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. Michele

    Hello Pot? This is Kettle.

    April 9, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. Reg

    President of Harvard law is Stupid: What a joke and so much disrespect for the President.
    Only ignorant people call others stupid.

    April 9, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  3. A not-so-stupid former republican

    Grassley is just another republican hack!. Besides, he has never been accused of being the sharpest knife in the drawer.

    April 9, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  4. nena

    Stupid is, STupid does, that's Sen. Grassley. He has shown the American people how ignorant, naive and how arrogant he can be. He has no credibility and cannot be trusted. His thinking is that of a man full of hate for the President and for the country. Along with all Repugs, they are just waiting for the country's economy to fail. Is this what we can expect from a Repug president. Lord, save us from these disgusting repugs.

    April 9, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  5. Scott P.

    At least he can chew a pretzel without choking, passing out, and hitting his head on a coffee table. Oh, he can also pronounce "NUCLEAR" the non-STUPID way.

    April 9, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  6. Bonnie

    (Blue) I couldn't have said it better myself! You are right on target!

    April 9, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  7. arduck

    the old folkss used to say, "it takes one to know one."

    April 9, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  8. Dave

    No surprise. I have a Republican client for an e-commerce site. He calls the president stupid all the time. Calls liberals stupid all the time, even while saying I'm a genius to my face. Chuck Grassley is a big mouth who should learn when not to put his foot in there. Ironic to me that the conservatives tend to be the ones who really ARE stupid.

    April 9, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  9. Smart Mom

    President Obama is an extremely smart man and that has never been an issue for any sane, non Tea Party individual. As a law school graduate myself, I can tell you that they don't just hand you the editor of the law review position that President Obama achieved at Harvard. Law students are very competitive and are not going to give that coveted position to someone "just because they are a minority" as Republicans tend to allege since they just cannot admit that our President is a very intelligent and accomplished man no matter what the color of his skin is. President Obama has worked as a professor of Constitutional law - when did Grassley get his Consititutional law credentials? As usual Grassley has no idea what he is talking about. And, once again, as a person with a law degree I was appalled at the behavior of some Conservative Supreme Court justices making completely silly arguments during the healthcare law debate that would get you a poor grade if you used them during law school. I don't blame the President for being frustrated with some of that behavior - I certainly was.

    April 9, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  10. HDA

    It's alright to disagree with the President of the United States but it's ignorant to start being disrespectful.

    April 9, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  11. John Orr

    Par for the course: Republican mouthpiece misrepresents what Obama says and then blasts him for it. Hopes an ignorant public will buy his interpretation and relies on the "Big Lie" theory of "repeat it until they believe it" and the Karl Rove theory of "accuse your opponent of the faults you have" in order to win. They have no shame.

    April 9, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  12. Be Sane

    Typical Republican. Yuke!

    April 9, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  13. Chumlee

    Obviously, the voters who put Grassley in office are as stupid as he is!

    Obama 2012

    April 9, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  14. martin

    Coming from a Sen. who represents a state whose biggest commercial industry seems to be Weight Gain Clinics, I am not suprised that he would tweet that.

    April 9, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  15. David M

    This is a great example of one of the many problems with politicians today. They somehow feel it gives them a position of power or something to call the president 'stupid'. There is no longer a sense of respect for the office. If you don't like what the prez is doing or saying, then address that. But calling the president of the United States stupid says more about you than about the president. You, and all your cohorts in congress, from both parties, are doing a great job of displaying "stupid" all on your own. I didn't vote for Obama and don't agree with a lot of what he says or does, but he is my president, and I don't appreciate you calling him stupid.

    You know what Grassley? Since you think you are all that, and then some, why don't you make an appointment with the president, stand in the Oval Office and tell him to his face that he is stupid. Or maybe you just like hiding behind a 'social network'? Yeah, I thought so.

    April 9, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  16. blue

    did mention that I love my president?

    April 9, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  17. Larry L

    Another Republican completely lacking in statemanship and class. I wonder he felt back before the Supreme Court wasn't stacked with right-wing lap dogs for the Republican Party. To not see this court as an activist-arm of the GOP is ridiculous. The balance in our decomcracy is gone.

    April 9, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  18. Smart Politics

    Dear Sen Grassley,

    We get you hate this president and think he is driving this country into financial ruin with socialist policies. How about demonstrating you and all your conservative friends are not socialist by returning ALL Federal and State farm subsidies for the last 3 years. Or is it only socialist if you're not the one sucking from the teat? Please live your free market values not just proclaim to believe in them.

    April 9, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  19. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Well, that was a mature comment by the Senator. Of course, I guess that is what passes for the level of the dialogue these days between the Executive and Legislative branches of our government.
    Here is one thing I am not sure if anyone else commented on – during the years that Dubya was President, while we Liberals berated him for his personal failings (like his diction), we rarely berated the Office of the Presidency unless he royally stepped in it. The Conservatives apparently believe that it is their inherent right to not only berate the person but also denigrate the Office and claim anyone supporting it is a Socialist Enemy of the State.

    April 9, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  20. Thomas

    Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa , AKK , alson none as Mr. Agriculture Subsidy .

    I thought he was hiding out with G Bush , still searching for WMDs .

    April 9, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  21. TommyTT

    Reality check: Obama didn't attack the Supreme Court. That's typical right-wing mouth foaming. (Remember the "terrorist fist-bump" from the last election?) Align your perceptions of Obama's speech with what he really said, as opposed to what Fox commentators said he said, and this issue evaporates. Well, it evaporates except for the fundamental disrespect for the President–something that Republicans would never tolerate for one of their own.

    April 9, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  22. carlos

    David M....well said my friend, however, ALL the maniac repubics hide behind a social network, just look at the mittsy

    April 9, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  23. Welcome to Reality

    HAHAHA. Wait a minute CNN. So you – and the rest of the extreme liberal left – call republicans stupid each and every day. They called Bush stupid every day. But that was never news. But this is? CNN just lost the last shred of credibility they even had with us independent voters. What a joke.

    April 9, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  24. bjeff68

    I have never in my life seen anyone as thin skinned as this President. If anyone dares to criticize the Messiah over anything he (or his people) have to get down in the mud and argue over petty insults. It is beneath the office of the President and frankly ridiculous. I mean, for a representative of the President to essentially call a senator a 6 year old is unbelievably petty.

    April 9, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  25. sam

    What is an old man doing using these crazy abbreviations, like a 13 year old girl texting her BFF? I mean... "askd"?

    April 9, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
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