January 27th, 2010
11:45 PM ET
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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. Abe

    They are the once that are drinking hot tea and getting burnt by every hot air that comes out of there mouth. This are people that do not have respect for the presidency and ought be ashamed for themselves. They ought talk about reconciliation and not advocate partisan politics. I hope the future political hopefuls or people inspired to join politics listen to those people.

    January 28, 2010 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  2. Lando

    go away tea party express to oblivion...we don't need obstructionist.....

    January 28, 2010 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  3. tmart

    Which tea party? Not that I really care. If their attitude is like this I want no part of them.

    January 28, 2010 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  4. scott

    Imagine - Obama is sticking to the themes he ran on. Outrageous.

    I notice that the GOP hot air response was just the opposite of an appeal to reasoned leadership. It's amazing that instead of acting like adults - even adults with a different point of view - these clowns spew the same vile bile and venom I hear every night from Mark Levine and his buds.

    These folks live on vituperation and hatred. Makes me fear for the country. It is impossible for them to say - calmly - what about this alternative.

    Instead they have to appeal to the growing mob mentality of the decerebrate clods who have given this country virtually all of its problems since the founding - slavery, the civil war, mccarthyism ... down to and not limited to George W. Bush and Richard Cheyney.

    Maybe the Union should have split afer all.

    January 28, 2010 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  5. James

    What the heck is Tea Party "Express"... who is funding them?

    January 28, 2010 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  6. Tim

    A response that quickly, huh? It almost seems like they didn't bother to put much thought into their response. Maybe if those on the right would budge just an inch, Obama's promises could come to be reality. As a small business owner who needs health insurance, I would certainly welcome it.

    January 28, 2010 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  7. Stop the Nonsense

    Sounds like more crap from the Tea Tottlers. Like Birthers, these comment were probably written beofr ethe speech was ever given. They have a theme and will never back down from it.
    More information was givne tonight to dispute their claims than in any other speech. Further, the Republican Response ( there really wasn't one, it was a commerical for Virginia) doesn't back your claims.
    How would you know if there is not transparancy if you weren't hearing or reading what was happening?
    "Out of control spending" is more in the proposals than the reality. Most of the spending proposed has not taken place or even voted on.
    Anyone that paid attention to the tow year election cycle knows he proposed more govermental controls- if you feel he has put those into place, promise kept.
    It time to take responsibility for what you as voters are responsible for.
    12 years of Republican congressional domination, A repulbican president whose policies got us into on of the most costly wars of all time and never thought of how to pay for it, tax cuts while a Republican Congress spent nearly a trillion dollars a year more than it took in. YOU VOTED FOR THESE PEOPLE- STOP SAYING "THEY". And stop blaming Obama for the problems you complain about. you formed in the spring! He had been in office 2-3 months!

    January 28, 2010 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  8. Montana Bill

    This Tea Party Crowd is quite a collection - unfocused anger at just about everything related to government and taxes. I'd like to hear something constructive from the bunch instead of angry and mostly stupid populism.

    January 28, 2010 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  9. anon.

    This is exactly the kind of negativity that this country needs to distance ourselves from.

    January 28, 2010 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  10. Roy, Columbia, S.C.

    I'm so proud of our President! What a great leader with vision and direction.

    God bless him and our country!

    Go Obama!!!

    January 28, 2010 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  11. Disgusted

    How dare Obama blast the Supreme Court in the State of the Union. Who does he think corporations and unions have as employees? As for his statement at being a great one-termer, the translation is: I know what's best for the stupid voter and I'll darned well do as I please.

    January 28, 2010 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  12. Toby

    I actually heard new ideas and proposals at every turn in Obama's speech. Were we watching the same speech? Or did the writer of this statement only watch the post-speech coverage on FOX News?

    Just because he spoke in the same tone of voice as he did during his election campaign does not mean he spoke the same words or made the same promises.

    What does seem stale are these cookie cutter complaints. "Out of control spending...an unparalleled growth in the size and power of government...lobbyists..." I've heard this all before, but never see any evidence. Just giant generalizations that are only partially true.

    We have a long way to go as a country. Broad, sweeping, completely vague statements like this one don't help. They just continue to promote bi-partisan bickering.

    January 28, 2010 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  13. Perusing-through


    I guess the Tea Party is NOT happy with tax cuts Obama and the Democrats provided middle-class America in 2009; and will not be happy with the small business tax cuts in 2010?

    What a bunch of idiots? They have haven’t a clue how President Obama has just boxed the whole Tea Party into a corner!

    January 28, 2010 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  14. keith

    Was the written before or after the speech was given; I tend to believe that former.

    January 28, 2010 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  15. Matt Morphonios

    Tea Party express? please, they dont represent america, they stand for a bunch of people too ignorant to do anything that doesnt resemble president bushs policies. *thumbs down*

    January 28, 2010 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  16. Ken

    There's definitely some truth to their reaction. You could have substituted any one of Obama's campaign speeches for the speech tonight.

    January 28, 2010 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  17. Michael from Ventura

    Baggers, Birthers and Bigotts.......Oh My!

    January 28, 2010 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  18. Christopher in Apopka

    Another cynical tea party statement? Really? Speaking of hot air, the tea party lobby is doing its best at simply complaining... again. I'm so surprised. yawn.

    January 28, 2010 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  19. Caron

    No one really gives a crap what these tea bag party poopers have to say. They are just a bunch of bigots disguised as people who care about their country. They don't. They care only about themselves. They don't really listen to what others have to say and ignore what others do that is positive. The reason is because they are too busy shouting. When you shout as loud as they do, you don't listen very much. Wind bags all.

    January 28, 2010 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  20. sensiblee

    These teaparty racists r living mentally in the 1800's. No matter what the president or how good it is these people just cannot get past race.

    January 28, 2010 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  21. Mike

    Dick Armey and his corporate uberlords would be proud of you, teabagger boy. Unfotunately you're about as articulate as W. By the way, your actions are just plain lame. Have a nice day.

    January 28, 2010 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  22. The Lady

    They need to stop putting so much sugar in their tea it is really affecting them, who is shocked we all know that any thine President Obama does they are totaly against it.

    January 28, 2010 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  23. Russ in Benton AR

    The only tea party people that are taxed without representation are the ones to ignorant to vote. What a stupid name, or does this group not know what the original tea party was about.

    January 28, 2010 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  24. Leon

    Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and
    then campaign against them.

    Have you ever wondered why, if both the Democrats and the Republicans
    are against deficits, we have deficits?

    Have you ever wondered why, if all the politicians are against
    inflation and high taxes, we have inflation and high taxes?

    You and I don't propose a federal budget. The president does.

    You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on
    appropriations. The House of Representatives does. You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does.

    You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does.

    You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

    One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme
    Court justices 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly,
    legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic
    problems that plague this country.

    I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that
    problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its
    Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally
    chartered, but private, central bank.

    I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason.

    They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a president to do one cotton-picking thing.

    I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash.

    The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes.

    Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that
    what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con
    regardless of party.

    What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive
    amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. The president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

    The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole
    responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and
    approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House?

    She is the leader of the majority party. She and fellow House members,
    not the president, can approve any budget they want. If the president
    vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

    It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million can not
    replace 545 people who stand convicted - by present facts - of
    incompetence and irresponsibility. I can't think of a single domestic
    problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you
    fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the
    federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they
    want to exist.

    If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair.

    If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red.

    If the Marines are in IRAQ , it's because they want them in IRAQ .

    If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement
    plan not available to the people, it's because they want it that way.

    There are no insoluble government problems.

    Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they
    hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and
    advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to
    regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical
    forces like "the economy," "inflation," or "politics" that prevent them
    from doing what they take an oath to do. Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.

    They, and they alone, have the power.

    They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are
    their bosses provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees.

    We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!

    By Charlie Reese a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.

    What you do with this article now that you have read it is up to you,
    though you appear to have several choices.

    1. You can send this to everyone in your address book, and hope they do something about it.

    2. You can agree to vote against everyone that is currently in office,
    knowing that the process will take several years.

    3. You can decide to run for office yourself and agree to do the job

    4. Lastly, you can sit back and do nothing, or re-elect the current

    January 28, 2010 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  25. RSM

    The only appropriate response to these people and Republicans in general is "just shut up".

    January 28, 2010 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
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