Bachmann: Don't pass Obama's plan
September 8th, 2011
09:43 PM ET
7 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. Rosemary Peppercorn

    What a truly foolish woman.

    September 8, 2011 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  2. carrotroot

    Why are we listening to a person who is now polling behind Ron Paul?

    September 8, 2011 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    President Obama explicitly stated that his plans contains proposals put forward by both Democrats and Republicans, and that it would be paid for.

    Bachmann's knee-jerk response of "NO!" just further validates that she's just another whiny Repub voice in the wind ...

    September 8, 2011 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  4. bob

    When all you have is air between the ears, you can't expect anything else from Bachmann. She needs to listen to the people.

    September 8, 2011 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

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

    If you make $90,000 a year, the top unemployment payment is $400/week. I know this because two years ago my family went through it.

    If Bachmann thinks that having $400 left over after you've made your mortgage payment is somehow living high on the hog for a family of five and is a disincentive to look for work, she's more foolish, insulting and crazier than she looks!

    September 8, 2011 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  6. Judas

    What a shock, Bachmann disagrees with Obama! The day wouldn’t be complete without having to hear her kvetch about Obama. That’s her singular contribution to the political process….endless complaints. No ideas…no plans…zero substance. Bachmann’s has absolutely nothing to offer and it’s just a matter of time before she becomes an irrelevant footnote in what’s turning out to be the circus sideshow of 2011 / 2012.

    September 8, 2011 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  7. Mlynn

    Lucky for all of us, you are a "temporary gimmick" and will not make the cut. Pathetic response!

    September 8, 2011 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  8. Squigman

    Dont elect Bachmann. Simple solution.

    September 8, 2011 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  9. Mahealani

    Of course it's a political circus when republicans like yourself is on board.

    September 8, 2011 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  10. jane

    Michele Bachmann a NO term president

    September 8, 2011 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  11. Mary

    She is such a waste if time and space..and time for her to BOW out!!!!!

    September 8, 2011 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  12. Allan

    Typical Tea Party nonsense...bash what you hear without EVER offering an alternative know why? Because she doesn't have the knowledge to offer her own plan.

    September 8, 2011 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  13. Texas Doc

    What is she, like in fifth place? Lady you no longer count. Go away and stay away.

    September 8, 2011 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  14. Indy

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

    Bachmann did well here with this statement, she has a perfect term for what the Republicans main goal is and "Generational Theft" is exactly what the Bush tax cuts are all about. The Republicans want to keep giving to the rich and expect the next generation to pay for it while the rich keep getting richer and the needy get kicked to the curb.Generational Theft could also be used to describe the entire operation of the Tea Party controlled Republican Party as they want to wipe out social security and that is pure theft of the Generational kind !

    September 8, 2011 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  15. MrManhattan

    By the "political circus" Obama only meant Congress. Don't worry Michelle, there's still jobs for clowns in Ringling Brothers!

    September 8, 2011 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  16. Chris

    Michelle, just stop talking.

    September 8, 2011 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  17. Doug

    Of course this BSC doesn't want this or anything else passed. If the economy improves the GOP/Tea party doesn't stand a chance against Obama in 2012. It will be interesting to hear what specifics the GOP has to offer, if anything, that does more to improve the economy than what the President outlined. But they too know that anything that helps the economy improve reduces their chances BUT they are also aware that stonewalling and being against things just for the sake of being against them will also ensure their defeat.

    September 8, 2011 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  18. Ken

    Why bother listening to her? Put a fork in her – she's overdone already!

    September 8, 2011 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  19. Bill from GA

    Bachman is a new breed of politician who has no pride in the USA.

    We all like to claim that the USA is the greatest country in the world. But now, she and other politicians want to act as if is is an honor to have companies stay here and take advantage of our workforce, our market, and our Natural Resources.

    They want to tell companies: use and abuse our workers for low wages and few benefits. Pollute our air and our water. Take our Natural Resources for your gain. Make huge profits, and we will find ways to let you avoid taxes. They want to put the burden of supporting this country on those least able to do so.

    September 8, 2011 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  20. DDanny1

    Here's the COLD HARD FACTS. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the 7 months BEFORE his first stimulus plan was passed in March 08 (6 of those months Bush was POTUS) there were 3,559,000 job losses in the United States. In the 7 months AFTER his stimulus plan was passed 2,148,000 jobs were lost. That's a 1,411,000 difference to Obama's advantage. And if you extend the statistics to 12 months before and after it gets MUCH, MUCH worse for BUSH! You can find the data at
    Now comes the IMPORTANT PART FOR REPUBLICANS. Your leaders are telling you over and over that the job picture has gotten WORSE since Obama has been in office, when IN FACT the most non-partisan, most well informed organization in regard to employment, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, data shows the exact opposite. They aren't telling you this because they think you're smart. Or because they have made a mistake analyzing the data. They are telling you this because they think you are gullible and childlike in comparison to them. To them you are a pet chimp who has learned to pull a lever at the voting booth.
    If ANYBODY can dispute the numbers I've presented with a reputable source (and no, FOX News is NOT a reputable source). If you read this and say, "He's wrong. Bush had things improving right up the Inauguration", WITHOUT checking the numbers, then you are EXACTLY as intelligent as the GOP thinks you are.

    September 9, 2011 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  21. A Kickin` Donkey

    Honestly, she sounds like the insecure girl in high school trying to have her clique ostracize the new, popular kid.

    BTW – I heard that MB did not graduate from a traditional 3-year law school with a JD degree. Does anyone know if this is true?

    September 9, 2011 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  22. Aaron

    Does this woman actually ever do any work that she's getting paid to do as a member of Congress? All she appears to have done since she was elected is campaign for president, mutilate history, and try to convert gays to straight with Medicaid paying for it. She needs to refund her salary and the cost of the health insurance that she doesn't want anyone else to have.

    September 9, 2011 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  23. Bill in Florida

    What CNN didn't tell you is that Bachmann's "conference" was attended by about 12 reporters. Bachmann is old news and fading fast. We'll soon be rid of her and her endless lies and half-truths.

    September 9, 2011 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  24. Cooper

    Does the media really have to report on her activities? Haven't they learned from Palin? But on second thought, I am glad they are, the American people is seeing what a bozo she is, just about every time she opens her mouth. I wish she would get a headache soon.

    September 9, 2011 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  25. Tina

    She is nothing but a idiot. It is funny how she and her idiot of a husband don't mind taking money from future generations as long as it benefits them.

    September 9, 2011 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
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