Skip to comments.President Obama’s Use of “Teabagger” Term Sparks Media Debate
Posted on 05/05/2010 4:55:25 PM PDT by OldDeckHand
ABC News Jake Tapper took heat from some liberal bloggers when he contrasted President Obamas call for civility in politics with Obamas use of the term tea-bagger in a November interview for Jonathan Alters new book. At issue was Tappers failure to point out that the term was originally coined by the Tea Party movement, which he addressed in an update.
WaPos Dave Weigel, meanwhile, traces the movements attempt to frame the term as a slur. Its time to correct the record once and for all.
Let me first address the criticism of Tappers story. The fact that the Tea Party movement coined the term has little relevance to Jakes point. In comments to Mediaite yesterday, Dave Weigel summed up the civil way to deal with this:
I like to follow a policy of calling people what they want to be called or at least dont object to being called. This is why you dont see me call people teabaggers.
(Excerpt) Read more at mediaite.com ...
Its a gay thing. Its their little gay inside joke.
I don’t expect civility from juveniles, but I also don’t take anything they say seriously.
He may want to ask Larry about tea bags.
Aww is poor little barry so frustrated with his complete incompetence in office he has to resort to childish name calling?? Mr. President you are a PETTY LITTLE “Man-Child”..
at least with Nixon given his history and the way the media and the elites felt about him and his background and all, you could understadn where his paranoia and thin skin came from. Obama is on top of the world. The media and the glitterati all love him and worship at his feet. What does he have to be resentful or upset about?
Many black people call each other the "N" word.
Does that make it OK for anybody else to call them that?
Was Barry the teabagger or the teabagee?
We should ask his old boyfreind Larry about that one.
Sheesh, i always screw that word up.
When asked to comment on the “teabagger” namecalling, Tea Party spokesmen should be instructed to simply say “close enough!” with a big smile, and move on.
If pressed by an obnoxious reporter, they should innocently ask the reporter “what do you mean by ‘teabagger’?” The media outlet will cut the question (and the answer, if one is given) from the video, and that’s that.
Obama's steady stream of lies provides smart Journalists with a great opportunity to come into "their own"!
Prominence is a wonderful thing...eh, Barky?
Great. Now how do I get that mental image out of my mind?
Tea bagger is very GAY term that ypu can find on the NET.
Where is the ACLU when Obummer makes a comment.
I’ve watched the whole tea party evolve, from a rant by a financial reporter on cable, to tax day protests, to the political and cultural force that it is today, in two short years.
Never once during that time, did I hear the term “teabagger” until several nobodies and Gloria Vanderbilt’s daughter started giggling about teabagging and using the term on MSNBC. There was immediate recognition as to just why these people were using the term, they’re all sexual deviants of one sort or another.
To now try and claim that it’s a self-referential term coined by tea partiers themselves, is really peculiar.
These people do realize they’re being observed and they no longer can just airbrush history out for a do-over, don’t they? Apparently not.
Or, ask the reporter, would it be insulting to you if called a "Communist dirtbag"?
He's got in-house expertise now. Why dredge up the past?
how many repoters would object to the term b*tp*r*te?
He calls me the “T” word one more time and I’m going to dust off the “N” word!
The tea party patriots never called themselves that term. IIRC Cooper on CNN started it not us.
One time I heard someone refer to our former Governor as “that babykilling faggot”.
I think Jonathan Alter used the term first - in print - and Cooper was the one to first use it on the air.
As a homosexual man, he knew EXACTLY what he was calling them.
Any time a reporter uses that vulgar sexual term I use it as a litmust test that 1. they are a homosexual 2. they are using it to transmit their PERSONAL political view.
They pulled it from the same orifice they pulled "tax increases help spur economic growth"
Here's a hint - everyone has one.
He and Bawney Fwrank are the only teabaggers I know for sure are teabaggers in American politics...
Tea Party Movement coined the term "teabagger?" AFAIK it was 'coined' by Cooper Anderson when he said "it's hard to talk when you're teabagging."
Anderson is a Tea Bagger.
They lie, the term was not “coined” by the tea party movement. The first it was used was by a bunch of gay a**hats trying to put down the tea partiers.
If you want to be historically accurate, they could refer to us the same as the british, “those bloody coffee drinkings”
we leave the tea drinking to the poodle politicians.
“at least with Nixon given his history and the way the media and the elites felt about him and his background and all, you could understadn where his paranoia and thin skin came from.”
I really do not think Nixon was paranoid...they were really out to get him. They wouldn’t have gotten away with it (democrats) in todays world with media outlets that will tell the truth, like Fox News, BigGovernment.com, etc.
and for some reason they still take Walter “the liar” Cronkite seriously.
Now why would they do that? That doesn't even make sense. Your other idea about asking them what teabagger means is ok.
I think you've got a tagline in there somewhere.
He's terrified that his secrets will be discovered, the BC being first and foremost.
As a member and supporter of the local Tea Party, I present the following:
“Teabagger” is our “N” word.
Good point. I wonder to what extent we could complain to the FCC equating the “T” word with the “N” word or more importantly as simply an obscene word not to be uttered on the airwaves? Maybe hit the commentators with a fine or two ... ;-)
Obama knows what he is saying, he’s the faggot in chief.
well said Long!!!!, and for those of us who listened at his start, (only at his start....until his liberal commie spewing crap became 100% evident), it is hard to fathom ANYONE giving this man any kudos whatsoever.
He also ended the Vietnam war. His victory was trashed by the incoming Democrats in the post-Watergate Congress, and the feckless Gerald Ford.
Nixon may have been mean spirited and petty at times, but he was also thoughtful and powerful.
Obama isn't fit to clean Nixon's jockstrap.
Yes! Exactly. If any liberal says it they need to be called out immediately as racist scum (after all they keep reminding us the Tea Parties are code for White), ignorant mouth-breathing trolls. It's also good to get all hostile, screw up your eyes like you're going to pop, threaten to call the police, and report them to HR.
ON THE OTHER HAND - it is quite acceptable for us to use the term among ourselves. We do pronounce it differently though: "teabagga" as in "What's up my Teabagga?" "You my teabagga" and the ever popular "Teabagga please!".
I thought it traced back to Anderson Cooper using it on his CNN show with a smirk. Either way, I don’t recall hearing it before the lib media used it either. The fact that they have to concoct the excuse that it came from the tea partiers themselves shows that they know it’s poor behavior that exposes their bias and makes them look like jerks.
By Anderson "Teabaggin'" Cooper, to be exact.
We ought to as vociferously apply the double standard as they do with the “n word”.
“We can use it, but you can’t. And if you do, you’re a bigot.”
OK. But how do you prove it?
As someone who is old enough to remember the original Boston Tea Party, take it from me. Tea Bags had not been invented in the late 1700's. All tea was made with loose tea. Tea bags have no relationship to the Tea Party.