Posted on Wednesday, January 26, 2011
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, THE WASHINGTON POST