Barack Obama may have gotten more than he expected during his presidential bus tour in Obama’s $1.1 million bus while in Decorah, Iowa. The Obama bus tour, also known as the Obama Blame Tour, ran into a Tea Party activist, Ryan Rhodes. A heated exchanged ensued as Rhodes questioned Obama about Vice President Joe Biden had called Tea Party supporters ″terrorists″ back during the debt ceiling debate. Obama refused to answer the question directly in public, but did talk privately with Rhodes, denying that Biden originated the commented. Ryan Rhodes is the founder of the Iowa Tea Party and was unsatisfied with Obama′s response.
The incident occurred back when Biden went to Capitol Hill to meet with House Democrats. According to the story at the time, Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA) said during the meeting that the new House Republicans voted in by Tea Party members were behaving like terrorists. CBS News had reported that Biden agreed with Doyle and was told by others attending the meeting that Biden repeated the sentiment. Biden himself denied ever saying the comment when he spoke directly with CBS News.
Several people who witnessed the exchange between Barack Obama and Ryan Rhodes over the alleged remarks of Vice President Joe Biden say that Rhodes was rude and too aggressive. The Obama Presidential Bus Tour could also be said to be rude and aggressive as it has become just another Obama Blame party. The whole point of the Obama bus tour, in Obama’s $1.1 million bus, through the Midwest was to ′listen′ to the people about job creation. Instead, Obama spends little time listening and most of the time talking himself, blaming Republicans and Congress in general for the nation′s economic woes. The clash between Obama and Rhodes, who founded the Iowa Tea Party, mey be the only honest, unscripted moment during this entire road trip.