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. michaelam

    blah, blah, blah!

    Seriously, I would not completely insult your cause if I saw you people out throwing and wasting a good tea bag when GWB was endorsing blank checks. Where were you then?

    What's the point? The majority of you really do not understand the issues nor do you even know what you are teabagging against. Like Stepford wives, you just do exactly what your "leaders" tell you to do....Happy hating!

    January 28, 2010 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  2. Get Serious

    What else is new? What do expect from the Klan.? No matter what Presdient says it's not good enough,

    January 28, 2010 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  3. Kathy in MD

    you teabaggers are an embarrassement! who wrote your statement – a 3rd grader? (sorry for insulting 3rd graders)...

    January 28, 2010 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  4. Jean M

    No doubt that there never been and will never have a complete acceptance of any political issue in the USA. It is a very hard and demanding job but challenging job I've ever seen. Day by day, the Pr. has to follow, listen, implement sometimes get frustrated of results when they don't meet expectations, but that's also life, nothing is given as easy as it looks. May be health care proposal won't passed now, but US citizens need a health care, he more this is delayed, the more Americans will suffer because of undecided politicians. This will not profit from one party, one man or one government, but the whole nation. The speech pinpointed keys issues still hanging such as jobs, security as ever before, education, fight against terrorism, sure if America is doing great, then the dollar, the rest of the world will also perform well, we are all related and linked, and failing to continue on these issues will just not empower other nations but dig heavily into their fragile economical recovery. We need a healthy but strong America to really to achieve our goals here in Europe too.

    January 28, 2010 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  5. HoldenLitgo

    Elementary school response to a college level speech.

    January 28, 2010 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  6. Brian

    The best part of the comments made by the Tea Party Express was the end. The Tea Party Express should know all about hot air and false promises since that is all the Tea Pary has ever delivered.

    January 28, 2010 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  7. Slider

    After tonight, what Obama means by 'change' is not what the American people thought he meant.

    See, the American people voted for change in the way Government does things; Mr. Obama, and his merry band of socialists quite evidently meant everyone but government.

    Come November, the miracle of our country will exhibit itself for a world that still hasn't quite figured us out yet: we will have a turnover in power peacefully, and we will consider ourselves better off for it.

    Then 2012 will shepherd more changes for Mr. Obama as he finds himself out of office and the 'progressive' (an oxymoron regarding this political stripe if there ever was one) ideology will be in the shadows again to retreat where they came from after Henry Agard Wallace's horrifying defeat in 1948.

    January 28, 2010 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  8. Future expat

    Who cares. Barack Obama could help an old lady cross the street, save a bunch of orphans from a burning building, and rescue a dozen kittens from a tree, and they'd blast him for that.

    Bunch of idiots.

    January 28, 2010 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  9. Steve

    Way to long speech? How can these people be so blinded by petty hate?
    Try this – listen to the speech without a sneer on your face and consider the possibilty that many people (myself included – airline pilot) that are FAR worse off than we were 9 years ago. (50% cut in pay). Yet the lying, thieving, elitist corporate execs keep taking the bonuses, even though my company has lost well over a BILLION dollars in the last several years. If you can support that, then good luck to your children.

    January 28, 2010 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  10. Vitriolic

    The tea party should shut up and go home. They are nothing but a cancer on the right wing.

    January 28, 2010 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  11. Joel

    Teabaggers: Is it so hard to grasp that _he simply doesn't agree with you?_

    January 28, 2010 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  12. Mr. Davidson

    Most Americans will agree now this is another trumped uphot air ballooon from the gang that can't talk straight,like the last one ,minus Al Queda ,not waiting for the next.Throwing yet another cover over his bankers in cabinet whos their stories are so shot full of holes and inumerable inconsistencies even Bernake has been so lost in the web of deceit and corruption he can nearly not surmise his way out. Blah , blah blah with the bleeding heart stories of millions of Americans in old new long lasting poverty situations something which the bankers cabinet and Obama himself personally will never in their lifetime have any conception of.

    January 28, 2010 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  13. David K.

    The "Tea Partiers" are the biggest group of whiners in this country. They stood by silently while George W. Bush ran up the debt and wasted money on a pointless war in Iraq. The stood silently by while CEO's were given exorbitant bonuses regardless of performance. They stood silently by while our country stumbled towards economic disaster. Now suddenly they decide that they are taxed too much? That things are broken because of President Obama? Sorry ladies and gentleman but the source of the failure is your own sides reckless policies of deregulation, no oversight, and spending without paying. The Tea Party Express wants all our problems fixed but don't want to pay for it. Ain't gonna work.

    January 28, 2010 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  14. Lindsey Baccus

    As expected from the Neo Cons. I am not a liberal and one thing I am not is a Neo Con. If we were an Islamic nation, Neo Cons would be the Al Quida equivalent.

    January 28, 2010 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  15. Sandy

    Speech lackluster. Still campaigning. Doesn't get the message about healthcare reform. Talks a good game but still trying to throw dollars at problems to 'fix' things. I still hope he changes and listens to us. I heard too much emphasis on the past administration and blaming.

    January 28, 2010 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  16. Dan

    So the Tea Party response actually is the thing that has no substance to it . . . I thought Obama did a great job tonight. He had to do a few things
    1. Remind me why I voted for him
    2. Renew my confidence in his ability to govern
    3. Hit a giant RESET button.

    To some degree. He did all of these things.

    Great Job President Obama.

    January 28, 2010 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  17. Brad

    The good news for the Tea Party nuts is: We don't care what you think and nobody is listening to you!

    January 28, 2010 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  18. Aliou, Jacksonville, FL

    Cnn would never cease to amaze me. Tea party is now a political party? Or a Political figure?

    January 28, 2010 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  19. sharon

    What have you have you done lately? NOTHING but whining and tearing down everything the Pres. said. What is your solution? Your nor the Republican came up with anything that would benefit the middleclass with healthcare, jobs and the economy. Remember he did not create this mess were in he inherited. 8yrs of hell is impossible to fix in 1yr. Where were you the last 8yrs? What did you do to stop this mess? So again NOTHING. There is a saying "People who lived in glass houses should not throw stones." Would it not be better to work with Pres. to help build a stronger nation than to critized everything he does?

    January 28, 2010 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  20. michael

    Actually, his intellect really shines through in his speeches and I believe in his personal beliefs, and like so many other republicans turned independants. I thought it was a fantastic speech.

    Its a shame both republicans and democrats are the ones that are so stupid in congress today. I predict that if the republicans continue to hold everyone hostage to a 60 vote supermajority to make progress on health care, jobs, and refuse to punish the greedy and self serving interests in America, and continue to allow illegal aliens to cross our borders and steal our jobs while they are the ones most benefitting from the economic recovery act (hmm 2 million americans helped, while 15 million people are illegal….wonder who is really getting that 1 trillion dollar deficit without paying taxes on it? Greedy business owners wanting cheap illegal labor at the cost of losing jobs for the middle class (for this you can blame lobbyists and super greedy companies looking out only for thier own interests and buying off congressional votes (yeah slam the Supreme court on thier stupid stupid political decision), then come November, independants like me are going to clean house and senate of old republican religious fanatic diehards, as shockingly as Japan removed 75% of its congress in one single vote of the people’s voice. Politicians you better start listening up, and do what Obama is telling you to do, take care of the averages citizen, not your own greedy self interests

    January 28, 2010 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  21. pt

    So what have you done that suggests you are supportive in some small way of our President? I, for one, am weary of your constant criticism of anything attempted. I believe you would be against him no matter what he does. How sad.

    January 28, 2010 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  22. Wynstone

    What is there to say, really? The tea party response was written at a 6th grade level without addressing the substance of the new policy initiatives. Just the same old general complaints. Huh, I guess there was something to say.

    January 28, 2010 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  23. gr

    Nothing new becasue they are the same hatful angry white people that will never except anything this President do because he doesn't look like their white self.

    January 28, 2010 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  24. KathyC in MInnesota

    I am so glad that I am not a Tea Bagger, though I love drinking tea.

    These people watched a different speech as President Obama touched on many things Republicans hold dear. But the Tea Baggers didn't hear those parts of the speech.

    January 28, 2010 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
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