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. me

    how true!!

    January 28, 2010 03:27 am at 3:27 am |
  2. Anne in Boulder

    In fact, the President supported many point of the TP and Repub party points...jobs, tax cuts, etc. All they did was frown and text as he agreed with them–but then bested them.

    January 28, 2010 03:28 am at 3:28 am |
  3. Spado

    True. It would be worse in some ways if he did follow through on some of his promises.

    January 28, 2010 03:29 am at 3:29 am |
  4. Blaine McPhillips

    A loyal Democrat’s response to the 2010 State of the Union

    To whomever is listening:

    Obama has failed me and he has failed his country. He has failed to stand up for what is right and just. Rather than take a stand for health care, he has submitted to a false tide. As a consequence the President has fallen into political purgatory. I voted for hope, not mediocrity. I voted for change, not more of the same. However, when the political landscape became grim, Obama created a false colloquialism to suit an influx of populism–his rhetorical shift is transparent. I will not be placated, nor will I except excuses. I have no doubt that special interests are at work. I know that Obama inherited a plethora of problems from the previous administration, yet I do not care. I want change. If the Obama administration asks for time and understanding then I will give it, but spare me the hollow wordplay. No President in fifty years has come this close to achieving the kind of complete health care reform that stood ready for enactment a mere eight days ago. Now, all of a sudden, the talk has completely shifted to fixing the economy. Any economist worth their salt knows that no matter what initiatives are put in place, the economy will not recuperate overnight. So, no matter how much this administration talks about it, or wishes it so, the economy will only improve in due course. So please, if we all agree with the premise that rising health care costs are a major contributing factor to the deficit in the future, let's take action on a problem that can be solved in the here and now. Otherwise, do not insult my intelligence with the political equivalent of prestidigitation. If you want my money then earn it. Stand firm when the winds of opposition blow mightily against your face, walk tall against fear and despair. Fight for what is right until every ounce of your soul has been expended. This is a fight worth fighting, this is a fight worth heavy casualties, and this is a battle waging until it is over.
    The reason I believe so strongly in health care reform is echoed in the words of a wiser man than I. Philosopher John Rawls said, “Each person possesses an inviolability founded on justice that even the welfare of society as a whole cannot override. Therefore, in a just society the rights secured by justice are not subject to political bargaining or to the calculus of social interests.” I expect the President of the United States of America to rise above political bargaining when it matters most and tonight he did nothing of the sort.

    January 28, 2010 03:34 am at 3:34 am |
  5. Rebecca Wark

    The president is not magic. He can not just create a job. If you are looking for all those lost jobs, well I think I know where some of them are. I took a look around here and almost everything in my house was made in another country other than the US. Maybe ask Nike and hundreds of other companies if they can create jobs for the people. You might get results.

    January 28, 2010 03:36 am at 3:36 am |
  6. max webster

    was a "tea partier" before there was such a thing. I have been waiting
    for 20 yrs for this country to wake up. Now I am just an cbserver. The tea party needs to give everyone people to vote for that is from neither party. If that happens this fall then perhaps this country has a chance to return to the " greatness" that GOD blessed it with!!!

    January 28, 2010 03:39 am at 3:39 am |
  7. Emma

    If this surprises anyone, I would be amazed.

    January 28, 2010 03:40 am at 3:40 am |
  8. SEan

    Everything this administration puts on the table your smart friends republican senators blocks. This must be a tea party driven by wall street executives and some upper class individuals with special interests

    January 28, 2010 03:41 am at 3:41 am |

    "Worst of all, we've seen out-of-control spending, and an unparalleled growth in the size and power of government."


    Seriously, what do these people smoke/snort?

    January 28, 2010 03:48 am at 3:48 am |
  10. hatemail

    Out of control spending?
    83% of the federal debt was spent by REPUBLICANS, with Raygun tripling the debt in his 8 years, 41 raising it 55% in his 4 years, and 43 DOUBLING even that amount.
    OF the lot, only CLINTON reduced the annual deficit to a surplus.
    Now you wonder why Obama has to spend trillions to stop another great depression?
    43 was a DISASTER, and you fools are trying to give him cover!

    January 28, 2010 03:49 am at 3:49 am |
  11. donna

    Humm....the Tea Party Express-oh, the organization whose leader, on the Express website, called Omama a Kenyan Muslim Thug.

    Oh, well of course he'd have a fair and balanced assessment of the president's speech.

    January 28, 2010 03:49 am at 3:49 am |
  12. james

    The Tea Party Express is made up of the most naive portion of our population. Just as they want their "Big Macs" NOW, they want all of our problems solved NOW as well........
    FOLKS, WAKE UP!........ It doesn't work this way and never has. Your words are an insult to our dear Republic, where so many have worked so hard throughout our history......... all of you Tea Party folks want is the "QUICK FIX." Instead of endlessly criticizing the President, why don't you go out and try to do something to help us all climb out of this hole that we've dug for ourselves. The Tea Party Express ought to be ashamed of itself. It's probably made up mostly of Dittoheads, feathering the nest of The Great Rush, who truly has nothing but contempt for all of you while he counts his money. He has made a career out of fomenting tribal warfare in our country, which is nothing but a transparent ShoBiz scam. He's making millions off of you gullible idiots. How does it feel to be so incredibly stupid?........... or haven't you figured this out yet?

    January 28, 2010 03:53 am at 3:53 am |
  13. American Patriot

    Who cares what a handful of malcontent wingnuts think about anything? I can think for myself, I watched the speech, and it was exactly what needed to be said. Well done, President Obama!

    January 28, 2010 03:54 am at 3:54 am |
  14. Victor Periera

    I keep hearing the pundits talk and I think that they have alot of trouble with remembering things. Obama's speach was about going after weak dems and party of "no" republicans. I think that it was smart and more aggressive than his speaches in the past and he put patisanship politics on the lookout. Any republicans who read this I know Obama is hitler and wants a communtist government but the truth of the matter is that he is facing more opposition from the media than any other president that I have seen before. The stock market is up, unemployment is high but how in the heck can he do anything more if people aren't spending, and banks aren't loaning money.

    As for the tea party movement, alot of the tea party people are very passionate and feel like America is great and shouldn't be tarnished, but that is the attitude of failing businesses, we are doing great and the tunnel vision sets in. In order to sustain a great nation that nation must be willing to change with the times. The movement itself is one that was started by Fox news and Rush Limbaugh. We as Americans have a duty to defend the constitution and Obama has done just that. The funniest thing is that the republican party as a whole is using calculated references to God in all of their speaches but they only care about the richest one percent of americans. The democratic party platform is based on protection of freedom and to find ways to help the middle class and the poor. I have heard their rhetoric on TV thousands of times and these are not rich Americans.

    Obama has been more transparent than any other president but the message that he is trying to deliver is being mucked by a one sided media source. If your arguments are fact based and come from non partisan sources I will agree with you, but your facts are just talking points from fox news. Try to read a book or a magazine sometime. You want a conspiracy to sink your teeth into I know a great source, his name is Michael Chrichton because that is about how fact based the attacks from Limbagh and Beck are. Oh and here is a scripture for you "blessed are the meek, they shall inherit the earth." Jesus was about helping people and that is not the mission of the republican party.

    January 28, 2010 03:54 am at 3:54 am |
  15. RON

    Who gives a hoot what the tea party thinks as it is the republican party hiding behind that label. Where were they when BUSHIE was running up the deficit.

    January 28, 2010 04:03 am at 4:03 am |
  16. Rick

    Theses state of Union addresses are a joke..A tell you what you want to hear party from Obama. Blaiming Bush again as he comes in. 10 minutes into it I changed the channel to something more believable. Burn Notice.

    January 28, 2010 04:04 am at 4:04 am |
  17. Bill Stapp

    Today, what we need is an Obama we can believe in.

    January 28, 2010 04:05 am at 4:05 am |
  18. SamuelAdams

    That's about what I expect from the teabaggers. Stayed up past their bedtime. The speech preempted their usual routine of Matlock, after eating dinner at Luby's.

    January 28, 2010 04:06 am at 4:06 am |
  19. Marry

    The Tea Party Express represents a way of thinking that brought America to the brink! Gung-ho on starting wars for profit never mind the human and economic cost and there the government and spending cannot be big enough. But when it comes to the American people they have no ideas on how to bring the country into a prosperous future. So, as long as they do not come up with better ideas they should stop sniping at the President. He is doing a heck of a job considering the circumstances.

    January 28, 2010 04:07 am at 4:07 am |
  20. dromad

    wow. that was a profound retort.

    January 28, 2010 04:08 am at 4:08 am |
  21. Tiger F.

    I hear people talk about out-of control spending and size of government this past year and wonder where they came from because they clearly did not live in our country though most of the last decade (nation building in Iraq, Department of Homeland Security, wiretapping US citizens, tax cuts we clearly couldn't afford, etc.).

    The author of this response is not credible. With that said, the President deserves this criticism. He is the only president in recent history who has found a way to upset people signing a bill with a significant tax cut ($280B) to most americans.

    Future "spending" bills should include provisions that allow representatives to "opt out" of funding. While many criticize the stimulus bill, I don't see the representatives trying to give the money back.

    January 28, 2010 04:10 am at 4:10 am |
  22. JP

    He is an empty suit with empty words and broken pledges and no substance. He is unqualified to lead the country and is trying to destroy it with his crazy policies.

    January 28, 2010 04:16 am at 4:16 am |
  23. Alan

    Like seriously...who cares what the far right tea party crowd says. They are not the mainstream nor reflect the views of the majority of American's. Bachman's of the world do no good.

    January 28, 2010 04:17 am at 4:17 am |
  24. Weepy

    Tiresome rhetoric.

    January 28, 2010 04:21 am at 4:21 am |
  25. Henry Bahmer

    The Tea Party's popularity is due in large to people like Glen Beck on Fox. Fox now rates higher than CNN in the viewers trust to deliver fair and accurate news.

    January 28, 2010 04:23 am at 4:23 am |
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