August 16, 2011
President Obama came face-to-face with the Tea Party last night in Iowa, clashing with members during and after a town hall last night.
Ryan Rhodes, a group leader in the Hawkeye State, stood up and shouted a question during a town hall asking the president how he can call for more civility when “your vice president is calling people like me, a Tea Party member, a ‘terrorist.'”
Obama, who had not called on the man, said the town hall wouldn’t work “if you just stand up when I asked everybody to raise their hand … I didn’t see you. I wasn’t avoiding you … Please.”