Citizen Pete also reminded us that the Tea Party movement was initially a response to President Obama's first major legislative initiative, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act or "Stimulus Bill", which was passed by Congress on February 13, 2009 after only being available for review by American citizens for a few hours in the middle of the night.
The bill was quickly dubbed the "Porkulus Bill" by citizen activists and a protest was organized in Seattle on February 16, 2009 by a local blogger named Liberty Bell. The protest was promoted nationally by Michelle Malkin and a follow-up protest was quickly organized to coincide with President Obama's visit to Denver to formally sign the Stimulus Bill on February 17, 2009. Citizen Pete got to that protest in Denver just as it was ending, and vowed to come back if there was ever another.
And the rest is history, except for the part that is yet to be written.