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. David M

    Sen Grassley.....next time you have a thought, keep it to yourself.

    April 9, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  2. p

    nananabooboo, chuckie!. I know you are, but what am i?

    April 9, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  3. MJ Taylor

    Bravo. More evidence about the lack of decorum among our leaders and ourselves as well. Joe Wilson's prophetic outburst years ago was but mere foreshadowing of the tone of how President Obama and the highest office of the land would be treated.

    April 9, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  4. WDinDallas

    At least the Republicans are sticking to the facts....even here.

    April 9, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  5. Patriot

    At times I wish the Sedition Act had never been repealed.
    The Sedition Act of 1918) was an Act of the United States Congress that extended the Espionage Act of 1917 to cover a broader range of offenses, notably speech and the expression of opinion that cast the government, in part, in a negative light.

    April 9, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  6. ST

    How can any senator be uncivilised like that?????

    April 9, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  7. jturicik

    When did D-I-S-R-E-S-P-E-C-T for the, for our, President of the United States of America, become acceptable within the Republican party? Shame on Chuck Grassley–I won't give him the respect of putting Senator in front of his name.

    April 9, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  8. John in Brooklyn

    The hypocrisy of the Republicans is breathtaking regarding President Obama's expressed concern that the Supreme Court might go beyond simple interpretation of the constitution and become activists in the healthcare debate. For literally DECADES the Republicans (yes, including seated GOP presidents) have publicly reviled the Supreme Court for being activists in public policy yet, now that they have a majority of the appointees on the court, scream irrationally when the president simply expresses concern.

    What they don't seem at all concerned about, however, is the frequency of the 5-4 splits (far from concensus) that have characterized most of the important rulings by the Supreme Court over the past decade. This recent polarization of the court by political party/ideology stems directly the insertion of the Rehnquist court into the 2000 presidential election. That move irrevokably positioned the Supreme Court as active participants in the political process, not above it. And, sadly, the Republicans are to blame.

    For the sake of the future of the country, I hope that the Supreme Court finds itself once again serving as unbiased and non-political arbitors of constitutional interpretation rather than taking their marching orders from their respective political parties.

    April 9, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  9. Elithian

    It is interesting how many people accuse Obama of everything from incompetence to treason. All of this yet they want a president who brags he does not care about the poor, is proud how he exploited most of us to get wealthy, can not win an election that can not be bought, and will surely prove when things seem they can't get worse they will. I applaud the ignorance of the average Republican; never have so many with so little been willing to support tose that would be happy to enslave them!

    April 9, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  10. Phil

    @ Truth & Nothing But....

    Yeah, because nobody ever openly called any other POTUS "stupid" or any other derogatory names, right? Not even GWBush? Yeah, right. I've never seen CNN with the headline "Democrat calls Bush "stupid". Not because it has never happened, but because it was an agreeable insult by the media. They simply smiled and nodded.

    April 9, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. Sonja

    Its about time some of those so called Senators realized that the President is stupid. He does not have a clue of what he is doing, has his wife family living in the white house has given jobs to his friends that do not have a clue also. This country is in a mess and this thing wants to be reelected. When is everyone going to realize he is not doing a thing for the people and taking your money away right and left. He would not have anything to do with the blacks in Alabama because he does not think he is black even though that is the reason he was elected. What a crock.

    April 9, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  12. Anonymous

    Obama is not so stupid as he is a devious divider who will stoop to any lows like his mentally ill liberal administration to stick it to certain segments of society. NOBAMA 2012.

    April 9, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  13. TomGI

    Don't you expect Republican senators to mouth off? He just wants attention and a sound bite. He's just looking for some free publicity. Frankly, I had never heard of Chuck before this. He's looking for some name recognition. Oh, and he is from Iowa and their leaders have a history of blunders.

    April 9, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  14. jim

    Just another example of the high and mighty republican party gracing us with their high intellect and highest moral consciousness.!!

    April 9, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  15. americanwithabrain

    Is Grassley's comment as "unprecented" as the Supreme Court striking down a law determined to be unconstitutional? Is it as "unprecedented" as David Axelrod being the tweeting lapdog for this administration? Perhaps Axelrod could have upped his game and said "nanny nanny boo boo", or said Grassley has cooties.

    You can play verbal sleight-of-hand all day long, but saying that the Supreme Court striking down a law found to be unconstitutional "unprecedented", regardless of the legislative vote on it, is ignorant at best (very doubtful, Obama is not ignorant), most likely deceptive, and certainly manipulative. But that's what we've come to expect from this administration. Manipulate the masses.. carrot and stick, misinformation, whatever it takes. Maybe the Supreme Court is anti-birth control like all those Republicans seeking nomination. That bit of misinformation got the spin machine some traction, so why not try it again?

    April 9, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  16. Elmer Fudd

    Really. grassley calling someone stupid? How funny is that? It is like going into the asylum and one of the "special guests" start yelling about the insane doctors.

    April 9, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  17. john

    He didn't do anything other than state a fact. The American people......(well not most) are not as stupid as the president to believe that the healthcare mandate is constitutional. This guy also politely threatened the scotus. Even the justices that I disagree with have forgotten more law than this jerk will ever know. This guy is nothing but corrupt and most of you on cnn are blind to it. Don't believe me or anyone else. If you do the research you will come to the same conclusion. Corrupt, corrupt, corrupt

    April 9, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  18. AKsteve

    Again, Republican demonstrate how to act civil t our children.

    Well to be honest, I don't even know who Mr. Grassley is... but he's stupid.

    April 9, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  19. Aaron

    If you're not "outraged" then why are you tweeting about it? Now that's stupid.

    April 9, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  20. maine liberal

    Senator you would be best to heed these words. It is best to remain silent and thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.

    April 9, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  21. Chad S

    He has a right to express his opinion, even though I disagree with him. Hey Chuck, what did you think of Bush for the past decade? Did you think he was stupid too? If you say yes I'll have more respect for you.

    April 9, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  22. vet in tx

    Ah, Senator Grassly, one of the original conservatives who ACTUALLY authored the senate bill for the original health care mandate created by CONSERVATIVES.......how hilarious! Don't believe me.....look it up.

    April 9, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  23. G D

    It is truly a shame to the country to see personal attacks on the POTUS. Support his ideas and actions or do not. But grade-school name calling is not the way to take the country forward. Hopefully voters will remember Sen Grassley in the negative light he deserves come his next election bid.

    April 9, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  24. Phil

    I get a kick out of all of the folks here feigning outrage at the "disrespect" shown to POTUS.... We watched Democrats rip Bush to shreds in congress and the media for 8 years, but NOW they find it appalling? Please. Get over yourselves. The day they all get along is the day somebody's bending over and taking it, selling their souls, and throwing their principles out the window. We want them disagreeing. Trust me. Remember – democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what's for dinner. In a republic, the lamb has a voice.

    April 9, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  25. Gimmeabreak!

    OBAMA'S recent comments (Supreme Court/Florida shooting) are stupid. Furthermore, Obama was NOT a professor of constitutional law. He was an INSTRUCTOR - part-time, I believe (BIG difference between instructor and professor!). Furthermore, Obama became president of Harvard Law Review at a time when the university needed to show positive affirmative action numbers. While at the Review Obama did not produce one single legal publication of his own! And while a student at Harvard, he was never asked to clerk for a single law firm during school breaks - most unusual, indicating his "achievements" were not up to par! So he's not quite the legal pro the lame stream media tries so desperately to shove down our throats. And, of course, we'll never see the REAL Obama academic records (WHAT AN INSULT TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC!)

    April 9, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
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