“At a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized, at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do, it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds."
--President Barack Obama, calling for "a new era of civility" after the shootings in Arizona, January 12, 2011
"They've got a war, they got a war with us and there's only going to be one winner....President Obama, this is your army. We are ready to march. Let's take these son of bitches out...."
--Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa, Jr., introducing President Obama at a rally in Detroit, September 5, 2011
How did President Obama respond to Hoffa's introduction? Delivering not one word of disapproval, uttering not a phrase about the "new civility," the President merely offered Hoffa his thanks.