President Obama was greeted with some unexpected spice at the end of his town hall meeting in Iowa last night, when the founder of the Iowa Tea Party confronted him about Joe Biden's alleged remark that Tea Party members acted like "terrorists" (the VP denies saying it). Obama didn't directly respond in public, but did tell Ryan Rhodes that "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." The two then apparently held a brief but "animated" private conversation, reports Greta Van Susteren's GretaWire.
In a subsequent interview with Fox News, Rhodes said of his encounter with Obama, "He just denied it, he said the vice president didn’t make any of those assertions. He doesn’t want to even admit what was on TV nationally." Audio of their discussion was not available. Some attendees at the Iowa meeting disapproved of Rhodes' questioning, with one woman telling him it was "extraordinarily rude." Unapologetic, Rhodes said of the exchange, “I said my piece."