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.