January 29th, 2010
04:00 PM ET
4 years ago

Foxx slams Obama, gets autograph

Rep. Virginia Foxx tweeted that President Obama gave House Republicans 'another lecture' Friday.
Rep. Virginia Foxx tweeted that President Obama gave House Republicans 'another lecture' Friday.

(CNN) - North Carolina Rep. Virginia Foxx criticized President Obama after his address to House Republicans but had no qualms about walking away with a souvenir.

"Pres gave us another lecture. Our guys asked great questions. Need independent fact checker for his comments. Got autograph," the Republican congresswoman tweeted Friday afternoon at the House Republican retreat.

A follow up tweet she sent shortly after read, "Am concerned that Pres thinks health care bill is centrist. He did not accept the scalpel and it is a great tool."

Her remarks followed a rare question-and-answer session with the president and the GOP caucus.

About 300 lawmakers, family members and aides attended the meeting, which was broadcast live. The event was for the most part civil, with a few moments of heated discussion.

Obama accused Republicans of frequently mischaracterizing his policy proposals, particularly in the health care debate. Republicans, in turn, complained that the White House and congressional Democrats had ignored their ideas, locked them out of the policy-making process, and unfairly labeled them as obstructionists.

"Both sides can take some blame for a sour climate on Capitol Hill," Obama sai, adding that Democrats and Republicans "need to be careful" in choosing their rhetoric. "A tone of civility instead of slash and burn would be helpful."


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  1. Beverly

    Seems like this woman needs more than a "lecture". Her disresepect for our President is embarassing.

    January 29, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  2. ToGetherWeStand

    You can say whateer about Obama, but he has shown again that being a leader and being able to have open dialogue come hand-in-hand.

    January 29, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  3. vgal

    Wow – so glad to see that she's doing her part by walking away and IMMEDIATELY badmouthing Obama. Way to show leadership and be the frontrunner in acting your AGE. All of congress – both Dems and Repubs should be replaced. There should also be term limits. All any of them try to do is get re-elected.

    January 29, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  4. Barbara

    The President is reaching out. Seems to me the Party of No really is not interested in any form of negoitiating like they say they are. This Foxx lady is a loser.....but she does at least realize how great a President Barack Obama is or she wouldn't have asked for an autograph.

    January 29, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  5. Keepin It Real

    Evidently, Virginia Foxx still want the same old rhetoric. It's obvious the repubs do not want to work with the President. And it's President Obama, not pres. Give the man some respect, he's the leader of the greatest nation in the world. Maybe next time he should teach the repub how to respect people.

    January 29, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  6. Pat

    I cannot believe that right after the president asked that congress stop its infantial bickering she said something so silly. I am so tired of all off this nonsense. An independent form NC.

    January 29, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  7. tag

    obama needs to practice what he preaches! enough said!

    January 29, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  8. Jason Borrows

    Hypocrites!

    January 29, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  9. bmw

    Interesting that the Republicans planned on a closed meeting until the President suggested that the cameras be allowed to roll. Very good tactical move on Obama's part, displaying his confidence in his position and backing the neocons into a corner. What could they do, after all the fuss about transparency? And then Obama looked so good that FOX stopped broadcasting 20 minutes before the meeting ended.

    January 29, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  10. methuselah

    It really says it all doesn't it? She's as fake as they come. Scorn in public and groupie in private. She's a pedestrian politician with nothing more than vitriol to spew. Autograph indeed.

    January 29, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  11. Jim

    Why do right wing Republicans believe they are the only ones who should have rights? Why do right wing Republicans always want to "fight"? Why do they choose violent verbage over civility and peace for the good of all? Why do they choose party politics over an America that respects all of its citizens? Why do Republicans proclaim to be the pro life party while rushing war, loving guns and supporting the death penalty? Why do they openly HATE the President. This has become the Divided States of America where selfishness and the lust for power have become the norm, rather than a society that works to lift up everyone. Is it easier and more "Christian" to beat your fellow America down? Just wondering. God Help America!

    January 29, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  12. Marie MD

    What a bunch of hypocrites. Talking out of both sides of your mouth!

    January 29, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  13. rob

    Lets not forget how Pelosi and Reid have charactorized the Republicans in Congress or Tea Party Activists or antone else who disagrees with them. President Obama is trying to position himself as a peacemaker and reaching out to Republicans but it is the leaders in Congress who controll the debates. If Obama is serious he will do well to start to really work with the Republicans now because he will need them after the mid terms.

    January 29, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  14. Kevin B

    Typical republican, they can not be trusted to ever deal in good faith

    January 29, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  15. Rick in AZ

    The only time Republicans want Bipartisanship is when they are in the minority. Once again President Obama extends his hand only to have it slapped away. It should be obvious now that Republicans only want to gain power. If that means tearing down our counntry then so be it.

    January 29, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
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