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MY HEROES FOR THE WEEK! RYAN RHODES AND FRIEND ENCOUNTER PRESIDENT OBAMA – ASK HIM ABOUT VP BIDEN’S ALLEGED TERRORIST REMARK!

My heroes for the week are Ryan Rhodes, a founder of the Iowa Tea Party and his unnamed friend, when they confronted President Obama about the alleged statement by Vice President Biden that tea party activists were “terrorists”.  Here’s the article from Real Clear Politics:

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.

Rhodes later had a short private conversation with the President and quoted him as saying Biden did not say it.  President Obama did say this to try to defuse it:

“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.

Let’s see – I agree the President was born here but the socialist part and denying freedom through Obamacare are certainly arguable on this administration’s record.

For the record, here’s the report on the Biden comment.  Vice President Biden did deny saying the term but admits several members of Congress did use it.

Biden’s office initially declined to comment about what the vice president said inside the closed-door session, but after POLITICO published the remarks, spokeswoman Kendra Barkoff said: “The word was used by several members of Congress. The vice president does not believe it’s an appropriate term in political discourse.”

But Chris Cillizia of the Washington Post on the Afternoon Fix of August 2, 2011, seems to credit Biden with the remark:

A meeting between Vice President Joe Biden and House Democrats today, meant to last an hour, went on for more than two as angry lawmakers aired their greivances. “I didn’t go to convince,” he said on the way out of the meeting. “I went to explain.” Biden agreed with caucus members that tea party Republicans acted like “terrorists” in this fight. Many Republicans also left their meeting with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) unsatisfied with the deal leaders in both parties negotiated over the weekend.

I think President Obama has to defend his running mate but I am glad these tea party activists were able to let him know without being overawed at actually meeting the President (I’ve never met a President) how many of us feel about that term being used for peaceful domestic dissent.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

2 Responses to “MY HEROES FOR THE WEEK! RYAN RHODES AND FRIEND ENCOUNTER PRESIDENT OBAMA – ASK HIM ABOUT VP BIDEN’S ALLEGED TERRORIST REMARK!”

  1. Caveman says:

    Love how the crazy right wingnuts think health insurance for poor Americans is unconstituional, but spending trillions "liberating" Iraqis is fine…coo coo

    • Tom White says:

      I am not sure where you got the idea that Virginia Right! supports any of Obama's 3 wars. I have called for the immediate withdrawal numerous times. Afghanistan was constitutionally justified, but we should have destroyed their training facilities and called it a day. And promised to do the same again. In Iraq, Bush was, as were the Democrats, convinced that Saddam had WMD's. He played a dangerous game of pretend and lost. At the point we found no WMD's, we should have left. Nation Building is not in our constitution. Defend the US. That's it.

      It is also not the United States constitutional mission to provide Health Insurance for the citizens. Sorry, it is not in there. Perhaps you should read the Constitution sometime.

      Now if the people in a state want to provide Health Care to their citizens, a state may do so. They are also free to choose NOT to do so.

      The whole idea behind our Constitution was to keep the Federal Government in a box with a limited role in our lives. Our State and local governments are much closer to the people, and the powers to be a nanny or not were granted to the state and local governments, where we can keep a close eye on them.

      The idea is pretty simple. The US defends, the states provide the services the citizens want. Liberating Iraq or Libya is not defending the US. It is defending those countries.

      And exactly which "wing nut" got us involved in Libya?

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