Today on Blogcritics
Home » Culture and Society » Iowa State Fair; Hecklers Greet Ryan, Obama has a Beer and a Pork Chop

Iowa State Fair; Hecklers Greet Ryan, Obama has a Beer and a Pork Chop

Please Share...Twitter0Facebook0Google+0LinkedIn0Pinterest0tumblrStumbleUpon0Reddit0Email

In fact, the heckling at the speaking engagement Monday of just-selected Republican Vice-Presidential candidate Paul Ryan was considerably more substantial than the media has suggested. From the onset, the crowd at the sunny and warm Iowa State Fair chanted “USA, USA, USA“ in an attempt to drown out the gentleman in the homey striped shirt, denim jeans, and cowboy boots.

In spite of his years in congress, seven terms in the House of Representatives, Ryan was more than a little flustered, particularly as two women mounted the County Fair stage repeating “Stop the war on the common good” and “Stop the war on the middle class.” Iowa State Troopers intervened, as Ryan made some effort to continue with his prepared address. He was able to quip that “It’s funny because Iowans and Wisconsinites, we like to be respectful of one another, peaceful with one other. These ladies must not be from Iowa or Wisconsin.” Voices in the crowd continued, “Are you going to cut Medicare?” The heckling continued throughout most of the speech.

Mixed opinions flew, as the throng of Republicans and Democrats bantered like the throngs at professional football contests when Green Bay meets Chicago. Many cheered when Ryan said, “One thing we’ve got to get straight is we’re not growing this economy like we need to.” But a half-breath later: “Another thing – we have people who are hurting in this country…” was hardly audible, drowned out by hoots and catcalls.

It was quite a day for Iowan state fair-goers; President Barack Obama, seeking reelection to the presidency in November, also put in a showing. Obama had a smoother reception; it doesn’t hurt to be the president of the United States. He arrived in the evening, about 7:30, stepping from a sleek black motorcoach. He headed with his cohorts and security to the Bud beer tent, where he and his staffers threw down a cool one. Senior advisor David Axelrod, highly visible on news channels over the past weekend, was on hand, as was Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, a former governor of Iowa. As those present recall it, the crowd at the Bud tent called for “four more years!” and the president called for “four more beers!”

About John Lake

John Lake the tireless crusader of the liberal blog stymies us with his political and breaking news views. In addition he makes continuing contributions to the wide world of empirical science. And finally, his strange takes on life in the pursuit of humor are a treat and a delight.
  • http://www.republicofdave.com Dave Nalle

    You left out the part where the hecklers tried to rush the stage and were dragged off and arrested by Iowa state police.

    As with other recent incidents these hecklers appear to be paid shills working for union groups who are willing to resort to violence to get attention.

    Dave

  • Zingzing

    “oh no! It’s the working man,” says dave…

  • John Lake

    Dave,
    the Hecklers who rushed the stage were two women, one hefty, one sleek. They were met my State Police, and there didn’t appear to be much threat to the Candidate from Wisconsin.

  • Igor

    Dave, why do you say “…appear to be paid shills working for union groups who are willing to resort to violence …”?

    Were they carrying union ID? Did they say they were from the union?

    Or are you just planting a casual slander without knowing anything?

  • Costello

    How do we know Dave’s not a paid shill? I have as much evidence for the claim as he does for his.

  • http://www.republicofdave.com Dave Nalle

    Yes, but I’d be a paid shill for the good guys.

    I’m just drawing a conclusion. I don’t have proof in this case, but I do know that the hecklers at another Ryan event recently were union shills, and sending in paid hecklers has become a standard tactic of the left over the last few years.

    Dave

  • Zingzing

    Dave, compounding the unproven allegation with an even bigger (and remarkably unreferenced) allegation doesn’t make your first allegation seem any more trustworthy… It just makes you look like a hack, which I’m sure is not what you intend. Got any references? Or are you just throwing your feces around?

  • Franco

    sending in paid hecklers has become a standard tactic of the left over the last few years.

    Yes it has and it is now an outright concerted effort of the left.

    Zingzing and Igor playing obtuse to this fact clearly evedences the dishonesty of the left, and makes them quilty of what they acusing you of.

  • Igor

    @1-Dave: this is irresponsible and low.

  • John Lake

    The suggestion of paid hecklers is really a little too far-fetched for the usually astute commenters here at BC. Had the two women been of Cuban descent, or Russian, there might be cause for concern. As the article says, the crowd was mixed, Republican and Democrat. To their credit, the Democrats in the crowd reacted to the typical “personal attack” methodology of the Republican policy makers. It’s so obvious I hesitate to mention it; every day they call the President weak, or incapable, or tired. They wring their hands at how his ineptitude has brought the government to new lows. The President appears undaunted by the déclassé insults, and continues to bring the economy up from the panic level it was at when he took office. He proposes job plans, bails out automakers, and the stock market has gone well over 13000, which is no small matter. The Republicans don’t see this; they form human chains to block any effort to benefit the nation.

  • Clav

    The President…continues to bring the economy up from the panic level it was at when he took office…

    Oh please, John. The unemployment rate has stayed above 8% for the longest period since the depression (and that’s the the phony U3 rate that doesn’t count discouraged workers, not the more realistic U6, which does, and which is near 15%).

    He proposes job plans…

    Which haven’t worked.

    …bails out automakers…

    Apparently not well enough; Government Motors is currently sinking back down into the abyss.

    …the stock market has gone well over 13000…

    Despite his failures, not because of his efforts.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Clavos –

    Exactly what is it that Obama’s doing that is economically dragging America “back down into the abyss”? Especially since he’s the most fiscally CONSERVATIVE president since Eisenhower, and MUCH more fiscally conservative than Bush 43 and Reagan?

    Since he’s so fiscally conservative with America’s taxpayer dollars – you know, the lowest federal tax burden since the early 1950′s, the lowest corporate tax burden since 1972, the slowest rate of government spending growth since Eisenhower – exactly why isn’t our government BOOMING as conservative dogma says it should under such fiscal restraint of the government?

    Come now, Clavos! Given the same “bragging points”, ANY Republican president would be crowing to the rooftops about just how fiscally conservative he was, and you know it! So why ain’t America’s economy BOOOOOOOOOMING????

    Could it be that maybe, just maybe, conservative dogma – you know, that which Must Not Be Questioned – might actually be WRONG? Could it be that if Obama had not been so hindered in his efforts to fix the economy by the most obstructive Congress since the CIVIL WAR, that maybe, just maybe, our economy would be doing a heck of a lot better?

    I know, I know, Thou Shalt Not Question Conservative Economic Orthodoxy…but in the big picture, Obama’s administration – thanks to truly epic obstructionism by the Republicans in Congress (at a level not seen since the Civil War, remember) – has BEEN all about conservative economic orthodoxy. We’ve been trying to run a economy under Republican trickle-down economic ideology for over thirty years now, Clavos, and never more so than NOW. Don’t you think it’s time to wake up and smell the coffee?

    Or is the very idea of questioning Conservative Economic Orthodoxy still beyond the pale for you?

  • Clav

    Exactly what is it that Obama’s doing that is economically dragging America “back down into the abyss”?

    Didn’t say that didn’t say he was “dragging” anything (reading comprehension again, Glenn). What I did say was that, despite his bailout, GM is once again going broke.

    So why ain’t America’s economy BOOOOOOOOOMING????

    One word: spending.

    Cutting taxes is only half the formula; spending MUST be cut as well, or the country will never get out of the mire.

  • Igor

    The unemployment rate was 11.2% when Obama came to office and now it’s 8.2%, a big improvement.

    Obama proposed the American Jobs Act, AJA, to congress but it was rejected by the Republican controlled House, with no counter-offer. Despite obstructionism at every turn Obama has done as well as could be expected.

    The stock market has boomed as have corporation profits and retained earnings.

    Make no mistake: the persistent employment problem is the fault of the Republican obstructionism.

  • Igor

    Maybe the heckling that Romney got at the state fair was the work of a republican “false flag” operation to create sympathy for Romney.

    That makes as much sense as Dave’s persecution fantasies.

  • Clav

    Make no mistake: the persistent employment problem is the fault of the Republican obstructionism

    Sure.

  • Zingzing

    Sure

    Sure.

    And the cycle of unsubstantiated accusations and associative non-sequiturs is complete.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Clavos –

    one word: spending

    Ah. So when spending under the Obama administration rose at a slower pace than under ANY president since Eisenhower – including Bush 43, Bush 41, Reagan, and Nixon – all of a sudden became a bigger problem than ever before, despite federal taxes for corporations being lower than at any time since 1972, and for individuals, lower than at any time since the early 1950′s? Remember, according to your guys, if you slash taxes, revenues will rise. So under Obama, we’ve slashed those taxes and slowed that spending growth to a relative crawl as compared to any Republican president since Eisenhower…yet our economic recovery is anemic!

    Your fiscal conservatism is arguing against itself here, Clavos. But don’t forget – Thou Shalt Not Question Conservative Economic Orthodoxy!

  • Glenn Contrarian

    And Clavos –

    Sure.

    Ah. So a Congress that is more obstructive than at any time since the Civil War wouldn’t have a deleterious effect on the economy? Explain, please.

  • Clav

    Poor Obama. He failed to get the economy back on track because of mean nasty bullies, the congressional Republicans, and now it’s going to cost him the election.

    Aaawww…

    Pathetic

  • Clav

    And the cycle of unsubstantiated accusations and associative non-sequiturs is complete.

    I always try to complete things…

    Ford’s in his Flivver…

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Clav -

    You mean Obama’s a king who can just order Congress to do whatever he wants?

  • Igor

    Clav is bankrupt.

  • Clav

    Not yet, Igor, but if that knucklehead gets in for a second term, I (and millions of others) could be.

  • Zingzing

    Given the evidencee, “clav,” you’ll be JUST FINE. And the rest of us will be better off than iff your party comes in to fuck us in the ass, so thank you for voting, and stay the fuck away from the real world, thank you very much you zesty king, you.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Clavos –

    Not yet, Igor, but if that knucklehead gets in for a second term, I (and millions of others) could be [bankrupted].

    Please. What happened in the last year of the Bush 43 term? And the Republicans have nominated someone who is largely wanting the SAME economic policies as Bush 43 did, but to a greater extent – lower taxes for all (esp. the wealthy), even MORE money for the military, deregulation of Wall Street, and effectively overturning Roe v. Wade…

    …and you really think that Romney/Ryan would be better to lead the country than someone who is the most fiscally-conservative president since Eisenhower, the guy in whose watch got us out of the worst recession since the Depression, almost doubled the Dow, got us out of one (illegal) war and will have us out of the other by 2014, stood up for equal pay for women (Lilly Ledbetter Act), and ended DADT in the military????

  • Clav

    the guy in whose watch got us out of the worst recession since the Depression [emphasis added]

    You need to lay off the Obamaide, Glenn. With millions still unemployed; with people all over the country losing their homes and with GM going back under (what a waste of money THAT was — and a lot of us said so at the time), this recession is a long way from over, no matter what the government says. Meanwhile, the Stumbler in Chief flies around the country slandering Romney with lies in his speeches, and his old lady jets around the world, spending obscene amounts of taxpayer money.

    Yeah, he’s a real winner, this guy.

  • Sweetums

    It’s fascinating you guys bother arguing with Clavos. He doesn’t appear to know how government actually works.

  • Clav

    Oh, but I do, Sweetums, (cute moniker, that): it doesn’t…

  • http://thingsalongtheway.blogspot.com/ Cindy

    Funny, Clav. :-)

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Yeah, Clav, everything now is every bit as bad as when he took office, ain’t it? Methinks you, sir, need to lay off the FoxAid….

  • Clav

    Yeah, Clav, everything now is every bit as bad as when he took office, ain’t it?

    Actually, much of it is worse…

  • Zingzing

    Is it?