image I saw this video (also below) linked at DrudgeCongressman Bob Etheridge (D-NC) was approached by two college student and asked if he supported all of the Obama agenda.

Congressman Etheridge proceeded to ask the students their name and proceeded to grab one of the students.  Mike Flynn at Big Government provided some context for this incident.

Last week, Democrat Congressman Bob Etheridge (D-NC2) attended a fundraiser headlined by Speaker Nancy Pelosi. He was asked by some students on the street whether he supported the “Obama Agenda.” He didn’t take it well.

No he didn’t.  While I don’t think it would have hurt for the students to give the Congressman their names, do you think this is appropriate conduct for a sitting Congressman (or anyone for that matter)?  See for yourself and decide…

Flynn also predicts that we’ll be seeing more of this:

Expect more of this. The hard, progressive left captured the Democrat majority in Congress and forced them to enact a fantasy grab-bag of legislation that is increasingly unpopular with the American public. We’re on the cusp of a deeper recession, millions of unemployed Americans have no prospect for work, taxes are about to spike higher and we’ve maxed out the national credit card. The Democrats were given a chance to run government and they’ve only succeeded in running it into the ground.

So, yeah, Democrats who are up for reelection this November are a bit testy.

My advice is for the Congressman to switch to decaf (which pains me to tell anybody) and to do what those of us who are parents tell our children all of the time – “keep your hands to yourself.”

Update 6/15/10: The good Congressman apologizes.

I deeply and profoundly regret my reaction an I apologize to all involved," Rep. Bob Etheridge said in a statement. "No matter how intrusive and partisan our politics can become, this does not justify a poor response.

The truth is I had a long day, I’ve had bad days many times. It’s not a good crutch to lean on and I won’t use that.

Didn’t he just use the crutch by mentioning it?

12 comments
  1. Bob Etheridge is a fascist and I just wish I was the one whose arm he grabbed. He should be prosecuted criminally (one of the only legitimate functions of government is to protect us from criminals like Etheridge) and his victim should sue him for civil damages.

  2. Yes, it’s inappropriate. Self-evidently so. Nothing that I’m about to say should be taken as a defense of Rep. Etheridge, because he’s wrong. But he isn’t the only person acting inappropriately.

    Having said that … prior to the congressman’s inappropriate action, why are these jokers shoving a cell phone camera in the man’s face?

    I know nothing about what kind of day Rep. Etheridge was having. Nor do I know how long these characters had been hounding him. Out of the blue, they just decided to jump up and ask such a stupid question as “Do you support the Obama agenda?” That isn’t really a yes/no question, is it? This sort of proves the point that competent journalism takes more than a camera.

    There’s nothing appropriate in this video. The kids taking it were out of line, and Rep. Etheridge responded completely inappropriately.

    Etheridge, of course, gave them exactly what they wanted.

    1. How is it out of line to ask a congressman if he supports the pres. agenda? This is outrageous!!!! you can’t really be serious? Now you can’t ask a congressmen a question? They act as if they are royalty! This man must step down now. you can’t treat the american public like this. You think it is “out of line” to ask a sitting congressmen a political question? Your the problem with our government

  3. So can a citizen demand your identity? Can a policeman? Can a Congressman? If Ethridge was a cop in Arizona and the kid was named Gonzales would the situation be different?

  4. Bob Etheridge:
    “I have seen the video posted on several blogs. I deeply and profoundly regret my reaction [ but most of all that this was taped and I was outed fro who I really am..oh, and that my MSM cohorts were not able to do better spin control…damm this internet! ] and I apologize to all involved,” Etheridge said in a prepared statement.

  5. Etheridge deserves a break! He had just spent all day in Obamao’s JBT (Jack Boot to the Throat) training facility learning to look for some A $ $ to kick. Wait until the MSM libs who are trying refocus the story on those terrible street punks find out they are disgruntled ACORN castoffs.

  6. 2010 06 14

    Jack booted college thugs from the Tea Party’s vicious Youth Video Projects department attacked innocent Congressman NC Rep Bob Etheridge (Dem) as he returned from conducting the people’s Pelosi business. Both thugs were able to escape from the victim after the poor congressman was able to overcome and detain one of the assailees for a short time and squeeze a gurgled epithet from the more brawny of the two skinny thugs. The congressman’s friends from the SEIU benevolence league have offered to protect the congressman from future random attacks by sacrificing other people’s rights to assure he is left unopposed in the business of raising taxes for the peoples own good of course. Keith Olbermann was quick to point out the obvious racial overtones that weren’t heard or seen during the altercation. Rosie O’Donnell also commented during her radio show on the blatant anti-gay rhetoric not being uttered during the attack by the pro life Catholic Church mob down the street during a church service. The congressman coming from a Pelosi fund raiser to repeal Arizona’s AB1070, was heard to yell “I have a right to know who you are” and “Vee haf veys ouf making you show zee papers” at the assailants, no admission by the attackers of belonging to any neo-type group was forth coming. After the congressman’s dust up with the hooligans, Janet Napolitano quickly declared the scene safer than it had ever been before and pledged to be even more vigilant for neo-anti taxpayers like these two youths. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said the President will withhold any comments about whose @#$% ass to kick for at least a month or two. A full investigation of the assault by the top prosecutors in the US AG’s office has been promised by the US Attorney General. Mr. Holder said funds allocated in the next year’s budget for the persecution of the two youths will require billions to assure the American people this type of freedom of the press or speech behavior by youths running rampant with cameras and microphones cannot continue unchecked. Harry Reid has proposed massive tax hikes on the rich to fund the new legislation.

  7. Is there a petition somewhere to get this (explicative) kicked out of office? Please email it to me if it’s there. Thanks. (Modified by editor for offensive language)

  8. I don’t know there’s much to say; the Congressman’s behavior was terrible, and he is rightfully being lambasted for it. Is this some deeper comment on how elitist and radical DC is? I don’t know about that. I think a major reason DC thinks they can spend into oblivion is because we the people think we have unlimited funds. We live in strange times when the party that is (correctly) hammering the Democrats for spending on extravagances like health-care reform is also saying that Medicare and Social Security are untouchable, when 40% of the federal budget is nothing but Medicare/Medicaid and Social Security. It might actually be cheaper to fight two wars (military spending is at 23% of the budget for FY 2009) than to pay entitlements that go primarily to one interest group.

    Point is, while I don’t approve of the Congressman’s behavior one bit, I do think that as long as Americans continue to rely on junk-food sensationalism in place of being educated and informed we’re going to see more behavior like this on the Left and the Right.

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