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. Joe MN

    Their statement might have had more credibility if they could form coherent thoughts and maybe sprinkle a bit of truth in them. Considering I'm sure they wrote their response long before the actual speech, they certainly could have done a better job.

    Seems like they are the ones blowing the hot air.

    January 28, 2010 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  2. cc

    bunch of red necks

    January 28, 2010 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  3. Soaponarope

    I suppose these people who go to tea parties wanted a Great Depression. They also don't care about Health Care Reform. Just keep the government out and it will work itself out. In the meantime tell that to your mother when she gets cancer and her insurance is dropped. Just tell her it will all work out.

    January 28, 2010 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  4. Karen

    Shame on you, CNN, for giving this fake group a forum to attack the President. This group cares nothing about the American people. only about lining their own pockets.

    January 28, 2010 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  5. Mr Right

    The reply above is Short and sweet not long and djavu-all-overagain-ish like Obamas speech(es). Mr Obama how gullable do you think we are. You should have listened to our very clear warning and found some middle ground, but it is obvious that you and your handelers are too wrapped up with tearing this country down to rebuild it in your image to even consider keeping America great as it was intended by the founders.. You will pay in 10 and 12, it is a sure thing now, I hear the kettle boiling.

    January 28, 2010 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  6. Paul

    Why in the heck are CNN giving such prominence to this tiny group? Any response from the Green Party? The Alaskan Independence Party? Any other minority party with no hope of governance?

    It would be nice to get some relevant news and reaction.

    January 28, 2010 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  7. Sniffit

    Let the irrrational resistance to anything resmbling progress and bipartinsanship and rational thought commence...hallelujah...

    January 28, 2010 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  8. wally

    The Tea Party folks are deaf...the spending in 2009 was to save our economy and jobs. Where were the TP folks when Bush was spending trillions for programs that were never paid nor budgeted for? All rolled up...The TP party is only good for TP.

    January 28, 2010 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  9. Billy Budd

    Yikes! What grade is the Tea Party Express in? "In our opinion, the best part of the speech was the end"? So much for intelligent discussion of the issues.

    January 28, 2010 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  10. USAman

    Tea Party Express, no other President and administration has damaged this nation like the Bush administration and put more power into his office and got us into two expensive wars. You have it all wrong and you need to rethink your opinions and beliefs.

    January 28, 2010 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  11. Richard Engdahl

    Tea Baggers don't want change. They don't like the fact that we have a president of african decent. Tea Baggers want everything to stay the same. If 40 out of 40 Republicans don't have anything better to do than to vote no on healthcare than it is obvious the Republicans are not working in a bipartisan way. And oh, we have a $100,000 deficit on each household the GOP states, gee, we got that from Reagan and Bush 2, but they won't ever own up to it. Tea Baggers and Republicans are ruining the country. GOP say our policies are better off in Europe, well in ten years when the world has left us in the dust, they still won't own up to it. I guess working class Republicans will be happy living in Trailor Parks. Because that is their mentality. They don't want to hear anything from a man with african heritage, because they still can't believe blacks are every bit as smart as whites. Tea Baggers disgust me, stupid bigots and nothing else. I have been to Tea Bag events, their ideas are laughable when they actually have one.

    January 28, 2010 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  12. Mark

    Does anyone know what the average level of education and IQ of a teapartier is? Seems like it'd be pretty high to me.

    January 28, 2010 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  13. msg99

    I don't remember any other President accomplishing EVERYTHING on their agenda in a year's time. Fixing everything that was wrong with this country when he got here is like expecting the island of Haiti to look like sunny downtown Los Angeles in a week's time.

    You brats should really grow up–you sound like a bunch of six-year-olds crying because their moms won't take them to a toy store....
    WAAAA...You said you were gonna create joooobssss!!!
    WAAAAAAA...you broke your prooommiisssseee!!

    And that's PRESIDENT Barack Obama to you. If you don't recognize him as your president, perhaps you should catch the first thing smokin' outta this country; give a whole new meaning to the phrase "conservative underground". We could all use a break from your constant whinning and complaining. Go be angry and march around with a bunch of signs someplace else.

    January 28, 2010 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  14. rick Atlanta

    OMG!!! SHUT UP!!! every time he does try to do some thing, Yawl FREAKS try to OBSTRUCT it LEAVE MY COUNTRY ALONE... GET OUT!!! before I TEA BAG YOU!!!

    January 28, 2010 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  15. HeyGuy101

    Which corporate sponsor of the Tea Party wrote this?

    January 28, 2010 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  16. george

    POTUS has to be the hardest job in the world right now. It is past time to stop the political bickering. It is unbelievable that every vote comes down to all dems for and all repubs against the bill or vice versa. Lawmakers , cut the crap and do the job you were elected to do for the american people. If lawmakers can't or will not get their act together then we should vote for "none of the above" and start over with new faces. It's time to change the people or "change the people" in Washington. I have had enough of this garbage from my elected officials.

    January 28, 2010 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  17. Jay Brown

    Why was so much air time given to the GOP's response before any real dialogue took place? The setting in the Virginia state capital looked like a staged stadium bubble to imitate the real State of the Union address, held in the House of Representatives Chamber at the U.S. Capitol. Are there any rules to the response allotted time and setting?

    January 28, 2010 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  18. The Film Professor

    The irony is that the Tea Partiers are really the Tories - they are the ones who support the health insurance companies sticking it to the American public, all of the big business types who want the "freedom" to sell middle class suckers derivatives while at the same time investing with hedge funds betting on the value of these derivatives to go down in value. They are the ones insisting that America is a "Christian" nation, and implying that intolerance is a fundamental American value.

    And it's all just overblown opinion, unsupported by any facts - just being fanned by the windbags at Fox News.

    January 28, 2010 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  19. Michael

    The Tea Bags and the party of no don't care. All they want to see is a white conservative republican in the white house. This country is not worth Pres. Obama trying so hard to help when people see him for his color.

    January 28, 2010 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  20. Stu - Las Vegas

    The Tea Party is not a group of elected officials, just white folks with a revolutionist idology.. Nothing more, and CNN should not post there 1 sided views here!!

    January 28, 2010 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  21. valmiki

    Tea party express is another right wing repulican rant machine, they are a disgace to our entire nation. They neither have any sound policies to give or will let someone like Obama get the credit. They are an embarassment.

    January 28, 2010 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  22. Vicki

    That the tea party is not happy with what President Obama told us in the SOTU shows exactly who they are and they are republicans who are rich, who want power, and who are not going to like any of the great things that President Obama will do while president. These morons are what republicans think is the answer to the very unpopular republican party. Yes the republican party that did great harm with their corrupt policies for the greedy. So the tea party tea baggers will rush into all the states and push the republican candidate. What will it take for people to see these republican operatives for what they are? Just republicans in complaining clothes.

    January 28, 2010 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  23. mike

    Newsflash tea party folks..it was the State of the Union address, it was supposed to be a speech (which uses words) of goals/promises and how the President sees things. The "tea party" group offers nothing but criticism and fear based on their Reagan era belief that government is the problem, and their 1950's McCarthyist fear of a socialist takeover. I commend you for the fact that you get out and protest but for Gods sake try to keeo it within the bounds of reality.

    January 28, 2010 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  24. Earl

    Way to have an original thought somewhere in your response, Tea Baggers!

    (This is a literary device called sarcasm for those of you Tea Baggers who may have not made it through the 6th grade, which based upon the C-SPAN footage of your rallies seems to be quite a few of you.)

    January 28, 2010 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  25. Midwest

    And I should care about the Teabaggers for what reason?? Because they've managed to be bankrolled by Faux News and other right wing nut jobs? I love their claim that they're more populist than right wing. Right. If you believe that I have a bridge in Brooklyn I want to sell you.

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