Tea partier heckles Obama: Why are you talking about civility when Biden’s calling us terrorists? Update: Video added

posted at 9:45 pm on August 15, 2011 by Allahpundit

I’m told that Hannity’s running video of this but it’s not available online yet, alas.

In The One’s defense, he hasn’t called anyone a terrorist. When it comes to incendiary, divisive accusations, he prefers the comparative subtlety and elegance of questioning his opponents’ patriotism.

“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 [to the heckler, tea partier Ryan Rhodes]…

In an interview later with Fox News, Rhodes claimed that the President insisted that Biden had not made the original comment.

“He just denied it, he said the Vice President didn’t make any of those assertions,” said Rhodes. “He doesn’t want to even admit what was on TV nationally — all over the place — then how can you have a conversation?”

Rhodes added that Obama brushed him aside. “Then he said ‘we can’t have a conversation because you’re saying I called you a terrorist,’” recalled Rhodes. “The fact is it demonstrates the deep divide that he is unwilling to negotiate without going after the other side, the whole day was about going after republicans and talking about how unreasonable they are.”

He’s not kidding about that. The “country first” talking point was a recurring theme all day; here’s another clip of him launching into it at yet another town hall. Obama might have been able to appease this guy by at least acknowledging that there’s plenty of “tea-party terrorist” bilge coming from liberals in the media if not Congress, but there’s really no point in that. As we get closer to the election, Democrats will wield that talking point more and more brazenly in an any-weapon-to-hand approach to victory. In fact, Jonathan Last‘s already wondering how long it’ll be after Perry takes the lead in national polls before the left decides that George W. Bush, a.k.a. the new Hitler, was a genteel chap compared to this new Texan hybrid of Hitler, Bin Laden, and Yosemite Sam. Over/under: Six weeks.

Update: Here you go. Indignation level: High.

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“The debt ceiling should not be something that is used as a gun against the heads of the American people to extract tax breaks for corporate jet owners…”
stuff Obama said in the course of not calling anyone a terrorist

hit and run on August 16, 2011 at 7:32 AM

good one KJ. Obama crows about how unreasonable his opposition is, while, at the same time, demonstrating how petulant and unreasonable he himself happens to be. He says that “the politics” are broken…Huh? Politics are from people and he happens to be the heaviest weight office holder up there in DC, so if the “politics are broken” that’s a reflection upon him.

ted c on August 16, 2011 at 7:34 AM

ted c on August 16, 2011 at 7:34 AM

What’s amazing to me is, even Fox News hasn’t grabbed that clip from 2008, where he’s urges his followers to “get in the face of their neighbors”. They should be jumping all over that. It’s right there on youtube.

kingsjester on August 16, 2011 at 7:37 AM

indeed, good one KJ…folks have to go after Mr. Thin-Skin….

kingsjester on August 16, 2011 at 7:37 AM

fox has been veering towards the dark side little by little imho

cmsinaz on August 16, 2011 at 7:40 AM

cmsinaz on August 16, 2011 at 7:40 AM

Thank you, ma’am. Like other Conservatives, I, too, have been watching Fox News less and less.

kingsjester on August 16, 2011 at 7:45 AM

Yahoo has this right now as its top story. It’s a set-up.

curved space on August 16, 2011 at 7:54 AM

curved space on August 16, 2011 at 7:54 AM

yepper

going after dear leader bad
going after any gop candidate good

cmsinaz on August 16, 2011 at 8:00 AM

Yahoo has this right now as its top story. It’s a set-up.

curved space on August 16, 2011 at 7:54 AM

an attempt to recast Obama as the underdog, fighting against the behemoth republicans and teaparty?

I wouldn’t doubt it for a minute.

ted c on August 16, 2011 at 8:01 AM

it’s infuriating what they do to prop this man up…

cmsinaz on August 16, 2011 at 8:03 AM

Thank you, ma’am. Like other Conservatives, I, too, have been watching Fox News less and less.

kingsjester on August 16, 2011 at 7:45 AM

I don’t get it, KJ. Why would they kick their primary audience in the teeth? Do they want to be as poorly watched as CNN and MSNBC? I like my “talk” conservative, but I want my news straight up (no leanings).

SKYFOX on August 16, 2011 at 8:05 AM

SKYFOX on August 16, 2011 at 8:05 AM

special report is about the only the show I watched regularly…

cmsinaz on August 16, 2011 at 8:09 AM

SKYFOX on August 16, 2011 at 8:05 AM

Perhaps Murdoch has been exerting more influence in programming the station. They had better re-focus on what made them number one in news, before they lose their viewers.

kingsjester on August 16, 2011 at 8:09 AM

We need more of this – regular folks bombarding Prezzie Pigment with actual FACTS and real questions.

Hubby said last nite: A genuine president would do townhalls w/all dissenters in the audience, to fully understand their concerns. That’ll be the day.

Ris4victory on August 16, 2011 at 8:24 AM

How much do you want to bet he stops going into the crowd taking questions? I,for one,hope he keeps it up,unscripted,HE CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!

ohiobabe on August 16, 2011 at 8:27 AM

I’m surprised the gatekeepers let anyone not already vetted by the local demorats in. These hyped up staged events are usually better scripted.

MarkT on August 16, 2011 at 8:29 AM

What’s amazing to me is, even Fox News hasn’t grabbed that clip from 2008, where he’s urges his followers to “get in the face of their neighbors”. They should be jumping all over that. It’s right there on youtube.

Gee, maybe, just maybe, it’s not the same Fox News anymore. I stopped watching it long time ago. Moderation in the face of radical oppression is suicide!

Rational folks won’t wait for a political Pearl Harbor to occur-they’ll take the political fight to them. Fox News has chosen to wait until the enemy owns the networks.

Go Sarah

Don L on August 16, 2011 at 8:31 AM

Rock on Iowa… Keep it up..

reshas1 on August 16, 2011 at 8:44 AM

What’s bugging me is the attitude of some on our side who feel that the President is deserving of respect one usually gives to Heads of State. Dana Perino comes to mind.
WTH! I thought America freed herself from deference to a “king”. It is OK to be verbally confrontational with this or any President, and to say otherwise is, gulp, Un-American.

Randy

williars on August 16, 2011 at 8:51 AM

Where is O’s next stop? This bus tour is officially done.

He won’t be taking questions or interfacing with the “folks”.

Game over!

BetseyRoss on August 16, 2011 at 8:57 AM

My friend Ryan!!! His wife Stacey!!!! Asked the questions the LSM refuse to ask. Truth to power, way to go Ryan!

IowaWoman on August 16, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Gateway Pundit says that the gentleman in the video and the president were seen afterwards in private discussion. It would be interesting to hear mor about that conversation.

piglet on August 16, 2011 at 9:05 AM

Saw Dana Perino last night on Hannity….what the hell was her problem?

Now we can’t be direct with OUR president? These people were not “hecklers”…they were asking the hard questions that the media, including FAUX News refuses to ask…

Good for them…

PatriotRider on August 16, 2011 at 9:11 AM

The President deserves respect in face to face conversations, but not blind deference. Asking tough questions is not disrespectful. Also, as elected servant of the people, he has even greater responsibility to be respectful to those he serves. He set the tone early on. If he wanted more respect, he should have shown it himself.

SKYFOX on August 16, 2011 at 9:12 AM

Saw Dana Perino last night on Hannity….what the hell was her problem?
PatriotRider on August 16, 2011 at 9:11 AM

Establishment disease.

a capella on August 16, 2011 at 9:17 AM

planned. make him seem like the underdog. Put a face on behemoth Tea Party so he can strawman it…”you see, I can’t even go out and meet real Americans without them gettin’ in my way…just like in Congress…”

mark my words.

ted c on August 15, 2011 at 10:35 PM

Ryan and Stacey are not plants! I know them, they are organizers for my Tea Party in Iowa. The Tea Party that is having a rally on 9/13/2011, key speaker-Sarah Palin. Best not to mark those words ted c

IowaWoman on August 16, 2011 at 9:23 AM

Yahoo has this right now as its top story. It’s a set-up.

curved space on August 16, 2011 at 7:54 AM

Ryan set him up alright! Ryan is a true blue Tea Party Patriot.

IowaWoman on August 16, 2011 at 9:29 AM

Gateway Pundit says that the gentleman in the video and the president were seen afterwards in private discussion. It would be interesting to hear mor about that conversation.

piglet on August 16, 2011 at 9:05 AM

Looking forward to asking Ryan next time I see him.

IowaWoman on August 16, 2011 at 9:33 AM

My friend Ryan!!! His wife Stacey!!!! Asked the questions the LSM refuse to ask. Truth to power, way to go Ryan! IowaWoman on August 16, 2011 at 9:00 AM

No doubt the DNC opposition research is on their case already, preparing a dossier to be released this afternoon.

I hope they’re not forced into hiding tomorrow.

Akzed on August 16, 2011 at 9:34 AM

Ryan and Stacey are not plants! I know them, they are organizers for my Tea Party in Iowa. The Tea Party that is having a rally on 9/13/2011, key speaker-Sarah Palin. Best not to mark those words ted c

IowaWoman on August 16, 2011 at 9:23 AM

Oppps…………9/03/2011

IowaWoman on August 16, 2011 at 9:35 AM

How dare a mere citizen interrupt the “America Under The Bus” Tour with a direct question to the King?

Why, this Tea Party member is obviously a terrorist, or a racist, or someone who puts party over country…

Like Joe the Plumber, though, the media will soon take care of him.

MTF on August 16, 2011 at 9:35 AM

Pray for Ryan and Stacey, they are good salt of the earth people.

IowaWoman on August 16, 2011 at 9:37 AM

He fails as usual.

“Taking away freedoms for reforming health care” and “socialist” are not rhetorical devices. They are facts. Plus which, Presidents are not above being called out on their actions. And most importantly, the American people are the ones HE has to respect first – not the other way around!

Ryan Anthony on August 16, 2011 at 9:43 AM

Gateway Pundit says that the gentleman in the video and the president were seen afterwards in private discussion. It would be interesting to hear mor about that conversation.

piglet on August 16, 2011 at 9:05 AM

Looking forward to asking Ryan next time I see him.

IowaWoman on August 16, 2011 at 9:33 AM

It would be interesting to know if Ryan found the president as personable as advertised in2008.

piglet on August 16, 2011 at 9:45 AM

Don L on August 16, 2011 at 8:31 AM

We’re being radically oppressed?

ernesto on August 16, 2011 at 9:51 AM

I am betting that the civil and court records of Ryan Rhodes are being located so they published. The Ruling Class cannot let the challenge stand!

Mutnodjmet on August 16, 2011 at 9:53 AM

First off, Obama standing in front of a barn is like Nixon walking on the beach his wingtips.

How about asking Obama this question next time he decries the level of rhetoric? “So, are you not going to insult Supreme Court justices to their faces during your next State of the Union address, then?”

Knott Buyinit on August 16, 2011 at 9:55 AM

What’s amazing to me is, even Fox News hasn’t grabbed that clip from 2008, where he’s urges his followers to “get in the face of their neighbors”. They should be jumping all over that. It’s right there on youtube.

Gee, maybe, just maybe, it’s not the same Fox News anymore. I stopped watching it long time ago. Moderation in the face of radical oppression is suicide!

Rational folks won’t wait for a political Pearl Harbor to occur-they’ll take the political fight to them. Fox News has chosen to wait until the enemy owns the networks.

Go Sarah

Don L on August 16, 2011 at 8:31 AM

Yes, I believe that the opinion-people at Fox News have been told by management to tone down their rhetoric. There was a marked change in their tone last year sometime.

We need a conservative equivalent of MSNBC to put pressure on Fox News from the right, for the sake of competition, and to show the leftie critics of Fox News what a real conservative network is.

slickwillie2001 on August 16, 2011 at 10:44 AM

Obowma uses pure Alinsky tactics, he demonizes his opponents, the American people, with focus group, feel-good words and stating how great his “centrist” views are while his actions are pure socialism, wealth redistribution and destroying American exceptionalism.

Don’t believe his words, look at his actions for his real ideas for America; shared pain and misery.

Socialism grows by any means necessary.

dthorny on August 16, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Ok, now I hear he has a ‘plan’ to be released next month….so what was the purpose of the bus tour again?

tinkerthinker on August 16, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Ok, now I hear he has a ‘plan’ to be released next month….so what was the purpose of the bus tour again?

tinkerthinker on August 16, 2011 at 10:53 AM

He’s stalling. He wants to be in the midwest so Joel Rogers, up in Madison, can write a ‘plan’ for him.

Fallon on August 16, 2011 at 11:22 AM

I hope this guy is ready to have his life turned inside out for public view. I bet that’s not even his suit! They lying bastard!

Just ask Joe the Plumber.

DailyDanet on August 16, 2011 at 11:33 AM

ConservativePartyNow on August 16, 2011 at 11:19 AM

That’s why we call it ‘Politiho’.

slickwillie2001 on August 16, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Don L on August 16, 2011 at 8:31 AM

We’re being radically oppressed?

ernesto on August 16, 2011 at 9:51 AM

Call me when you get to face the death panels-since you’ve already survived the tax payed abortionist.

Don L on August 16, 2011 at 11:40 AM

I’m not reading this entire thread, but I wanted to ask if anyone noticed how The One keep putting his hands on the gal that was questioning him? I wonder what would happen if she returned the gestures?

I generally am not interested in the body language gal on BOR, but I’d like to hear her take on that bit of aggression from King Obama against one of his subjects.

csdeven on August 16, 2011 at 12:02 PM

My friend Ryan!!! His wife Stacey!!!! Asked the questions the LSM refuse to ask. Truth to power, way to go Ryan!

IowaWoman on August 16, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Yes – good on Ryan and Stacey. I too know him well, and he’s no plant.

beatcanvas on August 16, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Barack Obama complaining about political games is like Kobe Bryant complaining about not getting foul calls in the NBA.

Barack Obama’s entire presidency is a game to him. The goal being nothing more than him getting to play President. Every utterance and every twitch is designed with that single goal in mind. To win the “game” against the other side.

He will say, literally, anything. With no regard to its truth or the fact that he might have said the reverse at the last bus stop on his attempt to channel Sarah Palin “give me a job” tour.

He’s a joke. And the joke’s on us if we don’t fix it come Do-Over 2012.

IndieDogg on August 16, 2011 at 12:13 PM

“I mean in a way Obama’s standing above the country, above – above the world, he’s sort of God” … with “bad luck”

J_Crater on August 16, 2011 at 12:17 PM

I hate for anyone, Donk or Republican to get heckled. Seems like Republicans get it more.

hawkdriver on August 16, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Ryan on Rush right now. Said he will be on CNN and others.

silvernana on August 16, 2011 at 12:43 PM

“I mean in a way Obama’s standing above the country, above – above the world, he’s sort of God” … with “bad luck”

J_Crater on August 16, 2011 at 12:17 PM

lol Stealing that one.

csdeven on August 16, 2011 at 12:48 PM

Yes, I believe that the opinion-people at Fox News have been told by management to tone down their rhetoric. There was a marked change in their tone last year sometime.

We need a conservative equivalent of MSNBC to put pressure on Fox News from the right, for the sake of competition, and to show the leftie critics of Fox News what a real conservative network is.

slickwillie2001 on August 16, 2011 at 10:44 AM

The problem is that an outlet that caters to the conservative viewpoint naturally butts up against various PC arguments. That’s not bad in and of itself, but it does tend to attract the true extremes, including violent racists and rabid homophobes and others of their ilk. Read just one or two comment sections from The Blaze and you’ll see what I mean. So, in order to be truly conservative, you’d have to have a pretty serious moderation policy.

Not impossible, but since most online media are all about the hit count, a solidly anti-histrionics policy would be self-contradictory.

AJsDaddie on August 16, 2011 at 1:45 PM

Ryan on Rush right now. Said he will be on CNN and others.

silvernana on August 16, 2011 at 12:43 PM

He was very well spoken, and impressed Rush so much he gave him 2 computers and a case of tea.

He also told Ryan that his life would “change” in the next 24 hours.

Del Dolemonte on August 16, 2011 at 1:48 PM

We need a conservative equivalent of MSNBC to put pressure on Fox News from the right, for the sake of competition, and to show the leftie critics of Fox News what a real conservative network is.

slickwillie2001 on August 16, 2011 at 10:44 AM

It’s called GBTV, and it launches on 9.12.11.

There is some content there now though, so go check it out.
http://www.gbtv.com/

ornery_independent on August 16, 2011 at 2:15 PM

He was very well spoken, and impressed Rush so much he gave him 2 computers and a case of tea.

He also told Ryan that his life would “change” in the next 24 hours.

Del Dolemonte on August 16, 2011 at 1:48 PM

You can bet the ObamaNazis are already working any dirt on this guy.

bloviator on August 16, 2011 at 4:56 PM

We’re being radically oppressed?

ernesto on August 16, 2011 at 9:51 AM

If you have to ask, you are obviously clueless…but we already know that.

Who is John Galt on August 16, 2011 at 11:14 PM

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