Politics

Radio Host Rush Limbaugh Rewards Obama ‘Tea Party Heckler’

| by Michael Allen

Ryan Rhodes, a self-proclaimed tea party activist who confronted President Obama at a town hall meeting on Monday in Decorah, Iowa, appeared on Rush Limbaugh’s radio program where he was rewarded for his heckling.

Rhodes recalled some of the details of the confrontation, then a gleeful Limbaugh asked Rhodes about what sort of personal computer he used. When he told Limbaugh he had an “old” Acer computer, Limbaugh offered him an iPad and a MacBook.

Limbaugh said, “I’m going to send you one of only 25 EIB–Rush Limbaugh signature iPads, and I’m also going to send you a 13-inch MacBook Air.”

Rhodes wanted to assure listeners that he wasn’t a “plant” sent to disrupt Obama’s Midwest bus tour. “I also want to mention I’m one of the uninsured,  that I believe I’ve decided to take care of myself, you know?” 

Rhodes added, “When some of those things happen, you don’t look to the government because that’s when you stop looking to your own individual self and looking to God. And so I just want say that a lot of these thing they may paint as, you know, ‘a billionaire funded this.’ That’s not — I went there, I requested tickets the tickets on my own. I want to make sure that people know that this was my question. It wasn’t given to me by somebody else.”

Rhodes confronted President Obama over allegations that Vice President Joe Biden called Tea Party activists “terrorists." Obama responded that he wanted to tone down the rhetoric and reminded Rhodes that he himself had been called a "socialist" who was born in another country (a rumor that was often repeated by Limbaugh).