Grassley calls Obama 'stupid' on Twitter
April 9th, 2012
08:30 AM ET
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Grassley calls Obama 'stupid' on Twitter

(CNN) - Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, who has long been an outspoken critic of President Barack Obama, used scathing language in a tweet Saturday to condemn the president's remarks about the Supreme Court last week.

"Constituents askd why i am not outraged at PresO attack on supreme court independence. Bcause Am ppl r not stupid as this x prof of con law," Grassley wrote, using typical shorthand for the social networking website.

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Responding to the message, Obama campaign senior strategist David Axelrod, himself a prolific tweeter who often engages critics of the president, blasted the Iowa senator.

"Heads up, Sen. Grassley. I think a 6-year-old hijacked your account and is sending out foolish Tweets just to embarrass you!" Axelrod wrote.

Obama last Monday was asked about measures his administration was taking in the event the United States Supreme Court determines his health care law is unconstitutional. The high court heard oral arguments on the law in late March. Obama said such a decision would be "unprecedented."

"I'm confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress," the president said.


Filed under: Chuck Grassley • David Axelrod • President Obama
soundoff (690 Responses)
  1. Yomi Olalere

    An elected official calling the Commander-In-Chief stupid? Its time for the Senator to be fired. I really don't think his constituency will want to be represented by this lousy law maker.

    What does it say of your professionalism and the representative of the masses, when you cant engage in a polite debate without calling the President of America a stupid man.

    It is time to review the 5th amendment constitution to checkmate these excesses.

    I would expect the law maker to know better than that. Definitely, this isn't the best way to communicate his stance on the President's utterances regarding the health care constitutionaility. Where is the civility? With this attitude, how does he represent his people, or governing his household?

    His candidacy for the next election requires a detail review if the Iowans really care about their interests.

    April 9, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  2. skarphace

    2 questions:

    1) Has there ever been a President that has been insulted by members of Congress as often and loudly as our current President?

    2) What is the one thing that separates our current President from all other past Presidents (other than him being born in Hawaii)?

    And yet Teapublicans still insist their unending hatred for our current President has nothing to do with race.

    April 9, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  3. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Grassley is right. Obama was picking his words carefully when he was speaking. It sounded like an outright challenge to the USSC authority and a dare to over turn Obamacare. Leftwing Presidents like Obama and FDR always have trouble when the Constitution doesn't grant them the dictatorial powers they crave.

    But it is not the first time he's uttered total garbage and BS when talking about the Supreme Court. His actions and words during the State of the Union address, as well as all the moron Democrats that stood up and clapped and cheered, were totally outrageous and extremely disrespectful to the USSC. But of course the leftwing media gives him a complete pass on this outrageous behavior.

    April 9, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  4. Andrew

    Well played Axelrod! No respect for the commander in chief from the Repugs, haters gonna hate!

    April 9, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  5. CW

    Kind of impossible to respect "leaders" who act like 4th-grade schoolyard bullies. Then again, he is in the GOP, so we should have expected such childish and blatantly disrespectful behavior...

    April 9, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  6. Yomi Olalere

    An elected official calling the Commander-In-Chief stupid? Its time for the Senator to be fired. I really don't think his constituency will want to be represented by this lousy law maker.

    What does it say of your professionalism and your representaton? Isn't it absurd when you cant engage in a polite debate without calling the President of America a stupid man?

    It is time to review the 5th amendment constitution to checkmate these excesses. People are really abusing the 5th amendment to their advantage.

    I would expect the law maker to know better than that. Definitely, this isn't the best way to communicate his stance on the President's utterances regarding the health care constitutionaility. Where is the civility? With this attitude, how does he represent his people, or governing his household?

    His candidacy for the next election requires a detail review if the Iowans really care about their interests.

    April 9, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    When some people can no longer attack someone else's ideas, they may begin to attack the other's character. It is a sure sign of surrender.

    April 9, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  8. Tim

    That's my Senator! Go figure how even finds his way back to D.C..........Let's hope we get smarter in 2016.

    April 9, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  9. Mark

    Senator Assley wishes he had the scholarly and professional achievements of our president.

    April 9, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  10. Cfrench

    Pres Obama has endured more pure hatred from the right than any other president has endured from the opposing party. Even W Bush, one of the most ignorant presidents of all time did not get this kind of treatment. You can make every excuse you want, but when you boil it down and look at it it always comes up as being the first black man in the "white" house which is driving all the hatred.

    April 9, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  11. Alex

    repubs... calling people "stupid"? that's all you got left, isn't it? upset your plans don't work, unregulated business doesn't work in the long run... you're just angry little people, aren't you?

    April 9, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  12. Denise

    Really? Talk about low class. The one thing I don't understand about the GOP is why are they SO nasty to our President? Is it because he makes them look stupid without really trying or because they are racists or what?

    April 9, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  13. mr_wizard1

    The tweeted quote cited within this story is incorrect and furthermore, Grassley does not intend to call PresO 'stupid'. The actual tweet does not end in a 'comma'. I believe the actual recorded tweet ends in a 'space'. This space marks the 140th character [limit] of his tweet. The portion truncated being – "thinks they r."

    This makes the full intended Grassley tweet:
    "Constituents askd why i am not outraged at PresO attack on supreme court independence. Bcause Am ppl r not stupid as this x prof of con law thinks they r."

    Grassley is simply defending the Am ppl.

    April 9, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  14. American

    The senator is right on one point..."Americans are not stupid"...as Grassley's blatant hypocrisy recently railing against "unelected judges" himself.
    No credibility.

    April 9, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  15. WhatNow

    Wow! I am beginning to think our Congress is made up of second graders. Calling a clearly intelligent President stupid is just that, stupid. If he wishes to disagree with the President, that is fine but can't he do it in a more mature, professional way? And yes, for those who will ask, I would feel the same way about any President. Respect for the office and leader of our country is not unreasonable. What has happened to people?

    April 9, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  16. Seriously!

    To skarphace,

    2 answers:

    1) See George Bush. He was called a Liar, an Idiot, Stupid, please review your history... you probably even said the same about him. Murtha called him a murderer.

    2) There are lots and yes he's black, but that doesn't mean you can't criticize him for stupid policies and statements, which he and his administration has backed off of.

    April 9, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  17. Sy2502

    I am truly disgusted by the complete lack of respect Republicans are showing to the office of the President of the United States, and it would be about time something was done about this. I don't care how much they disagree with the President, he is still the Commander in Chief. The mature and proper conduct would be to disagree with his policies, not personal attacks. I'd like to remind Republicans that a) As they say in the military they love so much, you salute the rank, not the man. b) Obama was democratically elected by the majority of voters, so when they insult him, they are insulting all the people who voted him, which alone should gain them a big resounding loss in the coming elections, just to teach them a lesson in civility.
    And for the record, I am not pro-Obama, but some some things are just wrong in principle.

    April 9, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  18. Punisher2000

    Grassley and other GOPers like to be demagogues. Obama never put the independence of Scotus in doubt. He just said that if scotus declared a law passed by congress to be unconstitutional, it would not be right. GOPers just like creating situations where there are none, instead of working like Americans to solve our problems, of which there are plenty. Politics are so polarized that we forgot to think like Americans, and only think along party lines. Shame. I liked it better when we were great. Now we are petty.

    April 9, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Austin wrote:

    Obama 2008: "The individual mandate is UNCONSTITUIONAL!" Bye bye Obamacare and thank god!
    ---------------
    Romney 2007: "I support the individual mandate on a national level." Bye, bye, Mitt.

    The Obama quote was actually early 2007, just months after MassHealth was passed and was still getting court challenges, which it eventually withstood and was upheld.

    Democrats have been trying to declare the individual mandate argument as unconstitutional ever since the 1990s when Republicans first started pushing the Heritage Foundation plan for it. When Mitt Romney passed MassHealth in 2006, the same challenges came up and he was for it. He campaigned on 2008 on it, and he wrote a 2009 op-ed in support of it on a national level. Never in Romney's wildest, arrogant dreams did he expect the Obama administration to adopt his advice in the op-ed almost verbatim.

    April 9, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  20. REG in AZ

    Politics – Politicians acting like "6 year olds" – it seems the accepted behavior today and why? Likely because they have digressed to constantly being focused on their personal political ambitions and irresponsibly neglecting their duties to the people while just constantly campaigning. What makes it worse is the money poured into the competitive mix, stirring it up even more and making them feel even more challenged and distracted from ever doing their jobs, all just intended to con the people and manipulate public opinion – without ever really representing them (only catering to the money that supports them).

    April 9, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  21. The Choobs

    I learned from my parents and in school, and i teach my kids, that calling people names is hurtful, rude, and ALWAYS inappropriate. It's one thing to say someone did a stupid thing or acted stupidly, but to call someone "stupid" is simply playground bad behavior and would merit punishment in many schools and households (dem and rep). Shame on you Senator Grassly!

    April 9, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  22. Joel warshaw

    There are many respectable ways in expressing our differences. Calling our president stupid is an affront to every US citizen. Furthermore, this casts a negative light in how we are viewed in the eyes of the world. Simply stated, if you want to disagree do it with respect and maturity Thas is part of what our country is all about.

    April 9, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  23. Phyllis Jackson

    I'm embarrassed for Grassley, he's 76 years old and talks like a child....calling someone stupid.This is the way he talks about our President???....this President has been the most scrutinized EVER!! My message to Republicans: GROW UP AND ACT LIKE AN ADULT!!

    April 9, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  24. dreamer96

    As an outsider looking and listen to our leaders..I have to wonder just what the closed door sessions in Congress are really like...or private meetings are really like in the Washington DC area...or any place where powerful people gather..even a distance hunting lodge..It must be full of swearing, and foul mouth language, comments about their distance family heritage, and linage, and many wild, and woolly threats flying through the air....

    April 9, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  25. SICKofTIREDOLDGOPers

    Just another example of what happens when the GOP and TeaBaggers find themselves losing!

    April 9, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
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