Obama: The Tea Party sees ‘a bunch of stuff they don’t understand and feel threatened by it’

Obama: The Tea Party sees ‘a bunch of stuff they don’t understand and feel threatened by it’

The Daily Show also posted two videos that didn’t make it on the air. In the first,Obama discussed government shortcomings at the Department of Veterans Affairs and IRS. In the second segment, Obama talked about cynicism and fixing the government bit by bit. “There are going to be elements, because government is a human enterprise, where somebody, somewhere, is screwing up at any given time, because it is a huge system,” he said. But on the whole, government helps a lot of people in a lot of places every day.

“By the time I leave here, I think we’re going to be able to say that government is working much better, much more efficiently, much more customer-friendly than when I came into office,” Obama added later. When people throw up their hands and say “there’s nothing that can be done,” he added “then what you get are protest movements on the left, or the right — I mean, to some degree the Tea Party is an expression of frustration; they see a bunch of stuff going on that they don’t understand and they feel threatened by, and then they react.” Stewart: “You make them sound like bunnies.” You can watch all the videos at Comedy Central.

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