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. LarryD

    The government didn't have to be directly involved in health care when I was in school (70 years ago). Hospitals were run by non-profit organizations primarily supported by donations and volunteers to cover those who could not pay their own way. I can remember when health related advertising of any kind was discouraged as being non professional and rarely seen.
    As time passed, big business seen a tremendous opportunity to make money on health care and gradually made deals to eventually put most non-profits out of business while using their good names to attract business. Along with that, came media advertising expense and the need to assure huge profits for their share holders and support business management overhead which was not previously a part of health care. Our government has passed legislation to require all people to be responsible for their own family's health care. Now the question should be " can the government require responsible individuals who pay for their own health care, pay for the health care of the freeloaders?" This is now the situation in the U.S. Those legitimately unable to pay for their care without help are not considered freeloaders. I consider those who can and do self-insure to be the worst freeloaders.

    April 9, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  2. Edwin

    Obama is not stupid, but why is this news? Calling the president stupid to his face, during a speech - that would be disrespectful. Calling him stupid, in a tweet, for doing something you think is wrong - that is absolutely fine.

    April 9, 2012 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  3. Steve

    Where is the transparency we were sold. .

    April 9, 2012 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  4. Grassley is an embarrassment

    it's that simple . . .

    April 9, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  5. Hunter

    Stupid is as stupid does, and calling this president stupid just shows your own stupidity. He's probably the most intelligent president we have ever had. He has more brains in his pinky finger than all the Republicans put together!

    April 9, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  6. Bruce R Selman

    Seems like the pot calling the kettle black!

    April 9, 2012 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  7. FormerRep

    Repubs have turned into pirate raiders and bullies. Grassley's Twitter is . . . . .

    April 9, 2012 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  8. cathip

    Shame....that's all. Just shame. I thought, just maybe, we could have a civil discourse (without name calling).

    April 9, 2012 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  9. GaryB

    Actually, the American people can be pretty stupid. Some of them in Iowa actually voted for Grassley.

    April 9, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  10. Dude

    Why is it when a Republican is POTUS, no one can say anything negative about them without being called unpatriotic. What a scam. If he thinks Obama is stupid, he should debate him. Then we would know the truth.

    April 9, 2012 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  11. Joyce

    It takes a stupid person to know another stupid one. The parlance in some countries, would express that Grsssley is 'CHUPID'. The behavior of grassley is just as ugly as him

    April 9, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  12. Riche

    I do really not understand what these ppl are elected for? I think his statement fully manifests the Senator's ugly look not towards President of the United State but people of the United States cause the President was elected by the majority number of the country; therefore, insulting him means disrispecting the people who elected him to be his President. Please let we be united to get tead off such an ignorants accupy our legisilative offices.

    April 9, 2012 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  13. Shannon

    I have to wonder what Republicans teach their children, it can't basic things like respect for others. I guess they like that family values slogan, but they sure don't know what it means. This kind of disrespect from an elected official toward our President should be met with some kind of official reprimand.

    April 9, 2012 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  14. zxblood

    From all indications, most republicans and at this time, Grassley, are under the opinion that americans forget what has been said in the past on the same subject. They seem to talk out of both corners of their mouths and will lie just as sure as we breath.air. The sad fact about Grassley and others like him is that most republicans will believe anything they are told by other republicans. I am retired and see and hear political statements everyday, and 75% of the time a republican talking head or congressman will lie as to the stated facts. Additionally, when things are not done in accordance to the republicans, they will attempt to take their ball and go home. They are of the opinion that the country can only be managed by them. They want to take back their country. What about the rest of us that were born in America, its our country also. As stated, they are good liars, FOX news is included and their listeners will believer anything the the talking heads say. They are equipped to gather the facts and make a valid decision about various statements. I agree, our country is going to hell in a handbasket.

    April 9, 2012 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  15. BADGUY

    What did Obama say that's so controversial? What ELSE was the guy gonna say when the Republicans got Obamacare before the Supreme Court: "No Comment"..or...."Gee...I'm rely nervous the Supreme Court is going to throw out 2 years of our work?"... or...."OMG...they're going to throw everything out! What are we gonna DO?". I'll agree...He was slightly off when he said a negative finding would be "unprecedented". A right wing court threw out FDR's, NRA programs and probably drove us into a double dip Depression. But...When did Obama "threaten" the Supreme Court? He knows they have the legal authority to thrown out ANY law. His point was..."They don't often throw out laws passed by Congress"...and he was right! Is this ALL the Republicans can throw at him? I'd be a little worried if it was.

    April 9, 2012 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  16. 23 from texas

    GOP are stupid when they talk and Dems are smart when they talk. Just like 99% are smart and have free speech rights when they get out and protest, and when Tea Party gets out they are racist and stupid, and need to be shut down... I sense an evil double standard here. I think BO is evil, not stupid. He says whatever he needs to get votes, and then after his office is secured he attacks with his lies, and changes the America that used to produce smart and likeable people.

    April 9, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  17. zxblood

    From all indications, most republicans and at this time, Grassley, are under the opinion that americans forget what has been said in the past on the same subject. They seem to talk out of both corners of their mouths and will lie just as sure as we breath.air. The sad fact about Grassley and others like him is that most republicans will believe anything they are told by other republicans. I am retired and see and hear political statements everyday, and 75% of the time a republican talking head or congressman will lie as to the stated facts. Additionally, when things are not done in accordance to the republicans, they will attempt to take their ball and go home. They are of the opinion that the country can only be managed by them. They want to take back their country. What about the rest of us that were born in America, its our country also. As stated, they are good liars, FOX news is included and their listeners will believer anything the the talking heads say. They are not equipped to gather the facts and make a valid decision about various statements. I agree, our country is going to hell in a handbasket.

    April 9, 2012 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  18. howdyduty

    Grassley......what an embarrassment for the GOP and Iowa voters.
    Can't imagine what he'll do next to save his reelection campaign. Certainly his performance in DC does not warrant
    another term.
    Remember his substandard performance and limited understanding @ the voting booth.
    His disappointing leadership is helping to prolong this recession. Get him outathere!!!
    SoCal voter

    April 9, 2012 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  19. Truth

    Obama is the dumbest POTUS we have ever had. It is so sad how the corrupt MSM brainwashed you people into to thinking this man had any smarts. He was a freckin community organizer. He taught ACORN how to harass people. He thinks we have hundreds of national parks. He is dumber than his teleprompter.

    April 9, 2012 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  20. Philo Beddo

    This guy shoul be fired. Anyone else couldn't lambaste their boss on a social networking site and get away with it. He should resign or be fired.

    April 9, 2012 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  21. Concerned4Fla

    I used to have some respect for Grassley, even though I'm center left. Now I just think he's a creep. Way to dignify the office, Senator.

    April 9, 2012 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  22. Ozzie

    The Party of Faith and Family Values always baffle me with their hypocricy.

    April 9, 2012 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  23. mpurifoy

    This kind of talk is why race in America is divided, talk like this from those Racist Republican. This has been the most disrespected President, and it's all about his color. Those Right winger will not be happy until someone shoots him.

    April 9, 2012 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  24. jo an

    I send compassion to Senator Grassley....must be a miserable old man....

    April 9, 2012 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  25. Jane Doe

    I understand Twitter has a character limit, but what's the reason for not capitalising the word "I"? Never a good idea to call someone stupid when you're not using correct English yourself.

    April 9, 2012 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
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