On Feb. 19, 2009, CNBC host Rick Santelli had a bit of a breakdown. In a live broadcast from the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade, he went on a now-infamous rant against the Obama administration's mortgage bailout plan, calling for a Chicago "tea party."
A few days later, after the clip had gone viral, a post on CNBC.com innocently asked its readers, "Should America join Santelli's 'Tea Party' protesting mortgage relief?" If only they knew then what we all know now.
Which is that millions did join up, of course, sparking what may end up being one of the most significant grass-roots uprisings in recent American political history. If, that is, it can survive the month of August.
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