Politics

Tea Party Express: Obama should copy our message, not our bus tour

Matthew Boyle Investigative Reporter

The Tea Party Express on Monday afternoon called for President Barack Obama to copy its message, not its medium. The group says Obama is mimicking its tactics by taking a bus tour through America’s heartland, and the group says it regards the president’s imitation as a compliment.

“As they say, ‘Imitation is the highest form of flattery,’” the Tea Party Express said in a statement. “But like his economic and fiscal policies, Obama has it wrong again.” (RELATED: Snowe grows campaign war chest but draws Tea Party ire)

Tea Party express says it would rather have Obama copy its fiscal and economic policies instead. The group jabs at Obama for using taxpayer cash to fund “an obvious political tour to gain his own re-election.” The grassroots conservative group also points out that it pays for its own bus tour with “private, small donations from citizens who give voluntarily to take back their country.”

“The purpose of the Tea Party Express tour,” the group said in a statement Monday, “is to get Washington to wake up to the fact that America can no longer grow the intrusive federal government, spend money in record amounts or continue to skyrocket the national debt. President Obama is promoting a bigger government with higher taxes and more spending, a policy that has failed to restore America’s economic health and contrary to the effective policies for creating jobs promoted by President John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan.”

The Tea Party Express’s last stab goes to the heart of Obama’s trip: a vacation on Massachusetts’s Cape Cod.

“The Tea Party Express went to Massachusetts to call attention to the failed policies promoted by Congressman Barney Frank that resulted in the housing bubble and collapse, the root of many of our current economic problems,” the group proclaimed. “In stark contrast, President Obama is going to Massachusetts for 10 days to play golf and go yachting on Cape Cod at taxpayer expense.”

Matthew Boyle