Have you seen this clip of Tea Party members asking President Obama questions yesterday on his bus tour?
It’s an amazing moment, reminiscent of Joe the Plumber. Iowa Tea Party found Ryan Rhodes dared to ask the president about his administration labeling Tea Party members as terrorists. A woman elaborates on it and Obama has some comments for them.
Some are saying that Rhodes and his friend were wrong to approach the president like that. It was too confrontational for some people’s taste. Former Bush Press Secretary Dana Perino said it made her feel “uncomfortable.”
She and they are dead wrong.
If the activists had been invited to the Oval office or some other function and they brought up these questions, it would be a different matter. Rhodes was polite. He did not lose his cool. His supporters did not chant or harass. Remember how Code Pink camped out in Crawford, Texas, when President Bush went there? Bush went for vacation, not for a campaign stop, still they harassed him.
This bus tour is nothing but a campaign stunt: glad handing, GOP bashing, John Philip Sousa music blaring. Why can’t an American ask a few questions as Obama is trolling for votes? After all, we all paid for those buses, said to cost $2.2 million since they had to be specially outfitted.
Rhodes says that the president “gets a free pass.” He wondered why he “wants to demonize the other side.” True, the media is not going to ask those questions for us. Somebody should. He did.
Fascinating, too, is Obama’s response. He said “now the truth of the matter is, considering what is said about me…” so it always comes back to him, as it does with narcissists. Obama wanted to deflect any barbs coming at him to play the victim card. We’ve all seen that stratagem too many times.
People forget that the early days of our republic did not put the president in an untouchable office. Americans did not refrain from confronting or questioning them.
Obama should be no different.