Video of the Day: Obama Confronted by Tea Partiers in Iowa

More

Life on the road isn't always easy for a president.

Out on his Midwestern bus tour to talk about the economy, President Obama met some resistance from tea partiers at a town-hall event in Decorah, Iowa, Monday evening, where he was confronted by prominent activist Ryan Rhodes.

Rhodes, who serves* as a state-level coordinator for the national coalition Tea Party Patriots, demanded that Obama explain why Vice President Biden compared tea partiers to "terrorists." Obama denied that the VP had said those words.

"He did not call you guys terrorists," Obama said. "What he said was that for us to be willing to take the economy to the brink was irresponsible, and it was. Now the truth of the matter is, what is said of me consistently --"

Another activist interrupted Obama to insist that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano had called tea partiers "terrorists" too -- perhaps meaning to cite the April, 2009, Department of Homeland Security report that examined right-wing extremism.

Biden allegedly made the "terrorists" remark at a closed-door meeting with congressional Democrats, though the account is disputed. On Aug. 1, as Biden was trying to sell a debt-limit deal to House Democrats, Politico reported based on unnamed sources that Biden had said during a Capitol Hill meeting, "They have acted like terrorists," in response to a complaint by Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.), who used the word first. That same day, Biden told CBS, "I did not use the terrorism word" and called the report "absolutely not true."

Video credit: Fox News, via smdagupan/YouTube


Update: An earlier version of this post stated that Rhodes had "at one point" served as a state coordinator for Tea Party Patriots. He still serves in that role.

Jump to comments
Presented by

Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity


Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity

Video

Is Technology Making Us Better Storytellers?

The minds behind House of Cards and The Moth weigh in.

Video

A Short Film That Skewers Hollywood

A studio executive concocts an animated blockbuster. Who cares about the story?

Video

In Online Dating, Everyone's a Little Bit Racist

The co-founder of OKCupid shares findings from his analysis of millions of users' data.

Video

What Is a Sandwich?

We're overthinking sandwiches, so you don't have to.

Video

Let's Talk About Not Smoking

Why does smoking maintain its allure? James Hamblin seeks the wisdom of a cool person.

Writers

Up
Down

More in Politics

Just In