Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Tea Party Members Confront President Obama

Video: After Iowa town hall, questions about right wing supporters as "terrorists"...President Obama was assailed by disgruntled Tea party members as he shook hands with the crowd following his town hall at Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa, on Monday evening. Ryan Rhodes from the Iowa Teabagger Revolution and an unidentified woman exchanged heated words with the President, asking why Vice President Joe Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano have called right-wing supporters "terrorists." The President made efforts to explain, partially inaudible in the video of the exchange, below. (Above: Rhodes, in blue, questioning Mr. Obama)

Rhodes had attempted to ask his question during the regular Q & A during the town hall, jumping in without waiting to be called on, but President Obama had already called on someone else, and said "I'll be happy to talk to you afterwards." The President's visit to Iowa comes on the heels of a week of GOP campaigning in the state, and has been criticized by the Republican National Committee as an effort for his 2012 re-election bid.

The AP video of the exchange:

*Getty photo, with thanks to TheObamaDiary.com

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