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. Herbert Alvarez

    I truly lament the indignation that these senators behave in. Mr. Grais ssley needs to grow up as does the Republican party at Large.... The Republicans just can't get over the fact that they lost the White House and the Senate..... It is imperative to engage in disccussions and open objective debates but this nonsense about Obama's trip to the middle east/Europe..... And his trip with his family is acceptable..... Grassley grow up and get too work as the President has requested.... To all Republican get over it!!!! You will have ur chance again.... Give us true representation and stop the divisiveness!!!!... Sore losers!!!

    June 8, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  2. DX in TX

    Twitter will be the death of these bone heads. Republicans need to wake up and realize that the American people are sick of the way they are behaving. It's time they do the job they were voted to do and that is move this country into the 21st century.

    I don't know what the Republicans stand for anymore....

    Obama/Biden
    2008/2012

    June 8, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  3. Had It

    Hey = you're hitting him while he's gone - he can hit back.

    HE WON

    June 8, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  4. DP

    Poor Chuck Grassley...Having to work a weekend like so many vulgar, middle class Americans are having to do in these tight times (if we are lucky enough to have jobs that allow us to work extra). The reason so many of us have to make the extra money? Pay for our lousy healthcare that probably doesn't come close to the tax-payer paid health care Chuck and his capitol hill chums enjoy. Well, Mr. Grassley, I ain't no "nail" either and your broken-down party platform did zilch the last 8 years to help us little people out with the huge healthcare problems in this country...And after all your years of goofing around, you're a little raw at having to spend a weekend on the biggest issue facing the nation besides the current economic woes? Now, this is me, YOUR BOSS, the voter telling you: "Quit your belly aching, quit playing with your phone and get back to the business of the country! Lord knows you clowns pay yourselves well enough for the time.

    June 8, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  5. Ed

    This twinky tweeter has no nerve, no plan except protect HMOs and big pharmacy, plus all the levels of current health care red tape. The only health care issue the "senator" worked on during the last 8 years was to protect the pharmaceutical business with the "Pharmaceutical Enrichment Act" sometimes called the "prescription drug benefit" - we know who bnenfits most from it.
    When you sit on yours hands for eight years and then someone tries to accomplish the difficult task of health care reform, it just makes you look bad – so tweet on. Did I say difficult? Only because there are those who are part of the problem and not part of the solution.

    June 8, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  6. Economist

    Evidently Twitter is a great way to make our US senators look like fools. Whatever point Mr. Grassley may have, it is subverted by the spelling and grammar requirements of a "Tweet."

    June 8, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  7. Barb

    Just the letters GOP and the name Republican makes my stomach turns. These people are so negative its makes you dizzy. It seems that only when the Republicans are in power world visits are allowed. At least Obama is tring to unit the world which will in turn gives a positive look on America and help to stop people from wanting to distroy it instead of having SHOES thrown at him like bush did.

    June 8, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  8. Jeff

    You're correct Grassley, you aren't a nail, you are a tool. Please learn how to spell, even while you are twittering, you can attempt this skill...

    June 8, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  9. Chris from NY

    Jealousy is the root of hatred. Where were all these law makers when Bush was pretty much a vaction President? We now have a President who is working day in day out to dig out our nation from the pit of hell the Republicans sent it in to and they have the nerve to complain.

    June 8, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  10. David S.

    This is what happens when you let your staff do your tweets for you.

    June 8, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  11. Amy, Chicago

    It's truly sad when US Representitives feel the need to reduce themselves to sounding like petulant, rambling 15-year-old children who have never had a grammar lesson in their life. Doesn't this man realize what an idiot he sounds like?

    June 8, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  12. Mike Hawthorne

    He may not be a nail but it sounds like he's some kind of tool.

    June 8, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  13. Pee Wee

    Unfortunate that a sitting member of Congress is reduced to 'blogging' and 'twittering' when official channels for proper discussion are available. Who knows, probably not even Grassley, but someone that is claiming to be him on Twitter. CNN, have you substantiated that it was actually the Senator that made these entries, seems sort of uncharacteristic for him. I would expect better grammar from an elected official, even if most of them are "twits" (pardon the pun).

    Is this reporting or gossip?

    June 8, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  14. JB

    WHY CAN'T HE SPELL!!!!

    June 8, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  15. Task

    Did someone hack this guy's Twitter account? Please tell me we don't have a senator with the grammer and etiquette of an angry 12 year old.

    June 8, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  16. RB in FL

    This guy doesn't get the idea that he was hired by his state to represent them. If you didn't want to be a politician, and have to work the weekends, then you should of stuck with a 9-5 job. You chose this profession, deal with it OR QUIT!

    June 8, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  17. Jacob

    People of Iowa: Anytime your elected official cannot be bother to use correct grammar in his or her messages to you ("whie u sightseeing"), you need to vote him or her out of the White House.

    June 8, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  18. Steph

    Was Chuck drunk when he wrote these?

    June 8, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  19. jesus

    dont mind chuck;corn fed pettiness

    June 8, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  20. katiec

    Vacation and sightseeing?
    You would think the republicans would be pleased to see our president regaining the respect and honor our country once had with the world. That they would support peace, healing uniting, rather than war.
    But, there again, we are talking about a political party that has totally lost it's way, putting party, politics as usual over our country and it;s survival.
    One of the biggest problem with the health care today was when the republicans put the prescription plan into being, they put a stipulation disallowing any competitive drug prices etc costing us billions of dollars. At that time their plan was for medicare to fail and they could run our health care with their big business. The result is, they have almost destroyed our medical system and it will take a miracle to get it back on it's feet. Once again, big business over our country and us.

    June 8, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  21. Bill

    Is this what serious political discourse has degenerated too? Shame on you Senate Grassley.

    June 8, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  22. Anon

    I don't even understand what this guy wrote. I hope this isn't how he normally writes, because if it is he needs to find another profession.

    June 8, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  23. Justin

    Paris was NOT a vacation.... check your calanders, it was the anniversary of D-Day... Americans hav eshort memories and do not honor our past but other nations remember and it was VERY important for the president to be there for the ceremonies.

    June 8, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  24. Jessica ROX, ya'll.

    "skedul"? Really? Good job, Iowa–you elected a teeny-bopper. I think I got my point across in 140 characters or less. kthxbye.

    June 8, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  25. Chuckyj

    I think it's high time that we tell our elected officials, enough of dragging your butts and let's get some work done for a change. Part of the problem in Washington is it takes far too long to get things done. Obama promised during his campaign that he would change the way things are done in Washington and I'm personally glad to see that he's putting pressure on them. Make 'em earn their paychecks.

    Everyone is worried about private insurers. Well I'm not, it's sheer greed that caused healtcare to be so expensive now. An example of this is the nurses in Englewood, NJ not satisified with their salaries when quite a few of them made over $100K. It's sheer greed; same thing with over-paid workers at GM, it's no wonder they went into bankruptcy! Competition is the key to get prices down. GO OBAMA!!

    I think it's great too that he is including the American public and letting us see the mess that goes on in Washington. Some have criticized him for including us – but aren't we the people they're all working for? We have a right to know and make sure that they cast their votes the way the VOTER wants them to cast it and not based on their personal agenda!

    June 8, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
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