Two things were clear in Rep. Michele Bachmann's (R-MN) opening speech Thursday at the annual CPAC gathering in Washington, D.C.: she doesn't like Barack Obama, and she's ready to party.
Bachmann, a possible 2012 presidential candidate and Tea Party favorite, reminded the audience of about 11,000 that she wants to make Obama a one-term president, that she sees his health care overhaul as "socialism" and dangerous for America, but also that conservatives have reason to celebrate after sweeping wins in the November elections.
"There is no question, and I have no reservation in saying this: we have seen President Obama usher in socialism under his watch over the last two years, and Obamacare is quite clearly the crown jewel of socialism," she said. "And repealing it is the driving motivation of my life. The first political breath I take every morning is to repeal Obamacare."
Bachmann even infused comedy into her remarks. At one point while blasting current monetary policy, she said since China owns so much U.S. debt, it might be appropriate to ask "Hu's your daddy?", a play off the name of Chinese President Hu Jintao. She also joked about looking into the right camera, a reference to her State of the Union response.
“Someone told me I needed to find the right camera,” Bachmann quipped. “Let me see. All you SNL fans, I know where it is and I’m good to go.”
Bachmann on throwing the conference a one-drink-limit "party":
Why she believes Obama is ushering in "socialism":
Her challenge to conservatives to work together to win the "triple crown" in 2012 -- the House, the Senate, and the White House:
Finally, CNN put together a package combining some of the segments above: