CNBC’s New Rock Starby Tim Manni
[A]bout 5,000 have flooded our e-mail box since yesterday morning, when Rick Santelli issued the shot heard round the world. And that’s just in the Squawk e-mail box. Close to 1.4 million people have relived the moment on CNBC.com … hundreds of thousands more have checked out bootleg copies on YouTube and other Web sites.
One viewer sent us a special “Santelli For Senate” button he’d created. But he may have been shooting too low … hundreds of others have written in “Santelli for President” ballots.
Still doubt that Rick touched a deep nerve with his rant against the homeowner bailout package? Check this out: Overnight on Facebook, his fans have come out in hordes. There’s a “Tribute Group” to Rick Santelli (609 members); and a “Join the Chicago Tea Party” group (435 members); and “Rick Santelli for Man of the Year” (173 members).
White House spokeman Robert Gibb responded — after a gratuitous slap at the derivatives traders who lustily supported Santelli — by suggesting that he “download it, hit print and begin to read” the plan.
Some might ask whether Gibb offered that advice to members of Congress before they voted for the stimulus package.