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. Michael

    Kind of takes the point out of protesting taxes doesn't it.
    Makes you wonder what they REALLY are there for.
    Could it be they are yet another population group being manipulated by the forces of stagnation and rot..?

    April 16, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  2. Juan Suero

    Anyone crying out that the Tea Party has nothing to do with facts is wasting thier breath.. it never had anything to do with facts. Its all about identity.

    National identity and personal identity.
    See these tea partiers, just like you and I, when they were kids were fed this idea of what america is.
    Now you can take that idea and look at it as you are complementary to that. Or you can make it part of your own identity.. or self esteem.
    The problem with that is when things are good you are feeling good.. but when things are bad.. OR when things are changing..
    thats hard man.

    i feel sorry for them

    But father time is the ultimate progressive

    April 16, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  3. 1985Cyclone

    What is disconcerting to me is the continued tactic of demonizing anyone with an opposing view. I don't agree with the Tea Party on a lot of what they're saying. But to take a dismissive, flippant attitude toward them is only adding fuel to the partisan fire burning in this country. This party could be on the way to wielding some clout down the road. It makes no logical sense to do this.

    To the point at hand, it's great our tax burden appears to be lessening. However, there is so much waste and abuse of tax dollars out there, that number should be bigger.

    April 16, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  4. Chuck

    What arrogance! He is "amused by these people" THESE PEOPLE !!I'm a retired military Vet and I'm NOT amused by his constant brush off of concern Americans, WE THE PEOPLE. Whoopee! A tax reduction of $173B. Why are these obviously well off (can spare $250-1250 to attend) sheeple laughing? Would they still laugh if this Socialist denizen clued them into the 15 or more new taxes that will fully overwhelm any savings in tax reduction, nor the true cost of his spending programs and health care? I will gladly "thank him" if he would resign, untill then I will oppose him and his ilk tooth and nail.

    April 16, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  5. Massachusetts Conservative

    The President is right on this one. Except for the top 1%, income taxes were unchanged in 2009.

    However, he, along with the main stream media, is missing the true point of the Tea Party. The Tea Party is not objecting to taxes today. It's oblecting to the spending today that is going to lead to EPIC tax increases in the next 10 years. Remember, the majority of the spending for healthcare insurance reform will not be recognized until 2015 – 2020...long after the Democrats have control of the House and Senate, and most likely the presidency.

    So go ahead and mock the Tea Party all you want. Laugh it up. Ask for your "Thank You's" Let's see how many of you are laughing in 5-10 years when your taxes are 20%, 30%, 40% higher than they are today.

    April 16, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  6. Jim

    He can poke fun at the tea parties, but he and all the carrier politicians need to take note. The rallies are a small symptom of the storm brewing to put most of the carrier politicians out of work, along with their, corruption, pork barrel politics, and good old boy spending of tax payer dollars. What we need is campaign finance reform term limits and constitutional convention. You can be certain that those in office do not have the guts to do it, so replace them.

    April 16, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |

    Obama is nothing but a common con-artist. What a sham!!! Maybe he should be more concerned about doing something instead of talking about. What a joke!!! WORST PRESIDENT EVER!!!!!!!!

    April 16, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  8. Awakened American

    "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."

    If this was true wouldn’t the Dems be on every TV station bragging about it. But I’ve hear every little about it. And my federal tax refund dropped by over a hundred dollars. That is not a reduction that looks like a hike to me. It is funny to see in the media, when a liberal group has a rally it’s smart and their right as Americans. But let any conservative group rally and the media paints them as dumb and un-American. What a double standard!

    And to all the Bevis and Butthead crowd out there that like to make childish remarks about teabagging, keep drinking the Obama bot Kool Aid and stop thinking for yourselves so you can little big brother take care of you.

    April 16, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  9. Mark from Louisiana

    He has signed legislation that authorizes 25 tax increase since he has been in office. Every time his lips move he lies.

    April 16, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  10. Kim

    No matter what Obama does, it will never be enough for the haters.

    April 16, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  11. Paul

    Is he a narcissist or delusional? I can't quite decide.

    April 16, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  12. Nick in Lowell

    He just don't get it.

    April 16, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  13. Lisa in Ga

    I believe these people are just oppsosed to anything the President b/c he si black. Let them have their fun.. based on the polls they are in the minority anyway.. soooooooooooooo it doesn't really concern anyone.

    April 16, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  14. David

    Arrogant much? Obama has the worst combination of personality traits, confident and incompetent.

    Thank him for what? Passing a health care bill no one wanted? Raising taxes? Spending money at a record pace? Weakening the country?

    November can't get here soon enough.

    April 16, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  15. Tommy Perkins

    Will some please look up the meaning of the word liberal and conservative then come back and tell me who is disturbed. Mentally disturbed or the one that will do anything to stop progress just to make one man look bad. Then you make up crap about taxes and what not. WOW you people are amazing. But I guess those sour grapes must taste real good. Well the funny thing is so far the first presidential election polls are coming out and guess what Obama beats any repub hands down. Wait until healthcare kicks in. I guarantee he will destroy any repub. So you might want to stock up on sugar now. Cause those grapes are going to get real sour.

    April 16, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  16. Ed in Virginia

    It's real easy to marginalize a grass roots movement that you don't agree with. I can't imagine the backlash from POTUS on down if anyone criticized a community organization that supported the liberal agenda.

    April 16, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  17. tony_n_atl

    It is sad to see this country divided by race...because that is the issue here...that Tea Party crowd does not look like/represent America...for the first time in our lifetimes and our parents' lifetime we have such a hatred for the most prestigious job in the world...YOU CAN HATE THE POLITICS...but hating the person is something totally different and comes from some EVIL place...I could respect the Tea Party movement if they were just honest about why they are so upset!!!!

    Fact of the matter is, if stats hold true, 20% of them are enjoying some social program sponsored by working americans!!!!!!!

    Let go the hate and introduce yourself to GOD...

    April 16, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  18. Bertina

    We don't have to wait for Obama, the republicans will ensure taxes will increase because they refuse to do anything about financial reform.

    April 16, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  19. Tracy

    "GIVE UP YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE and THEN you can complain all you want."

    Do you actually think that the U.S. government would allow that to happen? It's too much of a cash cow for them considering there is not such thing, to quote al gore, as a "social security lock box".

    April 16, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  20. chris

    President Obama needs to stop the lies. Yesterday I caught him in at least 4 blatant ones.

    April 16, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  21. REF

    it is obvious that OBAMA has no clue of whats going on in the real world of grownups.. we are not just protesting taxes but the federal govt massive spending programs and bailouts that are completely out of hand and unconstitutional.. we are protesting politicians who do not respect us, the very people who pay the bills and their lifestyle that are royality like..they are arrogant and abusive with power, wasteful and criminal with our tax dollars..no we dont thank you,obama, for allowing US to keep a little more of OUR money. we want you out of office for thinking its YOUR money....

    April 16, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  22. BLemberg

    I am not one of them,but,I do respect them.Those of you who laugh at them will rue your actions come November.The same goes for our President who will be raising all of your taxes soon or discover that taxing the "rich" will not harvest enough to pay for his agenda.

    April 16, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  23. LIP

    Well, they just passed the Health Care Reform package and it hasn't got wings yet, so maybe it's a little premature to be making jokes about not raising taxes. Give it time and we can either look back and laugh some more or maybe we will all just give a collective groan.

    April 16, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  24. Ronald Reagan

    "the tax rate has not been increased for those making less than $250,000 a year." OK so only one tax rate has not been increased? there is more than one tax rate. don't be fooled again. Obama isn't lying he just isn't tellin the whole truth. same as health care. does anyone know whats in the bill? (except that people who cant get insurance because of pre-existing condition are now eligible for insurance). oh and can someone please tell me one thing that any conservative talk show host has said that is factually incorrect? i want a quote

    April 16, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |

    It's the same bunch that wants the government to keep it's hand off its Social Security and Medicare. Democracy requires a well-informed citizenry, WE ARE IN TROUBLE.

    April 16, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
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