Earlier this month, Velvet Underground drummer Maureen Tucker was discovered criticizing the Obama administration in a news report on an April Tea Party rally. While Tucker confirmed that it was her at the rally, she said little else until the St. Louis’ Riverfront Times caught up with her. She talked about her harsh views toward Obama and whether or not she’s as conservative as some are making her out to be.
“I disagree with spending / borrowing / printing — damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead! I disagree with the ‘we won’ attitude, which is the cowardly way of saying fuck you,” Tucker said of the Obama presidency. “I disagree with an administration that for twenty months blames Bush. If the president and his minions are so damn smart, why didn’t they know the severity of the situation? The president has actually said (and I saw it on video) that they didn’t know!” Tucker added that she’s not usually conservative-leaning. “I have voted Democrat all my life, until I started listening to what Obama was promising and started wondering how the hell will this utopian dream land be paid for? For those who actually believe that their taxes won’t go up in order to pay for all this insanity: good luck,” Tucker said.
Tucker also took aim at the fans and critics who were quick to lump her in with the Tea Party, and the public’s stereotypical view of that party in general. “I do my own protesting via email and postcards. Anyone who thinks I’m crazy about Sarah Palin, Bush, etc. has made quite the presumption,” she said. “I’m stunned that so many people who call themselves liberal yet are completely intolerant. I thought liberals loved everyone: the poor, the immigrant, the gays, the handicapped, the minorities, dogs, cats, all eye colors, all hair colors! Peace, love, bull! Curious they have no tolerance whatsoever for anyone who doesn’t think exactly as they do.”