White House Ignoring Its Own Call for Civil Rhetoric?

Hoffa's controversial comments overlooked


This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," September 7, 2011. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

SEAN HANNITY, HOST: It took 24 hours but at long last, the White House has issued a response to the shocking remarks that were delivered by the Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa, who urged an amped-up union crowd to quote, "Take those Tea Party sons of bitches out."

Now "The Anointed One" has been calling on you and me to tone down the heated rhetoric since January. But as usual, he and his team, they don't practice what they preach.

Now here's what the White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer told WMAL radio earlier today.


DAN PFEIFFER, WHITE HOUSE COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR: I think that this is a bit of a parlor game in Washington which is, let's try to take anything that anyone who supports politicians, or the president or -- candidates says, and pin it on them and make the, you know, the president have to serve as the speech police for the Democratic Party and someone in the Republican...

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: But Dan, he said that he has an army ready to do the president's bidding. And it was time to take the SOBs out. That's a sort of a harsh thing that you should say before the president of the United States speaks. The president has called for, you know, a greater and higher political discourse in this country. This doesn't seem to meet the standard.

PFEIFFER: Well, look, that's a judgment for you guys to make. It is a judgment for others to make.


HANNITY: Now, I have a judgment. The president is more than happy to serve as the chief of the speech police that's for conservatives, for Republicans, for me, for you, of course, members of the Tea Party Movement, just not for members of his own party. Maxine Waters, "you can go straight to hell." Frederica Wilson, thinks you are the real enemy. His own vice president who referred to the Tea Party members as terrorists.

And joining me now with reaction, the author of the terrific brand new book called, it's called "A Point in Time: The Search for Redemption in This Life and the Next," David Horowitz. The co-host of "The Five," always getting in trouble, always having to be defended is our own Bob Beckel.

Bob, good to see you.

BOB BECKEL, CO-HOST, "THE FIVE": Good to see you.

HANNITY: David, good to see you, too.


HANNITY: Congrats on the book. This was -- the guy who wrote the art of political war, this is it. This is what we are talking about here. And this is a far more reflective book and a lot of your wisdom.

Let me ask you this. Bob Beckel, when Hoffa says, you know, we are at war with them, we are going to take those sons of bitches out, we need jobs. Most Americans are not union members. He's talking about unions, not talking about the American people, the 15 million Americans that are out of work, the other Americans that are under employed, is he?

BECKEL: Listen. I really can't quite get what the big deal is here. I mean, I know Jimmy Hoffa and he is not a guy who is a soft spoken guy. Now, would I have used those words now that I have finished calling the Tea Party all the names I could call them, I now call a truce. And I don't call them that. I say they are Tea people and that is fine.

Now, but what Hoffa was talking about was, what I said, is let's stop calling them names and let's get to win the war with them, and that war is in the elections because that's where we are going to beat them.

And by the way, the Tea Party doesn't represent much in America. Right now, they had a poll out today, among Republicans, they're half, what, positive and negative about the Tea Party.

HANNITY: All right. Let's go to a montage of the president, David. I'll get your reaction about -- the issue here is the double standard, the hypocrisy. Here's President Obama calling for civility again and again.


PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, JAN. 12: Only a more civil and honest public discourse can help us face up to the challenges of our nation.

JIMMY HOFFA, PRESIDENT, TEAMSTERS, SEPT. 5: Let's take these son of a (bleep) out.

OBAMA, JAN. 12: We can question each other's ideas without questioning each other's love of country.

REP. FREDERICA WILSON, D-FLA., AUG. 23: Let's all remember who the real enemy is.

OBAMA, AUG. 11, 2009: I do hope that we will talk with each other and not over each other.

WILSON, AUG. 23: The real enemy is the Tea Party.

OBAMA, AUG. 11, 2009: Where we do disagree, let's disagree over things that are real. Not these wild misrepresentations.

REP. MAXINE WATERS, D-CALIF., AUG. 23: The Tea Party can go straight to hell.

OBAMA, AUG. 11, 2009: People who want to keep things the way they are will try to scare the heck out of folks.

VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN, SEPT. 5: You are the only folks keeping the barbarians in the gate.

OBAMA, AUG. 11, 2009: Create bogeyman out there that just aren't real.



HOROWITZ: Well, when it comes Sean, to bold-face lying to the American people, Barack Obama makes Bill Clinton look like a boy scout. I've never seen a president lie with such aplomb and so consistently over so long a time as Barack Obama.

It is totally hypocritical. And you know, Bob put a kind of nice spin on the Hoffa speech. This is the language of warfare. This is so destructive to a democracy. Our politics has become unbelievably ugly. And the Democrats for reasons actually, I don't refer to Democrats, but I explain in my book, people on the left are basically in a religious movement. They want to see a redemption in this life. And they see conservatives like us, we are the party of Satan for them. And that's the way they treat us. Whereas conservatives tend to be on the whole, civil, they give people the benefit of the doubt and they are.

BECKEL: Excuse me, I'm sorry.

HOROWITZ: It is OK, we forgive you.

HANNITY: Let me ask a question. Bob give me three quick examples that comparable, "son of a bitch."

BECKEL: Joe Wilson, you lie!

HANNITY: There's one. Next.


HOROWITZ: I knew you were going to bring that up.

BECKEL: And I could bring up, David, that schmuck in Louisiana, the Ku Klux Klan, Republican.

HOROWITZ: Oh, excuse me --

BECKEL: And I'll tell you -- I'll give you 10 more. Anybody who calls Barack Obama a socialist, that is a bold face lie. When you sit here David and say he's lying, I'd like you to point out where he's lying. He's not responsible for what everybody on the left is saying.

HOROWITZ: One point where he is lying is where Joe Wilson called him out as a liar because you know, illegals aren't going to get the Obamacare.

BECKEL: That's ridiculous. Joe Wilson is not showing up tomorrow night which is very good, because that means the I.Q. goes up in the hall.

HOROWITZ: You need to read Stanley Kurtz's book on Obama. Obama comes from my left. His entire career was shaped, sculpted and made possible by Marxists from the '60s who actually a lot of them are in the White House now -- of course he's a socialist.

BECKEL: It is another example. You want another example? You just heard it. Now you are calling him a Marxist. You are a Marxist. I happened to be a socialist early in my career. So, you were a Marxist, now you are saying that Barack Obama is a Marxist.

HOROWITZ: Of course.

BECKEL: That is a lie.

HANNITY: I think he's a socialist.

BECKEL: Then, you're lying. I mean.

HANNITY: If we borrow 40 cents of every dollar and he wants Obamacare, and he wants the government to take care of pretty much everything and we're going to bailout the banks and the insurance companies and the car companies, you know, that is the definition of socialism.

BECKEL: No, no. That is not the definition of socialism.


I have and I understand what socialism is. A socialist system is not.

HANNITY: They take over a business.

BECKEL: No, and what business are they taking over besides car companies --


HANNITY: Banks, insurance companies.

BECKE: Oh they haven't taken over banks. They have not!

HOROWITZ: I've written a lot about this. I mean, Saul Alinsky is the --

BECKETL: One of the great man.

HOROWITZ: Exactly. And Saul Alinsky, his basic message to left is, you lie, you don't tell people your agendas, you don't tell them what the final goal is. You pretend to be something you are not. That's what that whole book "Rules for Radicals" is about. And that is the script that Obama works on.

So, OK, when he's running for office, you know government health care is extreme and complete privatization is extreme and we need something in the middle. When he gets into office, you know it is a socialist plan.

BECKEL: Did you write about the conservative militia in this country that supports --

HOROWITZ: Oh, give me a break.


BECKEL: Give me a break for a second. Hey, let me just switch here for a second. Can you name me one tax cut for rich people that you don't support? And one positive program for poor people that you do?

HOROWITZ: There's a lot of tax breaks for rich people that I don't support.

BECKEL: Like what?

HOROWITZ: Well, you know, the yacht loophole.

BECKEL: OK, good, Hannity is in favor of that.

HANNITY: I hate boats. I don't care about boats --

BECKEL: How about the airplane?

HANNITY: -- except for the people that make them.

HOROWITZ: You know...


BECKEL: That's the key to you guys --

HANNITY: We got to run. But you know, the question I'll ask you is, what percentage of people's income, 50 cents on the dollar, 60 cents on the dollar? How much is enough for you in taxes, state, local, federal?

BECKEL: In your case, I would say about 85 cents, in mine about 15.

HANNITY: OK. My point is well taken.

David, congrats on a great book. Good to see you.

HOROWITZ: Thank you.

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