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. insightful

    Out-of-control spending???!!! What do you call $649.00 price for one of your teabeggars to attend a teabeggar bash at which Sarah Palin is scheduled to speak for not less than $100,000?? Your and your unregulated corporate funding is one of the reason we have growth in government – growth that is being implemented to protect the American masses from the "squeeky-wheeled voices" generated from your pathetic sector.

    And speaking of transparency, I've got to believe that most clear-eyed Americans can see through your unpatriotic drivel.

    January 27, 2010 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  2. Will Edwards

    I completely agree. Until he lives up to his original pledges of integrity, anything else he says is more Chicago politics.

    Be careful Rahm, you might tangle your puppet's strings.

    January 27, 2010 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  3. jea

    who thisTea Party think they are and who cares what they day? I did not vote for these clowns, and they need to make way and leave the President govern. They had their favorite puppet for 8 years and they brought not only the US economy down, but it rippled across the globe. Enough of this ignorant, bitter crowd of people..they belong in a zoo.

    January 27, 2010 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  4. Dennis Smith

    These people are just idiots. I don't know of any person in this country who could have turned the mess that this President inherited a year ago. We all want something to happen, but it won't happen if all we do is complain. Maybe I'll change my mind if we are still in the same boat next year, but until the Congress (both parties) stop their petty fighting and get together this mess will continue. Let's face it, we are the government, and until we stop begging for things, Washington is going to keep spending money. It's the people all over this country that are causing this problem every time they ask their senators for money for some project back home. We the citizens are the main part of the problem because we keep thinking our towns and states need more than the other towns or states.

    January 27, 2010 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  5. Messed Up

    I'm shocked.

    January 27, 2010 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  6. john


    January 27, 2010 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    You must be a fast food customer... This fix doesn't happen overnight.... it will take 2 more years before things get close to normal... Bush's war and pro-oil politics and the banking fiasco's under his watch.. that's why we're where we are ... Obama is stating the same things because the problems haven't changed.. we're still trying to fix the same problems .. he's trying to change the politics of WDC.. not easy to do in one year.. but bottom line here is... if we don't support this president, then we fall back into a stalemate again and nothing happens for 3 more years... and the republicans have proven they can't do it.. 200 billion surplus.. now 3+ Trillion in debt... get you head out...

    January 27, 2010 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  8. Jon

    **Lobbyists were appointed by the president to positions he swore would never be filled by former lobbyists.** – Okay. Who? Name names.

    January 27, 2010 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  9. Andy

    Absolutely correct. He looked like a complete clown.

    January 27, 2010 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  10. Andrew Diamond

    Ah the teabaggers. The people who protest gov't involvement in medicare, use racial epitaths to adress obama, and fabricate death panels stuff. it says something about our culture that not only to these awful idiots exist but they have enough clout to get a column.

    Meanwhile, where were those folk when Bush spent money like water (and that was BEFORE he had to due to the economic collapse). Where were these people when Bush did the prescription drug plan and hid the cost from congress when it will turn out to be several hundred billions. Where were these people when Bush was throwing money at Iraq with no accountability whatsoever handing no bid contracts to Halliburton etc shipping pallets of $100 bills to Iraq and losing them.

    January 27, 2010 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  11. Jay

    I am not a liberal and my views are more to the right, but I will not call myself a Republican. Big business (lobbyists, special interest, and greed) have our government in their back pocket. The best thing that the tea party could do, would be to find a good independent that won't take money from special interest and get them elected. Get the life members of Congress out of Washington. In my opinion the tea party seems more republican hiding behind a name of great revolutionaries. Try and bash both the parties with equal animosity and you might find more support and members.

    January 27, 2010 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  12. Gwyna

    It amazes me that the entire country allowed George Bush and Cheney run this country into the ground for 8 years, and the politicians didn't say a thing (when they knew what was going on). Obama has been office for 1 year and has made strides to correct the mess that was left for him and they try to tear him down at every turn. He is only a man, and it is true that he can't do it alone. With some help from both sides, the country could come out of this mess.

    January 27, 2010 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  13. tashia

    President Obama has done more in his one year of presidency than any other president before hiim. He has proven to be a man of his word as he is steadily working to fulfill all of his campaign promises. What has gotten in his way are the selfish political stunts by the Republicans. It is utterly ridiculous to expect any president fix Washington in one year and idiotic for any sane person to have such high expectation. He is damned if he does and damned if he doesn't. I wish that you all will get your strory right at one end he is accused of trying to do too much and on the other end heis accused of doing too little. Which is it?

    January 27, 2010 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  14. Xavier

    The only hot air I hear is the one coming from the tea party and the GOP. Nothing Obama says will ever be good enough for these people. Their ignorance is the problem.

    January 27, 2010 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  15. kimmie from LV

    OK, who are the tea party members and what country do they represent? They can't be Americans as the President said we must work together, and for sure they are treasonous. Quite frankly, they scare me as they have consumed their hatred so much towards the President. Perhaps we need to send these folks to Haiti so they can really do some good. As a matter of fact, why not have them apply to become residents of Haiti, full time? I know most of them are followers and not leaders, just by their comments. One thing though, I have noticed that when you get a room full of Tea Party members, what you get is full set of teeth! Also, when two Tea Party members divorce, who gets the trailer? Is it true that the family tree of Tea Party members has no branches?

    January 27, 2010 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  16. ICARE

    I am ready to move to the Jetson age and to stop living in the Stone Age.

    Let's stop bathing in the mud with the elephants!!!

    January 27, 2010 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  17. bluejeanblues


    January 27, 2010 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  18. Oscar

    The Tea Party is full of ignorant people who wish to see the country go down the same tired road we have already had accidents on. If they desire to see substance, please push the conservatives to bring a plan to the table that looks different than what we have had for the past 8 years. I liked Bush personally but his policy making and leadership was horrible.

    I agree, we have been spending more than I am comfortable with, but how else would the economy have been pulled out of the toilet we were going down. Please tea party reps, enlighten me with your plan and show some action points.

    January 27, 2010 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  19. katie

    Both parties have issues they need to work on. As an independent I am sick of the back and forth. It is time to quit acting like babies and work together.

    January 27, 2010 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  20. Jan Persson

    You People on CNN are so dense.

    January 27, 2010 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  21. dude

    Where were these "tea partiers" when Bush was running up trillions in debts and using our constitution as a foot mat? They didn't feel any need for action then.

    I think their real problem is we have a Democratic President, or he is a man of color, or both.

    They have the hallmarks of fringe element – zero credibility.

    January 27, 2010 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  22. redneckdemocrat

    well, of course it was too long for a bunch of crotchety fogies who go to bed at 6:00. Geesh, you can't give the President of a country involved in two wars and digging itself out of a recession a little over an hour of your time? Losers.

    January 27, 2010 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  23. kuuks

    Wow eight sentences. I'm impressed

    January 27, 2010 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  24. Trader Vic

    Typical. Did we really expect anything different from this crowd? They could have written that statement last week.

    January 27, 2010 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  25. Stephenp

    and your mommy and daddy smell too.... so there!

    January 27, 2010 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
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