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. Name Thembinkosi

    Sarah is much clever than this. She needs to bring some of that cleverness into her campaign. This is about her, not Obama

    August 31, 2011 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  2. Minnie's Pearls

    You know, as POTUS, maybe Mr. Obama was a little busy trying to fix the mess from the last guy in office to check with the GOPers social calendar.

    August 31, 2011 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  3. frank & ernest

    ...tick tock tick tock my dear! ...the tea is beginning to sour and your relevancy is coming to an end! ...In the immortal words of Spock, ...It is only logical!

    August 31, 2011 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  4. GaryB

    "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."

    I guess Bachmann doesn't realize that all the Tea-Partiers have already dumped her for Perry. Politics is a rough business.

    August 31, 2011 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  5. Mary

    I seldom use the word hate..but everytime she opens her mouth....I hate her..and everything she stands for and lies about..GO AWAY!!!!!!

    August 31, 2011 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  6. jersvette

    This woman is a mean spirited angry person. She will never appeal to anything other than the fringe.

    August 31, 2011 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  7. drogo, the stallion that mounts the world almost

    Bachman you are a loser.

    September 1, 2011 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  8. Derek Wain

    Bachmann is right about Obama's insecurity, which reflects his political vulnerability. He can read the polls: he hit a new all time low of -25 on the Rasmussen poll today.

    September 1, 2011 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  9. amax66

    Mr Presidents' administrators do all they can to distract, mis-direct, create confusion and attempt to alienate those who may disagree. This administration is 180 degrees of capitalism and free enterprise.

    September 1, 2011 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  10. Aaron

    she does know he's from Princeton right? kinda looks bad when your bashing on someones history and then you get it wrong. For the record I bet he has had a lemonade stand (and probably done consulting for large private firms)

    September 1, 2011 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  11. DixonIV

    Most of the voters could care less about a so-called Debate at the Regan Library. We all know it is just another way to disrespect our President. What I hear from the Right is Jobs, Jobs Jobs...except when it isn't convenient for them. I am sick of the wing nuts (both sides) and we voters need to fix this before we lose our country.

    September 1, 2011 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  12. tsb610

    Michelle Bachmann does not have her law degree from Harvard. She has never been asked to teach at Princeton. Yet, she wants to criticize Alan Krueger's selection while Krueger is praised by other leading economists. Shame on her.

    I wonder if she felt a little "insecure" when she saw that very few people came out to hear her speak.

    September 1, 2011 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  13. Hello

    “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?”

    So according to Bachmann, an eight-year-old kid that ran a lemonade stand would be better than a Princeton graduate. Makes sense....

    September 1, 2011 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  14. Sandra

    She is so disrespectful. She is attacking President Obama because that is what the Tea Party wants. We liberals, democrats and swing voters are not going to forget.

    September 1, 2011 02:31 am at 2:31 am |
  15. Donkey Party

    Delusional, despicable, revolting sub-human garbage, with a -100% of ever spending a night in the Whitehouse.

    September 1, 2011 02:49 am at 2:49 am |
  16. ahetch

    All she has is ranting about how bad President Obama is. she says that is she is president we'll have $2 gas. that's hilarious. She's always good for a laugh.

    September 1, 2011 02:55 am at 2:55 am |
  17. Marry

    Ms. Bachman is a very simple and primitive person. No class, no brains, no character. Never mind what it is – she criticizes the President! That is not an acceptable or useful plan – what would they do in the WH with their enemy # 1 not there anymore to blame? Start a new war to have something to talk about? I have not heard a useful plan for the American future from her or any of the GOP/TP “candidates”! When you take a look at how badly they talk about the President; it gives you a preview how they are going to be talking about and with others if they ever get back into power!

    September 1, 2011 03:12 am at 3:12 am |
  18. AC Thomas

    Surely there must be some Republican women in Congress that aren't total idiots. There have got to be some viable female candidates. Come on people! I'm not a Republican, but come on! Palin? O'Connell? Bachman? Angle?
    Come on!

    September 1, 2011 03:24 am at 3:24 am |
  19. dale murphy

    i truly hope this is the GOP's nominee for president.............................what an airhead ! like most pols she/he don't ansewer the questions asked and all she can do knock the current administration, call for cutting spending, no new taxes yet the US infrastructure is deteriorating, schools need funding, the jobless need jobs YET..................the wealthy get richer. WHEN will the media get answers to how she will get the country back on tract without the same old diatribe and polarizing politics. FINALLY, when the real culprits of non-legislation are voted out, i.e. Pelosi, Reed, McConnel and Baenor, then maybe the pols sent to Washington will do what their supposed to do..........................LEGISLATE !!!

    September 1, 2011 04:19 am at 4:19 am |
  20. Vijay

    Ms. Bachman's arrogance, anger, and her hatred of a black democratic president has no limits . How dare she call herself a Christian?

    September 1, 2011 04:37 am at 4:37 am |
  21. LNB

    100 people maybe in her audience. Seems like she should be insecure herself. A horrific person with a hate-filled hypocritical agenda spewing to a measly crowd of horrific hate-filled people.

    September 1, 2011 04:40 am at 4:40 am |
  22. hdeod

    So "very likely under 100 people" show up to hear her speak, but it's worthy of headlines? What a waste of my time.

    September 1, 2011 05:15 am at 5:15 am |
  23. Ohio Man

    Hmm did any1 else notice that they did not want to show the crowd.. hmmm looks like there wasn't that many people there .. maybe a good 30-50 people by the sounds of the clapping if that .. i think her lil lighter flame is going out.. oh well maybe she can go back and be a spy for the IRS again as she called it .. lol

    September 1, 2011 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
  24. FedUp

    Since Obama decided to hold his great ideas to save the economy for 2 years, what difference does one more night make? I think he did it purposely to cause a scene. What a joke! I will watch cable that night.

    September 1, 2011 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  25. Anonymous

    Michele is the right people this country need now

    September 1, 2011 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
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