And with that, sparked a national movement of the Tea Party Patriot with frustrations with high taxes, more spending and big government intrusion was born.
For some tea party faithful, Santelli's rant still serves as a rallying point.
"In retrospect, I think I was the lightning rod for many Americans to address their frustration with overspending and lack of representation of both political parties," Santelli said Friday.
There are roughly 90 local chapters across the state of Illinois alone, said Denise Cattoni of the Illinois Tea Party organization.
Today, Chicago's Tea Party Patriots had their rally at Daly Plaza and "If (Santelli) wanted to know how it feels to be treated like a god on Earth, all he needs to do is show up on Monday," said Steve Stevlic, director of the Chicago Tea Party Patriots. "We will put him on our shoulders and carry him around the city."
"I give (Santelli) complete credit for sparking the modern-day movement with those two words - Tea. Party," said Stevlic
Though he has never been active in the movement, Santelli recognizes what followed.
"Whether one agrees with their philosophy or not, the larger vision of so many people so active and so involved is uniquely American," he said.