Rick Santelli, former trader and financial executive is the one who started the ball rolling, or the tea bag brewing, for tea parties to be held all over the United States. When Obama spokesman, Robert Gibbs, suggested giving Santelli a "cup of decaf," Santelli responded that he'd rather have a cup of tea and the tea party idea was born.
"An on-air editor for CNBC and former trader and financial executive, Santelli's recent live broadcast - self-described as a rant - from the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade gave voice to populist rage about Obama's economic policies and electrified conservatives. His suggestion there should be a modern-day version of the Boston Tea Party has inspired conservatives to hold protest tea parties across America today and instantaneously propelled him to national prominence.
Santelli on Obama: "This is America! How many of you people want to pay for your neighbors' mortgage that has an extra bathroom and can't pay their bills? ... President Obama, are you listening?" Obama's spokesman Robert Gibbs on Santelli: "I feel assured that Mr. Santelli doesn't know what he's talking about... I'd be happy to buy him a cup of coffee - decaf."
Tea parties already held:
12-2 pm: White House (VENUE CHANGE)
Los Angeles, CA
Contact: Moxie - firstname.lastname@example.org
12-1 pm: Washington St., side of the Georgia State Capitol
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST: 1 Public Square, Cleveland, OH 44113
St. Louis, MO
11:00am-12:00pm - The Steps of Arch
Wharf Street, St. Louis, MO
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Lake Springfield Park, Springfield, MO
11:00am - 2:00pm
Where: Fondren Green at Discovery Green Park, in front of Amphitheatre.
Fort Worth, TX
3:00pm-7:00pm: The Cowtown Bar & Grill on 7108 Camp Bowie Blvd Fort Worth, TX 76116
Contact: (817) 570-7910
San Diego, CA
9:00 am - 10:00 am
San Diego Bay - just north of the Star of India, San Diego, CA
Organizer: Dawn Wildman of the Neighborhood Republican Club
11:00am-1:30pm: Where: Capital Building steps in Jackson
Starts with a meet and greet for an hour.
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm: Westlake Park, 410 Pine St. by the big arch.
Organizer: Keli Carendar
WHAT TO BRING: We are having a real tea party during lunch, so bring your lunch, a seat, a blanket; bring a cup of tea (or coffee, sshhh we won’t tell), a hat, an umbrella, your sense of fun and patriotism. Most importantly, bring a box of tea bags. We will provide you with Little Liberty Tea Wrappers printed with messages to President Obama that you can sign. We will then collect all of the tea bags and send them on to Washington D.C. Also, if you can bring a pen and maybe a stapler…that would help.
Fort Meyers Beach, FL
11:30am-1:00pm: Bowditch Point Park, 50 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, FL
11:30 pm - 12:30 pm: Farm Credit Bank Building, 245 N. Waco, Wichita, KS
Kansas City, MO
One mile walk to Senator Claire McCaskill’s office.
10:00am: J.C. Nichols Fountain, 47th and J.C. Nichols Parkway
Many more planned. For info:
DCTea Party: Joe the Plumber
St Louis Tea Party