"When I looked at that, being foreign-born, I know the association that was bringing to the public mind," Varney said on Hannity last night.
"A president starts labeling fellow Americans as enemies? That's just beyond the pale," Varney added.
"When you're president, your words carry weight," former Bush administration spokesperson Dana Perino told Sean Hannity. "Either he doesn't know that, or he doesn't care."
On Fox & Friends this morning, noted tolerance expert Brian Kilmeade was quick to add his two cents.
"Sure this mid-term election is a week away, but should the President be bringing up imagery of segregation into politics?" he said. "Or do you not see it in those words?"
On Megyn Kelly's noon hour Fox News show today, Crowley appeared personally offended at Obama's words in Rhode Island. She called the speech "appalling." Twice.
"'Riding in the back' certainly does have some Civil Rights -- some racial overtones to it," she said. "And you can't tell me that the president of the United States was not aware of that."
Watch our reel of Fox News digesting Obama's remarks over the past day:
At the White House press briefing yesterday, Robert Gibbs was asked about the "sit in the back" comment Obama made in Rhode Island. Here's his response, per Newsmax (which has also been all over Sit In The Back-gate):
"[Gibbs] portrayed it as part of the ongoing metaphor that the president has used to assert Republicans drove the economy into a ditch," the site reports.
"The president said this weekend that the Republicans are going to ride in the back and the middle class will be in the passenger's seat," Gibbs said.