From Politico, Obama targets tea bags at town hall

Asked about fiscal discipline and entitlements reform, Obama seemed to be repressing a smile as he jabbed critics of his spending plans.

“Those of you who are watching certain news channels on which I’m not very popular, and you see folks waving tea bags around, Obama said, “let me just remind them that I am happy to have a serious conversation about how we are going to cut our health care costs down over the long term, how we are going to stabilize Social Security.”

“But,” Obama continued, “let’s not play games and pretend that the reason [for the deficit] is because of the Recovery Act.”

By “repressing a smile” I’m guessing Politico is referring to the trademark Obama smirk.

His words indicate how clueless he is.  The royal “We” gives him away. Tea Partyers aren’t interested in big-government solutions to healthcare or anything else. Does he really think the tea parties are just about Porkulus?

To him, the protests represent just another aggrieved constituency that can be bought off with the right handout.  He’s in for a surprise.

He really wears his contempt on his sleeve, doesn’t he?  Next thing you know, he’ll be referring to the protestors as bitterly clinging to individual liberty and free market principles.  Still, it’s a refreshing change.  Most politicians try to hide it.

H/T Instapundit

Update:

Video thanks to Hot Air.  Yes, he was smirking.

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