President Obama, who has become a target of the Occupy Wall Street protests sweeping the country, today embraced the economic frustration voiced on the streets and said in an exclusive interview with ABC News that his vision for the U.S. economic system is best suited to resolve protesters’ concerns.Tea partiers also had a beef about Obama driving us off the cliff with his reckless spending, yet his OWS supporters actually want more spending.
“I understand the frustrations being expressed in those protests,” Obama told ABC News senior White House correspondent Jake Tapper in the interview to air this evening on ABC News “Nightline” from Jamestown, N.C.
“In some ways, they’re not that different from some of the protests that we saw coming from the Tea Party. Both on the left and the right, I think people feel separated from their government. They feel that their institutions aren’t looking out for them,” he said.
“The most important thing we can do right now is those of us in leadership letting people know that we understand their struggles and we are on their side, and that we want to set up a system in which hard work, responsibility, doing what you’re supposed to do, is rewarded,” Obama said.A couple of other minor differences: I never recall any tea partiers being arrested by the hundreds and tea partiers had a defined set of goals. Tea partiers have been demonized relentlessly by Obama and the left while this group of far-left anarchists have been endorsed and in some cases organized by the same media.
But yeah, outside of that, I can hardly tell them apart.
H/T John E.