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John Boehner, John Podesta, and Jon Stewart Agree

You shouldn't call your political opponents "enemies."

3:10 PM, Nov 1, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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How do you know that something Obama said is truly indefensible? When Republican Leader John Boehner attacks it and Center for American Progress president John Podesta can't defend it. 

 Last week, President Obama urged Latinos to go to the polls in order to "punish" their "enemies."  The line hasn't been received too well. 

John Boehner:

House Minority Leader John Boehner, the Ohio Republican poised to become House speaker if his party regains the majority on Tuesday, plans to blast President Barack Obama at an election rally later today for describing his political opponents as “enemies” during an interview with Univision radio.

 “Mr. President, there’s a word for people who have the audacity to speak up in defense of freedom, the Constitution and the values of limited government that made our country great,” Mr. Boehner is set to tell an audience to tell an audience in Cincinnati tonight. “We don’t call them ‘enemies.’ We call them patriots.”

John Podesta:

John Podesta on Monday criticized President Obama’s comment labeling his political opponents as “enemies” during an interview with a Spanish-speaking radio station last week.

“That was a poor choice of words,” Podesta said on CNBC

Jon Stewart: "We live in hard times, not end times. And we can have animus and not be enemies."

Stewart's line wasn't an explicit criticism of Obama, but the fact that the liberal Daily Show comedian is now showing greater magnanimity toward his political opponents than the president of the United States is showing his opponents says something about how far Obama has fallen away from his post-racial, post-partisan rhetoric that there aren't red states/blue states or a black America/white America--but simply the United States of America. 

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