July 1st, 2014
06:08 PM ET
6 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. davcho

    This Joker can blame the Republican congress all he wants, the fact of the matter is, Harry Reid doesn't bring any of the bills to vote or debate senate that have been passed in congress. They are DOA as soon as they hit his desk. Funny how none of this is ever mentioned? This "President" has done more to divide not only the house and senate, but the American people as well. Rich against poor, while shrinking the middle class. Race relations seem to me to have been doing an about face. He comes across as you are either with me or against me attitude, and his herd of sheep fall for it, if it weren't such a serious matter, it would be laughable how easy it is to pull the wool over their eyes!

    July 2, 2014 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  2. rr

    If people don't like President Obama, wait until Hilliary Clintion becomes President. You'll really see the GOP lose their heads. Hand me the popcorn and let's start the show.

    July 2, 2014 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  3. Edwin

    If the only thing Congress is interested in doing is trying to repeal ACA over and over, then SOMEBODY has to do something.

    Executive power or not, at least he is trying to do something.

    July 2, 2014 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  4. Chris

    How divided is this country? So, think of the two possible outcomes. If the POTUS wins, might as well not have a Congress. If the speaker wins, the POTUS will never work with Congress again. We are out of money. Let us work TOGETHER to solve the problem. That means both sides need to compromise and right now NEITHER side is willing to compromise.

    July 2, 2014 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  5. Evolu5

    Criticizing President Obama and name calling him things like "King" are so hipocritical it's ridiculous. If they were on a football team, it would be like the guys on the Defensive line don't like the Quarterback of their own team. So, they DO NOTHING, and purposely try to lose the game JUST TO SHOW everyone that the Quarterback "isn't a good leader and can't run the TEAM". You can't ambush someone at every turn, then get mad when they find a way to get around it. That's like a Bully going to the Principal to tell that Ricky changed his locker times and stopped taking the bus so he can't be bullied any more. Republicans say that he is NOT a Leader in one sense, then turn around and say he is a DICTATOR in the other. THEY TAKE WHATEVER POSITION IS CONVENIENT FOR THE ARGUMENT...

    July 2, 2014 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  6. JimT

    I think Boehner needs to do this or congress needs to severely limit this executive power.

    July 2, 2014 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  7. Ol' Yeller

    Typical republicant posts on here:

    'obama is an idiocay'
    'The Great Divider (hannity told me)'
    'We are all going to die because Obama is a Socialist'
    'Tyranny' (because... uh, uh, )Soshilism!!!'
    'Obama doesn't enforce the laws and he and his jackbooted thugs need to leave clive bundy alone. Tyranny!'
    If Obama did it, it was wrong and will destroy 'Merica. If Obama didn't do it, it was wrong that he didn't and the outcome will be that it will destroy 'Merica'.
    'He doesn't support the troops'
    'Why is he trading enemy combatants for that Deserter guy o'really told me about'.
    And on and on and on and on and on.....

    From the folks who brought us bush, cheney, rove, and the rest of the chickenhawk war criminals.
    None of their heads are exploding, so they are all lying (cruz told me).
    (P.S. – notice, as usual, they have no ideas, no actual thinking is done, and it is all negative and directed at our President. Whatever he does or says,.... they just sprint to the other side and start blaming and name calling. Reminds me of the ignorant bullies from the third grade who now mow my lawn and wash my truck... and call me sir to my face, but then talk crap behind my back. Negative cowards)

    July 2, 2014 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  8. Freedom Storm

    DEFINITION OF “AMNESTY”
    It is “to decriminalize”. In other words, ObeyMe the Tyrant attempts to FORCE Congress to rescind the “legal immigration” laws it formerly passed. With yet another narcissistic child hissy-fit with THREATS of using “executive action”, ObeyMe the Tyrant says to hell with Congress … to hell with The Constitution.
    As we all know, to force and to threaten are hallmarks of leadership.

    July 2, 2014 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  9. Marty

    Boehner led Congress approval rating – 13%

    July 2, 2014 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  10. Rider3

    The Republicans said at the beginning of Obama's presidency that they would do anything they could to make this man a one-term president; anything to hurt his legacy. Well, I say, "Go Obama!" He's dealt with their political games enough. Now he may actually get some stuff done.

    July 2, 2014 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  11. Michael Sawyer

    Oooo the do nothing congress is going to sue. Ooooo so scary.

    July 2, 2014 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  12. cali

    Worst President EVER !

    July 2, 2014 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  13. onlymho

    he knows Reid will never allow vote in senate – same as all the other bills submitted by the house and sitting in Reid's desk

    July 2, 2014 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  14. Bob

    More proof we have a lawyer instead of a president.

    July 2, 2014 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  15. Sam

    I think the best point he makes is that Congress is doing absolutely nothing. Do I agree that he should take the power into his hands and issue these executive orders? No. But I think that something needs to be done to clear up the obvious politicking in Congress, where people are more concerned about being re-elected and keeping their own benefits than actually taking care of the nation. Any person who can vote to increase their own salary and benefits at the expense of the American citizens does not deserve to be in charge of the nation.

    July 2, 2014 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  16. Mike

    Mr. President your 15 minutes is up. Go to the corner with a cone on your head!

    July 2, 2014 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  17. G Scott

    That sort of comment is typical Chicago talk. Exactly what you hear on the streets of that corrupt city from it's residents. My family lived in that city for over fifty years and that line is straight out the mouth of Chicago trash.
    Now we have a piece of Chicago trash as a president. All you hopey changey folks, yeah you got it but what a way to tear down the respect for the presidency of this country. Note that despite the hatred expressed for Bush, polls as a better president than Obama (See CBS Poll today). In your blind hatred of Bush and all things GOP you elected a street thug from Chicago the city with the worst and longest history of corruption in this entire country.

    July 2, 2014 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  18. Brad

    From incompetent clown to Der Fuhrer. It just keeps getting better.

    July 2, 2014 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  19. Malory Archer

    Name David Frierson
    Why can't he compromise and work with Republicans rather than verbally attack? He is the most partisan and unproductive President ever. Arrogant!

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Because it didn't work for the first five years he was in office – why would it work now. Arrogant – you bet congressional reds are!

    July 2, 2014 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  20. Malory Archer

    John In Western NY
    To those on the left supporting Obama's action, just remember iif the next Republic President does the same thing you need to keep your mouth shut since you support the President acting like a dictator.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    What exactly is President Obama "doing" to you?

    July 2, 2014 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  21. TomGI

    'So sue me'

    Really, Boehner is just an orange wind bag. He probably can't even get it together to sue Obama.

    July 2, 2014 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  22. Liberally Challenged

    Here's the thing, folks-those in office were elected by their constituencies for their beliefs and on platforms. You all blame the Republicans, but really, you should blame their voters. These guys in office (both democrat and republican) are simply doing what their constituencies want them to do. if they don't, they will not keep their jobs. Imagine instead of one boss, you potentially have thousands or millions, and trying to keep everyone happy. They need to do what the voters want. Period.

    July 2, 2014 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  23. Happy mom

    WAy to go Mr President GOP will never see White House !!!All they are doing is bring the middle class to the ditch you get it right mr President you know how it feels to be middle class ,,,

    July 2, 2014 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  24. Fred

    Bottom line: The fat cats have a hissy fit whenever anyone does anything for the non-wealthy. If the 1% don't get 100% of the pie, they're furious. They never do anything to benefit the 99%, and when someone else does, they cry "Cheater!" These bloated parasites have been bleeding America far too long!

    July 2, 2014 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  25. Anonymous

    Break out the government credit cards and let us spend spend spend. What is the interest on that debt? Oh, that's right, Democrats are poor and victimized and can't afford a calculator. Must be the evil Republicans fault! While were at it lets buy all Democrats something nice to make them vote for us. Ah the joys of being young, stupid and part of the Democratic party. You can just pass that debt to your grand kids if you have any.

    July 2, 2014 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
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