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. Myron

    The tea party people are clueless folks who backed Bush. Its not a movement, it a clique of pouting children who never thought they would see a black man in the white house.

    They are full of hate and venom.

    January 28, 2010 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  2. Kathy, Andover

    A night of hot air? You should know. I'm sick of the The Tea Party thinking they're the be all, end all and think they represent this country.

    January 28, 2010 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  3. Dan in Capitola

    Well, then favor us with YOUR brilliant ideas. Nothing is easier than to reflexively criticize when you put up no collateral. Sorry, TP'ers, we're not going back to the 19th century anytime soon so meanwhile STFU.

    January 28, 2010 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  4. Alfredo

    Sorry you attention span is so short.

    That out of control spending was to fix what your party broke.

    Your movement still getting funding from the healthcare industry? What about the oil companies, are their checks still rolling in?

    January 28, 2010 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  5. Scott

    I'm glad the tea baggers finally woke up to huge uncontrolled deficit spending. It would have been nice if they had realized it when Bush started spending our grandchildren's lives away. Now we have to do our best to restore our economy and country. These idiots that think any of this was brought on by Obama should take a hard look in the mirror.

    January 28, 2010 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  6. Chase

    why does these people even deserve a spot on the ticker? I have ideas too; if I make a press release, do I get my own spot on the ticker?

    January 28, 2010 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  7. Anonymous

    Gripe, gripe, gripe.
    Whine, whine, whine.

    Does the tea party actually stand FOR something? Or is it simply a bunch of naysayers taking exception with any case where the government might actually DO something – whether it's good for the country or not.

    January 28, 2010 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  8. doctormac

    What the heck is the tea party complaining about. The real issues, the large issues, the problems that have been sinking America for 20 years are being addressed by the Obama administration

    Tonight Obama showed his true colors....as a centrist with pragmatic solutions.

    The Tea Party is simply expressing pettiness and frustration.

    January 28, 2010 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  9. David from Wisconsin

    This response from the Tea Party is the same old stuff I've heard from them for the last year. It is full of hot air and is way too long. The best part of the response was the end.

    January 28, 2010 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  10. Barry

    The "tea party" express reflects the views of right-wing wackos who would not agree if the President said that Idaho is in the United States.

    Why does the media give this drivel a forum? Perhaps for crass commercial reasons?

    January 28, 2010 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  11. m. hope

    Most are anxious to say what they are against- but unwilling to explain what they are for – or how to get it. How did most of the Tea Party members get where they are today? Could anyone provide info? – can't afford to attend the convention. That event was not planned for the concerned citizens of this country.

    January 28, 2010 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  12. MK03

    Really? Teabaggers have their knickers in a wad over something Obama said? What a shock.

    January 28, 2010 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  13. st louis jake

    blah, blah, blah............ where is your list of alternative solutions?


    i thought so, just another empty noise from the party of no.

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

    You people are such hypocrites, where were u when G. Bush was running up the deficit. You want to be fair only look at what the President has added to the deficit and compare it to Bush's deficit and maybe we can have a useful conversation. Obama has had more transparency than any other president. I am sure your local government have had and will continue to have executive meetings behind close door for decisions you are not privy to so why not the Reps/Senators When we opt not to elect all the tired old white men in suits every year perhaps we will see change & more transparency. Remember they are the ones going behind closed doors obtaining special deals. Name one deal Obama received. When did Bush's actions ever matched his words Woke up America our are fighting the wrong guy. Your at your elected officials.

    January 28, 2010 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  15. Ronald E Miller

    Who cares what the tea party thinks they are a bunch of raciest and bigots the president could have something good about them and they would have found fault.they don't even like themselves,crackpots.

    January 28, 2010 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  16. Marvin

    It's sad that anyone takes these children (these "tea party" fools) seriously.

    Watching the the State of the Union was like watching an adult addressing a room full of teenagers.

    And this "tea party" response is like the tantrum of a toddler.

    It's time to move past this foolishness. Stop pretending like "tea party" people have just as much of a say as the President of the United States. Nobody elected these idiots. We elected President Obama. He is this country's leader.

    It's time for the fools in congress to realize that they need to get on board. Help President Obama bring the change that we elected him to bring.

    January 28, 2010 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  17. Rose

    This is just a bunch of sour grapes from the tea baggers. Obama addressed all the issues in exactly the terms we wanted to hear. GET TO WORK and stop politicizing everything! Do what we sent the Democratic majority to do!

    January 28, 2010 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  18. Bill Roos

    Well, that statement had no substance, just the usual republican invective.

    January 28, 2010 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  19. Petre

    I seame to me that every American is an expert at how to fix the mess
    we are in. Each of them with different agenda. What a crap.
    Have anybody asked G W Bush how to fix the mess he created.
    I bet that he does not care. Good night George sleep well while the
    country go hell.

    January 28, 2010 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  20. james

    None of these folks will ever believe anything that this man says. The "Tea Party Express," or whatever they are calling themselves now, represent the most naive of our electorate. How could anyone with any experience in the world expect one man to solve all of our problems in one year. These people have a "fast food" mentality and they are an insult to the honorable history of our dear Republic. They want what they want...... and they want it "NOW."
    Time to get real folks! The President, along with the rest of us need a lot more time than a single year to work our way out of the mess we've gotten ourselves into. If everyone's expectations were to be the same as those of "The Tea Party Express," then there will never be any solutions to any problems and we will surely go down as a nation. In fact, I do not believe that any of these people even bothered to listen to what the President had to say this evening. They were all way too busy trying to think of ways to debunk his thoughts and words.

    January 28, 2010 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  21. Mike K

    Sounds just like the divisiveness President Obama was speaking of.

    January 28, 2010 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  22. HW

    If the hot air coming out of BO Boy tonight could be harnessed, i. e. a Sterling engine, some real work could be done. As it was, just another contribution to global warming.

    January 28, 2010 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  23. Scott Carter

    What in the heck is the "Tea Party Express"? Is that a political party? A think tank? A political action committee? As someone who follows politics closely and has never heard of this group, I question the newsworthiness of publishing their press release, especially without commentary or a counter-balanced viewpoint.

    January 28, 2010 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  24. Aaron

    It's really unfortunate that the Tea Party movement essentially started right after Obama was elected President. Because now it just seems like a reactionary group to another Democrat President, as opposed to a group opposed to big government and massive deficits.

    January 28, 2010 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  25. tony

    I guess the tea partiers only caught the end. But they were always late for every party and never really knew what was going on. Just look at who they listen to–Rush, Beck, Fox news, Cheney, the people who do nothing but divide, blame, point fingers and yet do nothing to solve any problems but just find the highest mountain to speak ill for their own agendas. Tea Party people will drown in their own hate and isolation and fear will serve them nothing but a deeper pot of discontent. they should join the world to help move with forward progress, not stifle it with mob protests that chant hate while holding signs of divisive messages.

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