outcome, your dissent was expressed how (notice I said “during” Bush rule? And how does one gauge the success of dissent when the election doesn’t go your way? Because of these vageries, I would reject the claim that “conservatives” (however monolithic that label is or isn’t) “absolutely voiced” anything.

              What they did was get trounced badly because the majority of those whose vote decision was not predetermined (i.e. not voting the straight D or R ticket) rejected Republican leadership and/or opted for a Democratic vision of governance. As a democratic republic, particularly in a two-party system, even what is inferred by support of the winning side is hardly clear cut.

              It’s the reason why third party candidates initially do very well because most of the supporters believe the candidate’s views mirror their own, whether valid or not.

            • jbtrevor permalink
              September 23, 2009 4:49 pm

              You see it your way, I see it mine, we can agree to disagree…

    • jbtrevor permalink
      September 22, 2009 4:12 pm

      Well, your taxes in Israel would be a heck of a lot less if She didn’t have to spend so much time paying Arabs either with direct support in the form of “welfare” or in the form of bombs and the people to fire them.
      In other words, if the Palestinians & the rest of the Middle Eastern Muslims would accept Israel as a sovereign nation and stop trying to wipe her into the sea; your taxes would be less.

  11. Juan Freeman permalink
    September 23, 2009 7:35 am

    No denying these signs are offensive, but I’d like to add my two cents. Penny one: They are hardly as offensive as what this administration is doing to our free nation. Penny two: What percentage of these signs are carried by, oh say ACORN provocateurs intent on discrediting the 9/12 – T.E.A. Party movement? Like the Salvadoran rebels, who murdered citizens marginally supportive of their cause, then blamed the murders on “right-wing death squads” for propaganda purposes; isn’t this tactic a plausible explanation for some of these more offensive signs?

  12. Esteban Cafe, World permalink
    September 23, 2009 9:16 am

    I do not think “Kill President Bush” signage is in any way equivalent to what protester’s on your right held up as signs–it is much worse. Hanging and killing are much worse statements to make than anything I read. Is this what the saying “moral equivalence” refers to?

    Mr. Obama seems as qualified for your presidency as were many of his constituants for home loans; two reasons your America is in such straits.

    We simply do not understand how your left can demonize your right with such weak arguments. Good luck to your America.

  13. socalmal permalink
    September 23, 2009 9:20 pm

    T is for Taxed
    E is for Enough
    A is for Already!

    Party is because we don’t spew hatred, don’t trash a place just because we assemble there, don’t want to vandalize local businesses because we are not Liberals.

    We are taxed enough already! What part of that don’t people get? Hence the kool-aid for those that blindly support Obama and won’t dare to think that someone has a quibble or downright hard-nosed stance against his policies of bailing everyone and everything out with tax payers money.

    Who cares what color his skin is? Its the content of his character and the very words and actions that so many Americans have fault with.

    This is my own comment so don’t even try to bring Beck or anyone else into it. We all make our own informed or ill-informed opinions on what matters to us.
    To have an infinitesimal idea what this nation is going through consider that your opinions may be fraught with lack of knowledge or experience. We hate paying excessive taxes, being lied to, having our government try to control every aspect of our life when we were brought up to believe that America represented everything that was good in the world: religious freedom, inalienable rights, justice for all, and then have your president surround himself with the most anti-American, atheist, criminal czars he can find. Lets see, Van Jones, Cass Sunstein, ACORN, Kevin Jennings, and the list goes on.

    We want our freedoms back, not just for us, for everyone. The government is supposed to work for us but it now tries to control us. Obama saying that this not a Christian nation and writing in his book that he will stand with the muslims is quite telling. He clearly stated today at the United Nations assembly that America will not support Israel. He is welcoming the terrorists to attack them, they already deny the holocaust.

    Remember, when they came for the other guy and you said nothing. When they come for you, who will say something? It will be too late.

    • jbtrevor permalink
      September 24, 2009 6:20 am

      TEA party attendees don’t spit on American soldiers either….

    • Rik permalink
      October 5, 2009 4:30 am

      I like the way you exclaim ‘we don’t spew hatred’ and in the same exact sentence, (you don’t even wait until a new sentence), you spew the hateful ideas that ‘Liberals’: ‘..trash a place just because (they) assemble there, (and)…vandalize local businesses.’ Nice way to ‘not spew hatred’, hypocrite. But that’s just the icing on the cake. So, all of you TEA folks are mad at the increases in your taxes that President Obama has passed? Funny, there haven’t been any, NOT A SINGLE ONE. Did you think no one would notice that? And your claim that the government is taking away our freedoms and trying to control us. What a bunch of BS. There has not been one law passed or executive order issued that takes away anyones rights or freedoms. You are the one drinking the koolaid. Your ‘Cause’, as well as your arguments, are facetious and phony. It is nothing but an excuse to ‘spew hatred’.

      • jbtrevor permalink
        October 5, 2009 6:16 am

        Rik, look at the news photos of events attended by liberal (Democrats) and those attended by conservatives (Republicans); the statements made by the posters here were based on fact, not hate.
        And the people protesting Obama’s policies, including those attending tea parties are protesting proposed laws and yes the ones that are already passed: i.e. the end of the Bush era tax cuts will result in automatic tax increases.

        Re gov. control: taxes = economic control, forced vacinations (swine flu), forced purchase of CFL’s, forced use of “water saving” toilets, forced recycling, etc, etc etc – yes Rik, those are Gov. controls.

        Your thoughts?

  14. October 1, 2009 9:37 pm

    “Our tax $ given to Hamas to Kill Christians, Jews, & Americans”

    What’s wrong with this one? Is it inaccurate because the money wasn’t specifically earmarked for murdering people?


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