They "amuse" him?? Considering the Tea Party movement has higher poll numbers than Obama, their momentum should concern him. But that's not how The arrogant One rolls, as we know all too well.
So, why did he claim the Tea Partiers should be thanking him instead of taking to the streets? Because all he's done is be a Giver, people, not a Taker:
Speaking at a Democratic fundraiser tonight, President Obama touted his administration’s tax cuts and said that the recent tea party rallies across the nation have “amused” him.
“You would think they should be saying thank you,” the president said to applause.
Members of the audience shouted, “Thank you.”
Update: Seeing is believing. ~JustMe~ provided the video of Obama's incredulity that not all were falling down at his feet, prostrating themselves in thanksgiving and sheer wonderment at all Obama has done for them:
Back to his claim of Tax cuts. What tax cuts? Because of the continued extension of Unemployment Benefits, an additional two month extension passed on April 15, my family is about $762 lighter in the wallet just for this one program. Let me hasten to add, I know what it is like to be on Unemployment. I lived in MA when the state went through a very difficult economic time. State funded programs were cut drastically, which meant a number of us lost our jobs. So, I have been there, and know firsthand how difficult, how frustrating, how demoralizing it is. But there is no denying that SOMEONE is paying for these extensions of benefits, and that "Someone" is you and me.
Then there are all of the bailout funds - just who the hell does Obama think is funding these programs, a money tree?
And perhaps it is this kind of cavalier, arrogant, dismissive, belittling comment that led Rep. Paul Ryan to say the following (H/t to Logistics Monster for this video):
So, Mr. Snide President Man, that's why so many people are upset with you. Because you're a liar, and even while you are lying to people's faces, you are putting them down in your usual belittling way. What a uniter, what a healer, what a compassionate man - NOT.
If you would like to see how much your taxes have been "cut" - ahem - in support of this, and other programs, click HERE. It is eye opening.
Oh, and Mr. President? Lose the attitude already. It's not the least bit presidential, or helpful. Unless you WANT to help yourself lose the next election, then I'm all for it...