Los Angeles Times: Obama: ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Protests Show Americans’ Frustration
President Obama said Thursday that the Occupy Wall Street protests show a “broad-based frustration” among Americans about how the U.S. financial system works.
Speaking at an East Room news conference, Obama said he has monitored the movement, which has spread to dozens of cities nationwide.
“I think it expresses the frustrations the American people feel, that we had the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression, huge collateral damage all throughout the country … and yet you’re still seeing some of the same folks who acted irresponsibly trying to fight efforts to crack down on the abusive practices that got us into this in the first place,” he said.
So, more than 750 people being arrested in a dozen cities nationwide is just fine with President Obama, because their movement “expresses the frustrations” felt by the American people due to the financial crisis. When it comes to the Tea Party, however, with one arrest out of millions of Americans who have gathered at hundreds of events, the president dismisses the movement as “extreme”, motivated by race, and bent on espousing views which are rejected by “a vast majority of Americans.”
This president is extremely out of touch, and I believe that more and more Americans are starting to realize it. Still, it needs to be up to Republicans–especially the presidential candidates, with a platform that reaches Americans who still do not see new media–to draw these same distinctions.