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. jane

    Well, they are amusing. I would think many of them have spent a fair amount of their income just getting to and staying in Washington for the rally. But it's fun to get together and complain about imaginery taxes, I guess.

    April 16, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  2. Jim Straton

    Maybe these Tea Party folks are protesting against the higher spending now, which WILL lead to higher taxes

    April 16, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  3. Bob Boggs

    Either Obama is not paying attention, he is just plain stupid or a liar or maybe a little of each. The Tea party protests aren't just about people fighting for their pocket book. They are fighting against what they see as irresponsible spending and lack of accountability and corroption. Obama is in essense saying, I helped give you yours so you should thank me. That is precisely the kind of thing that people get irritated with; politicians promising groups of people something and expecting their support. Fortunately for Obama, that works for most people, particularly the Democratic party. The Tea Party seems to be fighting to put a stop to government spending and they are promoting a balanced budget. They get ridiculed by the press and by the Democrats as being ignorant hicks, which is outrageous. Republicans surely have their problems too but I will never vote Democrat again.

    April 16, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  4. JT

    yes because obama clearly wants to destroy the country. its all a plot to drive this country in to the ground. how did we all not see it before? come on people.. the guys is the PRESIDENT. he's doing what he thinks is best to make this country better for ALL the people living in it, not just the ones privileged enough to have jobs, healthcare, etc. he's the president for the next 2.5 years and likely again for another 4 after that so SUCK IT UP

    April 16, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  5. David of VA

    attention all .... November is coming..there is nothing you can do about it... VOTE THEM ALL OUT... this is OUR country and WE will all take it back...You deserve BETTER !!!

    April 16, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  6. Bruce T

    Obama's stats about federal taxes being reduced and refunds being higher are distorted since noone has jobs anymore to actually pay taxes.

    April 16, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  7. Noel

    Not very Presidential to laugh at a very large and growing portion of our Population. Tea Party is seeing the future of much higher taxes because of all the spending.

    April 16, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  8. Mark

    I would love for any of you Obama supporters to tell me what taxes Obama has cut since he's been in office. He hasn't cut ANY. But go ahead, I'll give you time to look it up on the internet.

    April 16, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  9. enough already

    I don't actively support the Tea Party movement, but I do understand where they are coming from. I don't support rampant government spending – I didn't support Bush's spending and I certainly don't support Obama's.

    My taxes were slightly less this year. However, at some point the piper must be paid, and everyone will be affected.

    Instead of name calling, listen to what others are saying.

    April 16, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  10. Jim

    Obama ought to get a little more presidential by not dwelling on people or movements like the Tea Party or chiding Sarah Palin about her knowledge, or lack thereof, of nuclear matters. In his postion, as the leader of the free world, he should be focusing upon more important issues.

    April 16, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  11. Sean

    My family is well into the six-figures for household income. We paid 9% of our total income in Federal Income Tax.

    That's a pretty sweet deal considering what we get for that money.

    These fat old white folks who show up at these rallies are crazy. They don't want to give up any of the socialism they already use, but they don't want to pay for it either.

    April 16, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  12. Anonymous

    I don't "beleave" a word you say DC

    April 16, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  13. Peggy - TX

    Is it not obvious that the Tea Party is just disgruntled Republicans, angry because of the failed leaders they put in power.

    Angry because they were wrong all along and the progressive were right. Angry because ... what ever, they are just angry people looking for Government to baby sit them and only them and those they identify with and to h#$! with everyone else.

    For the most part they appear to simply be stupid people unable to cope with a changing world. They put up the false banner of demanding low taxes, because, frankly, they have no legitimate gripes.

    April 16, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  14. csf

    Bottomline...because of Bush and the stupidity of the repubs for the 8 years, it doesn't matter who is in the WH. Taxes are likely to go up. Bite the bullet, and face reality. We are in a mess!

    April 16, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  15. People's Voice

    Truth and logic means nothing to these racists. The only thing they think about is the BLACK man in the Oval Office.

    They are a minority and will have little to no affect on future elections. They get their attention by being loud, obnoxious and rude. That sells news, therefore they are on the news.

    April 16, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  16. Richard L

    Only the Tea Party could use the "Taxation Without Representation" theme to protest "Taxation With Representation"

    April 16, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  17. Emmanuel Goldstein

    Okay, I be the first

    Thanks for the debt (and my kids thank you too)
    Thanks for the restrictions on our freedoms and choices
    Thanks for reinforcing liberal control of MSM
    Thanks for the new taxes on the productive so the indolent can be more comfortable
    Thanks for the new welfare state
    Thanks for the resulting crime (current and expected)
    Thanks for the unemployment (now and expected)
    Thanks for the additional healthcare costs that are coming
    Thanks for the higher mortgage rates
    Thanks for the inflation to come when the new taxes and costs on the productive work their way into prices.

    And a GREAT BIG THANK YOU for being honest enough to tell the country, you don't represent all of them, and that the successful, honest Americans are either fools or the enemy.

    April 16, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  18. char

    what a moron. he uses our tax paying money for charities and his donations to his campaign i hope he keeps talkin smack as the tea party grows. only thank you we owe him is for the lack of jobs and big debt he created!

    April 16, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  19. Darnell

    Obamessiah hasn't seen his recent poll numbers yet has he? Now is not the time to further divide the American people with a goofy looking duece eating grin on your face!

    April 16, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  20. Sean

    Taxes must increase. We're at a 60-year low. Even Ronald Reagan realized that taxes had to be increased and he didn't have a huge war deficit. Thanks Conservatives...two useless and un-winnable conflicts paid for on credit and you want to skip out on the debt?!

    April 16, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  21. Bob

    Does anyone really think with all this spending, and the healthcare legislation, that higher taxes are not coming. So, whats the point of the presidents comment. It seems those that support the presidents policies will believe anything he says.

    April 16, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  22. Brenda

    And Obama is a classless baffoon.

    April 16, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  23. Cueves

    “Obama”? “On a scale of 1-10, how amused were you? The reason I ask, is that I want to compare yesterday’s amusement to your amusement after November’s election. Talk to you soon.

    April 16, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  24. The party of NO must GO out the DOOR

    It's mindboggling how ignorant these tea baggers are. Their misplaced and manufactured outrage just because their party is not in power after 8 years with 6 years of total control of all brunches of the govt. driving the country into gutter, after inheriting budget "surplus" from Clinton. I plead with you to see the country first before your party. NO you don’t love your country, you only love your party. Stop bring the country down just because your party is on in control. Please, please give your currently democratically elected president a chance....

    April 16, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  25. Susan

    What a smug and condescending President we have.

    April 16, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
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