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?"

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soundoff (373 Responses)
  1. sieben13

    She is a nut like many in the repuglican party

    July 15, 2013 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  2. johnk

    Here is what this chick should be doing instead of making foolish comments. Put forth a financial recovery plan, a plan that will take more than likely 8 years. It has to be very specific, practical, and done in stages and small steps. Currently Washington politicos are working in chaos, mostly confused, greedy, and worst of all are MOSTLY financially illiterate. Just try and live your life as our govt does in running this country and you would be either in jail, on the streets, or committed to a mental facility.

    July 15, 2013 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  3. edpeters101

    She makes "I'm not a which!" look reasonable!!!

    July 15, 2013 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  4. Charles

    Why does anyone listen to this Looney Tune?

    July 15, 2013 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  5. Chris

    It blows my mind how the Republican party continues to vote this woman into office. At least she's done the rest of the country (outside of Minnesota) a favor and has decided not to run again, so there's that...

    July 15, 2013 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  6. Big Al

    She is a sick woman.

    July 15, 2013 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  7. Eric

    I would prefer that Bachmann keep her desires to herself.

    July 15, 2013 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  8. rob

    Is this the best they can come up with? Seriously?

    July 15, 2013 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  9. No one

    Is it just me or do they have naughty things on their mind much of the time?

    July 16, 2013 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  10. MBSeattle

    Truth is stranger than fiction,

    July 16, 2013 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  11. GAK

    She does realize he knows she is on the way out and could care less what she thinks..

    July 16, 2013 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  12. mark

    The GOP is smarter than that, right?

    July 16, 2013 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  13. mark

    Don't forget the slaves were freed by the founding fathers in 1776-according to professor B.

    July 16, 2013 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  14. Hillcrester

    She makes a fool of herself each time she speaks. She has been insignificant as a House Member, ridiculous as a Presidential wannabe, and defeated if she ran for re-election in 2014.

    July 16, 2013 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  15. mark

    good riddance to dumb garbage-who votes for her?

    July 16, 2013 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  16. dick Delson

    She's a great looking woman, but a colossal dummy.

    July 16, 2013 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  17. MH

    Oh how the comedians are going to have a field day with this remark! 🙂

    July 16, 2013 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  18. Thatguy371

    Alotta hot air from someone with alotta air upstairs.

    July 16, 2013 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  19. Tina Stockton

    Poor Minnesota Barbie...she, as usual, is expressing her own brand of idiocy, ignorance and low level of sanity.

    July 16, 2013 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  20. Just a thought

    sorry excuse for representative of these United States...let alone a woman if she and her husband have been able to make that distinction

    July 16, 2013 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  21. Anonymous

    the gop are not rational, for the most part the voices most often heard from the gop are sensationalist, reactionary, and ignorant

    July 16, 2013 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  22. Colette

    Bachman is clearly in the wrong profession....need I say more? And calling her irrational is being generous.

    July 16, 2013 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  23. Robble

    Total disrespect for the president. I cannot help but think that the lack of restraint and degrading imagery is due to racial bias.

    July 16, 2013 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  24. Just a thought

    ....I am just confounded....this woman needs to try thinking just once before she opens her mouth

    July 16, 2013 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  25. Just a thought

    Is it a good idea to say stuff like this?

    July 16, 2013 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
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