October 10th, 2013
11:07 AM ET
12 months ago

GOP congressman: Obama is 'spiteful'

(CNN) – Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, reiterated his stance Thursday that President Barack Obama is "spiteful" and blamed him for the closure of the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

"This is a spiteful president...and the American people need to understand that," King said on CNN's "Newsroom."

Referring to the government's increasing debt, he argued that Obama was "borrowing money from the Chinese to rent barricades" for the open-air memorial.

"The president has no controlling legal authority to lock people out, but we know that he's spiteful, he's trying to teach America a lesson," he told CNN's Carol Costello.

The six-term conservative congressman who represents the northwest part of Iowa has long been a vocal critic of the president.

While the National Mall and monuments are officially closed, the Department of Interior and the National Park Service pledged to work with elderly Honor Flight veterans to ensure they can visit the memorial, citing First Amendment rights.

The National Park Service also said groups can apply for permits for protests, like one group did on Tuesday in favor of comprehensive immigration reform.

"Under the same First Amendment rights that are allowing Honor Flight veterans and their families to visit the veterans memorials on the National Mall, other groups will be granted access to the park for First Amendment activities," National Park Service spokesman Michael Litterst said.

Asked last week whether the White House had any say in the closure of the memorial, spokesman Jay Carney said Republicans were at fault.

"Every House Republican who has decried any impact from this shutdown as if they were surprised that it would happen clearly didn't pay attention when every agency of the federal government posted on their websites...what would happen if the government were shut down, including the closing of national memorials and national parks," he said at a press briefing.

"If any member of Congress who got in front of a television camera to try to get some attention on this issue spent half that time on the floor of the House voting to open the government, we wouldn't have a problem," he added.


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  1. The Real Tom Paine

    -"The president has no controlling legal authority to lock people out, but we know that he's spiteful, he's trying to teach America a lesson," he told CNN's Carol Costello.
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    Spiteful of what? His own grandfather was a vet, so King's whole argument is so absurd I'm surprised Carney bothered to mention it. King, however is serving a purpose, which is to step into the breach being created by Swiss Miss Bachmann for the GOP looney award. If anyone is spiteful, its the GOP that never stops bashing federal workers until its convenient for them: then they engage in shouting matches with them.

    October 10, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  2. Sniffit

    This "spiteful" nonsense is just more psychological projection.

    Reality: The GOP/Teatrolls are punishing 'Murika out of spite for the November 2012 election results. Nothing could be clearer...taking the ball and going home, being willing to say "if I can't have it then I don't care if it's shutdown or damaged"...THAT is the very definition of spite.

    October 10, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  3. Sniffit

    How does it feel letting GOPers place their lips on your proverbial bunghole and then make their words come out of your mouth, CNN?

    October 10, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  4. rs

    The Republicans deserve no respect. They have been on a tear against the twice duly elected President of the United States since 2009. They were "going to make him a one-term President". They have obstructed and blocked virtually every major initiative- at the cost of our nation's economic recovery. They used their proxy nazis-like, the "Birthers" to insult, smear and attempt to invalidate the President as a man, a candidate, or an elected official. The have strangled the courts with record-braking numbers of filibusters. They took the government hostage, with no clear plan or demands in sight (just like their ill-fated UIraq war).
    Mr. King you and the GOP don't deserve "respect", you deserve jail.

    October 10, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  5. firecicles

    How come nobody on cnn calls or Republicans in their bs. I mean. Cnn news anchor rarely object to Republicans insanity. YOU GUYS NEED TO INTERRUPT THEM MORE, just like they do to you, AND CALL THEM OUT ON THEIR BS. HAve YOU WATCHED FOX NEWS????? Their anchors make cnn anchors look like door mats. Grow a fucking backbone for America cnn. I will note, that I have noticed a slight improvement in your anchors. But, there is room for improvement.

    October 10, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  6. Marie MD

    Spiteful? Our a president is trying to keep people out?
    Who the heck voted for the shutdown and campaigned to do so?
    Monuments are closed thanks to the teatards who had the audacity to go have their picture taken with the veterans.
    Does this cretin remember the guy with the two signs following him at the WWII memorial as he ran away from this guy with his tiny little tail between his legs because he couldn't confront someone with the real truth? The guy who was telling him to go back to work and do the job he was elected to do? I do? It was in TV!!!

    October 10, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  7. Malory Archer

    Oh dear, representative king is projecting again!

    October 10, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  8. Boomer in Mo

    Most people are. King certainly is.

    October 10, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  9. Sniffit

    Spite? You want spite? Here's spite:

    The normal procedure in the House, written right into the rules, is that when there is disagreement between the House and Senate bills any member of the House could force a vote on the Senate's bill (it's called "privileged," because all members have the "privilege" of moving to force the vote). On September 30, 2013, right before the shutdown, the GOP/Teatrolls in control of the House Rules Committee CHANGED THE RULES for the continuing resolution so that only the Speaker or "his designee" could do that, GUARANTEEING that the GOP/Teatrolls would be in control of whether the Senate bill received a vote in the House. They did this so they could make absolutely sure that they could force the gov't to shutdown by preventing any votes on a "clean" bill. You want spite? THAT is spite.

    October 10, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  10. Melissa

    No, that would be the republicans. And frankly, the republicans haven't done anything to deserve respect in a good 40 years.

    October 10, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  11. rs

    Mr. King- denial is a strong and addicting thing. Your party's approval rating has NEVER been lower (28% positive), and this dissapproval rate Never higher (62%)[Gallup, 10/9/2013], and you still are holding the budget and the full-faith-in-credit of the United States of American hostage with no discernable or logical demands yet in sight. You are the fools that shutdown the government!
    You're now worried about the President's perceived "spite"? In fairly short order you'll have far greater things to be concerned about.

    October 10, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  12. Bill

    No, Rep. King, elections have consequences. Your side lost. Get over it.

    October 10, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    Obama is far worse than spiteful........he goes after ANY and ALL reporters who cross him, or write anything remotely negative about him. He is narcissist, who will not tolerate any criticism of his overreaches, his squanderous spending, or his dictatorial behaviors.

    Obama is a truly bad person.........who has deceived half of the country, with what he is all about.

    October 10, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    firecicles

    How come nobody on cnn calls or Republicans in their bs. I mean.
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    The reason is pretty simple actually. This is a news blog, not an op-ed blog. Many media outlets blur that significant distinction.

    October 10, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  15. volta

    This man is insane he need to be recall out of the service of the american people. His racist and envious comment about a sitting President of the United States is enough to get him kick out offfice. He is mean spiteful and racist. He need to go ahead and accept that we do have a black president and he won twice. Get over it man and do your job and stop trying to bring this president down. He has already proven that he may be black and he is smarter that your dumb stuip existance.

    October 10, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "This is a spiteful president...and the American people need to understand that," King said
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    Republicans are always projecting onto others their own faults and character flaws.
    The only spiteful people anywhere in sight is the Republican Party who after losing the 2008 election to a Black man, failing to keep him from fulfilling his promise of Affordable Care Act, failing to completely crash the economy by not utilizing stimulus funds to rev up state's economies, failing to make him a one termer, failing to win the presidential election in 2012 have decided to OBSTRUCT and DESTROY anything remotely related to said Black man going as far as shutting down the United States government.
    GTFOOH with that crap King, and don't let me get my itchy hands around any of you.

    October 10, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  17. joe

    rep. king is a joke. he is a tea party suck up. he has no class. our president has more class and grace in his big toe then this guy. the right wing nuts cases have treated our president with such disrespect and contempt that if the president were spiteful i wouldn't blame him on bit. my father always told me what goes around comes around. a new poll says the republican party is at a all time low in approval ratings and so is congress. that pretty much says it all.

    October 10, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    -Rick McDaniel

    Obama is far worse than spiteful........he goes after ANY and ALL reporters who cross him, or write anything remotely negative about him. He is narcissist, who will not tolerate any criticism of his overreaches, his squanderous spending, or his dictatorial behaviors.

    Obama is a truly bad person.........who has deceived half of the country, with what he is all about.
    ****************************
    Show how he is a truly bad person, secession-boy: what's wrong, not been able to deface the Lincoln Memorial yet? Ready to fire on Fort Sumter again if you don't get your way?

    October 10, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  19. rs

    Rick McDaniel

    Obama is far worse than spiteful........he goes after ANY and ALL reporters who cross him, or write anything remotely negative about him. He is narcissist, who will not tolerate any criticism of his overreaches, his squanderous spending, or his dictatorial behaviors.

    Obama is a truly bad person.........who has deceived half of the country, with what he is all about.
    ____________________________
    Your comment travels well with the new Gallup polling data- keep it up, the GOP looks insane now and adding your "unique" commentary only affirms it.

    October 10, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  20. Rudy NYC

    Rand Paul has said that we can make a promise to pay all of our debts, and everything will be fine. As crazy as this might initially sound, I actually agree with that statement. Now, let's turn his suggestion into actions. Just how exactly would we make a formal promise to pay off all of our debts? We just simply do it, just like Paul says.

    Just how do you go about doing that, though? It's actually pretty simple. Have we ever done it before at some time in the past? Yes, we have. It's called raising the debt ceilnig. I wonder if Mr. Paul knows what he's actually saying.

    Mr. King is convinced that we can simply blow past the debt ceiling without raising it, too. They have predicted financial ruin for years, and now they are doing everything within their power to make it a reality.

    October 10, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  21. Al-NY,NY

    Rick McDaniel

    Obama is far worse than spiteful........he goes after ANY and ALL reporters who cross him, or write anything remotely negative about him. He is narcissist, who will not tolerate any criticism of his overreaches, his squanderous spending, or his dictatorial behaviors.

    Obama is a truly bad person.........who has deceived half of the country, with what he is all about.
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    why are you talking about Duh Duh Duh-bya??? The article is about some T-T who thinks all immigrants have melon-sized calves because they're toting weed across the border and his hatred for anything Obama

    October 10, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  22. Paula

    I am insulted quite honestly. Most of us our educated people and we do not hide in some rural little town in Iowa. I believe that most Americans understand the game he is playing. Regardless of whose fault it is, a member of the Congress elected by the people should not speak of the President of the United States in such a manner. This GOP idiot should carry a mirror.

    October 10, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  23. Sniffit

    My suggestion, CNN: Report on the rules change quick, because it's starting to get play and you're going to look really foolish and biased for ignoring it and whitewashing it, especially once liberals and Dems start responding to every single question by bringing up the fact that THE HOUSE GOP/TEATROLLS CHANGED THE RULES SO THEY COULD GUARANTEE A GOV'T SHUTDOWN AND PREVENT ANYONE FROM STOPPING IT.

    October 10, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  24. Rigs

    GOP is such a mess – they keep getting worse, what with 24% approval I can't really see why they are acting so indignant – LOL

    October 10, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  25. demogoat

    Dear Mr. King, you better learn how to pronounce "yuan". I hope you like made in China, because if you don't resolve this, that is what you will get.

    October 10, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
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