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. Fred

    Like we care about Tea Party opinion ... 🙂

    January 28, 2010 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  2. Kathy a Nurse

    Well what do you expect from the no new ideas to help Tea Party bunch!. Personally I have to work for a living so running around and protesting and not trying to help is a poor way to show your worth in this situation we are in. Unfunded war needs to end yesterday and we need to stop sending money to our enemies. We need to take care of the people not just the rich ones who run around complaining.

    January 28, 2010 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  3. Edwin

    The Tea Party would know about hot air. They are full of it.

    January 28, 2010 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  4. SpencerOR

    Unfortunately this is a broad based criticism that doesn't reflect much about what was said. Vast generalizations are used to ignite and scare people, honest debate on issues is what get's things done. Truth be told, the government grew 3 times in size while George W. Bush was in office but nobody seemed to notice? Why all the untruths Tea Baggers? Fox News got you scared again?

    January 28, 2010 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  5. tc from the T

    Tea baggers are always spouting off. Try running for office instead of running at the mouth since apparently you believe you know what is best for everyone. Just don't get caught holding the bag or you might find yourself in hot water.

    January 28, 2010 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  6. Boyd

    Talk is cheap on your part. Everyone is good at gripping. Do you have a specific suggestion that you think that would be approved by the congress and senate. If not then dont grip. Espescilly if you did not vote.
    I do feel that Obama made one bad mistake. The (politically correct name) Homosexuales need to stay out of the Military.

    January 28, 2010 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  7. bailey87

    I'm curious as to when they released the statement. It seems like they might have already planned the statement, and simply sat and waited.

    To each their own.~:

    January 28, 2010 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  8. in AK

    I agree, just broken promises, and still blaming everything on his predecessor. how pathetic!

    January 28, 2010 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  9. vv

    Is'nt there a sense of hypocrisy here? BTW what did the Tea party do the last 8 years when the country was being run down.

    January 28, 2010 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  10. Phil Bowman

    His lack of experience is showing more and more each day! Neophite in action! Time for him to move on and let Hillary clean out his office!

    January 28, 2010 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  11. Jean S. Coltart

    The teapartiers need to understand that the problem isn't with President Obama. The problem is with the Congressional Republicans, who so far have done NOTHING constructive to work with the Democrats in trying to help the American people.

    During the President's State of the Union speech tonight, I was thoroughly disgusted with how the Republicans acted-how they sat and smirked throughout the speech. It just reinforced to me that they are the party of "do nothings." The Republicans' behavior tonight also reinforced to me that most of them have no class. If they had any "class," they would not have acted the way they did tonight.

    By the way, I used to be a Republican. But the past eight years of Bush Administration and the current crop of Congressional Republicans have turned me off. So now I am a Democrat.

    January 28, 2010 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  12. jaja1

    First of all but not lease why can't you and the media address our President as President Obama instead of Mr. Obama? Were is the respect?

    January 28, 2010 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  13. Pam

    Really ??? "unparalleled growth in the size and power of government. " What have these people been smoking? Do they remember the unitary executive power claimed by President Bush as the Commander & Chief - you know the power he claimed in times of war that said that President can override all court decisions and laws if the President feels that what he was doing was necessary to protect the country. The power that allowed him to suspend habeus corpus and spy without warrant on American citizens. And let's talk growth of government. How about a prescription drug plan that was passed without any plans to pay for it. Ya'll do remember President Bush right? He was also the guy who passed the Bank Bailout. And while we are at it let's talk about transparency. President Obama has appointed about 13 lobbyist. President Bush had hundreds - literally hundreds of lobbyist appointed. But now the tea party is outraged. Sorry but the outrage seems more partisan than plausible.

    January 28, 2010 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  14. Gary J

    I remain down over $200K in lost home equity, and my retirement account balance remains at its pre 2006 level. I no longer have a child to deduct, nor am I saving for college. Point being, there was nothing in the speech that benefits me. I guess that makes me one of the wealthy who should be taxed more.

    January 28, 2010 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  15. Mike L, Westlake Village, Ca

    Tea Partier's seem uniformed, biased and a few years late with their complaints. Where were they when Bush racked-up record deficits, while the rich and big corporations got bigger and wealthier? Where were they when "don't ask, don't tell" policies applied to big banks? Where were they when we turned our back on the pursuit of Al Qaeda and instead wasted billions invading Iraq?

    Hard to respect this lot.

    January 28, 2010 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  16. I prefer coffee over tea thank you

    The Tea Party Express. response is full of hot air. How about provide practical and common sense solutions with your talking points that are vague and, quite frankly, decisive? I always say, if you're going to complain, offer real solutions. I've yet to hear the Tea Party's provide real solutions to the many challenges that this country is facing. I'd listen if you have solutions that reach all Americans. Your response proves my point.

    The fact that you address him as Mr. Obama and not President Obama already shows the lack of respect for the Office of the President of the United States. Regardless of party or ideological differences, the President is our president, and our president deserves respect. If you want to be heard, be respectful.

    If you want to attract people to your causes and platform, start by offering to work with the President to find common ground on the pressing issues that we are facing today. Extend a hand in finding mutually agreeable solutions rather than always finding fault. Reach out to all Americans and present your plans in building a better America. Your movement disenfranchises a significant portion of the American population. Your tone left me unimpressed, and rather disappointed. You leave no doors open for open and honest conversations and reasonable compromises for what is good for all Americans, those on the right, those on the left, and those in the middle. Clearly, you care only for what is good for those on the right, and yet you claim that "the American people has spoken!" No, a significant portion (I'll give you at least that) of the American people are speaking loudly.

    So what do you really stand for? What do you represent? I visited your web site, and I could not find viable solutions to the problems that we are facing as a nation. I see tour dates and locations. I see videos of people singing anthems.

    Perhaps the only message I have found from your web site was on out-of-control spending, but I haven't found what you propose to control governmental spending other than to "vote them out." This is not a solution.

    What specific plans do you have in creating new jobs, and what steps do you propose in creating new jobs? How do you know, or how confident are you, that your proposal is better? What independent research studies or past practices support your proposal? Who, in the end, will benefit most from your proposal?

    I personally would like to see local and state governments have more responsibilities to serve its constituents, and issues of national importance are shared between federal, state and local governments. Local and state governments are closer to the people, and therefore can provide and serve the people more effectively; but lately local and state governments are becoming more dependent to the federal government.

    I agree that government intervention should not be the solution to all of our challenges. Our government cannot afford it, for one; but it's also bad policy. But government should be able to contribute and to provide assistance to those in need.

    We rely on our government to provide us with certain basic needs and security. We depend on our government to protect us from harm by individuals or groups of people, domestic and international. We expect our government to ensure a level playing field so that everyone has fair and equal opportunity to build and to sustain a better life for ourselves and to our children.

    January 28, 2010 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  17. Zach

    The economy sucks, and Steve Jobs just released something new but similar. We continue down the gradual path.. much like we have

    January 28, 2010 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  18. nrgetick

    your about 8 years late teabaggers

    January 28, 2010 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  19. Matt

    No matter what The President does, you people will find a reason to blame your problems on him. You fail to even cite any of your accusations.

    Try redirecting some of your anger at the Republican Congress which has squashed any chance at reform with lies and finger pointing. You want to be a watchdog for lobbyist in government? Take a look at how many Reuplican Senators are on the take with big contributions from the oil, bank, and health insurance lobby.

    You're all idiots...and the nation laughs at you.

    January 28, 2010 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  20. JC - Independent

    Where was the Tea Party Express during the Bush years? We had uncontrolled spending, unprecedented growth in the size and power of government, the deregulation of the financial sector which resulted in economic collapse and one expensive waste of resources and American life in Iraq. All this and not one peep out of these far-right hypocrites.

    This president has only been in office for one year and has done more good than Bush has ever done in terms of improving foreign relations, bringing us back from the bring of economic collapse and implementing an strategy to end two wars. He deserves a full term, and possible two, before passing judgement.

    True patriots will stand behind him until then.

    January 28, 2010 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  21. Nea

    This is not surprising they dont support him anyway, speaking of hot air they need to look at the ones they support the Republicans it seems all they do is hoof and poof about what the President should and should not do, but where is there solutions, We will never fix the problems in this country if all we see is bickering back and forth but that will continue because its people like these racist teaparties activist the ones that the Republicans are so pround of.

    January 28, 2010 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  22. edlarson

    What jumped out at me tonight was the pledge by the President to "encourage Congress to post all earmarks online". Wasn't it the President who promised that all bills would be posted online at least 5 days before he signed them, so that all Americans could read them?

    I'm still waiting for the President to post his first bill online, even though he has signed plenty of bills. Also, if the President posted the bills online then he wouldn't have to "ecourage Congress to post all earmarks online", because he would be posting them.

    So, it's all just a bunch more smoke blown up our donkey.

    January 28, 2010 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  23. joel

    good thing the Tea Party Express response didn't have any grammatical errors. that would have made them look dumb. ha!

    January 28, 2010 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  24. Brad Littell

    I say we start calling them "Tea Baggers" once again. Nothing but a fleshy sack of nuts.! Woof!

    January 28, 2010 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  25. Robert

    Dear TPE, I believe your response was supposed to reflect your opinion of the speech. Nowhere in your "response" do I read anything that reflects your opinion of the statements he made. All you do is state the obvious that speeches are just "hot air". WOW now that is really deep.

    January 28, 2010 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
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