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. Caryn Bregman

    Once again the tea party is spinning and distorting issues. It’s time to stop wasting tea and get on board to restore faith and integrity in this country. How easy to forget that it was the irresponsible Republican policies of hands off government and negligence that allowed the greedy to take irresponsible risks with the hard earned money of the people. While it would be better if improvement occured at a faster pace, cleaning up the mess created during those eight years is no easy task.

    January 28, 2010 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  2. mike from Iowa

    So I guess the old "Tea Daggers" aren't really saying anything new either.

    January 28, 2010 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  3. Tony

    This was obviously penned before Obama delivered his speech.

    The grammar is atrocious.

    January 28, 2010 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  4. gert berg

    the people of the USA are not even smart enough to see
    genius when it is in front of their faces.

    January 28, 2010 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  5. robert B

    Who cares what these fringe bigots have to say? Why is CNN amplifying their hatred and vitriol?And if If you must pander to these marginal elements of the hardcore right wing where is a commentary from MoveOn.org or ThinkProgress?

    January 28, 2010 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  6. k.stokes

    Transparency is key. Good things are seldom hid from the view of all.

    January 28, 2010 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  7. Duke

    I think the hot air is coming out of the tea kettle. It's ashame that a group of illiterate, uncivilized, backward group of people have been given a platform by the media. These people have been here for along time we just didn't know them as political pundits. They were the people knocking each other over at K-Mart during the tickle me elmo craze. I also think its sad that they are taking credit for the wins in these democratic states. The fact is that you didn't beat the democrats, the democrats beat the democrats by not taking a stronger stand against you morons. If your cause is so worthy then why have conservatives only won one popular vote since 1988. The other thing I don't understand is why you spend so much time worrying about govt. spending when its not even your money. The amount you contribute is so miniscule that it doesn't equal one payment on your trailer mortgage. You're not qualified to make decisions with our nations money so quit crying about it and leave it to people who were voted there to deal with it. Crawl back under your porch and don't ever come back. You're a bunch of has beens that never were and never will be.

    January 28, 2010 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  8. Bertina

    I think President Obama gave a very good speech and the "tea partiers" and politicians need to start growing up. I'm sick of the "no" answers and the partisanship in Washington. It's time to work together. You know the saying "if you can't stand the heat...get out of the kitchen". That includes these career politicians like McCain, O'Connell and others. I'm tired of the media trying to talk for me and these so-called political "experts" (Matalin, Gloria, Carville and on and on that think they know it all and are always giving their opinions. If they can do better–why aren't they running for office?? TV is there to report and nothing else!!!!!

    January 28, 2010 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  9. kev49426

    I'll second that...More campaign speech with no record of following through on any promise except the promise that he made behing closed doors to his "progressive" (socialist) friends to jam state run healthcare down our throats. The only thing that has brought us back from the brink on that is the time that it took to buy off members of the Democrat caucus with bribes and back door deals. Now we have Scott Brown to at least slow the process down. No Mr. Obama...we get it now. You fooled us once...but not again...

    January 28, 2010 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  10. Rocksolid

    I agree.
    same Obama.... call me a independent now or Tea bagger... I don't care.

    "term limits on congress and senate, please"

    January 28, 2010 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  11. michael alexander

    Bravo. Obama as a speech artist used to stir the soul. Not anymore. It just goes to show how out of touch the current Administration is from reality. He still blames George Bush for all of his mistakes and the current state of America. Was Bush secretly hiding in the closet in the White House over the last year making Obama's decisions for him? Di he sign over taxpayer money to cronies that got him elected from Main Street? Bush was not the one to sign off of the bills on the Stimulus or resided over any other policy during the last year. When is he going to start taking responsibility for anything he has or has not done. He has been full of hot air. What is worse is that he actually seems to believe it. Talk does not solve problems (as evidenced over the last year). Doing what you promised the American people will. There has been no substance to Obama's words dating back to his Presidential campaign and debates. Too bad Hillary didn't win. At least she would have been strong enough to really have been a leader and not just another puppet.

    January 28, 2010 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  12. Sid from Brooklyn

    The out of control spending came first from the Republicans during the 8 Bush years of lax oversight and over the top tax cuts without spending cuts. Bush expanded Medicare coverage without paying for it.
    When you enter a recession you spend your way out of it.

    I always wonder why the anger is against Obama when it should be against Bush the younger

    January 28, 2010 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  13. Dixon

    The so called Tea Party Express has lost all credibility with this Independent voter. They seem to be many who are not suffering in this recession. They want the government out of their lives just keep giving them Social Security and Medical Insurance. Having been to several rallies in Iowa I also see many farmers who are on a huge entitlement program with farm subsidies. The rallies are usually on work days when most are at work, but they seem to have the resources to travel and attend. I do support Obama, but after watching the far left and the far right ignore what the people want I moved to Independent.

    January 28, 2010 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  14. Tima

    Did a 6 year old write this? Tea Party your ability to provide insight is pathetic.

    January 28, 2010 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  15. ML

    What a bunch of whiners!!!

    January 28, 2010 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  16. Preston kk

    Pkm about time obama got tought ie the gop does not work with obama just b quiet and stay out of thd way

    January 28, 2010 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  17. hampton bucklew

    Obama can smile all he wants, however things are not changing under him... what about the terrorist that gets a free attorney on US. America wake up and listen to him.. He is not on our side.. We are not 2nd place, well we wasn't until he became President. We need Nancy out, Reed out .and yes obama OUT. He talks the talk but does not walk the walk.I am proud to say that I am a tea bager.I want a leader that we can be proud of not one who bows to china, will not place his hand over his heart like a true American would.. Just pay attention to his words not his smile. Open the doors and let rep. in... Go on c-span like you said.. will not ever believe a word he says...EVER

    January 28, 2010 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  18. anonymous

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

    I think you're mistaking the last year with the previous 8 years under bush and the (spy on) patriot act.

    January 28, 2010 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  19. Mike

    Ah, we'll start listening to Tea Party Express folks when they get their head's checked. There were a ton of new ideas in tonight's SOTU address... many of which would be very positive for the overall economy and state of things if pursued. Guess we'll have to wait and see if we can expect ANYTHING out of Republicans other than pavlovian "NO"s for the next 3 years. It a shame, that Obama has already proven to be a much more deccent figure than ANYONE else in the political landscape in some time, and these people are hell bent on his distruction anyway. Figures from a bunch of people taking queues from slimy media pundits, war and oil profiteers, and weak facts. The classic thing is that they think they are fighting for liberty from government, when they are the most bought and sold (coerced) political group in US history. Have fun at your "party"'s conference that cost nearly $1k to attend... if that doesn't make it clear enough that the whole movement has been established to play to the fears of ignorant people to gain your money and votes, I have no idea what will. Try looking around to see whose standing in the way of getting things back on track... it's not Barack Obama. If you buy into the old "tax and spend" line from conservatives about democrats, you both weren't listening tonight and weren't councious throughout the last 8 years.

    January 28, 2010 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  20. Donald Watkins II

    Isn't that just too bad for the Tea Baggers!

    January 28, 2010 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  21. Average Joe in America

    I am so ashamed at this people who in the actual fact didnt listen to the address and yet race to the microphone to give ridiculous comment. Both the 11 days old gov from virginia and the tea express are so full of themselves that they would have made more sence if they actually listen to the address. To all those that rush to the microphone to make statements please listen first and make valid comments negative or positive.

    January 28, 2010 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  22. Grrr-Awful-O

    Nancy Pelosi was up and down the whole speech. Poor thing must have Hemorrhoids.

    January 28, 2010 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  23. J

    If the tea party is unhappy then Obama must be doing something right.

    January 28, 2010 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  24. John DiGilio

    Statements like this just make me wonder what this Tea Party movement is all about. They come off as unintelligent and down right ignorant. This particular reaction simply disgusts me. I was once excited to see a new political movement growing . . . now I wish it would just crawl back under its rock.

    January 28, 2010 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  25. Nick - Arlington, VA

    Why do these people get such a prominate position on this website?

    January 28, 2010 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
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