The “teabaggers” were noticed after all:

At his 100th-day town hall meeting in St. Louis, Mo., President Obama took direct aim at the anti-tax “tea party” demonstrations that have cropped up over the last month – and took a veiled shot at FOX News Channel, at the cable news network closely associated with the protests.

Asked about fiscal discipline and entitlements reform, Obama seemed to be repressing a smile as he jabbed critics of his spending plans.

“Those of you who are watching certain news channels on which I’m not very popular, and you see folks waving tea bags around, Obama said, “let me just remind them that I am happy to have a serious conversation about how we are going to cut our health care costs down over the long term, how we are going to stabilize Social Security.”

He seems a little annoyed by the tea parties for somebody who was supposed to be completely unaware of them:

Update: Tea Party organizers have accepted Obama’s invitation to have a “serious conversation” about these things. They call it “accepted the president’s invitation” because it sounds nicer than “called his bluff.”

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