Obama: Boehner's lawsuit is 'a stunt'
June 27th, 2014
11:44 AM ET
6 months ago

Obama: Boehner's lawsuit is 'a stunt'

(CNN) – President Barack Obama called House Speaker John Boehner's plans to file a lawsuit over the President's use of executive action "a stunt," in an interview with ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos.

"You notice that he didn't specifically say what exactly he was objecting to. I'm not going to apologize for trying to do something while they're doing nothing," the President said.

"You know, the suit is a stunt. But what I've told Speaker Boehner directly is, 'If you're really concerned about me taking too many executive actions, why don't you try getting something done through Congress?'"

The interview aired on ABC's "Good Morning America" Friday morning. It was conducted Thursday during the President's trip to Minneapolis, where Obama held a town hall meeting.

The President touted the accomplishments of his first five years in office but lamented the tone in Washington.

"What I do worry about is that right now we've got a Republican Party that seems to only care about saying no to me." Obama said.

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He repeated his frustrations about the immigration reform bill passed a year ago by the Senate that's been stalled in the House, and having to use executive action.

"The majority of American people want to see immigration reform done. We had a bipartisan bill through the Senate, and you're going to squawk if I try to fix some parts of it administratively that are within my authority while you are not doing anything?'" the President added.

Responding to Obama's comments, Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said Friday in a statement that "the American people, their elected representatives, and the Supreme Court have all expressed serious concerns about the President's failure to follow the Constitution. Dismissing them with words like, 'smidgen' or 'stunt' only reinforces their frustration."

Republicans argue that the President is breaching his constitutional power by side-stepping the legislative process. Obama has used executive actions as a way to bypass a deeply divided Congress, avoiding inaction on issues the White House has made hallmarks of the President's second term agenda.

So far, the Republican-controlled House has passed two bills aimed at curbing executive orders by the President, neither of which have gone anywhere in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

At this point in his presidency, Obama has issued less executive orders than his most recent two-term predecessors in the White House, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Ronald Reagan.

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In speaking of immigration during the interview, the President was asked about the thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America coming across the southern border. He implored their parents to not send their kids.

"Our message absolutely is, 'Don't send your children unaccompanied on trains on through a bunch of smugglers.' That is our direct message to the families in Central America. 'Do not send your children to the borders. If they do make it, they'll get sent back. More importantly, they may not make it'," he said.

CNN Senior Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh contributed to this story

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soundoff (96 Responses)
  1. sony crapman

    "Jobs,jobs, jobs"-Obama ,2009
    "Jobs,jobs, jobs"-Obama ,2010
    "Jobs,jobs, jobs"-Obama ,2011
    "Jobs,jobs, jobs"-Obama ,2012
    "Jobs,jobs, jobs"-Obama ,2013
    "Jobs,jobs, jobs"-Obama ,2014

    and still record unemployment.

    "Failure,failure,failure"-Obama ,2009
    "Failure,failure,failure"-Obama ,2010
    "Failure,failure,failure"-Obama ,2011
    "Failure,failure,failure"-Obama ,2012
    "Failure,failure,failure"-Obama ,2013
    "Failure,failure,failure"-Obama ,2014
    "

    June 27, 2014 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  2. sonny chapman

    sony crapman-you don't even have the GUTS to post your real name.

    June 27, 2014 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. Tony D

    No, the real stunt is Obama going out for dining room jounts and photo ops every other day to get all of the real news, scandals and failure off the front pages. And his lackeys in the LSM just eat it up and do his bidding. Obama, the reality TV President, as the country and world go up in flames. It is all about the entertainment and phot op value with this idiot.

    June 27, 2014 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. sonny chapman

    sony crapman- You'd do George Orwell,"Two legs bad, four legs good", proud.

    June 27, 2014 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  5. barky

    Can you imagine what it would be like if the dems controlled the house too? we would all be living .on communs by now.Yikes

    June 27, 2014 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    But what I've told Speaker Boehner directly is, 'If you're really concerned about me taking too many executive actions, why don't you try getting something done through Congress?'"
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    Naw.
    It's easier to sue.

    June 27, 2014 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "Jobs,jobs, jobs"-Obama ,2009
    "Jobs,jobs, jobs"-Obama ,2010
    "Jobs,jobs, jobs"-Obama ,2011
    "Jobs,jobs, jobs"-Obama ,2012
    "Jobs,jobs, jobs"-Obama ,2013
    "Jobs,jobs, jobs"-Obama ,2014"

    "Jobs, jobs, jobs" was the GOP/Teatrolls catch-phrase during the 2010 election. It was never Obama's.

    June 27, 2014 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "Talk of Impeachment is already rearing it's ugly head"

    LOL. Talk of impeachment started in the GOP/Teatrolls' back rooms on January 21, 2009.

    June 27, 2014 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  9. Silence DoGood

    @Hector Slagg "After 100 years plus of Liberal Politics"
    ----------–
    Ah yes – the 100 years rant again. Note to all women voters out there: 100 years ago you could NOT vote at all. Just a heads-up on where the radical right wants to take you!

    June 27, 2014 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    "You notice that he didn't specifically say what exactly he was objecting to. I'm not going to apologize for trying to do something while they're doing nothing," the President said.
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    Of course, it's a stunt. Not only can Boehner not name a specific order, he cannot identify who the plaintiff is who has suffered because of an executive order.

    June 27, 2014 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  11. Right as Always

    'Stunt' is a very polite word to describe this Congress' actions, or lack of. If they ever actually got anything done under Obama, I think the whole Republican party would just implode.

    June 27, 2014 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  12. tanya

    tell that to the republicans, who are not helping President Obama, get it right

    June 27, 2014 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  13. kevin

    Boehner is a dork! I plan to sue him for missuse of govt. funds.

    June 27, 2014 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  14. Lolo

    Poor Sony Chapman, you really do have it all wrong. Remember the GOP/TP Trolls got into the house on the jobs message and what have they done? Nada,zilch, zero. Your good old boy network has tried to stop this president every inch of the way, but Karma is a you know what. Faux news really does not tell you the whole story, just what you want to here to make you hate the black president. Remember his is the first balck president, not the first president and those before him. I guess you are upset that now he can see all the tricks the GOP has been up to for years. Get a grip and do your own research.

    June 27, 2014 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  15. Lizard

    The entire GOP Clown Party is one big stunt.

    June 27, 2014 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Sniffit

    "At this point in his presidency, Obama has issued less executive orders than his most recent two-term predecessors in the White House, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Ronald Reagan."

    In other words, the GOP/Teatrolls are just mad that the POTUS has power when the POTUS is a black dude refusing to do as he's told. It IS that simple.
    -----------------------------------------------------
    It's always been that simple.
    They can shake and spin it all they want.
    One of these days the brother is going to forget where he lives and say it.
    I'm looking forward to that, it's not as if he can run for a third term, more's the pity.

    June 27, 2014 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  17. Lizard

    DOW hit 17,000 but "sony crapman" is still whining. My dog could make money in this market. Try winning sometime, whiners.

    June 27, 2014 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  18. Vlad Puteen

    Obama acts just like me, except where military power is needed. Kings and dictators are where it is at. Democracy is just too much work. Cuts into the golf too much.

    June 27, 2014 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  19. Kaz

    "Talk of Impeachment is already rearing it's ugly head."

    Uh oh! Look out! Talk is happening!

    June 27, 2014 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  20. Lolo

    As for Boehner with his fake lawsuit, he is a wimp and that needs to be voted out. He only makes these crazy accusation to get the racist base of the party stirred up so he can get re-elected and they fall for it. Then he does a 360 degree turn to look normal. Something is not right with Boehner. We need to investigate his lifestyle and background. Something fishy is not right with this man.I won't to know why we never see him with his wife or any other woman since he is so against gay rights.

    June 27, 2014 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  21. TomGI

    "Obama: Boehner lawsuit 'a stunt'"

    Of course it's a stunt. What else would you expect?

    June 27, 2014 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  22. Kaz

    "and still record unemployment."

    How are you defining "record" ?? unemployment is still way lower than it was during the Reagan years.

    June 27, 2014 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    The only thing worse than these two politicians is the voting public who elected them. Stupid is as stupid does.

    June 27, 2014 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  24. Mete Kroo

    Is there anyone who knows the level of education of Mr. Boerhner??? I really need to know.

    June 27, 2014 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  25. Fair is Fair

    tom l

    Have no idea what Boehner could be suing for but there is no doubt, as evidence by a 9-0 decision by the Supreme Court yesterday with regards to his phony recess appointments, that President Obama has overstepped his powers on many occasions. He also lost in his ability 9-0 to be able to check our cell phones without warrants. It is just shocking that liberals on here aren't more concerned with how much power our president is trying to get and use. But I still don't know what Boehner could be suing for and it seems like this is a gimmick.
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    So what becomes of labor board decisions made by those now determined to be unlawfully appointed members?

    June 27, 2014 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
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