Bachmann accuses president of 'insecurity' over speech date
August 31st, 2011
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Bachmann accuses president of 'insecurity' over speech date

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann campaigned in Iowa on Wednesday for the first time since her triumphant win at the Ames Straw Poll.

Out of the gate, she lashed into President Barack Obama’s request to Congress to schedule a jobs speech next Wednesday.

“We had an interesting little dialogue today with our president,” the Minnesota congresswoman said at the beginning of her remarks. “He decided he wanted to give his jobs speech at the exact same time the Republican candidates for president were going to be doing their debate at the Reagan library.

“Does this show maybe a little insecurity on the part of the president?” Bachmann asked.

The candidate spoke at the Des Moines stop on the Tea Party Express’ fifth national tour. The rally’s sparse attendance was unusual for a tea party rally - especially one attended by a presidential candidate as popular with activists as Bachmann.

Though there was no firm way to count the exact number in the audience, it was certainly not in the thousands or hundreds – and very likely was under 100.

What was not sparse was Bachmann’s steady slams against the president and the audience’s willingness to feast on the rhetorical red meat.

Ripe for ridicule: The president’s jobs speech request. Obama initially hoped to deliver it on September 7 - a Wednesday - to a joint session of Congress. On that same night, Republican presidential candidates will debate at the Reagan Library in California.

“Either a) he wants to distract the American people so they don’t watch him, or b) he doesn’t want the American people to hear what the next president of the United States is going to say,” Bachmann told the crowd.

After Bachmann's rally appearance, news emerged that Obama will instead deliver the jobs address on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Bachmann lit into another of the president’s proposals. The congresswoman criticized Obama’s nomination of Alan Krueger to be the new chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers.

“He chose someone from Harvard with a Ph.D., and someone who works in the Treasury Department and the Department of Labor and now is teaching at Princeton,” Bachmann said. “There is no private-sector experience in their background. They have not created wealth. They have not run a business.

“Wouldn’t you think, after all this time, that the president would figure out that it would make more sense to hire someone who's at least run a lemonade stand to be his economic advisor?”

What Bachmann did not mention is that many economists have praised Krueger’s nomination. Among them: Former assistant Treasury secretary Michael Barr.

Krueger is the "leading labor economist of his generation," Barr said.

Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Iowa • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. T'sah from Virginia

    Bachmann accuses president of 'insecurity' over speech date
    That's NOT insecurity – DORK – you're mouth and brain is a mixmate
    If Bachmann feels the DEBATE has STRENGTH and no one will be bored!!
    Then it would not matter because their few listeners know how to "record"

    Obama/Biden 2012

    September 1, 2011 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  2. diridi

    This wicked lady speaks of president's insecurity. Ha! Does she know what that means.....silly and stupid idiot....that's all i like to say, i do not want to waste my time....

    September 1, 2011 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  3. jb1963

    It is not insecurity. It is more like who cares about the debate. The country is more important than what 7, 8 or 1,000 domestic terrorist AKA the Republican tea party have to debate about.

    September 1, 2011 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  4. Indy

    “Does this show maybe a little insecurity on the part of the president?” Bachmann asked.

    Insecurity because of scheduling conflict ? I will take a gaffe like that anyday over $2.00 a gallon Bachmann who has never turned down Government handout for herself while talking out the other side of her very big disrespectable mouth that it is bad for anyone else but her to take Government money. She has done nothing except say NO to everything and treat the President like "That One".Her voice is a close second to the most annoying voice out there in Palin.

    September 1, 2011 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  5. Ed

    Isn't this the same Bachmann who said that he should (and as president she would have) brought the congress into special session to address the econmy? Now she say's that we should wait because it's not that important to begin working???

    September 1, 2011 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  6. POTUS boots another one

    The guy I voted for just decided that JOBS FOR AMERICANS is less important than a FACTIONAL PARTY event!

    September 1, 2011 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  7. nintex

    Does this woman not listen to herself? The President appoints a Harvard-educated PhD with Labor Department experience who teaches at Yale to be his head economic advisor and she puts him down for that? SHE would be the one to hire someone who ran a lemonade stand to be her economic advisor. It just makes me cry to see that this level of stupidity has become the priority of these tea party people.

    September 1, 2011 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
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