As a registered Democrat, I was sent “The White House Weekly Address” that includes a YouTube video of President Barack Obama giving a speech about the demonstrations in Egypt. He told of the passion and dignity of the Egyptian people who were demonstrating against the government of Egypt and that this had been an inspiration to the world and the United States. Obama told how clearly he could hear the call for change, and it must happen now. Obama told how he supports all peoples’ right to assembly, free speech, and access to information.
While I have read of women being abused in Egypt, of several hundred people being killed and tear-gassed, and seen pictures of rock-throwing Egyptian youths on television, I will give Obama the benefit of the doubt and conclude that he was trying to bring calm to the situation.
The Tea Party demonstrators on April 15, 2009, here in Atascadero, a city of only 27,000 people, met in the central plaza with signs and flags. After some speeches by organizers and some public officials, they marched around the town in a column four or five people abreast and 10 or 12 blocks long—cheers, but no violence!
I regret that I heard no such commentary from anyone in the Obama Administration during the hundreds of thousands of Tea Party demonstrations in this country. I only heard accusations of hate, racism, bigotry, and that The Tea Party had no clear message that could be heard in Washington. Do you think it is easier for the Obama Administration to hear messages from halfway around the world in a foreign language than from here at home?