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. obamanation 2

    I am unemployed and have been for close to 2years, and regardless to what those who oppose of our president say, i wake up every morning and thank god that Barack Obama is president...at least with him there is hope and genuine care for people like me. Do you Obama haters really think McCain would have gotten us out of this mess by now?...hell no!!!!!!! the American people voted in the right man. Republicans please get over your bitterness of losing and stand behind your president., cause whether you like it or not he's the man....

    January 28, 2010 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  2. Chris Birdsall

    It seems to me that the only hot air tonight is coming from the teapot. Could they craft a more generic response?

    January 28, 2010 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  3. Akm

    Where were these TEA people when Bush and Dick were matching Republicans into the current holes and senseless wars?

    January 28, 2010 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  4. Bill Surrey

    If you have nothing to say that would help the US in the mess it is in, then just SHUT UP already.
    Come up with something constructive. "No" is just no good.
    You folks are always pissed about something. But you haven't a clue just what it is. Get one (a clue).

    January 28, 2010 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  5. Jamie

    For all I know, my five year old nephew wrote this dribble. I know. I was writing nonsense like this when I was that age.

    January 28, 2010 02:16 am at 2:16 am |

    Worst speach of any wartime President...No mention of the war on terror or the the Administration's failure to intirigate the Christmas day terrorist bomber. Only the same left-wing out-of-control spending, and an unparalleled growth in the size and power of government. NO-Bama just don't get it. He's so disconnected from the real America...I'm sure he wake up in November after the elections...!!!

    January 28, 2010 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  7. Linda Mae

    It is obvious the Tea Party had prepared this statement long before the Presidents State of the Union Speech was itself penned...
    In my humble opinion the "tea party" cares NOTHING about this country or it's people they care ONLY about winning ...and we all know to Win you must first destroy your opponents credibility in order to overtake them and make them loose...
    If the tea party cared about anyone other than their OWN pocket books..( because taxation is the issue at the root of this party spouting up.).... They would be looking for middle ground any middle ground to help America nurture it's way back to health..
    Attempting to assisinate the Presidents Character is simply the Hobgoblin of little minds...
    Consistency is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result...and never solving anything..
    I am an Independent but Never would I in my worst nightmare belong to the Tea Party Movement.....
    The epitome of hypocrites.....

    January 28, 2010 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  8. Brad

    The Tea Party has no substance at all; just a bunch of whinners. Unfortunitely the media and especially one certain "News" network gives the way to much publicity.

    January 28, 2010 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  9. Mike Del Muro

    Who cares what these guys think? Why don't you get a response from the California Green Party, or the Socialist Party of America? Then you'd be a fair and impartial blog.

    January 28, 2010 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  10. Brian phoenix

    Instead of whining and complaining, why don't you present your ideas in a clear, calm and concise manner? Oh wait. Silly me.....you don't have any.....!

    January 28, 2010 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  11. Mike in MN

    The Tea Party Express is spot on. We have all heard all of this before. During the campaign and ever since he took office. His actions do not match his words. Voters will believe him when he does what he says. He listed a number of things Republicans will support. Will Pelosi and Reid and liberal congressional Democrats? Will offshore drilling be added to the cap and trade bill? If so Republicans will still not be able to vote for a bill that will run up the costs of energy for all Americans, choke the economy and kill jobs. What games are Obama and the Dems. planning to play? If voters see there is an end to big government spending bills, serious real measures to bring down the deficit now and real job growth in private sector jobs that puts all Americans back to work, not just government workers, if all this happens voters might start to believe Obama.

    January 28, 2010 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  12. Jim Lewis

    The problem with the Tea Party position is that it fails to recognize that without massive spending in 2009 and 2010 the nation would have fallen into a depression as serious as the Great Depression of the 1930s. The fact is that the ratio of debt to GDP ratio hit 100 percent of GDP after World War II and what followed was a period of enormous economic growth. We need to be worried far more about putting millions of unemployed back to work, and once that happens, the "debt debate" will be trivial.

    January 28, 2010 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  13. Anita Robertson

    I could not force myself to listen to this speech. Repeating lies does not make them the truth, and blaming the previous administration solves no problems. In a year, the president has done nothing to make me think he cares about the citizens of this country. He has broken nearly every campaign promise he made, and I have seen this before – I am more than willing to cut him some slack on this issue, but he continues to mouth the same lies – transparency, bipatisanship, no new taxes, etc. I agree with the Tea Party Express – I'll believe it when I see it. Obama lies.

    January 28, 2010 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  14. Ruth

    Where was the tea party when George W Bush screwed this country in the ground for 8 long years? Where was the tea party when the spending was spiriling out of control for 8 long years? Where was the tea party when the republicans threw this country in 2 wars in 8 years? You republicans have a very select memory!

    January 28, 2010 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  15. Daniel

    The tea baggers are an embarrassment to America. Let's focus on the positive and move forward...not backward to the days of the grand wizard.

    January 28, 2010 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  16. Daniel Leonesio

    How ignorant does his regal arrogance expect the American people to be. Not being from a now "blue" state, I know that the elitist demagogs of the progressive movement think we do not know any thing, but we do. And one thing we know is that changes have to be made now. In the next election, every liberal and most of the supposed conservatives need to be replaced with real, honest Americans, not more of the same.

    January 28, 2010 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  17. Debra Landry

    I am praying that there are no teachers in the Tea Party Express and if so our country is in deep trouble. Children follow by example and some of the behavior I have witnessed personally and on the news by members of the Tea Party have shocked me. My family is evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats. My parents were Republicans and they taught me manners and to always respect the President even if I disagreed with him. I have never witnessed as much hatred as I have during this past year. Sometimes I am ashamed of fellow Americans when they show so little class and tolerance. Eight years of Bush and Bush's politics was disturbing and often sinful, yet never would I have shouted foul language at one of his live speeches.
    I didn't agree with Bush and feel his decision to go to war in Iraq instead of finishing the war in Afghanistan has brought our country into deep financial debt. I have two nephews in the Army now and pray for their safety everyday. My nephews are not fighting for a divided country. They are not fighting so that Americans can be disrespectful to our President. They are fighting so that we can enjoy freedom that too many of us take for granted. I feel blessed that we have an educated President who loves his wife and children and sets a good example to fathers and husbands everywhere. I understand President Obama when he says he is not a quitter. Over the years I have taught many children that others would have given up on. I didn't and President Obama won't give up on the American people or Congress.
    I will continue to pray for our President and now will start praying for the American people that are so filled with self-righteousness and hatred that God will turn their hearts around. Maybe instead of trashing our President and his ideas, they will bring him positive, constructive ideas that actually work. He needs our help to turn this country around. He can not do it alone.

    January 28, 2010 02:39 am at 2:39 am |
  18. Mark

    If the tea baggers saw a tree they would deny it was one. They say they see "out-of-control" spending – – when? Were their eyes closed (along with their mouths) during the disasterous Bush years. Soon the baggers will demand that we all carry bibles, whip ourselves regularly and give all our money the the insurance, pharmacutical and big oil companies while voting for who they say should run the country. What a bunch of radical traitors.

    January 28, 2010 02:39 am at 2:39 am |
  19. David

    Whatever Obama promises expect him to do the opposite.

    January 28, 2010 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  20. Sarah

    No Matter how much action Obama does the Tea Baggers would never be satisfied........Great Speech President Obama nor would the rest of the Republicans.......

    January 28, 2010 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  21. Jeff

    "a way too long speech"...maybe these people should stop by a school or two during their bus trips. do they even have jobs?

    January 28, 2010 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  22. Hugh Scott Shashy

    I was completely disgusted with his speech. Obama is still and stubbornly continuing to push his Communist agenda. It is apparent to all Americans that this is his thrust. However, he thinks by disguising minimal tax cuts as helping the people, setting up more committees to study what to do, etc, etc. It does not work. I think in the coming days you will see the Socialist Democrat Party collapse or be completely defined as a few diehard Socialist. The other Democrats will be lost. The whole political group in Washington is now in disarray, as they are finally recognizing that Obama is either lost, or so stubborn that he is foolish, and no one wants to go down with his ship, but they already have. You could see this in the faces of the Socialist Democrats as he spoke. The Republicans on the other hand had a look of shock and disbelief at the self delusion they were watching. Hugh Shashy, Founder, The American Tax Revolt.

    January 28, 2010 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  23. AJ

    Who cares – lets end partisan poltics. The Tea Party is not interested in anything he says.

    January 28, 2010 02:45 am at 2:45 am |
  24. Larry

    Hey, me and my twelve friends have a statement to release about the speech...can we get airtime and internet space on your sight for that too?

    January 28, 2010 02:47 am at 2:47 am |
  25. Mike H

    The tea party movement was created solely to bash our president. Have we forgotten already that the Bush republicans have destroyed our economy and our place in the world. We were more hated when War monger Bush was in office than at any other time in US history. I understand we are at war with terrorism. But Bush went at it for his own purposes and for his close friends. The man behind the curtain Dick C. pulled the strings in the Bush White House and he should be taking more of the blame. At least our President is trying to fix the last 8 years of republican mistakes who only look out for them selves (the wealthy). It will take more than 1 year for us to get this country fixed. And frankly I along with millions of real Americans have already seen major progress. And we would see even more progress, however the tea party and republicans are always fighting what our elected leader is trying to do. At least this time we have an elected President instead of one bought and stolen by the republicans. If we could actually work together and instead of always fighting we may actually get more done.

    January 28, 2010 02:49 am at 2:49 am |
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