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

Tea Party Express blasts Obama's State of the Union address


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. Oly65imp

    I like the quote of unparalleled growth of the govt. What growth. Bush's 8 years in office was by far the largest govt expansion in history. His creating new cabinet level departments, his expansion of the military, and his large and very expensive drug plan for medicare citizens was expansion. The us govt has not grown at all. It has financially bailed out a lot of companies in which most of the money was appropriated by the Bush adm. with TARP. You remember giving billions to banks so they can give bonuses to their big wigs. Now we find out that AIG and other banks used that money not for helping citizens but helping other banks. A slime pipeline for big banks on our backs. THis happened months before Obama took office. His stimulus package of 787 billion was to help middle income and small businesses also not just large banks like tarp and by the way only about 200 billion has been spent from the stimulus. Your lies and trying to frighten citizens into believing these things are typical of a second class party like the repugs. You say smuggly that he has empty promises but the only thing stopping these things from happening is the foot dragging say no Republicans that will not say yes to anything the pres. has to say. If the country rebounds and is healthy by 2012 Obama stays in the white house and repugs cant have that so say no say no say no say no. Say it enough and it almost sounds

    January 28, 2010 04:27 am at 4:27 am |
  2. hazel

    Well, of course the tea party is boiling! Obama has co-opted their arguments and answered their complaints in a positive way! That must really tick them off!

    January 28, 2010 04:27 am at 4:27 am |
  3. Raymond H. Burgoon-Clark

    When the average IQ of the Tea Party Movement reaches triple digits, I MIGHT pay attention to them.

    January 28, 2010 04:30 am at 4:30 am |
  4. J.V.Hodgson

    You are so wonderful at talking about hot air and wind tea party people.
    And the commentary posted here falls into the category of the lowest form of rhetoric I have ever experienced.
    I have question for you tea party people: How can you expect anything to be done, or achieved ( promised or not) when the party you support votes against anything and everything or filibusters this administration plans or deliberately delays appointments. Is that in America's best interests?
    When you tea party people and Republicans generally start believing
    GOP = Government Of the People and FTP= For The People and BTP By The People thru any party, including the so called GOP Grand Old Party, then this old man will give y'all some respect, meantime instead of just bitching about how Obama is trying to fix things tell us how to do it tea party right, but do not tell me or any Americans that means just how Bush II did it for eight years. Like it or not that is part of the reason for the current parlous state of the American and global economy unemployment in US and Tarf was a Republican bill!! so grow up!!

    January 28, 2010 04:31 am at 4:31 am |
  5. Jeremy

    I bet they had a pre-arranged statement disagreeing with him. There is no reasoning with these people. They disagree and prevent any progress just for the sake of it, but they have no real idea (less spending and less taxes are something a 2 year old could think of)

    January 28, 2010 04:31 am at 4:31 am |
  6. Adam Diran

    They're not responding to what Obama said. This could have been written a month ago in preperation for any state of the Union address. If Obama cured cancer, fixed the economy, walked on mars, and brought a successful end to the war on terror these people still would be issuing the exact same statement.

    Teabaggers exist in an echo chamber completely divorced from reality:

    "an unparalleled growth in the size and power of government.

    Where have they been the past 9 years?

    January 28, 2010 04:32 am at 4:32 am |
  7. Ron

    I would be willing to bet that the teabaggers had this response written even before the speech started.

    January 28, 2010 04:32 am at 4:32 am |
  8. Cliff Vegas

    To be honest, "tea party" cynicism is getting a bit old. It empowers nothing, has no future vision... uninspired. Easy to complain, easier still to bash the other guy – but that's not leadership. SHOW ME THAT YOU CAN LEAD and I may follow. All "tea party" seems to stand for is lower taxes and smaller government. Where's your job plan?

    January 28, 2010 04:32 am at 4:32 am |
  9. John

    The Tea Party's response to Obama's speech was far more predictable than what Obama had to say. The administration DID NOT violate its promise for increased transparency. Transparency has vastly increased. No previous administration has had a website tracking how government funds are spent, for starters. I suppose some people won't be happy until legislative compromises are struck over Twitter. It's also nice to see that Obama's critics fail to criticize the substance of his claims, and instead either flatly deny them or attack him personally. What is lacking from most of his critics is any sort of meaningful argumentation, or any sort of plausible alternative to his suggestions. In many cases, he's giving them what they want (e.g., lower taxes), and they are too blind with irresponsible rage to see it.

    January 28, 2010 04:34 am at 4:34 am |
  10. TlalocBrooklyn

    You say Obama is all "hot air," and that his "empty promises" and lack of actions don't "match his words."

    Then you say the power of the government is now "unparalleled."

    Which is it?

    January 28, 2010 04:35 am at 4:35 am |
  11. Anthony

    Did a 12 year old write that press release? ..... Ouch! That's as bad as the signs.

    January 28, 2010 04:36 am at 4:36 am |
  12. Aspen Professor

    May the "tea party" take their bags and go home. It is obvious that they are a right-wing supported group of fools that have too much time on their hands. Their signs, transportation, and talking points are all coming from the right-wing extremists. Burn your signs, go home, turn off the FOX channel and listen to intelligent people discuss the issues.

    January 28, 2010 04:39 am at 4:39 am |
  13. Jackson

    The Tea Baggers Strikes Again! Get a job guys and let Pres. Obama do his. Give it up guys, you lost 2008; quit whinning.

    January 28, 2010 04:39 am at 4:39 am |
  14. Tan

    President Obama has realized that his party was tea-bagged by the Republicans so he has to change his tune on healthcare. CNN has joined Fox and MSNBC to be another BIASnews channel. Rowland Martin and friends has been in the tank with Obama; so obvious....
    In short, I'm not mad; the Prez knew he screwed up for the Dems. and he has to sideline Obama care for now. UNDERSTOOD, POLITICS. Nothing personal.

    January 28, 2010 04:47 am at 4:47 am |
  15. Independent Voter

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

    That was the last administration under GW.

    January 28, 2010 04:49 am at 4:49 am |
  16. AnaHadWolves

    Just what we've come to expect from the TeaBaggers": shril, whiny, self-indulgent polemics and pablum.

    Grow up and grow a pair, people; President Obama is still cleaning up the elephant manure your former President strew everywhere.

    January 28, 2010 04:49 am at 4:49 am |
  17. Steve Haubner

    Obama talks but does not do. I hope and pray that the American people will be smart enough to see through the rhetoric!

    January 28, 2010 04:58 am at 4:58 am |
  18. Steve Haubner

    Obama talks but does not do what he promises. I hope and pray that the American people will be smart enough to see through the rhetoric!

    January 28, 2010 05:01 am at 5:01 am |
  19. alphonso

    these rethuglicans r crazy!

    January 28, 2010 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  20. Donna

    Yawn. They probably wrote their response before the speech.

    January 28, 2010 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  21. Keith in Austin

    Dead on point! We've heard Barry's rhetoric before. Does he think Americans are stupid? He signed a Stimulous Bill with 900 earmarks, is surrounded by Lobbyists, Spends like a crack head and his 3 year spending freeze represents a mere 3 percent of his overall budget!

    Unemployment skyrockets and he still wants to jam through healthcare! This guy is an egotistical narcicist and BAD for America. Scary that there are some that still trust him!

    January 28, 2010 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
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