January 27th, 2010
11:45 PM ET
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Tea Party Express blasts Obama's State of the Union address

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The Tea Party Express has issued a statement responding to President Obama's first State of the Union address. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

After the jump, read the full statement issued by the Tea Party Express in response to President Obama's State of the Union address:

State of the Union: We're Unimpressed, Mr. Obama

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

The Tea Party Express released the following statement in response to the president's State of the Union Address:

"Tonight was a night of hot air, delivered in a way too long speech that revisited pledges we've quite frankly heard from Barack Obama before.

"His comments in the State of the Union were similar in tone and substance to his comments made after he won the 2008 presidential election and during his inauguration.

"But actions speak louder than words, and this administration violated its promise for increased transparency. Lobbyists were appointed by the president to positions he swore would never be filled by former lobbyists.

"Worst of all, we've seen out-of-control spending, and an unparalleled growth in the size and power of government.

"We'll start to believe Barack Obama when his actions match his words. Until then, it's just more empty promises, and we've all heard far too many unfulfilled promises from the politicians in Washington.
"In our opinion, the best part of this speech was the end."

soundoff (546 Responses)
  1. Mark

    Considering who the tpers hold up as leaders, i wouldn't be too concerned about their opinions. sure lets go back to the recent years of wonderful leadership by the republicans. more unfunded war anyone?

    January 28, 2010 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  2. tiff

    Agree

    January 28, 2010 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  3. Rick from Oregon

    This administration may not be as transparent as we want, but it is CONSIDERABLY more transparent than the last administration. So, you may see the glass as half empty, but I see it as at least 1/4 full and that is not bad for one year.

    Unparalleled growth in the size of government? Were you people even around for the last 8 years. I am aghast at the claims that you make without posting any facts.

    I'm sorry that your lives are so filled with hate, anger and negativity. God bless you all and may you find the strength to love again.

    January 28, 2010 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  4. Brandale R.

    DEAR TEA PARTY EXPRESS,

    Rather than response to his with emotional ranting, I shall pick this apart with logic and fact....

    "Tonight was a night of hot air, delivered in a way too long speech that revisited pledges we've quite frankly heard from Barack Obama before.

    Really? Who would our President be if he changed his tone or stance based on the misinformed, misguided emotions rants of people that DID NOT vote for him. No President is that weak.
    I watched the SOTU address and I heard several new things. I have heard him propose a Jobs Bill, Educational proposal, Admonish the Supreme court, rally America around a notion of competing on a global notion.

    "His comments in the State of the Union were similar in tone and substance to his comments made after he won the 2008 presidential election and during his inauguration.

    As they should have been. He is OUR President. I know that you are used to shock jocks who are easily swayed by and rely on the hyper emotions of a scared populous but he is not that. I and the rest of America is proud that he isn't. Did you miss the part where he acknowledge that the changes he has had to make in the name of fairness to the American people

    "But actions speak louder than words, and this administration violated its promise for increased transparency. Lobbyists were appointed by the president to positions he swore would never be filled by former lobbyists.

    American Recovery Act, Stopping the downward spiral of our Financial Markets, Tax CUTS across the board, Sending Troops to Afghanistan... Guess you were in France all of last year.

    Seems you need a civics lesson. Many of his actions have been obstructed by your Right wingers in the congress and Senate. As the President said in is speech, "Saying 'No" to everything is not leadership." I guess you missed that part.

    Lobbyists? Should we trace which side an over whelming amount of OIL, BIG BANK and WALL STREET money goes?

    "Worst of all, we've seen out-of-control spending, and an unparalleled growth in the size and power of government.

    SPENDING? BUSH didn't pay for anything. He delayed paying for the two wars... WE HAD TO PAY FOR THAT.... He delayed paying for his medicare drug bill...WE HAD TO PAY FOR THAT and yes we had to spend $1 TRILLION TO keep us ALL out of the soup lines! Did I miss something?

    Size and power wasn't a problem under Bush. Why is it such a big issue now? and that a philosophical argument that way under your pay grade.

    "We'll start to believe Barack Obama when his actions match his words.

    You don't listen when he speaks and your forgot or ignore the good things that he does. You will never believe in or support him why would a rational man even accept YOUR WORDS as truth.

    Until then, it's just more empty promises, and we've all heard far too many unfulfilled promises from the politicians in Washington.

    These politicians were elected. That's how America works. Once again, there was no TEA PARTY EXPRESS under Bush. There was much more corruption. Washington isnt the problem it's people like you who value emotion, hatred and anger OVER FACTS AND COMMON SENSE.

    "In our opinion, the best part of this speech was the end."

    THIS WOULD MEAN SOMETHING IF YOU HAD EVEN LISTEN....

    -B

    January 28, 2010 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  5. Fritton

    sooo.. their response was completely empty whining?

    Also, what "unprecedented" growing in size and power of the government are they referring to? Were they asleep during the warrantless wiretaps, patriot act and indefinite detentions of the 8 years before this?

    January 28, 2010 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  6. Ken

    Ah, yes. Of course the tea party boils. What else would you expect from the lunatic fringe?

    January 28, 2010 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  7. Fred

    Right On. Republicans far right fooled us once shame on us, fool us twice shame on you. Rush you should not be paying 15% taxes on your 800 million, you should be paying what the rest of us pay 40% and who gave you that 800 million Rush, some guy running some right wing foreign hedge fund? Your the fool tea party leaders, we won't be fooled again! So we had to bail out the fat cat, pretty clear now ho made off with our economy, the same guys who are paying the the senators to say NO to everything on K street!

    January 28, 2010 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  8. Sam Ryan

    Out of control spendingand an unparalled growth in the size and power of government? Add the eviceration of civil liberties to that and you have a perfect description of your heroes GW and Dick Cheney's administrations. You may get press with your loud mouths and rude behavior but most americans will tire of your constant whining and misrepresentation of facts. A band of miscreants running around the country shouting down any attempt at moderation. Screaming against taxes and big government while obviously most of you are on a government program or working at a cush job for some off the wall, tax free (sic) nonprofit group.

    January 28, 2010 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  9. Rookie73

    I bet they had most if not all of this response written before the actual address was broadcast.. Funny – why didn't they slam G.W. Bush for his alleged abuse of power ?

    – oh that's right, because they're all Consevatives and they hate Obama no matter what he says and tries to do.

    Because he represents something dangerous to them – Progression.

    STOP FIGHTING CHANGE !
    STOP THE RACISM AND HATE !
    STOP TRYING TO FORCE EVERYONE ELSE TO LIVE BY YOUR SO-CALLED "VALUES" !

    January 28, 2010 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  10. fosho

    The real question is whether the Tea Party's response was written by a 3rd grader or just someone with a 3rd grade level education. Nice work teabaggers!

    January 28, 2010 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  11. D

    Cool story, bro.

    January 28, 2010 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  12. ApprxAm

    Funny how RePugZ didn't care about lobbyist-as-Vice President or the out of control spending which began with Dick/Bush & corrupt contracts to oil companies ran by said VP and, also, disguised as construction and security companies.

    Teabaggers are hilarious liars. So much so that they can even lie to themselves. Must be in the tea they're drinking.

    January 28, 2010 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  13. jeff

    The Tea Party could do no better given the opportunity. Undoing what has been done to this country over the past 8 years doesn't happen over night and only fools don't understand the amount of time and effort that it takes to sort out the mess this country is in. The Tea Party response is a prime example of the over simplistic view point of which many people take because they think that making these reforms is easy. Particularly faced with being forced into a super majority vote in the senate for EVERY bill. The Tea Party should take their diapers off and approach the world as adults.Let me know when there's a Tea Party candidate elected so that I may watch all the magical government reform take place.

    January 28, 2010 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  14. Alan, Phoenix

    Did anybody expect them to praise him?
    Even if Obama performs a magic, tea-baggers will call it a witch-craft.

    by the way, I am no fan of Obama

    January 28, 2010 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  15. Stillman

    Printing a press release verbatim? That's not journalism.

    January 28, 2010 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  16. Robin in Tampa, FL

    The issue is congress ... BOTH sides have acted like bitter little children for an entire year. I'm glad they got a good scolding by the President tonight.

    January 28, 2010 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  17. xlntcat

    Perhaps the Teabaggers might want to devote their time to keeping their own from ratting them out in NO. I know that big words are hard for them but the president gave an outstanding speech. Where was there concern when out of control spending started 8 years ago leading to the doubling of the national debt and to this president being presented with a $1.3 trillion dollar deficit when he took office.

    More than any other president in my life time, President Obama's actions have been consistent with his words – his words, not the unethical media's speculation regarding what his words might happen to be. The media is doing the nation a grave disservice.

    January 28, 2010 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  18. jonny

    These people will never start to believe in Barack Obama until he turns into a white man. The Tea party may now be the most powerful white supremacist group in America.

    January 28, 2010 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  19. Proud DEM

    Well "Teabagger express" get those engines started and head back to the hills where you and your bigoted bunch belong...you are not America and you do not speak for all Americans...I'm so sorry to hear that you didn't get what the rest of us real patriots got out of this speech...he is here for us and will do what is in his power to get this country back on it's feet....all you want from our Pres. is failure plain and simple like the bunch of Repukes in the senate....just sad

    January 28, 2010 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  20. Motive

    This Astroturf movement needs to disclose its sponsors

    January 28, 2010 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  21. Steven

    Talk is cheap – I believe actions, and what I've seen so far doesn't match up with the President's speeches. And every time he says one thing and does another I become more convinced he's little more than a con artist.

    January 28, 2010 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  22. Donkey Party

    Sorry Tea-baggers, but your total absence during the Bush years gives you zero credibility. I will, however, give credit where credit is due, and offer you congratulations on successfully mobilizing both racists and water-headed non-thinkers into a frothing mass of unified hate and stupidity.

    January 28, 2010 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  23. Avi

    The tea Beggars are a group of people who believes they can't be wrong. No matter what, no matter if even Jesus himself came down from the heavens and supported liberal views (which he would have without a doubt), Tea Beggars would have shouted him down as well.
    I respect CNN as a solid news venue, but I feel they should not give this illegitimate organization any coverage.

    January 28, 2010 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  24. gary

    The Tea Party Express should change their name to the Bah Humbug Party.

    January 28, 2010 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  25. mtdHouston

    cry babies or crocodile tears?

    January 28, 2010 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
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