Bachmann accuses president of 'insecurity' over speech date
August 31st, 2011
09:59 PM ET
11 years ago

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. Grow up already...

    Way to impress that huge gathering Michele...

    August 31, 2011 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  2. lisa2010

    what little tidbit to say at a rally... i like to hear what lame brain idea you're going to do as President. she hardly did anything in congress...

    August 31, 2011 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  3. Jesse

    Oh she's so clever isn't she?

    August 31, 2011 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  4. Larry L

    Why do I keep seeing Republican bimbos on the news? Is this a great conspiracy to project the serious candidates at the last minute? Please tell me Governor "I can really go down on a corn dog" Perry is their version of a real candidate. Texas is crumbling as result of his leadership.

    August 31, 2011 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    the pres.should step aside, he is a joke and not a leader.

    August 31, 2011 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  6. hrrn

    yes Michele,

    God must have told you so.

    August 31, 2011 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  7. David LeMay

    I am so glad I will have the power to vote against this nutcase. I am sure God has instructed her to be so stupid.

    August 31, 2011 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  8. NC

    Bachman worry about Perry and the others that you are running against. Republicans will lose in 2012 we have had it your games.

    August 31, 2011 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The president's request to address a joint session on the first day the congress got back from their undeserved vacation. It should point to the American people that the republicans never did care about jobs. Boner, Cantor, Bachmann and the rest of the republican culture of corruption are the worst form of hypocrites. Fire Boner 2012.

    August 31, 2011 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  10. A Kickin` Donkey

    Ms. Bachmann –

    President Obama is busy doing the REAL WORK of the nation, I doubt he has time for the game you Republican clowns are playing. I`m willing to bet this GOP gabfest – its not a debate – wasn`t even on his radar screen.

    Heck, your won party isn`t enthusiastic enough about any of you to stop longing for Guliani or Palin to enter the race. If your most ardent fanatics are not impressed, do you honestly think the President of the United States spends anytime thinking about YOU? Really?

    August 31, 2011 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  11. Linda

    Why do I care what this woman has to say about anything? She is a lunatic fringe element trying to get her 15 minutes of fame no matter what it does to destroy the nation. I cannot even stand to look at her face- only the media gives her power – she is a reactionary uneducated fake Christian whose family has benefited from all kinds of federal dollars and she says how bad it is – what a hypocrite ! and a liar, and a cheat, and anti woman, racist, anti science- the list goes on and on yet the media treats her as a respectable candidate.

    August 31, 2011 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  12. thomas

    She's a supper freak !

    I'm not voting for a crazy lady that needs rehab !

    August 31, 2011 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  13. SecedingfromTexas

    After we hear President Obama's speech, we will have heard what the next President of United States had to say.

    August 31, 2011 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  14. beevee

    Who gave this stupid lady a law degree. She domes across as an absolutely mindless person. It is scary to even think of her becoming president f the USA.

    August 31, 2011 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  15. Wes B.

    Alan Krueger is one of the most highly-regarded economists in the world. And Bachmann thinks we'd be better off having someone that's run a lemonade stand?

    Idiots like Bachmann are threatened by smart people.

    Maybe if we listened to more educated people, and specialists in fields like economics, medicine, and such–as opposed to listening to politicians–we'd be in a lot better shape.

    Why do the tea partiers hate educated people?

    August 31, 2011 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  16. Jeetu

    No, Ms Bachmann, it shows insecurity and lack of respect for the President of the US on your part and on the part of your fellow republicans.

    You think you are the only one who counts in USA and no one else and then you demand others to do as you want. This shows that you are not fit to be the US President. If you were, you would make arguments tor president on your record and not bashing the President. That shows your lack of respect for the President and hence the American people

    August 31, 2011 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  17. CAW in MD

    Michelle, Michelle, Michelle - such a big mouth, such a tiny brain. If Obama is that bad and you're polling behind him by a significant margin, what exactly does that say about you?

    August 31, 2011 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  18. Suporter of president Obama.

    Mrs. Bachmann instead of trying to build your reputation by bashing the president every time you get a chance why don't you come up with a blue print how you will save the economic woes of our country. Before you do that make sure you understand who started to turn the wheel and put us in this predicament from the get go. I think your political intellect is so shallow and your world politics is much shallower. So for her to be a better candidate ,talk what you will be doing if elected, which I do not think it is going to happen so you should back of from the president. and run a clean race. What we need in our country is solutions not personal attacks and I thing everyone should cool there jets and get back to the real issues of our country. These country belongs to all of us and if things get better we all will benefit from it.

    August 31, 2011 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  19. Nash

    This is the sort of thing that we hate about this idiots on the right running for the whitehouse. The President position is always damned if he does and damned if he doesn't. The death by a thousand cuts strategy will backfire soon after the three debates. I hope this loud mouth wins the nomination so she can be shut down like her foot in the mouth compatriot Trump. Attacking the President only gets these righties brownie with their base but loses them the independents who decide elections. Good luck with this strategy. Wait your turn in 2016 we repugs have finally got some sense to work sensibly with others. That is if they are lucky. Americans aren't buying your snake oil!

    August 31, 2011 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  20. cindy

    bah humbug. You can't even do your job and you think you are what we want for a president? No dear go home and submit yourself to your husband and let him tell you what needs to be done

    August 31, 2011 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  21. Desmond in Canada

    Bachmann for GOP Prez candidate.......P-l-e-a-s-e!

    August 31, 2011 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  22. delmito

    Pure idiotic blather from a complete imbecile. If the President said the sky is blue, she would find fault and disagree. What a waste of time she is!

    August 31, 2011 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  23. ThinkAgain

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

    Of course she didn't mention this – she's playing to a (very small) crowd of folks who actively pursue ignorance. What a dip, this broad is!

    And speaking of insecurity, is it just the lighting or is Bachmann now highlighting her hair in an effort to take the focus off her crazed eyes?

    August 31, 2011 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  24. Chloe in Chatsworth, CA

    Bachmann's right–Americans aren't interested in our President's proposals on job creation, they want to hear a bunch of Christian Taliban compete to prove who will do the best job of destroying the US government.

    August 31, 2011 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  25. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Obama is not bound to do anything that shows consideration about making a speech during a GOP debate. He did agree with the Speaker of the House to move the date based on work done by the House. I don't think Bachmann really understands the labor market or the economy beyond the ideology she has.

    August 31, 2011 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
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