Rick Santelli - The Free Market Media Personality Who Inspired a Tea Party Movement
On Feb. 19, 2009, one year ago tomorrow, Rick Santelli lost his temper while reporting from the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. The CNBC reporter was angry about bailouts of businesses and homeowners.
His passionate free market rant spoke to many Americans equally distressed about the direction of the nation. The Tea Party movement was born.
Today the Business & Media Institute celebrates the anniversary of the the rant "heard round the world" and Santelli's fervor for free market capitalism with a video.