April 16th, 2010
03:23 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama says Tea Partiers owe him a thank you

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(CNN) - Tea Party activists marked Tax Day with a high-profile rally in Washington, DC, and other protests across the country, but President Obama says the anti-tax movement actually owes him a thank you.

Speaking at a Democratic fundraiser in Miami Thursday night, the president touted tax cuts in the stimulus measure and the fact that the tax rate has not been increased for those making less than $250,000 a year.

"So I've been amused in recent days by these people having rallies," he told the crowd at the fundraiser to laughter. "I think they should be saying thank you."

Members of the crowd, who paid between $250 to $1,250 to attend the event, immediately rose to their feet and replied "Thank You!"

The White House noted Thursday that federal taxes were reduced by $173 billion in 2009 and said that the average tax refund is about 10 percent higher than last year.

Obama also won a standing ovation from the Miami crowd when he praised the recent passage of the health care reform plan.

"As my vice president said, 'This is a big deal,'" Obama said to laughter in reference of Vice President Joe Biden's verbal slip at the bill's signing ceremony where he was heard telling the president "This is a big F-ing deal"

"And he was right," Obama said.

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soundoff (290 Responses)
  1. Reality

    Yeah, thanks buddy. You haven't charged us a cent because you placed all of the trillions in new spending on the Chinese Credit Card. There are kids now in elementary school and their unborn kids that will have to pay it off with a massive debt load. Please, don't do us anymore favors pal.

    April 16, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  2. Matt, NY

    It more of a revolt on government spending than tax cuts.

    April 16, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  3. inofritzn

    We'll see if you can say the same thing in a year.

    April 16, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  4. Willie12345

    The thank you note will be delivered in Nov. Keep a look out for it.

    April 16, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  5. Helen

    You go Obama

    April 16, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  6. haren

    Tea party, they are all wealthy making more than $250,000.
    they had enough tax cut for last 20 years.
    91% to only 35% and with all that loop holes they pay only 17% average.
    It is middle class who is running this country and paying more than their share.

    April 16, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  7. Tom in Illinois

    All of my employees got less take home pay on 1/1/2010. Would someone like to enlighten me on how we didn't have a tax increase but all of my employees take home less money? Nothing but political smoke from the President.

    April 16, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  8. Nurse

    10% unemployment , letting the Bush tax cut expire( isn't that a raise in tax ) Price of everything going up . Health reform taxes on medical equipment and companies that will be passed on to us and don't give me this 200,000 limit crap. Oh YEA THANKS Barry

    April 16, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  9. Darron R. Brown MD

    The facts don't get in the way of many people's opinions. We are truely luck to have President Obama, a kind and intelligent man with a sense of fairness.

    April 16, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  10. tess

    keep laughing you fool! after 2012 the american people will be laughing as we send you packing back to chicago where you can re-join the chicago mafia that supported you because WE NO LONGER DO!!!!!!

    April 16, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  11. NotFooledTX

    The President is absolutely right – they should be thanking him. For the first time in a long time, working class folks are the primary beneficiaries of tax cuts. During the bush admin, all we got was the debt.

    These rallies – this "movement" is being funded and promoted by the wealthy who will feel a bit of a tax pinch – and they're using these bitter dupes to rally against their own best interests. I'm hoping they come to their senses, can see past their irrational anger and see reality for what it is.

    April 16, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  12. gt

    its clear these rich people have jobs and money...try the real world of the under employed...

    April 16, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  13. Anne H

    What I like best about Obama is his leadership. He relentlessly keeps doing the right things for America despite the witless naysayers. Tax cuts, health reform, turning around the economy, nuclear summits,...he just keeps going – He's the Energizer Bunny of Presidents.

    April 16, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  14. SAGG

    You tell them, sir! Yep, things are coming together quite nicely...

    April 16, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  15. Terry, FL

    What a high school loon this narcissist is. How many more Americans is he going to try to make fun of. Oh, anyone who disagrees with him, ok. He should get a job as a comedian, he would be better suited at that than he is as President, and can do less harm.

    Way to get respect Mr. President.

    April 16, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  16. ed price

    obama is so arrogant. i amnot proud of a vice president who drops the f-bomb and a president who thinks it is funny...seems like obama and biden should have apologized to the american people...arrogance!

    April 16, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  17. I Love America

    What a jerk. I don't know much about this whole Tea Party thing, but certainly enough to know that deep down they are concerned Americans who obviously are going to make it a point to be at the polls in November AND in 2012. What's with this demeaning attitude by both the administration and the media? Grow up.

    April 16, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  18. yet to come

    yes, but when this so called reform kicks in and our taxes skyrocket to pay for it, as well as our energy bills going through the roof when they push the cap and tax disaster through, will we be thanking them? I think not.

    April 16, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  19. Ruty

    So there, tea party idiots. Swallow that and shut up.

    April 16, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  20. The GOP wants to take our country backwards

    All the tea party consists of is a bunch of sore losers. They have an irrational hate of President Obama. The tea party has no real agenda and all they do is complain. They do not seem to understand that our country faces difficult choices. They complain that they don't want to pay taxes and they complain that the deficit is too high, but of course if you want the deficit lowered you are going to have to pay your taxes! They don't even make any sense.

    April 16, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  21. RobertL

    Tea Partiers have a hard time with math.

    April 16, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  22. Doug,lib jersey

    I'm sure that Allee Butsch thanks Obama for his goons beating the crap out of her in New Orleans, putting her in the hospital.

    Now that Democrat men are beating the crap out of conservative women, it is time for the non-violent tea party movement to be ready to defend themselves against the liberal Democrats, who as you can see here at the ticker, have no agruement against the truth and facts so the so called pacifist libs are resorting to violence.

    These libs really have little difference to Al Queda, I fear that once conservatives take over at the voting booths, you will start to see Obama-bots strapping c4 to themselves and targeting the good Americans.

    April 16, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  23. Zack

    Haha, Obama definately knows how to push the Tea Party's buttons. Keep it up, the only way to beat the Tea Party's ignorance, hyperbole and outright lies with with the truth, and humor can only help.

    April 16, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  24. Jack

    The Tea Party rants against entitlements. They are the largest group who have this sense of entitlement. They want all the privileges and benefits but don't want to pay anything for them. They are self-absorbed and self-centered. They care nothing for anyone outside their small orbit. You have Ms. Bachman fomenting at the mouth about gov't subsidies as she collects federal monies for her farms. You have Palin ranting against health care reform while she had great healthcare coverage as Governor (of course now she a multimillionaire and can afford great healthcare coverage). They want what they have but don't want anyone else to have what they have because–they're entitled.

    April 16, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  25. Tim

    Saying thank you? Thank you for running up a huge debt and mortgaging the future of our country? Thank you for diminishing our freedoms? Thank you for increasing government intrusion in our lives? Thanks you for wasting our tax dollars? This man doesn't get it at all. He needs to go.

    April 16, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
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