It's All Politics Obama's Debate With Iowa Tea Partiers: What Democracy Looks Like August 17, 2011 Score one for Obama. It's good to see a president who's willing meet his grass-roots critics. Of course, the question is would he as willing if he had a 65 percent public approval rating. And score one for the Tea Party activists who weren't so cowered by the aura that surrounds a president as to decide in the end to just settle for a handshake. That's what democracy looks like.