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. Dan

    Is this the same Tea Party group that is charging over $500 for a steak and lobster dinner with ex-Governor Palin speaking?

    January 27, 2010 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  2. Sherry

    This is the problem people need to stop the finger pointing and fighting and start working together.

    January 27, 2010 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  3. AP in Illinois

    The fake patriots want our President and America to fail. What a bunch of hypocrites.

    January 27, 2010 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  4. Marcus

    "Worst of all, we've seen out-of-control spending, and an unparalleled growth in the size and power of government."
    These guys must have spent a few years in Mars and returned just for the inauguration of President Obama... or they think that we are as nuts as they are. OK, there has been a lot of spending by MOST 9if not all) the governments of the WHOLE WORLD in the past 12/15 months. China, Germany, UK, France, India, Brazil, Italy... name it and check it and you'll find that the remedy they are taking to get out of the depression that was looming over them is the same that the USA is taking. It is bad for the economy in a medium/long term, OF COURSE IT IS!!!!
    But is the remedy that they are all taking, after checking all the other possibilities (and it's working albeit not as fast as they would like it), just like the USA, because the Republican's 'prescription' is nothing but the same thing that took us (the WHOLE WORLD) to the hole first.
    As for the "unparalleled growth in the size and power of government"...
    PATRIOT ACT!!! Nuff said...

    January 27, 2010 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  5. annie against biased news

    obama has repeated these same lies a million times – no one is buying his garbage.

    January 27, 2010 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  6. Unemployed in MN

    Tea Baggers care nothing about the facts and nuances of the very real problems our country and its citizenry faces, nor do they care about the most thoughtful, plausible solutions to these problems. They're the angry mob with no focus, no direction except a path to absolute gridlock and post-modern anarchy. Their misguided actions are the textbook example of anti-patriotism. They are lemmings with pitchforks and torches.

    January 27, 2010 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  7. J. Hendrix

    You guys are idiots. No substance no actual facts.
    Stupidity still reins.

    January 27, 2010 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  8. PatrickB

    A very thoughtful speech by our president, and this is all they can come up with? Was it written by a high school student with a grudge?

    January 27, 2010 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  9. Kate

    Guess you tea baggers didn't listen very well. While we have a long way to go, he did bring out some good things that have happened. You just don't want to give him credit for anything. It wasn't Obama that got us into this mess anyway, and it will take us a long time to get out of it. He has to start somewhere. Tea baggers are part of the problem not the solution.
    Republicans sat there stonedfaced, smirked, and again an attitude of "no"/

    January 27, 2010 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  10. lori

    you are saying what most of America is saying.

    January 27, 2010 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  11. byron

    This is my response to the Tea Baggers... you're reaction to a black president is not news... where were you when the last white president sent this country to the toilet?

    January 27, 2010 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  12. marcus2

    The Tea Party folks are whack-a-doos from the word go. They are cuckoo for CoCo Puffs.

    January 27, 2010 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  13. Greg, MN

    Obama has no clue on the state of the Union. The guy barely could read his teleprompter with his nose so far up in the air.

    Did he really blame the "previous administration" again????? Is he refering to the mortgage lending that Dodd and Frank oversaw on the finance committee? The committee (controlle by the Dems) that Bush repeatedly warned to tighten up lax lending rules...

    January 27, 2010 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  14. Adrian Pinkston

    I think the Tea Party people are jokes. The Tea Party is about what just going against everything the President does. How about the fact that enemies of the US can see how divided this country is and that is what these people are about.

    January 27, 2010 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    i'm a little bit distressed after watching the "Stste of the Union".Our President spoke from his heart and the "NO " party sat on their hands regardless of the improvement it would mean for us. I hope that the constituants of the "sit on your hands republicans" were paying attention to their representatives behavior. I was appalled at the behaviour of the uniformed officers when their"Commander -in -Chief"spoke. I don't know about you but I believe if my employees did not agree with me on a company matter I felt so strongley about they would simply be " DOWN THE ROAD ". The majority of the "American People" are complacent . I'm moving , I can't take it !!!!

    A network should publish the footage of the "State of the Union" address complete with the ID'S ofall of the representatives.

    January 27, 2010 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  16. Andy Reichert

    There must be a mistake. Isn't that exactly what the 2001 SOTU was?

    January 27, 2010 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  17. tenToesUp

    Sounds about right!!!

    January 27, 2010 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  18. Alex

    Once again we've been treated to some more of Obama's rhetoric. Oh he talks the talk alright, but doesn't walk the walk. Frankly I've become weary of listening to him say one thing and then do the other. His credibility is lacking BIG TIME!

    January 27, 2010 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  19. quigley

    Basically, Obama repeated all the lies he told at his inauguration and added some more in for good measure. He truly believes the American people are too stupid to know that he and his under-pinning partners in crime are liars, cheats and would be dictators trying to flip the United States and its people into a negative, socialist, or communist country. They would enslave us all if not for tea-baggers and independents. Keep up the good work. I hope you expose all the Democrats, Obama and his minions for the traitors they truly are. I am afraid if Obama and his cabinet do not resign or he is not impeached, we will see the ruination of our nation.

    January 27, 2010 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  20. Mike

    I agree it was a night of hot air. That's why its finally time to join the Democratic Socialists of America. See you there!

    January 27, 2010 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  21. Matt

    I think that the President was right on target and there are those among us that are not true Americans and only focus on race and because of that important issues are missed. Let's remember when the stimulus bill was signed there was several Republican Governors and Democratic Governors accepted a peace of the pie. That was their opportunity to put citizens of their states to work therefore decreasing the unemployment rate. CNN or any other media correspondents wants to touch that fact. Nonetheless my opinion is no more important than yours. Bottom line is the President needs the help of all Americans to get us back on track and please, please remember that he did state that it would not be easy and that it would not happen over-night. I am neither Democrat, Republican, or Independent, I am an American that has worked hard all of my life and put my self through college I make no excuses and I wish that stop making excuses and trying to put this mess on the President because none of those making comments have done anything to help.

    Thank you


    January 27, 2010 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  22. Kathy Kelly

    The so called tea party group are nothing more than a minority of loud mouth extremists who are opposed to anything said by a party other than the one they belong to. They are close minded and not willing to work together or to see that this President is committed to positive changes that are not going to come easily. I stand behind this President and I realize that no change comes easily or without some sacrifice. Who are these tea party people anyway. If forced to describe myself, I would have to say that I am a white, middle class, female who cares for those less fortunate than myself and I believe that sometimes, this care for others must be mandated by our government, as we don't always step in and take care of the "widows and orphans" in our own country.

    January 27, 2010 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  23. Max Par in NY

    I don't think these people understand that we live in a democracy...the people are the government.

    If you don't like what you have vote for change. I really think its time people start talking about succession, because there are two completely different schools of thought on politics and each side thinks the other is insane.

    I'm a liberal democrat...in favor of succession so that both sides can shut up and run things how they want to run them...then we'll see whos right

    January 27, 2010 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  24. Michael

    I suppose you would have preferred economic collapse? That's smart.

    January 27, 2010 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  25. tea party is a GOP arm

    Can we please start calling the tea parties what they are? Republican organized and fed propaganda groups designed to undermine the Democrats while portraying themselves as patriots and independents. Lies.

    January 27, 2010 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
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