February 19th, 2010
02:29 PM ET
5 years ago

Bachmann says Obama leading America into decline

Rep. Michele Bachmann blasted President Obama's economic policies Friday.
Rep. Michele Bachmann blasted President Obama's economic policies Friday.

(CNN) – Rep. Michele Bachmann blasted President Obama's economic policies Friday and declared he is leading America into a state of "decline" during her 30-minute speech before conservative activists.

"I want to discuss a topic that's been on my heart a lot lately…decline in America," the Minnesota Republican told the crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference. "The concept that has been coming to me over the last few weeks is that the joy of being an American is that we get to choose…our destiny, whether it's decline or it's greatness."

Citing conservative writer Charles Krauthammer, Bachmann said the president has indicted "America for arrogance, decisiveness, divisiveness toward Europe, for maltreatment toward natives, for torture, for Hiroshima, for Guantanamo Bay, for unilateralism, and for insufficient respect for the Muslim world."

"I think we are all going to need a self-esteem course or two after that litany and we can't blame anyone for feeling despondent in the midst of all that," Bachmann quipped. "Decline happens, even to a great nation."

Bachmann also took aim at Democratic efforts at health care reform and cap-and-trade policies designed to combat global warming during her red-meat speech, saying such measures will keep the country's economy on "an unsustainable path."

"We are looking at serious long-term damage to the economy and the well being of our people. We really need to sober up…the only people with the power to change this very bad diagnosis is President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, and Harry Reid," Bachmann said. "I wonder what the odds are in Vegas of that happening."

Related: Obama unveils new housing aid program


Filed under: CPAC • Michele Bachmann • President Obama
soundoff (137 Responses)
  1. Brandon

    The Tea Party = GOP = Jim Crow Laws = Party of NO. They have wet dreams about the country failing hence Pres. Obama failing. They pray and hope that the economy gets worse and that a terrorist attack happens. They are truly sick in the mind and spirit. God help us if they come back into power.

    February 19, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  2. Total BS

    You are not worth the comment lady .................

    February 19, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  3. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Moron Republicans... The decline started under fascist Busg/Cheney.
    Go read a book some day.

    February 19, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  4. Terry

    Bachmann is scum.

    February 19, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  5. Doug

    "Decline happens, even to a great nation."

    Especially when whack-jobs like her get elected.

    February 19, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  6. J.P.

    Given the amount of decline that has occured under the great Obamunist, I'd have to venture that he and his administration are either one of two things...

    They're either bumbling idiots incapable of finding their asses with both hands...

    Or they're purposefully and intentionally sabotaging the country and driving the economy into the crapper so they can replace it with Uncle Joe's Old Time Soviet Socialism, good for all that ails us.

    February 19, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  7. AEK

    Well, now that Mrs. Tinfoil Hat has spoken I know we're in trouble in this country. Not because of the Bush/Cheney legacies of a fractured economy, one unlawful war and another poorly executed, and a distrust of politicians that will take years to repair. We're in trouble because seemingly intelligent people are listening to this loon!

    February 19, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  8. jj

    Breaking news!

    February 19, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  9. Stephen

    Michele Bachmann is awesome! Hope she runs in 2012!

    February 19, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  10. Stu - Las Vegas

    Blah Blah Blah....... This woman is a troll

    February 19, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  11. Moderate

    Who' she? Another nasty mouth sarcastic Sarah Palin, Michell Mulkin, Ann Couliter type??

    February 19, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  12. David in San Francisco

    The decline of America started long before Obama took office. And the only way to turn it around is to start making some tough choices – about foreign policy, health care, social security, taxes and education – that neither of the two main political parties seem to be willing to address in a civil and constructive manner.

    I find myself reminiscing about the television show West Wing and have recently begun watching reruns of it. Though the president portrayed by Martin Sheen was a liberal democrat, he had to make some very difficult, yet pragmatic, decisions that forced him to work with the other side. The same went with the characters representing the Republican leadership on the show. The result was a combination of debate, compromise and solution.

    It's really too bad that the only way our political system seems to truly work for the people is when it's a fictional representation on television.

    February 19, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  13. Ed Conti

    Michele Bachmann is a Sarah Palin "wanna be" another brainless idiot who would be better off keeping her mouth shut. Everytime she opens her yap, like Sarah, idiotic dribble runs down her chin onto her designer outfits. If these two are the face of the republican party, then it's going to need a major face lift to gain any credibility at all.

    February 19, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  14. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Delusional wingnut.

    February 19, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  15. Right Leaning Independent

    Obama is the president but he did not represent me when he took his apology tour! I am proud of America and what we have done for the world. We long ago paid our past and present debts to the world with the sacrifice of the many servicemen and women that were killed to insure others freedom!! If he wanted to apologize, it should have been for something he has done and not for my country!!

    February 19, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  16. Jerry Smith

    Since the good Congress woman is a member of the do nothing but be obstructionist, her comments have little value.
    She should spend more time trying to get something done on behalf of the people she represents.

    February 19, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  17. An 8 year old ELEPHANT dung heap, does not transform into compost in just 1 year!

    I guess Bachmann was not satisfied with Pawlenty calling for violence she has to whip the knuckle draggers into a bigger frenzy!

    Pawlenty, another windbag tea bagger advocating violence by smashing windows with a golf club!

    Go ahead you morons, whose money do you think will be used to repair the damage?

    We were warned about this group of "lone wolf" extremist and yesterday we saw the beginning.

    I hope the NSA is tapping the phones of all these CPAC Nazis!

    Wasn't smashing windows with an airplane enough for the treasonous anarchists?

    Are these Nazis not satisfied with just hoping President Obama "fails", now they advocate violence?

    Yesterday, one of the Beck wrecks had been whipped into such a frenzy, he tried to take others out with him by crashing a plane into a building.

    Hope all you tea baggers are happy, you now have a "hero", some cowardly tax evader that tried to do his "part" to get back at "big" government by attempting to kill innocent people. Hopefully, only the loser died.

    Great "family value" kill those trying to enforce the rules that you chose to ignore.

    But then you Reds also worship Bailin' Palin who's only completed task to date is the mayor of Wasilla and she can be bought and paid to say anything for the right price. Retard=fired, and retard=disappointing depending upon the audience. Tea baggers are lone patriots, and tea baggers better join a either a R or D party.

    Add prostitution to those "family values" you tout.

    February 19, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  18. csanchez

    Rep. Michele Bachmann – get a life. Don't add yourself to the list of Presidential bashers -

    February 19, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  19. Robert

    This may be the dumbest individual in politics today, next to Sarah Palin. Obama was handed a nation in decline already by her party. Obama has saved this country from financial ruin, and these bozos are running around playing politics with it.

    Minnesotans! Why did you re-elect this nitwit???? What is wrong with you. Please, vote her out..

    February 19, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  20. TK

    She should go somewhere and have a baby because she might be better at that than she is at talking!!

    February 19, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  21. Carl

    This mental midget has permanent diarrhea of the mouth. We can only hope that come November...the voters will kick her sorry ass out of Congress too!

    February 19, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  22. Dr. John

    The vitriole towards Palin is over the top, for no apparent reason. I think she scares the status quo elite because she is a regular person who in an independent woman, was Mayor of a town, Governor of a State and the first woman Vice President nominee in decades. Why people keep saying she doesn't have the experience to be President need look no further than the present leader of the free world. Palin had the potential to be a bad president but Obama has demonstrated that beyond all expectations. Mocking her child is despicable as is any rationalization that it was "comedy" or "satire." That's like saying racial joke about Obama would be okay because it all just in fun. Give me a break. The producers, writers and defenders of that stupid show should be ashamed and the "View" is clearly one of the lower GI tract.

    February 19, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  23. Myra

    CNN, why do we have to hear about what evey conserative speaker says about President Obama? I am going to conduct research to see if the Lieberals were affored the same opportunity when Republicans are in office and to see if CNN lead with a headline of every Liberal who bashed former President Bush. I for one am getting sick and tired of this republican or that republican (blast, slams, or accuses Obama). Next your headline will read "Republican Dog blast Obama" when will it end? This is getting to be ridicolous. The rest of the world must think that all the opposition does is blast the president. I mean this type of stuff is not good for anyone. I wish CNN would really try to headline with polciy debate, but not some of this garbage that.

    February 19, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  24. Marc

    "Decline happens, even to a great nation."
    Or what once was a great party, until the Bachmans, Palins, Romneys and such took it over for their own (very restricted/distorted) purposes.

    February 19, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  25. John

    Yes, after 8 years of a GOP president and majority congress railroading America into the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression, a trillion dollar-a-year accidental war, a shrinking middle class, and double digit health care cost increases, the Republicans *must* take back the country after Obama's 12 hellatious months of dramatically reducing the job loss rate, reversing the shrinking economy, leading the nuclear arms reduction push, reforming credit card legislation, setting end dates for the wars, and pushing to lower health care costs. If this loose canon keeps governing this way, he's going to lead us straight to.....recovery and peace.

    February 19, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
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