April 16th, 2010
03:23 PM ET
13 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. Sarah the baby seal basher

    The tea party people need "depends" more than anything and a good crying towel.

    April 16, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  2. bubba551

    Thank you Mr. President.
    My taxes went down (along with my income.)

    April 16, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  3. terry,va.

    Obummie, there is no one in this country that works for a living and pays TAXES has anything to thank you about. 10% of us pay 73% of all taxes to fund your socialist agenda. 47% pay no taxes. 40% receive money from tax day and don't pay anything in. How the heck is that fair? You are bleeding workers and management members dry to create a nanny state. Tax the rich more? All you bloggers that lay around typing on this site and others should hug the rich instead of bad mouthing them. After all we are supporting you. Obummie is killing the "golden goose". Jobs are going to dry up even more under his socialist policies.

    April 16, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  4. FactCheck

    Oooo... the tea party with their 10% of the blocking vote are sooo scary. I guess squeaky wheel is getting the oil. Those tea baggers are in for a rude shock come November.

    April 16, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  5. Vonnie932

    With increase taxes being their biggest complaint it goes to show that they are protesting the black man in the White House period They all sure got an increase in the tax refunds. If they are against the refund they can return it to the White House.

    April 16, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  6. BobH

    I was thinking the same thing. I'm concerned that President Obama is too much a "Tea Partier" because he's reduced taxes so much, and offered so many credits to middle class workers. The news that nearly half of potential tax payers paid nothing in 2009 should have had Tea Party members jumping for joy and high-fiving.

    April 16, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  7. psgmichigan

    On a personal note, I can say my taxes have reduced this year as Obama promised. The tea party problem is that they claim to be independent, but "blindly" follow the talking points given them by the GOP and FOX. Of course Hannity, Limbaugh, Palin, OReilly, Beck, etc complain every single day–THEY will have to pay more taxes because they are in the top 2% making "Millions". They have the 24/7 television to "feed" the tea party. My hope is that the silent majority of common sense Americans will show up for the vote this fall before this county is taken over by wing nuts!!!

    April 16, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  8. cspurgeon

    He is right on. This isn't about taxes as taxes paid by anyone under 250K are lower this year than in many years. We have pundits on the air telling outright lies,,ie Morning Joe and when the facts don't add up for him he gets sarcastic and spreads falsehoods. CNN has been doing its part to build this teaparty into something it isn't at the expense of the people who voted in the last election. This is a bunch of white men sore losers and racists who just can't face having a black man running the country. It is more political than racist..You only have to look at John Mcain..the biggest sore loser in countrys history.What a shame and what a shame CNN is turning out to be.

    April 16, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  9. Jason

    Go get 'em Mr. President. You stay the course and keep working for ALL Americans whether they like you or not. We've got your back! I am and always will be a proud Democrat and an American. Our party is the only party who has worked to better the lives of the American people.

    April 16, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  10. BobbyB

    Hey Obama! Keep laughing little Hugo! The same people you are laughing at now will openly celebrate your demise shortly. The lies and misrepresentations you use to keep your minions in step are falling on deaf ears everywhere across the country. We have seen the real you and you are evil!

    April 16, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  11. Independent One

    Mr. President you should know that the teaparty people could care less about the truth of receiving a tax cut they are only driven by your skin color

    April 16, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  12. Independent

    He just doesn't get it..but he talks down and denigrates, he is spending faster and more than anyone can even fathom, spending and wasting on entitlements, spending until the next 2 generations and beyond will be paying for this fools paradise..... November cannot come fast enough, America face it, we made a big mistake with this president..

    April 16, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  13. chris

    I love my president 🙂

    April 16, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  14. Southern by the Grace of God

    So we should thank him for spending all of our tax dollars and running up the national debt. Most citizens realize the neccessity of appropriate taxes to support the programs that we all need. However a growing number of citizens are getting frustrated with a system that is corrupt in that it serves to punish those who produce, reward those who do not (earned income credit), and gets worse every year. It's not just the taxes, it's the mismanagement as well. The arrogance of this man knows no bounds. The scope and size of government is truly scary. Think about it, just how much freedom do you really have? This administration and those who enable it continue to dismiss the Tea Partiers and their ideas at their own peril. November is just around the corner.

    April 16, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  15. ran

    The fear/hate/obstructionist/purity Republicans are in for a rude awakening after the 2010 election when they have lost even more seats in both the house and senate.

    We know who is for us and who is not and no amount of fear mongering, hateful speech, obstructing or call for purity is going to stop us.

    We see the light at the end of the tunnel and it is showing us individual freedoms and prosperity for us all.

    Hope will always out last fear/hate. Always.

    April 16, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  16. Bill Woessner

    This has got to be one of the most disingenuous things I have ever heard from this White House (and that's saying a lot). What they forgot to mention is that they increased spending by 18% from FY08 to FY09. And then they increased spending AGAIN by 6% from FY09 to FY10. As if that weren't enough, the current budget plan calls for ANOTHER 3% increase for FY11.

    Please don't insult our intelligence. Cutting taxes is meaningless if you don't cut spending. American taxpayers will eventually have to pay for this spending. Either that or they'll pay interest on it for ever and ever.

    April 16, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  17. _me

    Shows how out of touch Obama is. The tea partiers are against the stimulus bill because it is spending; it represents future taxes and/or government bankruptcy. The stimulus bill may have lowered current taxes, but it raised them in the long run.

    April 16, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  18. Bryan

    Yes. Thank you, Mr.Obama. Thank you for all the great jobs you are creating and all the tax relief I'm getting on my 2009 tax return. Oh, wait. I'm unemployed and getting squat back from the IRS this year. Go shove off you megalomaniac!!!!!!!!

    April 16, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  19. Trey Snyder

    "Let them eat Cake"

    April 16, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  20. Sniffit

    why does he seem to be childish and have to snip at previous administrations and other critics?

    lets see him respond to this..........

    hey Owebama..............go home, you are the only person who could screw up a wet dream

    April 16, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  21. jd

    Why don't the T party use there head go home act like normal people

    April 16, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  22. Todd

    Yeah, that's it anger the "folks" you claim to be helping..

    Unemployment's over 15% in a lot of places and your asking for a thank you?

    Obama's more unpopular than Bush, and his speaking abilities will only take him so far.

    April 16, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  23. Eric

    I'm sure he'll get all the "Thank You!" he deserves come November.

    April 16, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  24. emmett brown

    I thought the same thing, people are protesting against taxes that has not raised on the middle class.....Most of the people protesting received a tax return, how crazy is that.....The tax rate has not been increased for those making less than $250,000 a year. So are you upset about taxes or is it something else.

    April 16, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  25. Doctor J

    Apparently he does not realize that cutting state funding causes states, cities, and towns to raise their tax's. Don't know about other people but I have been seeing nothing but tax increases in MA.

    April 16, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
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