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."

Related: Obama unveils new housing aid program

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

    Bachmann is certifiable as a total lunatic. I don't know who is a bigger liar and drama queen – her or Palin. Both are worthless and Bachmann needs to be removed from office. She and Ann Coulter could go have tea parties together while the rest of Congress gets real work done for America.

    February 19, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. vs

    Granted that she is a bigoted, ignorant, hatefilled twit. I say to all those who snicker at the likes of Bachmann that there is are substantial number ofsimilar minded people in this country. They VOTE. Stop wasting your energy on criticizing her, T partiers, etc. YOU NEED TO GO AND VOTE FOR A DEMOCRAT in your district/state, wherever. The only thing that will make a difference is defeating these klansmen in the polls.

    February 19, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  3. nadine

    Oh, this woman is a complete dumb-azz fricky moron! Quit giving these women a mic. None of them have any common sense.

    February 19, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  4. Mike in MN

    Bachmann could not be more correct, she is spot on.
    Obama is not just leading America into decline, he is pushing America over a cliff.
    I like to get wordy, so I will try and keep this as simple as I can.
    Talk all you want about all of Obama's grand ideas for America, all to be deliverd with big government programs.
    Obama says all the spending for his grand plan for America will make us properous and great as never before.
    But here is the reality of all the spending he wants to do. Based on the CBO projections of Obama's grand plan, America will have deficits for the next decade of an average of 1 trillion a year. With the 2020 deficit projected to be over a trillion, it is certain the years beyond 2020 will also bring deficits in the trillion dollar range.
    No where in the next decade to we ever see Obama's promise of a great and prosperous America come to furition. It never happens. America will not even be able to get to 2020 with trillion dollar a year deficits before our economy collapses under a mountain of debt.
    Obama's dream is not real, it never happens, his plan does not work. It leaves America a shadow of what we used to be.

    February 19, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  5. Anthony

    If Republicans repeat it enough times, maybe, JUST MAYBE the American voters will fall for it AGAIN....

    February 19, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |

    Michele (one L) Bachmann (two Ns) embarrasses my state every time she speaks. She represents a district that has more corn kernels than IQ points.

    February 19, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  7. Skeeve

    "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"

    No, you don't need self-esteem course. "History of 20th century" will be sufficient. If you can read that is. Truth hurts.

    February 19, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  8. SC-Pub No Longer

    Why does CNN feel the need to publish every comment these idiots make? This pathetic hypocrite told her people not to sign up for the census, Obama might use it to deprive Republicans of health care and put them in camps as did FDR. She is an absolute evil, lying piece of crap!

    February 19, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. Franky, Land of Lincoln

    Obama is dumb, he is stupid. I bet Sarah Palin would be a better or as equal President as Obama is, he's a phony!!

    And she's right, in the end, we are going to take a self-esteem class to further feel good about ourselves. After all, just look at the ocmments in the ticker itself, people do need to feel good, sooner or later.

    "Sooner or later, those who think they can win, will"-???

    February 19, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  10. abe

    What is wrong with the Republicans attending the CPAC meeting? Are the people advocating failure in our government and economy so they can tell the American people that Democrats are big spenders or playing dirty politics? What happened to the idea country first /politics second and work hard to bring this big economic giant back on its feet? What happened to bipartisan politics instead of partisan politics that is tearing our country apart and out politicians especially the Republicans becoming obstructionist? I have my own thinking but I will like to hear from someone. I believe in people no matter were they live or they come. This is a country that is blessed with great minds and we could accomplish and recover from our economic slid. It will take time and hard work. What we do not need is obstructionist politics like CPAC/ Tea party movements that undermine the president and taking the will of the American people lightly. We have recovered in the past and from the lessons we have learned from the previous government we will not make the same mistakes. Lets bring the pride back and start respecting the presidency and the president. At least most people in the country surveyed say they blame the Bush presidency for the ills the Obama administration is trying to find a cure. CPAC meetings should be time to come up with solutions not blaming and making fun of the president. God Bless.

    February 19, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  11. EDDIE

    Her face is putting America in decline.

    February 19, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  12. Eli Jabari

    Let me guess, these are the master race?

    February 19, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  13. Mace

    All of this in fighting is ridiculous. Democrat, Republican, Independent, all have one thing in commone, they are all supposed to be in Washington representing America, not themselves. The America I live in was pretty hacked off at Osama Bin Laden when we learned who was behind the 9/11 attack. Anybody seen that guy lately? We've spent trillions of dollars because of 9/11 and we've never caught the "mastermind". It did NOT help that we were led by a man that decided to attack the wrong country despite being told by multiple national and international intelligence sources that this country's leader had no ties to the 9/11 attacks.
    Oh yeah, and for the first time in the history of the country while we're fighting these two seperate fronts of the "same war" let's go ahead and lower taxes on the guys that might be able to help us afford to pay for it, the corporations. Take a history class, the United States had NEVER before been in a war in which we didn't raise taxes, yet somehow this new Republican math said we could not only not raise taxes but lower them while fighting on two fronts.
    America was attacked on two fronts that year, one by a terrorist in Bin Laden and one by an idiot in Bush. That is where our deficit started. You cannot spend hundreds of billions of dollars annually, cut taxes and keep the budget surplus handed to you by the Democrat who turned the keys over to you. This is the real world, it doesn't work that way. I want to vomit when I hear Republicans speak of fiscal responsibility or the decline of our country. They spent the Bush years passing everything leading us to where we are and now they have the audacity to spend the Obama years as the "no party" instead of trying to bring forth useful ideas to help us, the United States of America right our path from the one they put us on to one we can ALL be proud of again

    February 19, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  14. Delusions aren't real

    Bachman says it. Therefore it must be true. HAh!

    February 19, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  15. terry,va.

    MB is correct. Most Americans have caught on to Obummie. His approval rating was at 46% on the Rasmussen poll this morning. If he tries the nuclear option on the health care bill he will be impeached when the Repubs take control of congress in November. It might not stick like Clinton's didn't, but he's done in 2012.

    February 19, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  16. carmilla

    all of you left wingers that are so in love with obama the evil one are nut jobs.this new movement mostley independents are and gops are going to take the house and senate back this year l PROMISE you. this is going to be a very big year and win for them.obama is finished. he has a bad and dangerous agenda for america.

    February 19, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  17. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    This idiot constantly has a new interpretation of the U.S. Constitution every week. Who elected her to Congress?

    February 19, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. Jane (Minnesota)

    Keep on showing that you are a wingnut. I am so happy you are not my representative!

    February 19, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  19. Paul Ernest Show

    America was led into a big mess and handed to president Obama and the democrats to fix. Did Bachmann just return to America.? Where has she been when gas prices hit $4 under George Bush, Where was she when her party was faking evidences to go to war and then turn around and borrow $200 billion to fight the war after we could not afford to finance them. She and her party put us on this ugly part to decline, but we will emerge victorious. Bill Clinton took two years to get the economy bouncing for another 6 years. Republicans should stop disrespecting this president. America will rise strong again economically. Republicans had their chance and if the did well with the economy the would not have lost power, simple.

    February 19, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  20. Tram

    But Bachmann's an idiot. Only a moron would think otherwise.

    Oh, wait. That's right. The GOP is made up of morons. That's why our country is in such a sad state - due to the moronic machinations of the Bush/Cheney dictatorship.

    February 19, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  21. Steve Judd

    Wow...I had no idea everyone but Reid and Pelosi had abdicated their positions in Congress. It seems the Republicans have just checked out completely. The worst part is that it will probably get them re-elected because we are too dim-witted to see through it. We only pay attention to the sound bites (like these), and they know it.

    How about you try to come up with an IDEA? Maybe something useful, for a change. Some people are better at campaigning than actually doing the job. Like him or leave him, Obama is at least trying to DO SOMETHING. Why don't Republicans try to do the same?

    February 19, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  22. Tom

    What she is saying is very scary to the part of america who actually pay taxes, because not only is it true, we have a president who is actually trying to force this on them. For the minority of people who don't pay taxes (all the people who can't spell and are blogging on here all day with obvious ethnic names) it does not matter, nor could they understand it even if they did pay taxes. Obama IS finished, and the people who should have stood behind him the most (Massachusetts) because health care was Ted Kennedy's life's struggle, dumped Obama like a bad habit. If they did that to Obama in Massachusetts, what do you think the rest of the country is going to do?

    February 19, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  23. hobart

    How can Bachmann be so blatantly dishonest, and hope no one notices.

    The borrow and spend policies of the Bush Administration, tax cuts, plus 2 wars, plus expanding a social program (prescription drugs), plus letting banks take on way too much risk, all led us from a budget surplus to a monster budget deficit, and to the precipice and of the next Great Depression, and beyond. Obama's policies have begun to rectify the situation, and market indices have almost doubled since the enactment of the stimulus bill February 2009. Those are the facts.

    Bachmann's real gripe, and that of all Republicans, is that she/they don't care how bad it gets for most Americans, as long as they and their wealthy friends continue to make money. As for those who lost their jobs, their health insurance, their homes, their retirement plans, what's the Republican plan. To tell them to quit whining, stop being lazy, and go get a job.

    Why do Republicans so hate America?!

    February 19, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  24. Navy Vet

    These kind of conservatives, and I don't mean all conservatives, but those who talk like this Bachmann character and those who support them, are the most anti-American unpatriotic hypocrites I've ever witnessed.

    They claim to have such love for America, but here they go talking about the violent overthrow of the Presidency and Congress, the government we achieved through following the Constitution and through fair and democratic elections. To suggest that our democratically elected leaders, supported by the majority of Americans, should be overthrown is blatantly against the spirit of freedom and democracy embodied in our constitution. It's despicable and is the exact opposite of what it is to be American, and yet they claim liberals are the ones who are anti-American?

    I remember liberals questioning the incompetent rule of George W Bush, but I can't for the life of me recall liberal politicians or liberals of any kind advocating violence or rebellion, or defeating Republicans through any method other than elections.

    Bachmans call of violent over throw has already started. Just look what happened in Texas.

    February 19, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  25. A different George W.

    Wait a minute little lady – I seem to recall it was your president, Mr. Bush
    and his 8 years of 'leadership' and 'policies' that got us into this state of decline. We aren't interested in revisionist history, my friend.

    February 19, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
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