Obama had the misfortune to meet privately with Iowa Tea Party leader Ryan Rhodes, who wanted to know what he thought about Vice President Joe Biden calling Tea Partiers “terrorists.” Rhodes said the President simply denied that it happened.
The exchange happened outside a town hall the President was hosting today in Iowa, where the camera picked up Rhodes asking the President to explain why he had said that. Rhodes later told Fox News that the President “said the Vice President didn’t make any of those assertions,” an argument Rhodes argued “demonstrates the deep divide” between the President and the Tea Party. Source: Mediaite
The story of Biden and Tea Party “terrorists” is generally framed inside a meeting with House of Representative Liberals, and Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA) saying that during the debt ceiling negotiations, Republicans “acted like terrorists,” and Biden agreeing with Doyle. I remember the first reports were by an unnamed Democrat source who attended the meeting. Seems no one is trying to confirm the truth of the story.
“It is offensive, false and shocking that the person one step away from the presidency calls members of Congress, who were elected on Tea Party principles, a term used for the attackers on 9/11,” said Jenny Beth Martin, a co-founder of the group.
In the first video below, Ryan Rhodes said he had an off-camera meeting with Obama and expressed concern about the Biden remark. In the second video, you can hear the conversation on the rope line. Obama keeps shaking hands with his supporters – without looking at them, and the crowd tries to get applause going to drown out Rhodes.
There is an interesting article about 28-year-old Ryan Rhodes at National Journal. Get past the first few paragraphs and into how Rhodes, a college drop-out, dead broke party-boy, got his start as a solid political activist.
Ryan Rhodes Private Meeting with Obama: Obama Denied Biden “terrorist” Remark (Video)
Obama Confronted by Tea Party Leader on Rope Line in Iowa (video)