Obama links Occupy and Tea Party movements
October 18th, 2011
04:16 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama links Occupy and Tea Party movements

Washington (CNN) - White House officials have largely kept their distance from the month-old Occupy Wall Street movement, to date offering only vague generalities when asked about the largely liberal-leaning groups that have increasingly caused a stir in lower Manhattan and other cities across the country.

But in an interview with ABC News Tuesday, Obama offered his most explicit approval of the movement, saying, “I understand the frustrations being expressed in those protests.”


Filed under: Occupy Wall Street • President Obama • Tea Party
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. ja

    the tea party is more hate mongers, occupy is more about even distribution, with the bank, and housing market collapse not a soul went to jail, fat cats got fatter banks thrived on the taxpayer bailout, well that is @#$%

    October 18, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  2. Orchid333

    I'm glad to see the normally relaxed liberals get a little fire under their keesters... it's about time.

    October 18, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  3. AlaskaPalin

    Its your economy mr president. The frustrations are todays frustrations and you are todays president. Why haven't you solved the problems? You knew the enormity of the problem when you came in; you knew the opposition said it will not work with you. The american people are 'fair' if you had fought as you are fighting now and had gotten nothing done they would have continued to be on your side but you compromised, looked weak in getting nothing done so now they'll seek someone else to tackle the problem come 2012. Thanks.

    October 18, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The teabaggers began their protest the moment President Obama was elected. Even when tax rates under the President were lowered to the lowest level in 50 years, the teabaggers showed up "armed and dangerous," claiming their taxes were too high. Their faus movement was a Fox, Armey idea, and stupid people swallowed it hook line and sinker.

    October 18, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  5. diridi

    True, when Bush left the office, it was 10 trillion dollar debt, Obama inherited. True, True, and True. Obama2012.

    October 18, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  6. Independent Voters

    President Obama understand what people are going through and the republican/teabaggars dont understand they just want president Obama be one term president.

    That why majority are with the Occupy wall street then the crazy teabaggars.

    October 18, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  7. Roger

    Hey Teabaggers. We got more folks than you and have gone international. Can't wait to vote. Obama 2012 and turn the House and remove the obstructionist from office. We do not support those like the Koch Bros. that want to move more of our middle class jobs off-shore. Switch to carrot juice, you may grow a brain.

    October 18, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  8. diridi

    GOP watch out...these lead to pellmell, riots, and nasty stuff...true, true, because this GOP and Tea thugs looted this nation...WARS..wars, wars, and wars....we need no wars...o.k, we need Education...

    October 18, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  9. encore

    The real tea party is marching with us. the racist teabagger own by the coke head brothers have lost to the real tea party and real america people on wall street.

    October 18, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  10. Captain Awesome

    The nazi party (socialists) and the communist party have joined forces with the FLEA party (the occupiers on Wall St.). These dirt bags would never be permitted anywhere near a TEA party rally.

    October 18, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  11. AlaskaPalin

    Both ows and teapartiers should be listened to. They are americans.

    October 18, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  12. Woman In California

    Personally, I respect the movement. I have yet to see signs depicting our president as an ape or any guns – yelling for their 2nd Amendment rights. I hope they continue and I'm glad they have shined a light on Wall Street.

    October 18, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  13. Little Jimmy Truth

    OWS did say that they blamed Bush. Was tea party creating OWS? No, and Obama already created it.

    October 18, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  14. R

    “I understand the frustrations being expressed in those protests.”

    Typical politician's response to just about anything going on. The only thing you and the rest in DC "understand" is that it's an election year coming up and it's time to spend other people's money, proclaiming that you're the good guy while the others are the bad guys – and vice versa. I sure wish you all would stop campaigning every day and do what you were all elected to do – represent the common people and to do your job!

    October 18, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  15. The Greedy Old PIgs have declared class war on US!

    I hope the saner TPers recognize that OWS welcomes the non-racists with open arms. Most TPers are 99%ers as well, and their energy and efforts at OWS would be helpful. Of course, this doesn't apply to the TPers high on KochCain.

    October 18, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  16. Wall Street Crime Victim

    AlaskaPalin, you must have been asleep during the last decade. It was the GOBP that ruined the economy and ran up record deficits.

    Captain Awesome: The Nazis were not socialists. You apparently know nothing about history.

    October 18, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    R wrote:
    I sure wish you all would stop campaigning every day and do what you were all elected to do – represent the common people and to do your job!
    The common people favor raising taxes on the wealthy. The common people favor his jobs bill. The common people are out there occupying Wall Street.

    October 18, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  18. WiredweirdinSF

    Big difference in TEA Party versus Flea Party, TEA Party works, pays taxes, pays debts, takes personal responsibility for their actions, thinks for themselves rather than think what some corrupt union leader tells them, cleans up their own messes, does not destroy property. Aside from that they are almost identical aren't they. Natural Obama would favor the Flea Party, its more in line with his beliefs, after all he still blames Bush, is incompetent, inept, corrupt and a union toady.

    October 18, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |