June 8th, 2009
08:12 AM ET
8 years ago

GOP senator to Obama: 'you got nerve'

Could Grassley’s peeved tweets be a bad sign for the White House?

Could Grassley’s peeved tweets be a bad sign for the White House?

WASHINGTON (CNN) - On Sunday, as President Obama was wrapping up a visit to France, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee - who will play a key role in the consideration of the health care legislation the administration has called a top priority - posted a few pointed comments on Twitter, aimed directly at the president.

"Pres Obama you got nerve while u sightseeing in Paris to tell us 'time to deliver' on health care. We still on skedul/even workinWKEND," wrote Chuck Grassley of Iowa.

Related: 'Time to deliver' on health care, says Obama

Later, he added: "Pres Obama while u sightseeing in Paris u said 'time to delivr on healthcare' When you are a 'hammer' u think evrything is NAIL I'm no NAIL."

The White House later said the president looked forward to working with Congress when he returned from D-Day commemoration celebrations in France.

Filed under: Charles Grassley • President Obama
soundoff (112 Responses)
  1. SaintDiva1

    Whatever. Just do the work. It's about time for you to really do some work.

    June 8, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  2. Chas in Iowa

    Grassley showing his stupidity as usual.
    This guy is on both sides of every issue and full of inflamitory comments and excuses.

    Our State of Iowa deserves better.

    June 8, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  3. Lori

    Yes, under the Republicans our healthcare system has been just wonderful. Give me a break and shut up GOP! We're tired of your complaining. Our healthcare system is in shambles, even the Canadians laugh at our system. I support the President on this much needed reform.

    June 8, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  4. Carmen, Miami FL

    I can't even read his stupid comments. He's a senator! Use full sentences! What a dork.

    June 8, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  5. larry florida

    Grassley is a 'JERK' At least he is old and will retire soon, not soon enough

    June 8, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  6. Osama Bin Laden

    Well Chuck Grassley the nerve of you. You republicans need to be working every weekend to catch up with what you didn't do for the past eight years. THE NERVE OF YOU PEOPLE EVEN OPENING YOUR MOUTHS.

    June 8, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  7. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    Chuck makes me want to upchuck boohoo poor baby is having to do a job .while the president is going all over the world to settle down what Bush and Cheney did for eight years .
    give me a break with the world econemy in the toilet. and our country this idiot has the nerve ,, tell him to quit and go home we can find someone else to do the job . as for unemployment being what it is .. lots of qualified people to be on a committie .
    he needs to get over himself. poor baby 😦

    June 8, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  8. James

    Quote: "'hammer' u think evrything is NAIL I'm no NAIL."

    This is true, he is isn't a NAIL, he is definitively a TOOL.

    June 8, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  9. Sniffit

    Yeah, big suprise here: Twitter just turns out to be another place for politicians to firmly plant their feet in their mouths and embarass themselves by uttering inane drivel. Whoopy doo.

    June 8, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  10. chelle

    But it was okay for President Bush to spend weeks on end on his ranch???

    June 8, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  11. Ray

    Healthcare needs to be returned to the states. It is time for the states to take back the responsibilities that should have never been in the Federal largasse to begin with. The money should stay in the states and each state can run any Public system the voters in that state choose. The other option is eventual total bankruptcy and the total collapse of the system.

    June 8, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  12. Jeff Brown

    You are right Chuck, President Obama does have nerve, as well as guts and integrity. These are traits the former adminstration did not have!

    June 8, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  13. Dameun

    looks less like a vacation than Bush's 1/3 of his time in office. Lets see: rebuilding our relationship with the Muslim World. Celebrating our fallen heroes of WWII. sound like work to me.

    June 8, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  14. Dawn in Pa

    I would like to ask if any member of Congress has been as critical of the other Presidents as they are with Obama. All you hear coming out of the Republican side of Congress is gripping about this or gripping about that. They have an idea to fix the economy, fix healthcare, fix the jobs in this country.. Then tell me why did they have a free ride when a Republican was in the office, they could care less about the economy, healthcare, and jobs. What they were concerned was war...

    Health care should have been reformed a very long time ago....

    June 8, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  15. Pat, CA

    CNN - where's your coverage of THIS:

    Monday, June 08, 2009
    BRUSSELS — Center-right parties hailed European Parliament election victories as a continent-wide vote for conservative approaches to the economic crisis and pledged Monday to forge ahead

    June 8, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  16. Shouldnt Twitter

    Hammer? Nail? Screw you. These people are pathetic. How long did the sight seeing take. A Couple hours? The right needs to stop whining. I was sick of the lefts whine for 8 years. The left at least had better reasons. I say...get off Twitter and go back to work.

    June 8, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  17. Tom

    Is this guy illiterate? Just because you're tweeting, doesn't mean you have to emulate the text messaging style of a half-witted 13-year-old. What the heck is wrong with this moron? I don't know if Obama's treating you like a nail, but you apparently have the IQ of one, Grassley. This tool is a SENATOR? Good God, no wonder our country has gone down the tubes.

    June 8, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  18. Crazy Cat Lady

    Ah, the intellectual brilliance and nuanced analysis of the GOP on display.

    June 8, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  19. GOP or RIP?

    Is the GOP now getting their talking points from four year olds? Seriously, do they need "time outs" and "nap time" or something. It is unbelievable how the GOP has been transformed into a bunch of whiny little babies.

    You know Chuck, I worked this weekend too and my boss didn't. boohoohoo.

    June 8, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  20. Jim in San Jose 2

    I know you think it's cure, Mr. Sentator, to use "twitter" grammar, but it just makes you sound and look stupid. So pleaze stop ur twittering, and get some work done.

    June 8, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  21. here we go

    I don't understand, where were the comments when Pres Bush was "sightseeing"? Also it sounds like he is PO'D because he has to work weekends. Isn't that is part of the job, god knows many Americans work week-ends just to survive and this guy makes alot of money per year..This is the problem way too much bickering. All we hear anymore is the Republicans complaining, where and when do they decide to work to help the American ppl? Stop the nonsense...

    June 8, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  22. John

    Lets face it,all the congress is being bought by the insurance lobbyist.Lets hope you run a story on how much each member took,before they try and defeat this.We should all the have the same coverage as our CORRUPT congress.Its amazing the stupidity of the aMERICAN PEOPLE TO PUT UP WITH THIS.Max Backus took 250000,so whose side you think hes voting on...The insurance's.Wake up America and demand . REVOLUTION!!!!!!

    June 8, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  23. jeff

    Now I know who the really dumb sounding posters are on this board; republican senators. This explains a lot.

    June 8, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  24. Wade Goodenberger

    The short memory spans of politicians shocks me. I'm a registered Republican and even I can't handle remarks like this. Does Sen. Grassley not remember former President Bush's extended vacations, especially during the Katrina fiasco? This does not seem like a fight worth picking.

    June 8, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
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