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. RemainCalm

    Those tea party people are being manipulated by corporate interests, partisan strategists and big-business lobbyists who orchestrate and fund the “tea party” shenanigans, and they don’t even know it. Those events are about as grassroots as the moon, and candidates who lean that way are either ignorant about being manipulated or in on the power-brokering.

    January 28, 2010 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  2. Independent voter and thinker

    I read the Tea Party respond.. let me ask all of them and Republicans besides criticizing everything do you have a plan of action to make things better? So far I don't see any plan

    January 28, 2010 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  3. Accountability

    These people would never back Obama no matter what he did. If he walked on water the Teabaggers would say it was because he couldn't swim.

    They are nothing but a gaggle of undereducated bitter people trying to find some external reason for their own misfortune.

    January 28, 2010 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  4. donald

    Frankly, I could care less what these teabeggers think. Who gave these idiots permission to speak for me or anyone else. There are more than 320 million people in this nation, this is not a nation of teabeggers. If any one is full of hot air it is these nincompoops. Where were they when W was ringing up debt left and right.

    The media has given this fringe group way too much leeway, now is the time to hear from "real" Americans, not an bunch of sniveling idiots!

    January 28, 2010 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  5. Eric Singleton

    You "tea Party" folks are unbelievable. Sad really. If memory serves me correctly there was a budget surplus until Bush got into office. As a matter of fact, I was a republican until that President decided to turn our country into a walking disaster.

    If you really want to help, why don't you stop complaining and start doing something useful for a change. Help your fellow man. Volunteer, stop getting into debt, pretend that everyone you meet might actually be worth talking too, or if perhaps that is too much, take a Valium.

    January 28, 2010 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  6. Jason Reynolds

    The president gave legitimate reasons for his so-called "out-of-control" spending, acknowledged how unpopular it was, and yet noted how economists on both sides of the aisle agree that our economy would have been worse off today without it. He also chided BOTH sides for their faults.

    The Tea Party is who I'm hearing the same old hot air from – You would have blasted Obama no matter what he had said in his address. Your sole focus is to reject him, no matter what he does OR doesn't do. NO president has ever pulled an economy back from recession in one year's time, so relax and let him work it out.

    January 28, 2010 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  7. Mike

    The best response CNN could find was from the nutbag wing of the GOP? The only surprise was they managed to spell all the words correctly.

    January 28, 2010 01:33 am at 1:33 am |


    January 28, 2010 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  9. Leftygoleft

    Obama has been a disappointment to progressives, but teapartiests have blindly hated Obama from day one and even when there is a legit reason to question a decision he's made or expose a flip-flop, they are hardly an objective source of information on rating his presidency,

    January 28, 2010 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  10. S.B.

    Who did the out of control spending? Most of it was the Republicans. I wish they'd showed that kind of concern for deficits when they held power. If they had, we wouldn't be in the mess we're in today where we have to spend to get the economy back on track. They need to also remember that it was their president and secretary of the treasury who created the bank bailout mess. I have said since 2000 that those Bush tax cuts were uncalled for and would harm the country, and I turned out to be right. Clinton had the deficit under control and Bush couldn't wait to decontrol it. Unfortunately many people seem to have very short memories.

    January 28, 2010 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  11. Beverly

    The "I don't quit" remark probably irritated the tea baggers since that's their motto from their Queen of Quitters Palin.

    January 28, 2010 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  12. laurence

    I imagine were he white his words would somehow have sounded better? What is a black man to do in this counrtry? You heard the facts, yet you still won't face up to them and at least meet the man half way. Continued contention will serve but to bring about one end. Especially when it clear to see what the driving force behind it all is. Ayear and half ago I predicted the end of this country as we now know it. It wasn't due any ancient calendar or midevel spiritist prophet. It is due explicitly due to our politics. The simply is no wher else for it to go from here. It's either work it out, or watch in horror as it all comes apart. And believe me when I say, it will come apart. When a nation can run through several trillion like an expensive night out on the town that everyone throuoghly enjoyed, and then when the night came to an end, and the light of day bore our sins openly, everyone wants to point fingers at the other (s) for not having enough cab fair to get home. But it doesn't end there, adding injury to insult, when all arrived at their respective designations, they to their utter horro found their homes were gone. Just gone. Obviously many folk don't think that such a senerio is possible for this great union of ours. Some union? Well the fact that we look an aweful lot like the ancient Persians, or the Greeks, or even the Romans right about now shouleryone give everyone pause. This ain't 1776 anymore where the foundig fathers can write with pen in hand how all men are created equal, while beating their slaves half to death with a whip in the other. No, this ain't 1776 anymore.

    January 28, 2010 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  13. lou

    Please go away and take Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin with you. This country needs compromise not division.

    January 28, 2010 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  14. Morry

    Unparalleled growth in size and power of government? Nothing can compare to the size and reach the federal government gained after 9/11 on the watch of the very people who organize these laughable Tea Parties. I'm all for intelligent criticism, but this reads like the childish rant of an angry three year old who didn't get his way on the playground.

    January 28, 2010 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  15. was

    Tea Party people are just angry that the world is not the way they want it to be. Sorry, that is not Obama's fault....... times change. Get used to it.

    January 28, 2010 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  16. Anne B. - Chicago

    You tea baggers keep forgetting who got us in this mess – THE REPUBLICANS for EIGHT YEARS. It is going to take more than 365 days to dig this country out of what THE REPUBLICANS GOT THIS COUNTRY INTO OVER 2 PRESIDENTAL TERMS. You tea baggers are hillbillies and frankly, racists as well.

    January 28, 2010 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  17. omgamike

    To the tea party people -
    1. There has been increased transparency – but maybe not enough for all of you. More still is needed, but progress has been made.
    2. What uncontrollable spending? There 'were' the bailouts - necessary to keep our economy from totally crashing – and they are already starting to be paid back.
    3. Unparalleled growth in size and power of government? Where are your examples? I don't see any new cabinets. I do see some restoration of funding to places like EPA and FDA – to hire back sufficient people to do the job that should have been done during Bush years – that endangered health and well-being of even tea party people.

    GET A LIFE!!

    January 28, 2010 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  18. Nick in Rochester, NY

    No they won't. They'll never believe him. Why do they even matter? The new media created the Tea Party movement, just like they created the dissent from Obama. Report from the extremes, that's all that happened, until people internalized fringe opinions. Also, Obama's growth in size of government is most definitely NOT unparalleled. The more we keep these people in the spotlight, the more they get to spread their crazy. They are not centrist. They are not bipartisan. They have only one goal and that is to reduce taxes for themselves, any complaints about how government runs is just afterthought so they can pick up steam for their crazy protests. I have heard no republican suggestions for health care, and when you bring this up, they just say "they weren't invited." Obama's not allowed to bring up Bush, and therefore they can make him look ridiculous if he brings up Bush, and if he doesn't, the entire economy is his fault. It's a catch-22 for democrats right now. How about this- democrats include Mitch McConnell and C-SPAN in every single piece of legislating that goes on ever, but republicans promise not to threaten to filibuster every single bill like a toddler with a temper tantrum?

    January 28, 2010 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  19. Bob (Illinois)

    Wow! Now you've hurt the President's feelings!

    January 28, 2010 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  20. C Spurgeon

    Tea Party movement would be fine if you could seperate concerned citizens from wacko racists but can't seem to do that. Have some in my own neighborhood..Middleaged angry whitem men...distinct racist overtones.

    January 28, 2010 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  21. Obamalism

    It wasn't much of a 'state of the union'...

    it was more of a 'this is what hasn't gone right and who, other than me, is to blame for it.

    Bush's new name is 'the last 8 years'.

    anyone that disagrees with him is just a cynic and disheartened American...remember, he's always right.

    Someone needs to remind him who had control of congress during bush's bad years. And also that he was was voting for all that spending in 06-08

    January 28, 2010 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  22. Tim Tilberg

    So do something about it, aside from complain about how he is not.

    January 28, 2010 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  23. Mike in Texas

    Dear Tea Party Express Members:

    I am unimpressed with all of you.

    Good night.

    January 28, 2010 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  24. Sam

    I think it is about time that America stops paying attention to the tea party that talks trailer park trash and is funded by right wing CEOs wanting more of the same. While America has taken an economic loss the American people need to wake up and smell the coffee. Time to ignore the Madhatter's of AM radio tea party people and get back to fixing the mess that these same right wing republicans made. As for the closet republicans in the tea party, they fooled you for 8 years with there trickle down rip off, wake up and smell the coffee. Americans are not tea totters.
    In this time of war and economic crisis all Americans should support everything the President was talking about. We got to all be on one page and sorry extreme right America is a UNION not a NeoCONfederacy.

    January 28, 2010 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  25. Anthony Dean

    Obviously the unnamed person who wrote this thinks they can do a better job at being president. Good luck getting elected.

    January 28, 2010 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
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