June 8th, 2009
08:12 AM ET
4 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. Andi

    What? The Senator is angry because he has to do some WORK? Poor poor senator...has to work WEEKENDS! OMG! What a tragedy! You mean, your constituents could hold you accountable? Who knew?

    You, Senator, are the one that has 'nerve'.

    The GOP is never happy. The President does too much/too little, etc. If Congress has to actually do some work, they can't blame OUR President for everything! Call the waaaambulance....

    June 8, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  2. Kevin B.

    Mr Grassley shows the GOP's contempt for working on behalf of the american people. The GOP's foot dragging is simply meant to further the suffering of the american people for purely political purposes.

    GOP=Cowards

    June 8, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. Kevin B.

    Mr Grassley shows the GOP's contempt for working on behalf of the american people. The GOP's foot dragging is simply meant to further the suffering of the american people for purely political purposes.

    June 8, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  4. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    Obama has been working and delivering BEFORE he was sworn in, cleaning up messes the PARTY OF NO made.

    This chump has nerve, trying to be hip, when all he is a worthless repugnant jerk that can only criticize and demean our president, doing nothing to help this country.

    June 8, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  5. magella

    Perfect example of why social networking tools should not be used by everybody. This makes Grassley look like a complete idiot. Working over the weekend? Boo hoo. They don't even work five-day weeks to begin with. And they're headed into another long "recess" in August.

    I just love the resentment over Obama's international trips. He is constantly accused of "sightseeing" even while meeting with foreign leaders on every trip. It's as if people would like him to meet with his counterparts from other countries in the nearest airport Hilton.

    In general, it astonishes me how much attention is being paid to every dollar Obama spends on anything. And this after a war that has cost billions of dollars and thousands of American lives, all for what purpose? Last time I checked the perpetrator of 9/11 was still at large.

    June 8, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  6. DAN

    Should elected officials really tweet like 13 year old girls?

    June 8, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  7. Ohnoes

    "while u out sightsee I will talk like caveman."

    I have no issues with criticism, but if you're going to do it, then please use proper grammar and not internet slang. I know it's the hip thing for old people to do now so they can be on level with today's youth, but this is just silly...

    June 8, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  8. Waylon

    Chuck Grassley is an idiot. Im pretty sure the president didnt go go paris or abroad to sightsee. How about you do your job Mr. Grassley or is that to much to ask

    June 8, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  9. Cynthia

    idiot grassley of Iowa. yes the President does have nerve and that's why you need to get to work. Why in the hell do these idiots compliain when the President is out of the state or country? He is the President this moron is NOT. What's the matter grassley, can't stand for a black man to tell you what to do? Well you better get use to it, Obama is the President and you are ONLY a senator, loser!!!

    June 8, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  10. Dave

    It does seem outrageous to ask the GOP in the Congress to do anything.

    June 8, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  11. Erin Hall

    Careful Mr. Grassley, your ignorance is showing.

    June 8, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  12. PaulMoATX

    That grammar looks just like the republicans on this site. It wouldn't hurt to have a 3rd grade writing level when posting comments or twittering with your little friends. Hickville in full affect.

    June 8, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  13. phoenix86

    Way to go Grassley. Obama's a JOKE.

    June 8, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  14. RONNIE

    Grassley has been a U.S. Senator since 1980 and has done nothing for this country except be a republican.Iowa needs a leader not yes man for the GOP.

    We as the people need to take back our country and get rid of the dead weight like Grassley.Rise up against these devils and send them back home like the cowards they are.

    June 8, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  15. Marc in Virginia

    LOL, will you be my BFF Chuck? u r da bomb! ! :) OMG!!

    Seriously, you have 140 characters to use on Twitter. As the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committe, I'd hope you could write a bit more intelligible comments, even they are to your Twitter drones.

    June 8, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  16. Disgusted

    I'm so tired of these beligerent, self-serving, disrespectful politicians!! Get over youselves and help your constituents you children !! Families are feeling more pain than simple bruised egos like you !!!

    June 8, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  17. Lynn

    I guess Grassley thinks visiting Buchenwald, two vet hospitals, and delivering a speech in Normandy to honor the allies landing and tragic deaths of so many is sightseeing.

    Why isn't CNN challenging Senator Shelby's comment that the American health care system is "the best in the world" as shown on Republican John King's selective summary of Sunday "news".

    Maybe from the standpoint of his socialized plan the Senator can falsely claim this but certainly not by world standards which ranks it as 34th, while being the most expensive in the world.

    He has effectively dismissed the 45 million people with no health care as being irrelevant.

    CNN and other cable news networks thrive on creating controversy by selectively selecting quotes and blogs that inflame the readers rather than educate them is definitely putting ratings and profits ahead of real journalism that is needed in a real democracy.

    June 8, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  18. ron

    Chuck Grassley the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee. Sounds like a smart guy so where is his plan to fix health care? What, he has no ideas, hes just putting down the president? More of the same from the GOP. CNN why do you put this kind of news on the blogs from nobodies of the GOP. As a middle level manager of a finance company the first lesson I learned from my boss was never complain about anything unless you can suggest a solution to the problem. This is advise the entire republican party should take.

    June 8, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  19. Michael

    No, Sen. Chuck Grassley you have the nerve.How can you talk when you have good health care and 46 million americans don't.This is why the conservatives/gop must go.They are still living in the past.Pres. Obama and his admin. is doing a good job for the people.God bless Pres.Obama and God bless america.

    June 8, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  20. bbracht

    I wouldn't think anyone in Senator Grassley's constituency feels he's qualified to represent them after reading his twitters that look like they're written by an 18 year old on summer break.

    June 8, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  21. Chris Kirkpatrick

    Is anyone else concerned by the rep's monosyllabism? Since when did we elect cavemen? The President is right. We have not delivered on health care and it is time to do something about it. Perhaps this would have been a more fitting speech here in the states. It does sound a bit like a 7 year old girl tattling on their younger sibling...

    June 8, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  22. Melissa

    Any Republican who would post like a pre-teen child on twitter should be ignored. He doesn't even have the respect for the people who read his posts to post like an adult, so why should we listen to a word he says?

    Using technology is one thing, behaving like a child while using it is another entirely and invalidates anything you might say on it.

    June 8, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  23. carlo

    You have a lot of nerve when Bush took over 1000 vacation days and spent 1/3 of his time in office on vacation, at a cost of 25 to 30 million to US, THE TAXPAYERS.

    June 8, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  24. kgeukes

    I think it's time for a lot of the Repukes to retire and let the new generation take over because they have no idea what this country needs or wants but it's definately not what they're dishing out. Micheal Steele is a joke along with most of the majority of the people in charge of the Repuglican party (if anyone). And don't get me started on Sarah. I just hope they keep doin' what they're doin' 'cos 2012 will be a grand slam!!!!

    June 8, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  25. joe

    Yeah who cares about 10,000 dead American soldiers. Shame on Obama for taking the time to honor them.

    June 8, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
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