Skip to comments.National Tea Party Leadership Team Accepts President Obama's Invitation
Posted on 04/29/2009 12:42:59 PM PDT by kristinn
New York, New York April 29th, 2009 - The National Leadership Team of the Nationwide Tea Party Coalition (http://www.nationwideteapartycoalition.com) today accepted President Obama`s invitation "to have a serious conversation about how we are going to cut our health care costs down over the long term, how we are going to stabilize Social Security.
The invitation was extended by the President at a Town Hall Meeting held in Arnold, Missouri today (http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0409/21870.html). Michael Patrick Leahy, a member of the National Leadership Team of the Nationwide Tea Party Coalition, said " We want to broaden the scope to address the President`s runaway march to socialist-statism, and the rampant across the board irresponsible spending he is promoting with his $787 Billion Stimulus Plan and his $1 Trillion Annual Deficit, his takeover of General Motors, Chrysler and the Banks ."
Kellen Giuda, organizer of the New York City Tea party attended by 12,000 and of Parcbench (http://www.parcbench.com) said, I think a constructive dialogue with the President would be a great opportunity for him to acknowledge that, yes, many Americans have a problem with the way Washington is handling our taxpayer dollars and also that we are concerned about health care and social security reform. I am happy he is open to a discussion. The Tea Parties are protesting against fiscal irresponsibility and any dialogue we can have will hopefully bring a better public understanding of our country`s finances. Health care and social security reform is a large concern to us."
The National Leadership Team of the Nationwide Tea Party Coalition includes 25 of the more than 900 local organizers of the April 15, 2009 Tax Day Tea Parties held across the country, which were attended by more than 1 million Americans. Members of the National Leadership Team includes Judson Phillips, organizer of the Nashville Tea Party attended by 10,000, James Dickey, organizer of the Dallas Tea Party, attended by 5,000, and JoAnn Abbot, organizer of the Washington, DC Tea Party attended by more than 3,000. The full list of the 25 members of the National Leadership Team of the Nationwide Tea Party Coalition can be found at http://www.nationwideteapartycoalition.com/about.php
Who are they? Are they legitimately able to claim the mantle of leadership of the national tea party movement?
I’m pretty suspicious and I don’t remember any election among tea party groups to elect leadership of a national coalition.
likewise - im with ya
“Nationwide Tea Party Coalition” Never heard of this bunch: This bunch sounds like interlopers to me!
Yes, they’re legit.
That's some serious naivete. Obama isn't open to anything except his own America destroying agenda. It is a mistake to believe that the invitation is anything but nefarious.
Same here. I’m independent of any group other than Americans.
Although the name sounds presumptuous, it does seem to be populated by some of the stronger organizers.
CRAP! Someone has assumed the national face of tea parties???
A pox on them and their houses! That is not what the parties are about.
“Yes, theyre legit.” WHAT THE BLANK MAKES THEM “LEGIT”?!
He’ll ignore us for as long as he can.
Are they FReepers??
I hope they show him as much respect as he showed them the last few weeks!
Looks like you and I agree.
It’s a trap
No one holding talks with Obama on spending is ‘legit’. This is a chance to make Obama look good by engaging in ‘bipartisan talks’ just prior to screwing the American Taxpayer!
No way in hell is this legitimate!
Are we all in this together, or are we going to split into smaller, less effective groups?
Don't presume to talk for me.
They'd best keep the message simple - its about taxing & spending - & don't allow BO's premise for the discussion.
FYI, in light of the earlier post to you...
Dear “National Leaders” of the Tea Parties:
Middle Finger to YOU!
“To Serve Man”
It wasn’t a serious invitation by Obama—they know that, and are calling him out pretending like they believe it.
That wasn't all that "we" protested against.....
And if that is what these folks thought/think....I'm suspect of them representing me...
You had our help, maybe you should have paid more attention!
Michael Patrick Leahy wrote a book about Sarah Palin.
A televised debate will never happen. Count on it.
To everyone BEWARE, SOMEBODY is going to try to trademark the term “Tea Party”. BEWARE WOLVES in our midst. Trust NO “National” anything!
He may be a great guy — they all may be. I just don’t like a group calling themselves the national committee on their own say-so. It is especially troublesome because I think one of the main issues that the tea party participants stand for (but who can say) is that they take strong exception to centralization of authority.
I for one would like to return the right to choose senators to the state governments to strengthen federalism and remove power from Washington.
That’s up to you.
D I T T O !
Looks like these are some of the people who organized locally and decided to band together if there’s something worth doing nationally.
Nobody has to follow this team, but at least give them credit for not standing around with their thumb up their butt and called Obama’s bluff.
Like most things, it’s whoever wants to do the work that winds up out in front.
Come on, freepers, you should see this coming a mile away.
“Im pretty suspicious and I dont remember any election among tea party groups to elect leadership of a national coalition.”
I don’t like this at all.
1. No one told them speak for the rest.
2. There is no way they should be speaking to that cheeky Kenyan Bastard or any of his other crooks.
It’s up to a lot of us! Go ahead, suck up to Zero, just don’t say you are speaking for me.
But wait...Obama was not even aware that there were tea parties, right?
Nothing more than useful idiots to be put on display by Obama. We need substantive action, not photo-ops and symbolic gestures. This will not come from this administration that is determined to completely alter the American way of life for decades.
If you wrestle with a pig, you both get dirty... or Obama flu.
Where would FR be without the looney-eyed skeptics?
And the media will not report their challenge or his refusal.
Nothing will change until something really drastic grabs the attention of the American people.
Won’t you need that finger to open another beer while your behind the keyboard bitchin’?
These are people who orgainized the local event you ATTENDED, if you attended.
Raplhie,...how you doing?
They don’t actually believe he’s open to discuaaion.
“Who are they? Are they legitimately able to claim the mantle of leadership of the national tea party movement?”
NEGATIVE. This gentleman tried to claim the mantle of “leader” in a movement that only maintains credibility when there IS NO leader.
He speaks for only a very small fraction of TP organizers, almost all of whom, like myself, call no one individual “leader” and only loosely coordinate activities through national “clearing-house” type websites.
Nothing’s legit unless I type it from my keyboard!/sarc
Bullcrap,, pure Bullcrap. Thats code for centralize all healthcare money into the government, so they can dole it out more efficiently. That aint a tea party concept, and who are these “leaders”?
That SOB is trying to fold in the tea party movement into his marxist revolution. These “leaders” dont speak for me.
Nah this is just a publicity stunt. I doubt any of the organizers would ever agree with Obama on anything. I just think they could have picked a better name.
Sure. I’m with you there. I’ll have to ask a friend of mine to find out more for me. She has worked with him and knows him pretty well.
If anyone knows these so called leaders, e-mail them and tell them they are on their own. They are speaking for themselves and no one else.