Rather than sympathizing with Mr. Santelli or, for that matter, making a reasoned argument against it, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs went straight to class warfare:
I've watched Mr. Santelli on cable the past 24 hours or so. I'm not entirely sure where Mr. Santelli lives or in what house he lives. But the American people are struggling every day to meet their mortgage, stay in their jobs, pay their bills, send their kids to school, hope they don't get sick or somebody they care for gets sick and sends them into bankruptcy.
So, we've got a week where the Attorney General of the United States calls us a "nation of cowards", the Press Secretary accuses an American citizen who dared to express an opinion... An opinion a lot of us share, by the way... Of being a heartless plutocrat, out of touch with America.
Good to know that people who live on salaries we pay feel free to insult us with impugnity.