They wanted to know why the Vice President called patriotic Americans “terrorists.”
Tea party activists confronted Barack Obama in Decorah, Iowa tonight during one of the stops on his Magical Misery Tour. The tea party activists asked Obama about Joe Biden’s comments that tea partiers were “terrorists.” Obama said it didn’t happen.
Score one for the hobbits.
President Obama got into a heated back and forth with a Tea Party activist who demanded to know at the end of a town hall meeting here whether or not Vice President Biden had called members of the Tea Party “terrorists” during the debt ceiling debate.
In public, Obama did not directly answer the question from Tea Party activist Ryan Rhodes about Biden. But Obama fired back that he knows better than anyone what it’s like to be slammed for his political views and was not about to accept a lecture on the topic.
“As someone who’s been called a socialist, not born here, taking away freedoms for providing health care, I’m all for lowering the rhetoric,” Obama said.
Obama did say he would discuss the matter further with Rhodes, founder of the Iowa Tea Party, after the event. And the duo was spotted in an animated conversation a few moments later.
In an interview later with Fox News, Rhodes claimed that the President insisted that Biden had not made the original comment.