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. IKHAN

    The less said about this party the better.
    The un-Americans who make up this non party are the last thing this country needs.
    God help us if ever these morons gain any momentum.
    Obama speech was one of the best under these difficult circumstance and showed his sincerity to stand with American people who elected him. He has lots of odds stacked against him like the load of you know what, he inherited from Bush era & not the least of his problems is those on the Hill who just do not want him to succeed.
    Way to go President Obama.

    January 28, 2010 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  2. Skellig

    Ah yes, it's so easy to be negative. Tell me, tea partiers, where are your ideas? Grr...

    January 28, 2010 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  3. Joe in Vega$

    So what are your ideas, tea-baggers? Besides jiggling your little tea bags and waving little flags, what do you have to offer other than noisy protests of "socialist" and "nazi!"

    January 28, 2010 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  4. Fred May Sr. Spanaway WA.

    The President is only as good as the congress will allow him to be. The 535 people serving in congress are acting like spoiled brats. They are only interested in what they can get out of serving the people. They are like to sport teams vying for a title. Are you and I ever thought of during their conversations? NO. Are their pockets filled by favors done for lobbiest.Yes. Until it is illeagle for the lobbiest to persuade politicans which way to vote, we the public will suffer.

    January 28, 2010 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  5. SF Serg

    A great speech that re-energized the nation and now these idiots give their divisive input. I wish they would accept the fact that we have a Democratic President and just get lost with their stupid rallies. They can come back when another George W. Bush is in office and their party is relevant.

    January 28, 2010 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  6. Jin

    Who cares what these braindead baggers think??? They wouldn't hear it if he said something that agrees with them (godess forbid!!). They need to just hook up with that champion of himself Newt dinglich and secede to a quiet corner of the arctic and disappear with the polar bears.

    January 28, 2010 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  7. jane

    Nothing will get done as long as "tea party" idiots and other Republicans put up a wall at every opportunity. I believe the President is trying hard. It was an accomplishment just save us from the brink of economic disaster after the previous administration and Republican Congress gutted our treasury and almost brought global economic collapse. President Obama had to go to work from the day he was elected, which is unprecedented for an American President.

    But it will be very difficult to accomplish what the country needs as long as Republicans, that is, the party of wealth, extreme religious right, and their ill-informed followers create a storm of protest at every turn.

    January 28, 2010 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  8. Scott

    WHO CARES what the Teabaggers have to say?

    January 28, 2010 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  9. Jerry

    Wow! Pretty strong retort!

    Good job!

    January 28, 2010 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  10. Mark

    I once thought that the Tea Party people were just stupid...but now I see them as insane. I am tired of their lies, meaningless posturing and empty rhetoric. They are important only to themselves and express the opinion only of the political lunatic fringe. They see ignorance as a virtue and have no idea how the political system works.
    The Tea party needs to get used to the idea that it is not 1776, Ron Paul will never be president and this nation will not be controlled by fringe minority and that the Tea Party is just "sound and fury, signifying nothing".

    January 28, 2010 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  11. Brian Rich

    In fact, who cares about the Tea Party?

    January 28, 2010 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  12. Mark Sandri

    Who cares what 500,000 angry white old people think?

    This is a country of 300 million.

    January 28, 2010 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  13. Robert

    Baggers are bigots. They object to everything Obama says because they hate Obama for who he is (i.e. he would clash with the drapes). They come up with every excuse to object to him (even the absurd "long form birth certificate" argument) personally. That Scott Brown guy was elected to defeat Health Care reform ignoring the basic fact that he voted FOR the exact same health care reform when he was a state Senator, but now that a black man is behind the idea- it must be the work of Communist Fascists. The majority wants a public option. Doctors and nurses want a public option. Even the AMA (mostly rich, old, white doctors) which has opposed Medicare for fifty years endorses Obama's plan. The only people who don't want it are the party of birther, baggers, and bigots. Now the Beck/Palin groupies are all screaming like eight-year-old girls about "Don't Ask. Don't Tell". Again, the majority of voters want it, the overwhelming majority of enlisted personnel want it. Even the General who came up with the "platoon unity" argument back in the 90s testified last year that he knew the argument had no validity and was just made up by the top brass based on personal beliefs (prejudices). So now, once again, the country is being prevented from doing the right and necessary thing by the party of no, the party of fear, the party of hate. Guys, go bag yourself.

    January 28, 2010 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  14. JB

    Please stop giving these nut jobs a megaphone. I've never taken the talking heads like Rush and Coulter seriously because I've always suspected they say outrageous things for ratings and attention, not because they truly believe them. The people who truly scare me are the ones who call in and tell the likes of Hannity and Liddy that they're "great Americans" and lap up their every word. I assume those are the people who have become the Tea Baggers. They're deluded into the idea that they're part of some revolution. No folks, you're just a bunch of angry sheep making millionaires out of windbags like Glenn Beck.

    January 28, 2010 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  15. Who cares????

    The tea baggers and all the other hateful undercover racists can go jump in a lake. They do not and will never represent this mosiac country. Their numbers are what they are they represent the past and they will remain a minority.

    January 28, 2010 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  16. Ben

    " Lobbyists were appointed by the president"

    This is true and don't forget the tax cheats. Obama should have done us all a favor by turning around and scolding Pelosi for her tax payer boondoggle to Copenhagen for her ilk. So much has been done in blatant disregard for the constitution in the last 30 years that America is fast becoming a failed state. Not even Ron Paul can save us with his truth and wisdom. We must convince the CIA to use targeted drone attacks against the financial suicide bombers (Blankfein, etc.) instead of the ongoing practice of killing Muslims which kind of makes them mad with revenge in their eyes, rightfully so. A few Hellfires for folks like Reid and Pelosi among others would benefit our country greatly, but alas I suppose we should just vote these folks out of office. What do you say America? Vote the republicans out too. Maybe leave Kucinich and Paul.

    January 28, 2010 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  17. Patrick

    Who decides of TPN's "official reaction"? As far as I know, they do not have any elected officials, nor any elected leadership at the national level. Who drafted this text? Do all Teabaggers share this impression? Isn't this like an attempt to tell Teabaggers how to think?

    And more importantly: what on EARTH is this doing on the front page of CNN, right under the headline of State of the Union?

    January 28, 2010 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  18. I suppose you would want Bush back...

    Well Tea Party...you probably want Bush back. When he and the Republicans were the ones who got is into this mess in the first place...in fact, we just started Obama's first budget year just less than 30 days ago...

    So, who do you recommend for office – Sarah Palin I suppose...talk about hot air with no credibility...we definitely would be taking a bridge to nowhere...

    January 28, 2010 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  19. Mark

    I suppose had President Obama come out and done the opposite of what he did tonight, he would still be considered wrong by this joke that gives tea a bad name.

    January 28, 2010 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  20. Perusing-through

    Are these bi-partisan comments from Tea-Partiers? Is this the Tea Party's attempt to reach out to the Democrats?


    January 28, 2010 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  21. Smerdon

    Great speech by the President, he is right on target with the issues. Unfortunately we the people and the President, can't get support needed by the Congress to get the bills passed.

    January 28, 2010 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  22. Pammy

    I've talked to people from all races and backgrounds. All agree that the Tea Party Express has destroyed this country. It's wonderful to know that President Obama's speech virtually turned this whole thing around! Health care

    January 28, 2010 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  23. Obama-Mama

    I love our President and I'm so proud of him.
    BTW, why do you feel compelled to ask McCain his opinion about just about everything the President says or does? You never asked Gore or Kerry about Bush and his idiotic policies.

    January 28, 2010 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  24. Lois

    Tea Partiers GET A LIFE..He hit it out the park tonight and you idiots need to get out of his way and let him Govern..Please put up or shut up!!

    January 28, 2010 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  25. Tom Gillespie

    The fact of the matter is that change will never happen until Americans push forward for term limits. This is especially important now that the Supreme Court has opened the floodgates for corporate donations. If our national politicians are truly trying to serve the people, they should get out after a reasonable period of time. In business, 10 years in the same job typically makes you stale and complacent. In politics, good people will never run because they get sickened by the status quo.I sadly predict that gridlock will continue on both sides until we Americans finally wake up. Instead of being mad at the banks, AIG and GM, we should be mad at the polititians who got elected because of their contributions.

    January 28, 2010 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
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