Bachmann: Don't pass Obama's plan
September 8th, 2011
09:43 PM ET
3 years ago

Bachmann: Don't pass Obama's plan

(CNN) – Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann said she felt "deeply disappointed" by the president's jobs speech Thursday and called on Congress to avoid passing his plan.

"Clearly what we saw was just a sequel of all of the failed policies that the president has put forward in the past," Bachmann said in a post-debate speech.

While Republicans typically deliver a party response whenever the president addresses a joint session of Congress, the GOP passed on an address Thursday, giving no official reason for the move.

But Bachmann, who said she listened to the speech in the car while stuck in traffic, gave her own response in the House gallery in the Capitol Thursday.

She said she was offended by President Barack Obama's opening remarks asking Congress to "stop the political circus" and do something to help the economy.

Specifically, she blasted the president's plan to prolong unemployment benefits, calling them poor incentives for people to get jobs.

"Not only should Congress not pass this plan," Bachmann said. "I say, 'Mr. President, stop. Your last plan hasn't worked, and it's hurting the American economy'."

The GOP presidential candidate laid out her own nine-point plan, which included measures such as repealing Obama's health care reform, repealing financial regulation reform, and increasing exports.

She called the president's policies acts of "generational theft" that take money from future generations.

"The president has embraced solutions that are temporary gimmicks," Bachmann said. "They come and they go. That's what we saw tonight in the president's remarks."


Filed under: Jobs • Michele Bachmann • Republicans
soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Georgia Tee

    I truly hope that America notice what has happened since Congress has returned from their break, the teapublicans did what the POTUS asked them to do, go home and hear from the people, the leaders have returned with a more positive tone. we the people can change things for the good when we open our eyes to the facts, not the hate speech....Bachmann continues to prove to everyone she is not qualified to be POTUS, and when those in her district figure it out, this country will continue to move forward..

    September 9, 2011 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  2. Jane Moore North Carolina

    So sorry you were stuck in traffic and could not be in the chamber 'doing your job.' I am deeply disappointed in your performance and in your speeches that call for a continuing spirit of uncooperation and lack of effective dialogue in Congress to deal with the issues that are deeply hurting this country. Please consider finding other work for yourself and I hope the voters in your district will ensure that happens when you are up for re election.

    September 9, 2011 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  3. Cleve Leonard

    Well according to Bachmann if God doesn't like it he'll just send another hurricane or earthquake. I wouldn't elect her to take out my garbage.

    September 9, 2011 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  4. Tom

    A question to Representative Bachmann, why do you say Obama's previously tried failed policies when your 9 point plan is purely what GWB enacted in 2002. See where we were as a result of those policies. When the sub prime collapsed and GW had to start the throw money at the problem phase.

    September 9, 2011 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  5. RinMaine

    Bachmann is disloyal to the United States, a traitor to our people, a criminal interested only in power and personal wealth.

    September 9, 2011 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  6. The_Mick

    Bachmann and the GOP always withhold from the American people the fact that America was hemorrhaging an AVERAGE 750,000 jobs per month for several months when Obama took office. During his stimulus, America gained 4 million jobs. During all that period -including the 14 months of jobs losses that occurred while a GOP President was in office- the GOP offered NO jobs plans whatsoever. They did act quickly when they needed to bail out their buddies on Wall Street and tagged an extra $160 BILLION in earmarks onto a $700 BILLION save-the-banks TARP bill. During that period the Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, was responsible for requesting more earmarks -including the famous Bridge to Nowhere- that ANY state in the country. Now the GOP and that heroine of the Tea Partiers scream about how terrible earmarks are and, of course, blames the Dems for them! Now the plan-less GOP screams about bad plans! Did Obama do enough? Probably NOT. But the Party of NO did less than zero.

    September 9, 2011 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  7. Bill

    Love her or hate her, what she said was accurate, as we shall all see.

    September 9, 2011 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  8. Gustavo

    I really do NOT understand how this woman is even allowed to be a part of the GOP. Even they should have more common sense than to allow this dimwit excuse for a politician represent them. Shameful really.

    September 9, 2011 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  9. Huh with a captial H

    Congresswoman? Why wasn't she in the chamber last night? Obviously there are more important things to her than the American people.

    September 9, 2011 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  10. AP

    I love how the same people who complain about being out of work for "two years" and who have no money for food and healthcare, first of all are able to blog all morning, but who still support these failed ideas. You had a job and healthcare 2 years ago and now you don't. Wake up!

    September 9, 2011 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  11. M ~ FAITHFUL Citizen

    The TPRepubs are focused on one thing: Get Pres Obama out of office No Matter What! Too bad we can't fire & arrest them ALL on TREASON!! THEY (& the Major Corps the are run by) Are killing Our Country & setting hellacious example for our children & all other countries. lol, They chose to forego tradition & speech. The black-out on the west coast was from either foreign terrorists or the TPReps terrorists on our own soil. Take 'em down Legal & Homeland Security!!

    September 9, 2011 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  12. mikeg1950

    Without knowing the details, how is this toad forming an opinion? She supports the Wall Street rape of the middle class, the multi-national corporations' exporting of manufacturing jobs. I'm sure they pay her well. Frankly, I'm feeling the effects of "multi-generational theft" thanks to political stooges just like her. I hope whoever voted this hag in is in the same boat.

    September 9, 2011 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  13. sortakinda

    This woman is nothing less than disgusting. Praying for failure to forward her own deluded ambition. SHe has NO shame.

    September 9, 2011 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  14. RWESTUPID

    It is unpatriotic for an American to work towards the failure of the President of the United States. This bimbo and her teabag cronies should be tried for treason. We will take these SOBs out!!!

    September 9, 2011 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  15. Realistic

    The GOP presidential candidate laid out her own nine-point plan, which included measures such as repealing Obama's health care reform, repealing financial regulation reform, and increasing exports.
    Can someone please explain how these initiatives will actually help the 90% or so of middle class americans who are slowly slipping below the poverty line? All Bachmann talks about is getting rid of Obama’s health care reform, what sensible suggestion has she come up with to help American get the healthcare they deserve? Deregulation of the financial system is helping the top 1% of Americans who don’t need help and makes the rest of us sit back and watch the rich get richer while the rest stay stagnant.

    September 9, 2011 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  16. Joe

    Why does this person get ink? Anyone out there besides the president willing to work on our problems?

    September 9, 2011 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  17. Gary from Virginia

    Bachman doesn't have a clue, she needs to look for another job but not in politics, she is well over her head and does not know how to influence people, only alienate.

    September 9, 2011 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  18. GG Liddie

    Not only will she be out of the 2012 race for prez by this time nxt month ... but she will lose her MN seat as well.

    September 9, 2011 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  19. Chris

    Bachmann wrote her denial script days before Obama presented his proposal. She doesn't need time to think or evaluate any proposal. As soon as Obama spoke first line of his proposal, she sent her blah blah blah to Reporters.

    Great effeciency Miss Bachmann..you can really increase our country's productivity.

    September 9, 2011 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  20. Tom

    For those of you NOT familiar with her history, this is typical Bachmann. Criticize, condemn, but NEVER offer up something that might be workable. She is nothing but a 'one trick pony'......."Obama is a one term president". It is time for Ms Bachmann to 'fold her tent' and head home to Minnesota and tend her grandchildren. Her lack of any positive input into this years election cycle is not needed. Nor is her presence in Congress, let alone the Select Intelligence Committee.

    September 9, 2011 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  21. Merl

    It's all politics. As stated by several others, Bachman's only interest is putting a Republican (preferably her) in the Oval Office. If this requires her to put the best interest of the country and the American People aside to further he own agenda, then so be it. I guess her Christian Charity only goes as far as her ambition.

    September 9, 2011 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  22. CH

    More of the same old same old. Bush this and Bush that, now Congress this and Congress that. Throwing money that we don't have at problems does not solve anything. Leadership is key and we will not have that until he is defeated in 2012. Looks like Hillary would of been better after all.........

    September 9, 2011 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  23. Name

    I have friends getting unemployment benefits. At least one one of them makes more on unemployment then she did at her job. She did not want to go back to work where she is making less tham her unemployment pays. Where is the incentive to work?

    September 9, 2011 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  24. nbcnsm

    Michelle Bachmann has Never introduce nor passed any bills while in Congress. What does she know about leadership, the workings of government? She's a puppet.
    Congress needs to be told to folow their oaths to Represent their constituents and not the Koch brothers and Grover Norquist. Both Michelle and Congress needs to get their acts together and work to make America strong again. People needs jobs, security, infrastructure, transportation....please someone tell me what Bachmann or Perry have suggested that they would do that benefits the middle class which is slowly dwindling in size.

    September 9, 2011 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  25. Mike Kaiser

    Wow Bozo makes me laugh again. What a great clown!

    September 9, 2011 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
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