The Tea Party is a political movement that arose in the early days of President Barack Obama’s first term. The movement takes its roots in a rant from CNBC commentator by Rick Santelli, who spoke out against Obama’s planned bailout for bankrupt homeowners. Although the Tea Party was a decentralized movement, it took on many underlying themes, including a desire for a smaller government and opposition to government bailout programs during the recession. The movement led to the creation of a number of political groups, including Tea Party Patriots, and a number of political candidates carrying the Tea Party banner.