The Obama biased media can no longer ignore this populist movement. Santelli certainly played his part in relaying the message during his now famous rant of the year. I’m hoping a new political movement will arise out of it that will force our government to return to some common sense and fiscal responsibility. It is up to the people to make their voice heard.
CNBC Asks Santelli to React to Tea Parties: ‘I’m Pretty Proud of This’
Chicago Mercantile Exchange floor reporter and taxpayer tea party revolt inspiration calls movement ‘about as American as it gets.’
By Jeff Poor
Business & Media Institute
4/15/2009 9:25:04 AM
While Fox News has celebrated the Taxpayer Tea Party rallies and MSNBC has denigrated them, the impetus of the movement – CNBC and specifically Rick Santelli, its inspiration – had been conspicuously quiet about it.
But on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” April 15, co-host Joe Kernen asked Santelli what he thought of being a “cultural phenomenon.” That was the same show Santelli famously called out President Barack Obama for the unfairness of his housing bailout proposal on Feb. 19.
“A lot of articles about these tea parties,” Kernen said. “They all have your name in them, like you caused it. Are you actually attending any or are you just sort of got the idea going initially? What do you think? I mean, you’re like a cultural phenomenon at this point.”
Santelli didn’t shy away. He called the rallies American and said he was proud of what he inspired.
“I don’t know about cultural phenomenon, but I’ll tell you what,” Santelli said. “I think that this tea party phenomenon is steeped in American culture and steeped in American notion to get involved with what’s going on with our government. I haven’t organized. I’m going to have to work to pay my taxes, so I’m not going to be able to get away today. But, I have to tell you – I’m pretty proud of this.