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Posted at 11:14 PM ET, 01/25/2011

Michele Bachmann delivers tea-party response to State of the Union

By Felicia Sonmez


Updated: 12:40 a.m.

Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann delivered her own rebuttal of President Obama's State of the Union address following the Republican Party's official response, which was delivered by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

In her brief remarks, which were streamed online and also aired by CNN, Bachmann charged that the White House failed to deliver on its promise to keep unemployment under eight percent, decried what she called the "unprecedented explosion of government spending and debt" under Obama and took aim at the national health care overhaul.

"In the end, unless we fully repeal ObamaCare, a nation that currently enjoys the world's best healthcare may be forced to rely on government-run coverage that will have a devastating impact on our national debt for generations to come," Bachmann said. "For two years President Obama made promises just like the ones we heard him make tonight. Yet still we have high unemployment, devalued housing prices and the cost of gasoline is skyrocketing."

Bachmann, who is mulling a bid for national office, then offered up her own solutions, including instituting a balanced budget amendment, blocking cap-and-trade legislation and repealing the national health care overhaul. She also hailed the results of last year's midterm elections, which saw Republicans make sweeping gains in the House and Senate. And as several other potential 2012 White House contenders have done in recent months, she heralded America's status as an "exceptional" nation.

"I believe that we are in the early days of a history-making turn. ... We believe in lower taxes, a limited view of government and the exceptionalism of America. And I believe America is the indispensable nation. Just the creation of this nation was a miracle. Who's to say that we can't see a miracle again?" Bachmann said.

Interestingly, Bachmann did not mention the words "tea party," "Republican" or "Democrat" at all during her remarks; rather, her criticism of the country's current course was directed almost solely at Obama himself.

And while it's unclear whether the overture was intentional, Bachmann's "indispensable nation" line had echoes of former secretary of state Madeleine Albright, who often referred to America as "the world's indispensable nation."

By Felicia Sonmez  | January 25, 2011; 11:14 PM ET
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Check that. I mean to say 2 percent and 2.5.

OW!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: HookedOnThePost | January 28, 2011 4:17 PM | Report abuse

When you use 12% as the top, then the bars get more dramatic. Under Bush, unemployment rose 1 percent from 05 to 08. One percent in 3 years! Tragic! 3 years later, in 2011, unemployment sits at 1.2 percent higher than that. Tragic! Why weren't they yelling as loud during Bush's one percent. Why does the 1.2 percent under Obama seem so much worse than 1 percent under Bush for the same length of time?

Posted by: HookedOnThePost | January 28, 2011 4:14 PM | Report abuse

First I want to thank you on behalf of the fishermen that have lost their livelyhood because of the drill baby drill attitude. We will not have a country to God bless if we do not protect our natural resources.
As far as health insurance goes, my friend and myself spend over five hundred a month each. We do not get any credit for doctor visits. We pay the whole cost for our doctor visits. I am sure you do not have that problem with your government health insurance.

Posted by: bonniebusiness1 | January 27, 2011 5:15 PM | Report abuse

First I want to thank you on behalf of the fishermen that have lost their livelyhood because of the drill baby drill attitude. We will not have a country to God bless if we do not protect our natural resources.
As far as health insurance goes, my friend and myself spend over five hundred a month each. We do not get any credit for doctor visits. We pay the whole cost for our doctor visits. I am sure you do not have that problem with your government health insurance.

Posted by: bonniebusiness1 | January 27, 2011 4:46 PM | Report abuse

First I want to thank you on behalf of the fishermen that have lost their livelyhood because of the drill baby drill attitude. We will not have a country to God bless if we do not protect our natural resources.
As far as health insurance goes, my friend and myself spend over five hundred a month each. We do not get any credit for doctor visits. We pay the whole cost for our doctor visits. I am sure you do not have that problem with your government health insurance.

Posted by: bonniebusiness1 | January 27, 2011 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Cheap shots, just like you hear on FOX. Start with a grain of truth and deliberately distort it way out of proportion. For example, she showed a bar graph of the size of the budget deficit in the last four years of Bush's term, as contrasted to the first two years of Obama's. I'll assume that the base data was correct, but there are at least two glaring distortions here in the way the data was presented. First, the scale, or starting and ending points of any graph can markedly change the way the data looks. Bush's deficits looked tiny, when in fact they were record-setting. She changed the bars from red to blue for Obama's tenure, and the first blue bar was of course much higher than the last red one. But that was primarily due to three factors that clearly were decided on under Bush. Just the facts here: Two budget draining wars, tax cuts, and the stimulus package. Obama supported the latter, just as McCain and Bush did. The stimulus spending shows up in Obama's first term (as do the continuation of the Bush Wars and the Bush tax cuts).

Bachmann continually referred to the "failed stimulus." Perhaps employees of GM, plus hundreds of other companies (thousands given ripple effects) would differ. And of course she attaches the "failed" stimulus to President Obama and the Dems, ignoring the Bush proposal of it and the bipartisan support the stimulus received in Congress, and its passage before Obama was elected.

Maybe distortion is too kind a word.

Posted by: ru-ss | January 27, 2011 9:29 AM | Report abuse

"Bachman and republicans appear to be anti-america"

EXCUSE ME!!! Who the heck do you think you are??? If you want take potshots at an individual, fine. But don't you EVER generalize a group and call them "anti-america".

First of all, if you were "pro-america" you would realize that America is spelled with a capital "A". Secondly, how would you like it if I generalized all Democrats as Socialist tree-hugging FREAKS? Not very much, I'm sure.

Do you know how many men and women that serve our country are Republicans? Your statement spits in their very faces you self-righteous, sanctimonious jerk.

Posted by: luv_my_stang_jezebel | January 27, 2011 12:37 AM | Report abuse

"Who cares what Michelle Bachman's makeup looks like. Look at the chart behind her with hard facts. You people who critize the facts are in denial as to what is happening to this country. Take the scales off of your eyes. Has the President show any hard facts other than talking? No! Face the facts this administration's policies are not working. Stop the personal attacks!"

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You're right, there is no disputing someone that stands in front of a chart.

Posted by: fakedude2 | January 26, 2011 11:26 PM | Report abuse

"Alas, the retards of America have representation."

Alas yes. And the representatives of the retards are Pelosi, Franken, Schumer, Nadler, et.al.

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 26, 2011 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Alas, the retards of America have representation.


Posted by: wiz_fan | January 26, 2011 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Bachman spews forth lies and mumbo jumbo and the Tea-baggers eat it up and swallow it whole. Corporate America owns the Republican party. Their spokesmen, Bachman, Palin, Gingrich (and others) con the uninformed citizens of America into voting against their own interests.

Posted by: wiz_fan | January 26, 2011 7:39 PM | Report abuse

These right-wing-nuts try to sell us on the warped idea that all our problems started when Obama took office as if the world began on that day. They think people are so dumb that they won't figure out that when Obama took office the first thing he had to do was STOP the chaos that was created and built up during the BUSH YEARS in an effort to avoid a huge disaster to our country.

Posted by: inewsmaster | January 26, 2011 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Who cares what Michelle Bachman's makeup looks like. Look at the chart behind her with hard facts. You people who critize the facts are in denial as to what is happening to this country. Take the scales off of your eyes. Has the President show any hard facts other than talking? No! Face the facts this administration's policies are not working. Stop the personal attacks!

Posted by: MsMac2 | January 26, 2011 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Why do these people keep on about America having the best healthcare in the world? This is pure marketing hype and sales propaganda. I've lived in Europe for decades, and I tell you, healthcare in Europe is much, much, much better, cheaper, more just and more effective than healthcare in the US. Take it from someone who knows!Posted by: francinelast
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Americans are truly brainwashed & won't believe facts--they think they are number 1 on everything and refuse to believe anything else. My daughter spent 45 days in a German hospital and I absolutely agree with you on the better and cheaper!!! Sadly here's what Americans really are number 1 at:
http://hubpages.com/hub/Who_Is_The_Stupidest_country_In_The_World

Posted by: Sherry91 | January 26, 2011 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Why do these people keep on about America having the best healthcare in the world? This is pure marketing hype and sales propaganda. I've lived in Europe for decades, and I tell you, healthcare in Europe is much, much, much better, cheaper, more just and more effective than healthcare in the US. Take it from someone who knows!Posted by: francinelast
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Americans are truly brainwashed & won't believe facts--they think they are number 1 on everything and refuse to believe anything else. My daughter spent 45 days in a German hospital and I absolutely agree with you on the better and cheaper!!! Sadly here's what Americans really are number 1 at:
http://hubpages.com/hub/Who_Is_The_Stupidest_country_In_The_World

Posted by: Sherry91 | January 26, 2011 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Bachman and republicans appear to be anti-america

Posted by: DemocratsLoveAmerica | January 26, 2011 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Bachman along with the Republicans appear to be anti-america as usual

Posted by: DemocratsLoveAmerica | January 26, 2011 4:32 PM | Report abuse

MicheleBachmann

"We will push forward to reclaim the greatness of our country"
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Assuming she came up with this one on her own, will she break ranks with the GOP Establishment to reclaim the greatness?

NOT!

When the GOP gives one the rigorous "One, Two, Goose-step, One, Two, Goose-step" training, it is irreversible.

The absorption of the TEA Party into GOP is complete. Frankenstein and Igor are one now.

Posted by: kishorgala | January 26, 2011 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Whoever did Bauchman's make up should be strung up.....

At least it was past ten when small children were in bed...

Posted by: k4man123 | January 26, 2011 1:17 PM
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I think she was wearing lipstick. But that did not change anything.

And if you think it was good that the small children were in bed...the middle-aged men were still up. Or specially up. What a downer for them!

Posted by: kishorgala | January 26, 2011 2:08 PM | Report abuse

How dangerously crazy is the Republican Party that it would feature the always wacky Michele Bachmann in response to President Obama's State of the Union speech?
Answer: Very, very, dangerously crazy and wacky.

Posted by: jimsteinberg1 | January 26, 2011 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Bachmann was lying!

No. Not because her lips were moving.

Because she did not look right in my eyes when speaking!

Posted by: kishorgala | January 26, 2011 1:52 PM | Report abuse

a micro-phoney.........and a phoney at the mike.

Posted by: glenn113 | January 26, 2011 1:30 PM | Report abuse

What "The Tea Party" Doesn't GET is that the liberal politics they are remonstrating against IS the TRUE Tea Party; in the old-fashioned sense of seeking liberation from oppressive politics which promulgated our current economy and hate divisive politics.
ALL CONSERVATISM is rooted in INSECURITY; fear that the other guy is as bad as you see-yourself as being.
Thus the need to distrust the motives of others, the need to Control politics and business; and to self-reassure by projecting an insecure interpretation of what you think "God" Thinks.
The socially insecure are unhappy, and selfish.
Loosen-up, and Feel-Safe.

Posted by: Arjuna1 | January 26, 2011 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Whoever did Bauchman's make up should be strung up. The scariest thing about her response was her Halloween witchy make-up. Distracting and frankly made her look 'not-ready-for-prime-time" or the national stage.

Yes, I know it's awful that women are still judged by these things but clearly she hasn't been groomed in more than one way for the big leagues. The makeover is a time honored step going back to Paula Jones, Linda Tripp, Hilary Clinton, that woman in Florida who used pool chalk for eye shadow... It's to the point that they time how fast it takes to fly in a stylist. Heck, even Palin had a high profile make-over.

At least it was past ten when small children were in bed...

Posted by: k4man123 | January 26, 2011 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann...Dumb and Dumber

Posted by: Jamz | January 26, 2011 12:21 PM | Report abuse

It is unnerving that a proven lunatic has such weight with Republicans. Whitewashing our slavery history? Check. Saying the census would result in internment camps? Check. Calling left-leaning americans (all 150 million of them) "anti-American"? Check. The list is endless.

If find it amazing that people believe the swill that comes out of the mouths of folks like Bachmann. Then again, if you've got a guy cheesy enough to make "Let Freedom Ring" his posting nickname, he's probably going to believe any old nonsense as long as it demonizes his perceived enemies (his fellow Americans on the left.)

Posted by: chop1 | January 26, 2011 12:12 PM | Report abuse

She is right on.

Posted by: LETFREEDOMRING2 | January 26, 2011 11:40 AM | Report abuse

She is right on.

Posted by: LETFREEDOMRING2 | January 26, 2011 11:40 AM | Report abuse

It's not really fair to take Michele Bachmann to task for trotting out the tired old rubbish about the US having the 'best healthcare in the world' because, well, for her personally at least, it's quite literally true (and if you don't believe me, check out Michele's cosmetic surgery, which you all paid for - pretty good, huh?). The lavish, publicly-funded health care that she gets as a representative is probably at least as good as you'll get anywhere. In fact, it's so good that she wants to keep it to herself and have you all pay for it - forever. The real test of her principles about 'socialised' health care would be if she gave up her luxurious, publicly-funded health care and elected to pay for her own out of her wages, like the majority of those of you lucky enough to have a job right now have to. I expect we won't be holding our breath on that one though, hey?

Posted by: Jon61 | January 26, 2011 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Why do these people keep on about America having the best healthcare in the world? This is pure marketing hype and sales propaganda. I've lived in Europe for decades, and I tell you, healthcare in Europe is much, much, much better, cheaper, more just and more effective than healthcare in the US. Take it from someone who knows!

Posted by: francinelast | January 26, 2011 10:47 AM | Report abuse

It really makes you wonder who voted her into office...maybe it's something in the water? The schools in her district REALLY need to teach more civics classes!!

Posted by: cmarston99 | January 26, 2011 10:13 AM | Report abuse

We love Bachmann! Bachmann for president!

Sincerely,

Teabag Nation
Obama Reelection Campaign

Posted by: Observer691 | January 26, 2011 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Rep Bachmann underscored that she is from the wing of the Republican party that views facts as what they want them to be, politics as war, and people who disagree with her as not true Americans.

Consider:
- The use of unemployment figure 1 Oct year by year--so the last year of "Bush" unemployment was conveniently taken just as the effects of the crash were barely underway.

- Similarly, the spike in spending blamed on Obama actually kicked in with TARP--which was (oh yeah!) done under the Bush Administration. I happen to think it was the right thing to do, but the point is that (unlike Rep Ryan) Rep Bachmann wasn't accepting ANY Republican fault at all in the crash, the recession, and the deficits.

- I'm a bit surprised and disappointed that nobody I've seen has called out Rep Bachmann for identifying the Tea Partiers with the US Marines on Iwo Jima, saying that the Tea Partiers were like those brave men struggling "against the odds" to "defeat tyranny." This is a shameful use of US military personnel in partisan politics, and implicitly aligns any who are opposed to the Tea Partiers as tyrannical enemies--outsiders, foreigners aimed at destroying our way of life--like the Imperial Japan that those Marines were risking their lives to defeat.

It is the last that should be singled out for scorn. Us vs. them, politics as war, they aren't our opponents but enemies that must be defeated at all costs...those are strands of madness. And using the Marines at Iwo Jima in this manner is beyond disgusting. Since Rep Bachmann is very unlikely to apologize--her kind of demagogue almost never does because they see goading outrage and anger as keys to their personal success--responsible people and politicians should call her out to ensure that the very real (and based on real concerns) outrage and anger behind much of the Tea Party does not mutate into "us vs them" warfare.

Sure, there are Democrats (and no doubt others) that also use such terms--and they should be opposed as well. But none of them right now is being given a national audience free of charge to spew their garbage. So the problem for today is those like Rep Bachmann. Do not ban her from speaking, but do not back down from pointing out the meaning and implications of her words.

Posted by: Banzai45 | January 26, 2011 9:23 AM | Report abuse

3.4 Trillion indebt in 2 years and all you fools can do is blame Bush.
Get a clue this is Obama's deal not Bush's and it's time you and Obama took responsibility for a failed government and a failed Preidential policy.
2 years of SPEND SPEND SPEND and we are no better off now than we were when Bush was in office.
Posted by: jhnjdy
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Only the 2009 Debt was Bush's final Budget.
Stop Blaming Obama for Bush's 1.4 Trillion 2009 Deficit.

Posted by: ddoiron1 | January 26, 2011 9:17 AM | Report abuse

I hope this clown doesn't speak for the Tea Party. She's on her own crusade here that doesn't involve the nation, but the world inside of her head. There was some talk about her being a possible nominee for the next Presidental race. The Republican party will a better chance nominating H.R. Puff-n-stuff. I trust that the Republicans are serious about bringing America back as stronger global power. They need to distance themselves from lunatics like Bachmann or denounce them out right.

Posted by: UnknownHenson | January 26, 2011 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Comparing a backbencher like Bachmann to the brilliant (ex-Secretary of State) Madeleine Albright? Are you serious? What's in store for the next State of the Union? Joe the Plumber doing a third response to the President? Maybe Felicia will compare Joe the Plumber to Henry Kissinger or maybe Albert Einstein.

Posted by: Calvet | January 26, 2011 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Comparing a backbencher like Bachmann to the brilliant (ex-Secretary of State) Madeleine Albright? Are you serious? What's in store for the next State of the Union? Joe the Plumber doing a third response to the President? Maybe Felicia will compare Joe the Plumber to Henry Kissinger or maybe Albert Einstein.

Posted by: Calvet | January 26, 2011 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Comparing a backbencher like Bachmann to the brilliant (ex-Secretary of State) Madeleine Albright? Are you serious? what's in store for the next State of the Union? Joe the Plumber doing a third response to the President? Maybe Felicia will compare Joe the Plumber to Henry Kissinger or Albert Einstein.

Posted by: Calvet | January 26, 2011 8:49 AM | Report abuse

3.4 Trillion indebt in 2 years and all you fools can do is blame Bush.
Get a clue this is Obama's deal not Bush's and it's time you and Obama took responsibility for a failed government and a failed Preidential policy.
2 years of SPEND SPEND SPEND and we are no better off now than we were when Bush was in office.
Great job Dems, show us how it's done, keep blaming the other party for your failures, it won't do anything but make it worse.

Posted by: jhnjdy | January 26, 2011 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Michelle Bachman is a complete and utter idiot and the fact that CNN decided to broadcast her rebuttal calls into question their journalistic integrity. The woman has no clue about politics nor does she ever use factual data. I think she must get all of her information from Glenn Beck seeing as how she took a page out of his playbook by setting up that ridiculous and amateur slideshow in the back. It's almost as ridiculous as Beck's chalkboard of conspiracy. It's amazing that the people of Minnesota elected this baffoon into office. Hopefully when her term is up the people of Minnesota will realize what a mistake they have made by electing such an simpleton to represent their state.

Posted by: shopgirl616 | January 26, 2011 8:30 AM | Report abuse

I urge everybody to start calling these sociopaths by a more accurate label. This woman, and her like minded “conservative” Tea Party advocates, is not "conservative." They are all "Regressives." They promote regressive tax and social policies and regressive fiscal and political policies. The Regressives even promote the idea that we should repeal the 17th Amendment to the Constitution (direct election of Senators) and parts of the 14th. What’s next? The 19th?

They are not conservative as they do not want to conserve any gains of the American past 150 years. They are Regressives as they want to destroy any social and political gains made since 1860. Call them what they are! If everybody joins me in this effort we can make a difference in making sure these nuts are perceived for what they really are.

Please help. In every forum and in every letter to the editor, call them Regressives. Over and over until the truth sinks in.

Thanks.

Posted by: ianmac37 | January 26, 2011 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Bachmann's speech was kind of like Alice in Wonderland. It was a Republican response to the Republican response.

Posted by: tinyjab40 | January 26, 2011 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Enough from the fools who think this is all a Bush vs Obama argument.

It is a "What do we do now?" moment, and the answer is not more of the failed Obama policies which will quickly lead to our financial ruin.

Ms Bachman did not outline the solutions, but she did correctly evaluate the errors of the past two years. Mr Ryan inidcated the way, but more specifics are needed.

Posted by: mrfr1 | January 26, 2011 7:57 AM | Report abuse

Michelle Bachmann must be new to politics (or even watching the news). The "unprecedented explosion of government spending and debt" started under President Bush because of the financial mess left behind but you did not hear such "push back" from Republicans because they put him in office for a 2nd term. Another point: "Yet still we have high unemployment, devalued housing prices and the cost of gasoline is skyrocketing." The unemployment rate and devalued homes - another mess left behind from 8 years under Bush but no one wants to talk facts. Gasoline was near $4.00 a gallon in 2007 (under Bush). Last one: "We believe in lower taxes, a limited view of government". Lower taxes for who? all? I vote lower taxes for all (but you can't get out of a financial mess left over from the Bush administration, right now, with lower taxes). The limited view on government - where were you after 9/11 on the Patriot Act? Wasn't the government reaching into my privacy (phone, email) when that act was signed? Get a clue, Bachmann.

Posted by: ssanford001 | January 26, 2011 7:46 AM | Report abuse

"devalued housing prices "

This fool thinks that:

(1) sky-high unaffordable housing is good

(2) The prices were not due to a financial bubble, but instead reflect their true inherent prices.

(3) We [or at least homeowners] deserve a free-lunch.

Posted by: steve1231 | January 26, 2011 6:57 AM | Report abuse

Bachmann is such a kook she gives SNL material for weeks. She is not someone anyone with a brain would take seriously but she is entertaining.

Posted by: treefrog2 | January 26, 2011 6:17 AM | Report abuse

She was so funny-especially when she put in her jab about the gubment taking away her lightbulbs. Apparently Miss Bachmann still finds lead-laden paint chips to chew on. She needs to smear some more blue eye shadow around her squirrelly eyes for her next prime time fiasco. She is better than Jerry Springer!

Posted by: SBubba | January 26, 2011 5:52 AM | Report abuse

Michele Bachmann does NOT speak for the original Tea Party.
She speaks for the Tea Part Express that is financed by the Koch brothers.
Guess who her financial backers are!!


Our elected representatives have made this country a Cashrarocy and took away our Democracy.

Posted by: bkarpus | January 26, 2011 5:34 AM | Report abuse

In the slightest event that Michelle Bachmann really wants to know about the National Debt, she need only contact the Department of the Treasury and discover that when Ronald Reagan took office the National Debt was $1 Trillion & when he left office 8 years later it was $2 Trillion. And when George Bush, another Republican, took office in 2000 the National Debt was $5,757 Trillion, and when he departed 8 years later (Thank God) the National Debt was $10,7 Trillion. Both Reagan and Bush doubled the national debt while in office, and therein lies the problem. I strongly suggest that Bachmann do her HOMEWORK instead of shooting off her IGNORANT BIG MOUTH. Frank Libbon - An Old Soldier

Posted by: FrankLibbon | January 26, 2011 5:25 AM | Report abuse

1st Sister Sarah and now Batty Bachmann, can this get any better?

Posted by: tedri_50 | January 26, 2011 4:57 AM | Report abuse

I love this woman. Bachmann for President!

Posted by: wewintheylose1 | January 26, 2011 4:01 AM | Report abuse

Bachman's "I am not a witch" campaign commercial is not working.

Posted by: WmLaney | January 26, 2011 3:12 AM | Report abuse

coo coo

Posted by: funkey | January 26, 2011 2:34 AM | Report abuse

It tells Americans all we need to know about the Republican Party that GOP leadership selected and put up front Michele Bachmann tonight to give one of two main reaction speeches to our president's State of the Union address.
Anybody who gives the slightest significance to anything this bizarre lady says needs his or her head examined. Any political party that invests her with any degree of authority gives new meaning to the concepts loony and irrelevant.

Posted by: jimsteinberg1 | January 26, 2011 2:18 AM | Report abuse

Michele Bachmann exposed Barack Obama's lies and failures. Loved it!!!

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 26, 2011 2:02 AM | Report abuse

Michele Bachmann exposed Barack Obama's lies and failures. Loved it!!!

Posted by: Azarkhan | January 26, 2011 2:02 AM | Report abuse

What a funny production! Wish I knew what Bachmann said, but I was too busy laughing at her. She either had a teleprompter mounted above her head or she was looking at another camera. I noticed a reflection coming from the big-screen mounted behind her, and she missed her cues when it came time to turn to that big-screen monitor. And those deer-in-the-headlights eyes of hers are just so funny on TV. Too bad Betty White is so much older than Michelle, because she could make a mint playing a ditzy, novice politician based on Bachmann. What a sitcom that would make!

Posted by: rtinindiana | January 26, 2011 1:55 AM | Report abuse

What a funny production! Wish I knew what Bachmann said, but I was too busy laughing at her. She either had a teleprompter mounted above her head or she was looking at another camera. I noticed a reflection coming from the big-screen mounted behind her, and she missed her cues when it came time to turn to that big-screen monitor. And those deer-in-the-headlights eyes of hers are just so funny on TV. Too bad Betty White is so much older than Michelle, because she could make a mint playing a ditzy, novice politician based on Bachmann. What a sitcom that would make!

Posted by: rtinindiana | January 26, 2011 1:53 AM | Report abuse

Republican Rep Bachmann proves that they all have the same low level mentality of twisting facts with compound lies. Bachmann knows that there was no way to predict "actually" how bad her party did our economy. Further, Bachmann INTENTIONALLY never mentions the famous credit card they used to charge both unnecessary wars, prescription drugs and the tax credits, etc. They also turned a suprlus into a deficit real fast. Bachmann and the other Republicans never mention how we saved the auto industry, developed regulations for consumers with credit card companies, banks,et. Further, Republicans are on camera in their town taking pictures of stimulus checks that have added jobs but when they return to another camera or the Capitol, they want to bad mouth the stimulus. Bachmann is no national spokes person but I guess when you are representing the Tea Baggers with lies, intellect is NOT required at a high level. It is good to see REPUBLICANS vs TEA BAGGERS but make no mistake this affects all of us, negatively. Call Boehner (202-225-6205) and let him know that his Republican causus is getting way out of hand. We expect them to SERVE THE PEOPLE with supporting the progress president Obama has made for all Americans. Ryan wants to privatize Social Security, Medicare, etc. we must reach these Republicans because they will run us away from progress and at the same time always having the preamble:AMERICAN FAMILIES WANT WHAT WE ARE DOING. No, we do NOT want to go backwards.

Posted by: netstoy | January 26, 2011 12:32 AM | Report abuse

Republican Rep Bachmann proves that they all have the same low level mentality of twisting facts with compound lies. Bachmann knows that there was no way to predict "actually" how bad her party did our economy. Further, Bachmann INTENTIONALLY never mentions the famous credit card they used to charge both unnecessary wars, prescription drugs and the tax credits, etc. They also turned a suprlus into a deficit real fast. Bachmann and the other Republicans never mention how we saved the auto industry, developed regulations for consumers with credit card companies, banks,et. Further, Republicans are on camera in their town taking pictures of stimulus checks that have added jobs but when they return to another camera or the Capitol, they want to bad mouth the stimulus. Bachmann is no national spokes person but I guess when you are representing the Tea Baggers with lies, intellect is NOT required at a high level. It is good to see REPUBLICANS vs TEA BAGGERS but make no mistake this affects all of us, negatively. Call Boehner (202-225-6205) and let him know that his Republican causus is getting way out of hand. We expect them to SERVE THE PEOPLE with supporting the progress president Obama has made for all Americans. Ryan wants to privatize Social Security, Medicare, etc. we must reach these Republicans because they will run us away from progress and at the same time always having the preamble:AMERICAN FAMILIES WANT WHAT WE ARE DOING. No, we do NOT want to go backwards.

Posted by: netstoy | January 26, 2011 12:32 AM | Report abuse

Michelle Bachmann did herself, or the Republican Party, no favors by having her response aired. By the way, why would CNN air Bachmann, and not some other Democratic caucus response? I thought there was usually one response? Does the official Republican response represent the more centrist in the Republican party? Where does her response fit in?

Posted by: cowboyneok | January 26, 2011 12:29 AM | Report abuse

Michelle Bachmann did herself, or the Republican Party, no favors by having her response aired. By the way, why would CNN air Bachmann, and not some other Democratic caucus response? I thought there was usually one response? Does the official Republican response represent the more centrist in the Republican party? Where does her response fit in?

Posted by: cowboyneok | January 26, 2011 12:28 AM | Report abuse

If the nation was so much better off under Bush, with his off-budget wars, unfunded drug plan and Wall Street bailout, why exactly was Obama the winner instead of McCain? Congresswoman Bachmann skipped over that part in her remarks.

Posted by: shadowmagician | January 26, 2011 12:01 AM | Report abuse

See a tag cloud of Obama's 2011 State of the Union Address: http://robvstate.com/2011/01/25/tag-cloud-of-obamas-2011-state-of-the-union-address/

And see how it compares to the 2010 State of the Union Address

Posted by: robparisblog | January 25, 2011 11:45 PM | Report abuse

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