President Obama demanded that Americans “preach tolerance” in a proclamation he issued announcing “National Character Counts Week.”The official proclamation is here. According to Dictionary.com, tolerance means "a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward opinions and practices that differ from one's own." USA Today reports on a speech given by the President. Judge for yourselves whether the President is "fair" and "objective" toward those with differing "opinions":
“Together, all Americans must cultivate moral fortitude, preach tolerance, and demonstrate the value of respect for those different from ourselves,” he stated in a press release issued by the White House. [Emph. added]
President Obama used some of the harshest rhetoric of his term today in denouncing the Republican jobs plan, saying the GOP's emphasis on less regulations would harm the environment, undercut health care and fail to produce necessary jobs in the short term.Video is available here. Read ThinkProgress' approval of Obama's intolerant rhetoric here.
"You got their plan, which is let's have dirtier air, dirtier water, (and) less people with health insurance," Obama said in kicking off a three-day bus tour at the airport in Asheville, N.C. [Emph. added]
Just to be clear, it is not the President's intolerant (and childish) rhetoric that I disapprove of here. It is his hypocrisy of trying to have it both ways.