February 19th, 2010
02:29 PM ET
13 years ago

Bachmann says Obama leading America into decline

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/19/art.bachmann.file.gi.jpg caption="Rep. Michele Bachmann blasted President Obama's economic policies Friday."](CNN) - Rep. Michele Bachmann blasted President Obama's economic policies Friday and declared he is leading America into a state of "decline" during her 30-minute speech before conservative activists.

"I want to discuss a topic that's been on my heart a lot lately…decline in America," the Minnesota Republican told the crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference. "The concept that has been coming to me over the last few weeks is that the joy of being an American is that we get to choose…our destiny, whether it's decline or it's greatness."

Citing conservative writer Charles Krauthammer, Bachmann said the president has indicted "America for arrogance, decisiveness, divisiveness toward Europe, for maltreatment toward natives, for torture, for Hiroshima, for Guantanamo Bay, for unilateralism, and for insufficient respect for the Muslim world."

"I think we are all going to need a self-esteem course or two after that litany and we can't blame anyone for feeling despondent in the midst of all that," Bachmann quipped. "Decline happens, even to a great nation."

Bachmann also took aim at Democratic efforts at health care reform and cap-and-trade policies designed to combat global warming during her red-meat speech, saying such measures will keep the country's economy on "an unsustainable path."

"We are looking at serious long-term damage to the economy and the well being of our people. We really need to sober up…the only people with the power to change this very bad diagnosis is President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, and Harry Reid," Bachmann said. "I wonder what the odds are in Vegas of that happening."

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Filed under: CPAC • Michele Bachmann • President Obama
soundoff (137 Responses)
  1. Fed up Monority

    The republiklans and Bachmann......have been in decline for a long time....what have they done for this country in its hour of need......NOTHING.....jokes and bad mouthing the President.... will not solve one problem.....put up or shut up........I would have to be crazy to ever vote republiklan.....they offer NOTHING

    February 19, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  2. Pete

    The decline started the minute we launched a war in Iraq for transparently phony reasons, killing hundreds of thousands of people and destabilizing the world energy market in the process.

    A simple "there were no WMD, we're sorry we got it wrong" is the LEAST Republicans can do. But we all know that Republicanism means never having to say you're sorry.

    February 19, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  3. Kathleen

    DID they let her speak. Why, weren't the Republicans upset with
    Michelle Bachmann just last week for saying (too soon before the elections, that S.S. and Medicare needed to be overhauled. The
    Republicans were "embarrassed" that Michelle spoke too soon.

    Some in Congress, mostly these Repubs. want to wait until
    November win for the Majority to sign and pass this bill that is
    just sitting on Gregg-Conrad's desk~! BUT, they do not speak
    of it NOW because they will lose votes.

    The bill states the your senators will decide whether to give a "special
    commission the POWER to propose "drastic cuts" to the programs that millions of seniors depend on: Medicare, Medicaid, and Social
    Security. (Go to (aarpwebact@action.aarp.org). It was written by
    Barry Jackson, AARP.

    The Tea Partiers don't know that they are fighting "against themselves"
    and their children and grandchildren by holding abusive signs against the budget crises. because the very, very first thing that many
    Republicans want to cut is BIG GOVERNMENT in your lives, which
    in essence, means to "end ALL entitlements. That includes unemployment and possibly many closings of "homes for the needy".

    Yes, sir, Floridians, Navadians, do what Massachusetts did, turn
    your back on the very ones that care about you. Mass. turned their
    back on Ted Kennedy (who got THEM HEALTH CARE FOR ALL) by voting for a Republican TEA PARTIER
    riding in on a "freakin' RED TRUCK. Watch out Florida and read
    your AARP so you can "learn" the truth!
    MAKING THEIR QUARTERLY BILLIONS! while hard working people
    need two full time jobs (one at Wal-Mart) to be able to afford heat,
    gas, shelter and food!!!

    GO AHEAD tea partiers vote against yourself!!!!!!!

    February 19, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  4. JLM

    When America faces tough problems, the GOP answer is to just say no, it isn't happening.

    February 19, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  5. danman

    Hi "ancient texan" are you sure you have not confused "country" with "government"?? The US is greater for being abole to admit when our govt. did the wrong thing not weaker and you do not sound like patriot to me , the republicans are the true traitors who tried to sell our country out from under us to the multinationals but thats way over the heads of an lot of you simpletons out there

    February 19, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  6. I voted for Obama and proud of it in Oregon

    bachmann is like a illegal town tramp . her mouth spews filth and her bottom spews crap . but now both ends are doing the same pew and she hates the president because h stands for the people not the CEO'S that are mostly pushing jobs out of the country for cheap labor . low costs and then brings them back to the USA and charges out ragious prices so its double dipping on the consumer .. so people like Bachmann are like dicky tricky cheney . poty mouth babies crying because the minority whities lost the election . to a man who they think should be there servant working in the back kitchen or laundry . but opps america chose Mr.Obama to be president and now america is slowly waling up to the pursit republican party of NO'S lies and threats .. down with the racist republican agenda .. 🙂

    February 19, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  7. felicia

    bytchmann is nothing but a hypocritical, nefarious helpher

    February 19, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  8. Michael

    I just love repuglican criticisim! Their polices almost bankrupted America the last eight years they were in power! Now, they have the nerve, due to Americans short term memory, to act like innocent saviors! Well, I have not been fooled! They ran up our yearly deficit to 1.3 trillion dollars, National Debt to over 8 trillion dollars because they did not pay for 2 tax cuts, 2 wars and all the spending programs they pushed through congress and senate which their repuglican President Bush signed into law! DO THEY REALLY TAKE REPONSIBILITY FOR LEAVING THIS COUNTRY ON THE BRINK OF DISASTER FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA! NOW, I HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN THEY LEFT, 2 NUCLEAR THREATS, 2 WARS, AUTO, MORTGAGE, WALL STREET, BANKING, AND HEALTHCARE CRISIS!

    February 19, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  9. Center left-out

    Bachmann is a nut! The economy is on the rebound.

    February 19, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  10. Kathleen

    AND, if they get their way, the next to go will be QUALITY CARE for
    our "insured veterens". Did'nt Bush Cheney want to cut drastically
    the G.I. I think I remember that.

    Vote Democrat NO MATTER WHAT! And VOTE in the MID TERMS
    Do not wait until the Pres. elections.

    February 19, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  11. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Who let this woman out of the nut house. She can't help Republicans until she gets help herself, she's a looney tune.

    February 19, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  12. mj

    Bachmann you really need to wake up! It's time for you too get out along with Pawlenty! You are part of the mess MInnesota is in concerning the budget!

    February 19, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  13. David R. Scott

    This she dog is an example of how off base the whole rip-publican party is. They got America into this mess. They started needless wars and devastated the economy. They helped Ken Lay screw Americans and aided the Banks into the Reaming of every Americans savings, they are basically EVIL people who HATE AMERICA.

    Call out all rip-publicans for their LIES, LIES and LIES.

    February 19, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  14. Rob in NC

    Here we go again....

    As long as we can ignore our faults then I guees we don't have any.

    Just because we are not perfect doesn't mean we are not great. It's a true sign of strength to recognize one faults, and a true sign weakness to ignore them.

    Michelle Bachman needs to realize her weakness is she has no idea what reality is.

    February 19, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  15. Delusions aren't Real

    Michelle Bachman says so, it must be so.

    February 19, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  16. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    Does everyone see here the huge volume of unmitigated delusion and hypocrisy that's running rampant in the GOP? They say Obama is at fault for the decline in America?.....this is like your neighbor taking a hammer to his own lawnmower daily, against your better advice to him, and then him finally handing it over to you to fix...then as you set about fixing it, he blocks your driveway so you can't even go out to get new parts to replace the ones he broke, and then as you make some progress on fixing it despite his counterproductive behavior, he blames you for his grass growing tall, and then takes to yelling over the fence to you everyday that it was your fault that the lawnmower broke in the first place.

    You people who continue to associate with the GOP are a load short. Please go get genetic counceling.

    February 19, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  17. George James

    One should expect such comments from a person of Bachman's calibre.Obama's intelligent and sane ideas will never work for her.She never thinks about the reason for the plight of the economy.Sad...Sad..

    February 19, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  18. Stop the Nonsense

    No worries Michele- Conservatives are so full of themsleves, that you will be just fine. If yu don;t believe me- listen to the speeches this weekend. They think they are above the mess we're in despite the fact that they caused most of it!
    Sounds like denial.

    February 19, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  19. danman

    Hey Dr John, as incoherent as you are and as fractured as your English is, I'm not suprised you like Palin as you have a lot in common with her, However this board is about Bachmann, though I can see why you might be confused Still why not give it a break and leave the "talkin" to the people who got past third grade?

    Dr. John February 19th, 2010 3:11 pm ET
    The vitriole towards Palin is over the top, for no apparent reason. I think she scares the status quo elite because she is a regular person who in an independent woman, was Mayor of a town, Governor of a State and the first woman Vice President nominee in decades. Why people keep saying she doesn't have the experience to be President need look no further than the present leader of the free world.

    February 19, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  20. Kathleen

    Hey, Ancient Texan, you are dispicable. Do you rely on any government
    programs like Medicare, Unemployment, S.S. If so, shut up!

    I suppose Rick Perry is your hero. Seceed with Texans. Talk about
    Unpatriotic. We don't care. Who needs you and Alaskan's Palin-
    Seceed! Please go!

    February 19, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  21. Gregg

    Decline happens when your country produces nothing. That's as much the fault of this womans party as the current administration.
    All the jobs went overseas or to Mexico. Shareholders and big business have destroyed the economies of a whole states in a quest to maximize profit. But the government always tries to help by retraining people for that new "service oriented" job at Dennys.
    Bachmann can throw all the mud she wants. The Repubs aren't going to rebuild the middle class either. No manufacturing = no middle class = continued decline.

    February 19, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  22. Nate, OLY

    Ancient Texan
    I wouldn't get too comfortable thinking that 2010 elections will be a win for repugs, people see them for what they are...NOthing. I do agree with you on "never again"....never again will I vote for a republican!

    February 19, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  23. gerryluimes

    Ms.Bachman is correct,me thinks, in quoting Krauthammer,and stating: "we all may need a self esteem course" . It is to the USA's credit that-finally- it had to be OBAMA to point out certain weaknesses and irrationalities in the country's political conduct vis avis the rest of the world(or of that matter, many other countries we don't like)
    It is NOT easy to admit to an unwarranted arrogance in behaviour ;
    It is even more difficult-however honorable- to apologize for it.
    Gerry at Edmonton.Can.

    February 19, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  24. Can't Wait Til November

    From the perspective of the left it is politically incorrect for America to be successful. To them it is an embarrassment on the world stage. Success in America translates, for Dims, into such negative visions as big corporations, carbon footprints, American hegemony, and the "ugly American". Of course they want to diminish America – all of our signs of success look ugly to them. They don't see America as a place where people work hard to succeed, create new technologies and services more than any other country in the world, protect other countries when they are attacked or help them when a natural disaster strikes. The left's vision of American is just not change I can believe in. Sorry.

    February 19, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  25. notfooledbydistractions

    It's no wonder polling show a majority of Minnesotans are embarrassed of Michelle Bachmann.

    This woman is batsheeet crazy! C'mon Minnesota is this the best you can do? Aren't your standards higher than that? If not, they should be. This woman is a disgrace.

    February 19, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
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