Texas Governor Rick Perry has opened his candidacy for the GOP nomination with dog whistles and bombast, hitting on Ben Bernanke and President Obama with equal fervor. But perhaps the best contrast between the two of them can be seen here, where each of them has someone heckling them for an answer in a hostile, crowded environment.
Gov. Perry responds by poking his finger in the questioner's chest and telling him he doesn't know what he's talking about.
President Obama responds by engaging and correcting the misstatements of the tea party activists who are in his face, and after a couple of minutes, leaves the conversation after observing that they don't appear to be interested in listening.
Of course they're not. They were looking for the "media moment," which they've gotten on Fox News. That exchange at the end is so characteristic of what TeaPublican politics has done to our discourse. After the president explains the context and meaning to them, they just start shouting him down by cheerleading their cohorts to "stay strong." The final exchange is the equivalent of a middle school spat on their part. When the President says they're not interested in listening their response is that he's not listening to them.
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