April 16th, 2010
10:15 AM ET

Obama says Tea Partiers owe him thanks

Tea Party activists marked Tax Day with a high-profile rally in Washington and other protests across the country, but President Obama says the movement actually owes him a thank you.

Speaking at a Democratic fundraiser in Miami Thursday night, the president touted tax cuts in the stimulus and the fact that the tax rate has not been increased for those making less than $250,000 a year.

"So I've been amused in recent days by these people having rallies," he told the crowd at the fundraiser to laughter. "I think they should be saying, 'Thank you.'"

Members of the crowd, who paid between $250 to $1,250 to attend the event, immediately rose to their feet and replied "Thank You!"

The White House noted Thursday that federal taxes have been reduced by $173 billion in 2009 and said that the average tax refund is about 10 percent higher than last year.

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  1. David

    I'd say thank you too. Yes, it's true 47 percent of American's didn't pay federal income taxes like George D. said above but calling them freeloaders is one untrue and two quite ignorant. Many don't remember that we are in a recession unemployment is at 9.7 percent and we were loosing record job numbers; along with the fact that the federal government has given out more tax credits for programs and Obama cut taxes for those who make less than 250,000 dollars I can see why 47 percent of Americans didn't have to pay income taxes. More government incentives, a drop in wages and taxes cuts are the factors that contribute to this number. The top 20 percent in America may pay more in taxes but it is also proportional to the amount of wealth they own, they own most of the wealth they pay more in taxes due America's favor of the rich.

    April 17, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RepublicanPartyMovedTooFarTooTheRightForMeToSupport

    Where was the Tea Party when Bush was acting like a kid with a credit card and spending and borrowing? Why wasn't the massive expansion of government run health care in Medicare under Bush a Socialist take over?

    I used to be a Republican, but cannot support their extreme views anymore. The hard thing is, they think they still represent moderate views in America. The worst thing that could happen to the Republican Party is for them to win seats this November. They will think they have good ideas again and not moderate. Then, they will get trounced in 2012 when the economy comes back and Obama drives turnout again.

    I pray that Republicans stop only seeking power and riling people up. Please do something to care about people. The health care industry is horrible and the Republicans used the moment to try to gain power rather than help people. I am disgusted.

    Also, when talking about taxes, we all need to remember that we are all taxed essentially the same. These are MARGINAL TAXES!. Everyone's first dollar is taxed almost the same and everyone's millionth dollar is taxed the same.

    April 18, 2010 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  3. dewman

    I have a 'YOU" for Mr. Obama. The "You" is the second word, and the first word is not "Thank". Mr. prez. Your are being very dismissive of the voices of America.

    April 18, 2010 at 4:16 am | Report abuse |
  4. Scott

    To conservatives: Do yourself a favor and google "Valerie Shirk + Tea Party." Do a little research. Take a look at some of these mental giants. A woman who is protesting healthcare reform but has ten children of her own and is getting state assisted healthcare because she didn't want to stop having children. A veteran who is pleased with his state provided Veterans healthcare – he's against government healthcare, because he's worried that if other people get affordable care, the quality of his care will go down. We have a name for that, it's called "Sandbox Mentality." Do you know why you're angry? Deep down do you really know why you are angry? Because you are scared. You are scared of the same thing that every conservative has been afraid of since the dawn of time. You are scared of change. This shared fear is so strong that conservatives have gone ahead and tried to make "Change" a dirty word. CHANGE IS A PART OF LIFE. Without liberals we'd all still be living in factory towns. But as usual, we progressives will drag you conservatives kicking and screaming through this change and in the end you'll take for granted all that you've come to gain. You'll then breed the next generation of conservatives who will defend the "Good old days of Healthcare Reform." Ask yourself this, are things that good with the current healthcare situation that you'd be scared to have something different? Or, really, are you just ticked that it's not your guy in the Oval Office?

    April 18, 2010 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  5. Powerthighs

    @George Douglas,

    Post a link to one post you made somewhere complaining when George W. Bush doubled the national debt.

    April 18, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Doug

    Good point, George, but Americans simply will not work as cheaply as will illegal aliens. American contractors and homeowners love hiring illegals to do construction because they'll work for less money. Illegals take the jobs because they want to have a small piece of the American dream, and we give them the jobs because we want to make a profit. Who's at fault, here?

    April 19, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  7. Gary

    George, if you want to stop the influx of illegal aliens you have to have enforcement against those who hire them. So long as companies are allowed to break the law by hiring undocumented workers, they will continue to come – they are here for the jobs. Now who is it that fights this type of enforcement? The same party that fights any regulation or enforcement against corporate America, the same party fighting regulatory reform of financial services – the Republican party.

    April 20, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  8. Judy Albert

    George,George,George, I am fascinated by those who scream "Govt overspending" since Pres Obama took office. Where was your head buried the eight years George Busch was in Office? When Dubya took office after Clinton there was a surplus. When Obama took office after Dubya he got in a car that was already over the "economic loss" cliff. What about the cost of starting an illegal war that has cost our country not the lives of our fine young men and women, but the finacial loss of trillions of dollars!

    April 20, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Douglas COore

    It is so funny to hear people talk about the new health care bill as if it is some democratic plan to take over citizens and eat their young. This bill will simply make the the insurance companies that already exist, have to stop denying people coverage and spiking thier rates for the most cruel reasons... which will still probably get done anyway. their is no public option, there is no competition for insurance companies to be driven to act better. what kind of super tax cost are we talking here? what are tea party supporters talking about? can anyone give an actuall example of a tax hike this year? can anyone give me a tax code that has changed that actualluy makes our taxes HIGHER. and IF you are the ones making over 250,000 dollars a year, the precious few of you... why did we the REST of the people not form a fruit juice party of our own to protest Bushes tax cuts to you and not for the rest of us. this whole tea party thing is a fire fueled by rhetoric and "hot button" statements. its like all i have to do is go on a megaphone and say, hey our government is taking our rights.... and ten people will definately say... "thats true", as long as we are in the same party (the losing party). if I yell they are raising your taxes.... at least ten more people will go, "really, no way" without ewver even looking it up or finding out for themselves. c'mon Americans, this "outrage" and "anger" stuff could have been so much better used when we actually had reason to be angry.... like, the past ten years!

    April 21, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Justin

    Obama is destroying this country from the inside out. I"m not buying in to this health care scam.

    April 21, 2010 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bart

    Most of the people outraged over health care reform haven't even read what is in the bill and never lifted a finger of protest over the far more expensive Iraq War. At least health care reform is an investment in our own people and will keep them healthier so they can be more productive, work more and contribute to society. The trillion spent on war just explodes into nothing.

    April 24, 2010 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |
  12. Bazz Biggs

    George, cognitive dissonance do you undertand the theory? 8 million illigals working in the country whose fault that is? Ask business men why they employ illegals!!!! So what if a goverment want to make its people happy and comfortable? If the government announces that they will spend in the next ten years 23 trillion on arms, I sure you would not say anything about it but spending money to help ordinary citizen lives is a major problem. You are not the only people paying tax, there will be al lots of hard working americans gaining from changes put in place by the government. I am sure when Bush was messing up the country you did not spout all this tripe. I think the world is a better place with america being the way it is now. Change is hard to especially you americans who find it hard to take your head out of your rear end but once the dust has settle you will find that it is good. And I will also say that before too long you will a relative that would be very appreciative of the health care bill.

    April 24, 2010 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
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