Bachmann wants to 'spank' Obama
July 15th, 2013
05:36 PM ET
5 years ago

Bachmann wants to 'spank' Obama

(CNN) – She tried to run against President Barack Obama as last year's GOP nominee.

But with that dream dashed, Rep. Michele Bachmann has another idea.

"He has a perpetual magic wand, and nobody's given him a spanking yet and taken it out of his hand," the Minnesota Republican told WorldNetDaily. "That's what Congress needs to do. The way we spank the president is we do it through the checkbook."

She was speaking to the conservative website about the ongoing battle over comprehensive immigration reform. The "magic wand" she refers to is the power to implement executive actions, like the one taken by Obama last year to defer deportations of young undocumented immigrants who were brought here by their parents.

A bipartisan immigration reform bill passed the Senate last month that included a pathway to citizenship, which many Republicans, including Bachmann, regard as "amnesty."

As the push for immigration reform slows in the House, Bachmann warned fellow opponents of a pathway to citizenship that resistance in the lower chamber may not hold up under pressure from GOP leaders who she said were sold on an "amnesty bill."

"The only game in town is legalization, for President Obama and for Senate Democrats. They want that legalization status," Bachmann, who will not run for re-election in 2014, said.

She suggested using Congress' ability to allocate funds to reject Obama's priorities, including the Affordable Care Act.

"We have the power of the purse," she said. "The most powerful body in Washington D.C. is the House of Representatives, which I'm honored to be a part. We're the ones that say, 'No, you can't have the money.' What's wrong with us? What is wrong with us that we would give the president ten cents to fund Obamacare?"

Filed under: Michele Bachmann • President Obama
soundoff (373 Responses)
  1. Jon

    When will we be rid of this empty headed wanna be?

    July 15, 2013 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  2. Margaret

    Is Michele Bachmann making terrorist threats against the US President?

    All signs point to "Yes".

    July 15, 2013 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  3. Andrew

    And I want to glue Bachmann's hands to her face then duct tape the whole mess until we can never hear her talk about anything again.

    July 15, 2013 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  4. tony

    He husband should have left the State's purse alone.

    July 15, 2013 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  5. Lady J

    Really, Bachmann!!! Do you not know how ridiculous you sound? You are supposed to be an educated and polished woman. Please behave as though you are.

    July 15, 2013 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  6. Chuckwagonx

    What a room temperature IQ? Go home, Michelle my bell!

    July 15, 2013 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  7. Jean Sartre

    Bachmann is nothing but a hairdo...

    That said, the president can always pull money from a multiple of other agencies and sources to fund Obamacare.

    July 15, 2013 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  8. Pianofan

    Oh gawd ... she's quitting, right? What's her last day?

    July 15, 2013 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    What is she doing in Congress?????????????

    July 15, 2013 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  10. georgiegirl10

    Wish she, Coulter, Palin and Limbaugh, Beck and one other right wing nut would go off to a deserted island, never to be heard from again..... We all need some peace and quiet and conversations with better people than they are.

    July 15, 2013 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  11. ksmary

    Wow! Sounds like someone has issues with President Obama. She sounds even more irrational than usual.

    July 15, 2013 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  12. Scott

    You do realize if you simply stop covering her she will disintegrate into a historical footnote the same way McCarthy did. Right? Oh, sorry, that cheapens McCarthy's historical relevance.

    July 15, 2013 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  13. Olaf Big

    Either it is total lack of manners, when speaking about the president...Or it's Dr. Freud saying hello. A repressed late middle age white woman free-associating about a handsome and powerfu black man.

    July 15, 2013 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  14. dsf

    I'd like to slap HER. What a crackpot.

    July 15, 2013 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  15. bailee

    Dear GOD . . . . would you please send her to that new planet that was just discovered. She can join Sara Palin there.

    July 15, 2013 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  16. Not disclosed

    .. Because with the separation of powers, the executive branch can't be arbitrarily called to task for enforcing the laws the congress passes .. No matter what some soon to be ex-congressperson thinks to the contrary

    July 15, 2013 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  17. John Martin

    "No you can't have the money". Congress is responsible for having absolutely no scruples when it comes to spending tasxpayers money. Yeah you do have power of the purse and how has that worked out. The House is a bunch of blithering, self serving idiots and Bachmann is the Queen Dummy.

    July 15, 2013 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  18. rconatser1

    It's hard to say who the bigger idiot is between Bachmann and Palin.

    July 15, 2013 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  19. fivehole

    You just cannot fix CRAZY. I don't understand how the USA has about 45,000,000 more, just like her. Ship these folks to the Congo if they want to live in 1860.

    July 15, 2013 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  20. Bachmann fan

    She is awesome. One of the few people that will tell the truth.

    July 15, 2013 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  21. Gerry Daley

    When is this moron quitting again? Please let it be soon.

    July 15, 2013 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  22. Sapient

    "The most powerful body in Washington D.C. is the House of Representatives"

    Either she's not aware that the Senate can easily kill a House bill in seconds, or she's completely delusional. With her history, I have to assume she's completely delusional.

    July 15, 2013 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  23. old soldier

    ...Between Bachman and her thieving staff members, we sure have a credible alternative right there! *Note extremely venomous sarcasm*

    July 15, 2013 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  24. Skegeeace

    Hahahahaaaaaaaaaaa, yeah keep talking sugar. You make your party look reaaaaaally good.

    July 15, 2013 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  25. Maria Rivera-Carvalho

    Mrs. Bachman should realize that President Obama is a true gentleman. And she is no lady.

    July 15, 2013 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
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