July 1st, 2014
06:08 PM ET
4 months ago

Obama to Republicans: 'So sue me'

(CNN) – President Barack Obama dared Republicans to follow through on their threats to bring a lawsuit against his administration over his use of executive action.

"Middle-class families can’t wait for Republicans in Congress to do stuff. So sue me," Obama said Tuesday at an event in Washington.

"As long as they’re doing nothing, I’m not going to apologize for trying to do something."

Obama’s defiant attitude comes as House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, plans to propose legislation that could bring a lawsuit against him for implementing executive actions that the GOP contends amounts to a breach of his constitutional power by side-stepping the legislative process.

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Recently, Obama has ramped up his use of executive authority 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.

On Monday, Obama said he would start "a new effort to fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own, without Congress."

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At Tuesday's event, Obama continued to harp on congressional Republicans to pass legislation - this time pushing them to invest in transportation.

Standing in front of Key Bridge, which connects the city's Georgetown-area to Virginia, Obama continued his stepped-up rhetoric hammering Republican for obstructing action in Washington.

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Obama proposed a long-term highway construction bill earlier this year that he says would spur job growth.

"It’s not crazy, it’s not socialism," Obama said of his transportation proposal. "It’s not the imperial presidency - no laws are broken. We’re just building roads and bridges like we’ve been doing for the last, I don’t know, 50, 100 years. But so far, House Republicans have refused to act on this idea."

CNN's Mike Ahlers and Rene Marsh contributed to this report.

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soundoff (1,488 Responses)
  1. Obungla

    The first presidential TROLL. Nice!

    July 1, 2014 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  2. Jonbon

    worst.president.ever....

    July 1, 2014 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  3. Future

    What Obama does not say is that there are immigration laws lready on the books that they refuse to enforce....He is trying to defect the media from us cussing Bengazi , the IRS scandal , the $16 trillion dollar deficit and a lot of other problems his administration has created..

    July 1, 2014 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  4. 2_indy1600

    Great picture, but he's still no bridge over troubled waters.

    July 1, 2014 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  5. vidal808

    Yep, Mr. President, how right you are....we are glad you are taking action and by-pass the do-nothing Boehner and Congress.

    July 1, 2014 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  6. Creel

    Obama doesn't care about middle class families, it's all smoke and mirrors. He just loves the sound of his own voice.

    July 1, 2014 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  7. scott

    very presidential to say....................

    July 1, 2014 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  8. liberal disease

    come and fix the roads in NY that you use to come and fund raise..whiner in chief

    July 1, 2014 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  9. Jason Ransone

    Such an arrogant president. Hasn't been one like him in years. He his administration's little obstructionist-in-chief, Harry Reid, of nevada totally screwing up the functions of the U.S. Senate and when nothing can get done, the President is the 'aggrieved:" one working on behalf of American families who are disgusted that nothing gets done. Nothing gets done because Mr. Obama is a Community Organizer in Chief and not much more....never was more.

    July 1, 2014 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  10. Kevin B

    It's unfortunate that our president can't get along with other people, and doesn't feel like he should be held to the same standards as other presidents. He is everyone's president, and we the people expect him to act like it and follow the constitution, and not his own political agenda.

    July 1, 2014 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  11. Mr LT

    So, the Reflubs can't their act together to enact any legislation, what makes anyone believe they can get a lawsuit together for Obama? That would require actually doing something. I say bring it! Prove that you are not the incompetent Bozos that you appear to be! Oh, Bozo? It's a uh, type of clown.....

    July 1, 2014 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  12. Kevin B

    So unfortunate. He could have united america, and instead he says "Sue me". Sad, so sad.

    July 1, 2014 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  13. truindep

    so did he stomp his foot , and say "So sue me". big baby Obama

    July 1, 2014 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  14. texasnotea

    Atta boy Mr President! Tell it like it really is!! The gop is so full of it that the smell is overwhelming

    July 1, 2014 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  15. Michael Wheeler

    The only people who believe this idiot are the people who've drank his koolaid!

    July 1, 2014 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  16. Madison

    Good. Let them sue him. They will lose in any reasonable court. And if the completely unreasonable gang of five apply conservative dogma instead of law, as they did in the hobby lobby and union cases this week, it just makes it ever more clear to the sleeping majority that our government is being hijacked by right wing extremists and we need to have concerted action to get them out of power.

    July 1, 2014 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  17. yolanda

    Welcome to Chicago politics. Why is anyone surprised?

    July 1, 2014 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  18. RamboJohnJ

    I have no problem with Boner filing a lawsuit against the Obama administration, as long as he uses his OWN money for the fees, lawyers, interns and paperwork, etc..
    Nice that some have no problem with their taxes paying for this.... Now about that employment problem, guys?

    July 1, 2014 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  19. ak_steve

    If republicans would stop whining and start doing something the president wouldn't have to do this. But the GOP would rather see the country fail than allow any chance the president might get credit for helping the country. The GOP puts their pride, party and politic before people.

    July 1, 2014 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  20. Bill Davis

    Obama to the Americam People, you can keep your Doctor,mould
    I Lie?

    July 1, 2014 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  21. GoodMr.President

    Good to see the president showing some spine. That's why I like Chris Cristie. He has not problem confronting the opposition when is needed. This is the president I wanted to see the first day in office. Bipartisanship is good, but it goes both ways. We wasted to much time with immigration reform and healthcare reform. It took the president two years to try to convince republicans to work with him, and he got 0 votes for healthcare reform. Memo to next president: If you have Congress on your side and you are the president, pass all the laws you can and forget about trying to work with the opposition. Obama should have passes immigration reform and the ACA immediately after taking office, when he had the chance with a democratic party. He shouldn't have waited for the republicans. Good to see him fighting back though. Where had you been, Mr. President?

    July 1, 2014 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  22. danny

    Their strategy is to block everything, sabotage the economy, take the opposite view as the president on all matters, to an almost comical level, and then sit back and point fingers at him when things go wrong. What the hell is wrong with these people, they must hate america!

    July 1, 2014 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  23. TEXPOKIES12

    I agree lets sue then we all pay. There has to be a better way. Were are the real leaders of the 21 Century when are they going to step up and say enough lets get to work. If your going to clean house it takes everyone not a few to send a message that we own this country and it is time for you to either get to work or get out of the way. They used to be scared of the voters but MONEY has gotten in the way and into there lives and pocket books. RAND PAUL 2016

    July 1, 2014 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  24. Bill Smells

    Lame duck president desperately trying to shift the blame for his abysmal record in Washington.

    History will not be kind.

    July 1, 2014 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  25. Bryan

    Any old nit-wit could go to the white house and "do whatever they want" by sidestepping congress. What makes a great president is his ability to unite the nation and work with our elected leaders – CONGRESS – to get stuff done. Sorry Mr. President, this behavior is just punctuating your deep failure.

    July 1, 2014 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
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