January 27th, 2010
11:45 PM ET
5 years ago

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. shel3364

    So which faction of the Tea Party was this again?

    January 27, 2010 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  2. Ellen

    They are idiots, just plain idiots.

    January 27, 2010 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  3. A disgusted former Republican

    What else would you expect from a bunch of undereducated fools. These teabaggers do not understand what the Boston Tea Party was all about nor do they understand how the United States government is designed to work. They have no rational thought process; they just like to make noise.

    January 27, 2010 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  4. H. Burow

    This statement by the so-call "Tea Party" supporters shows again how far from reality these people live. What suffers more from lack of transparancy than the lying and screaming statement coming from that quarter – and too many people get the wool pulled over their eyes by the so-called "Tea Partiers."

    January 27, 2010 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  5. Kendall

    Out of control spending was what Bush did. Crazy how it has become that the Liberals are the party of balanced budgets and the Conservatives have become the party of spend spend spend!

    January 27, 2010 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  6. Steve Lyons

    I concur, he came across once again as a power hungry centralist excessive government bureaucrat. I don't like his actions and I don't believe a single word he says.

    January 27, 2010 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  7. John in Austin, Texas

    This response is so very typical of the demographic of tea-partiers....ignorant and disrespectful....uggh

    January 27, 2010 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  8. Jason

    It's President Obama!

    January 27, 2010 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  9. dann

    well i guess you told him!!!
    but you also did NOT offer one single solution to OUR countrys problems....
    thank you but if you arnt going to be of any real help then stay home and shut up.......

    January 27, 2010 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  10. Christopher

    As a Democrat, and supporter of the President, I have to admit that I am also disappointed by the lack of transparency the Administration has made. Inviting Union leaders to sit in on private, closed-door meetings about the future of health care is the same type of thing as asking oil companies to write policy on our nation's energy plans.

    It just smells bad.

    I do take issue, however, with the tea party's "new anger" about the deficit and government spending. 80% of the deficit we have now has come since 1980, and 90% of that has been under so-called conservative presidents. Nearly half of it has been from W. Bush alone. Where was the tea party two years ago?

    January 27, 2010 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  11. HS

    Tea Partiers – unparalled growth in power of govt? out-of-control spending? talk about hot air – where are the specifics of YOUR claims??? Do you mean the bailouts voted in while Bush was still president? Do you mean the high cost of the wars in Iraq and Afganistan started and prolonged by Bush? The wars that sent us into unprecedented debt? Do you mean the Patriot Act that extended the reach of the Federal govt into out private lives? Where were you when these things were happening? Criminal hypocrisy.

    January 27, 2010 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  12. Garret

    Shut up!

    January 27, 2010 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  13. louise

    Its difficult to take them serious on any of their illfounded responses. As i keep saying their just OBSTRUCTIONISTS or stupid...... You can't fix in 1 year what has taken place these last 8 yrs of ruin.......They rather we fall off the cliff.

    January 27, 2010 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  14. Steve

    All I hear from the Tea Party Express is 'blah, blah, blah...'

    Not one good idea – just a loud 'we hate Obama because he's Obama!'

    That's not feedback, that's just noise.

    Why is CNN giving any time these nut jobs anyways?

    January 27, 2010 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  15. Trish

    I could not care less than what a bunch of nay-sayers have to say – who are they? why do they get any space in this forum?

    January 27, 2010 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  16. Angie

    That is just the Typical Tea Party Negative Negative Negative response to anything Obama, ever since the Medical Insurance companies along with the Senate Republicans (who got paid millions of dollars each by the medical insurance companies) funded and organized the Tea Party. And yes the Tea Party are the new Public Relations spokes people for the Medical Insurance Companies who want to continue refusing to pay for their patients care when the patients become terminally ill. And yes, the Senate Republicans are also the new Public Relations spokes people for the medical insurance companies also.

    Do I really care for the Typical Tea Party Negative Negative Negative anti Obama responses?

    That would be a big NO!

    January 27, 2010 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  17. Stortz

    Which group of teabaggers is this one again?

    January 27, 2010 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  18. Scotty G

    Obama =over-promise and under deliver!

    January 27, 2010 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  19. Dave

    How insensitive of Obama to push "comprehensive immigration reform" mass amnesty for illegal aliens, when 15 milion Americans are out of work! We want our existing immigration laws enforced with NO AMNESTY!

    January 27, 2010 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  20. Rob W.

    I might actually care what the Tea Party crazies thought if they were actually worth caring about, which they're not. Ha.

    January 27, 2010 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  21. John

    So what suggestions do you have for fixing the nation's problems? What specifically are you for? All I ever hear Tea Bags rant about is what they're against. What are you for? Where are your IDEAS? That's what we need. Ideas and hard work. Put down your signs and pick up a shovel so we can clean up the mess made during the past 8 years.

    January 27, 2010 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  22. MrFoobar2U

    ok.. let's see if I understand..
    Reagan triples the debt.
    Reagan turns this country from the world's #1 creditor to the world's #1 debtor.
    George W bush doubles the national debt
    77% of the current debt can be attributed to "conservatives".
    Tack on medicare to the tune of 50 billion per year under GWB
    Tack on the cost of two wars, one of which was unnecessary.
    Tack on the cost of saving Wall Street due to deregulation (Barney Frank has his hands dirty with this.. to be fair)

    and where were the tea party's when all this was happening ???

    January 27, 2010 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  23. dc

    I am not a teapartier but this statement pretty much summed up the speech. weak.

    January 27, 2010 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  24. elduac

    "unparalleled growth in the size and power of government." fact check?

    January 27, 2010 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  25. ls400s

    I think the PEE PARTY is at the end of its 15 min....Every few years the klan tries to re incarnate itself under a new guise. I think we let them get too rowdy this summer. We wont let that continue. We have had enough of the backwards propoganda they spread and blacks and latins will do everything to get anyone remotely affiliated with them out of public office. This is the challenge people..Call them out

    January 27, 2010 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
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