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Obama Takes On The Tea Parties

by @ 1:56 pm on April 29, 2009. Filed under Barack Obama, Politics

As he marks his 100th day in office, President Obama decide to take aim at some of his most vocal critics:

At his 100th-day town hall meeting in St. Louis Wednesday, President Barack Obama took direct aim at the anti-tax “tea party” demonstrations that have cropped up over the last month and took a veiled shot at the Fox News Channel, the cable news network closely associated with the protests.

Asked about fiscal discipline and entitlements reform, Obama seemed to be repressing a smile as he jabbed critics of his spending plans.

“Those of you who are watching certain news channels on which I’m not very popular, and you see folks waving tea bags around, Obama said, “let me just remind them that I am happy to have a serious conversation about how we are going to cut our health care costs down over the long term, how we are going to stabilize Social Security.”

“But,” Obama continued, “let’s not play games and pretend that the reason [for the deficit] is because of the Recovery Act.”

If nothing else, this must be a sign that the Administration feels fairly confident about their position right now because, otherwise, it’s generally considered a mistake to give attention to critics that represent a relatively small portion of the electorate at this point.

8 Responses to “Obama Takes On The Tea Parties”

  1. trivs says:

    man that guy just really sux! keep up the good work doug

  2. tfr says:

    Ok Mr. Obama, we’re game… what IS the cause of the deficit then? The bailouts had nothing to do with it?

  3. The tea parties are presenting him with an easy target because they are failing to acknowledge the fact that it was President Bush and the Republican Congress who turned the national debt from a minor problem into a national emergency.

  4. Nathan says:

    The Tea Parties are an easy target because they lack focus. They are easily co-opted by nationalists and social conservatives who will just keep on with the “yay for our side” theme. What we need is a message of pure principle and ideology, with a messenger willing to rebuke the voices in either party, and strong enough to not be torn down for doing so.

    “Bi-partisanship” means being willing to reach across the aisle so that you can slap everyone.

  5. Nathan says:


  6. regretbeingprudent says:

    If he’s ready to have a serious conversation, then what’s stopping him. All I hear is more campaigning that makes me wonder if he realizes he has the job. A serious conversation would address issues such as:
    1. How much more money are we going to pump into failing businesses?
    2. Where is the money coming from? Are we going to print it or borrow it?
    3. If we plan to borrow it, who is going to lend it to us? At what cost?
    4. How much of our federal budget is going to have to used to pay interest?
    5. When is he going to start cutting government waste like he promised?
    Question like these would lead to a serious conversation, if he really wanted to have one.

  7. Bruce says:

    I love the way the left laughs off the tea party as a product of FOX, because FOX reported them, and some participated. But MSNBC just made crude jokes and CNN looked for the kooks in every crowd. Obama keeps saying that Bush left him with a deficit, but the truth is that Bush left him with a debt of 1.3 trillion, he is responsible for any deficits himself. Obama criticizes the banks for operating without real oney and yet he spends borrowed money. Isn’t that the same thing. Besdies, Bush was bringing down the debt until the last two years, when guess what, the democrats took over. His spending plan is full of waste. he needs to remember TANSTAAFL -there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch. For all the people thinking that they are getting a tax cut, they should remember that they will have to pay it later with interest. they only true way to make people realize how much this plan is costing is to make us pay now. then we will realize just how much we are hurting ourselves. And all people should share in the tax burden, not just the rich.

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